1- Each student is required to select a topic relevant to their professional / business interests and conduct a pilot study or a small scale exploratory research into this topic. 

2- Each student is required to produce an individual reflective journal documenting their experience while undertaking the main research project of this module. 

BS4S14 Research Methods

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The Research Assignment

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Marking Scheme

SectionsWeight %ExcellentV. GoodGoodPassableSubAWR
Introduction10
Theory20
R. Design30
Data Analysis & Interpretation30
Presentation and Ref.10

Marking Scheme

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A small research project: 4800 words:

(80%)

Reflective report: 1200 words:

(20%)

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The Structure of the mini project

A typical structure should be:

Cover Page

Abstract

Contents Page

List of Abbreviations (if appropriate)

Introduction

Literature Review

Methodology Section

Data Analysis and Interpretation

Summary and Recommendations

References

Appendices (where necessary)

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Cover Page

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Business School

Research Methods (BS4S14)

MBA

Lecturer: …..

Title: Impact of Gender On Business Start-ups

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Abstract

Usually less than one page.

Brief statement of everything:

Topic

Aim

Method

Results

Academic and managerial impact

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Introduction

Introduce the issue you want to tackle

State reasons that show its importance

In a condensed format, present a summary of what was done

Show the gaps in the research

State clearly your aim and objectives

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Literature Review

Theoretical Review

Previous Related Studies

* Criticality

* Synthesis

* Reasoning

* Up-to-date

* Reliability

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Research Methodology

Conceptual framework: theory/model, etc.

Research Design: Strategy, DCT, etc.

Operationalisation: measurement (concepts/themes)

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References

Must be complete and accurate

List every book / article cited in the proposal

References are used to:

support arguments

allow comparisons with other research

demonstrate familiarity with your field of research

Quotations are used when the wording used by the author is particularly worth reading. You must include the page number(s). e.g.: Brown (2005:35-36)

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Only References are required

Bibliography

List of all books and articles which informed your research but which are not directly cited

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What Goes in an Appendix?

Anything that would be of value to an interested reader but which:

is not necessary

would break the flow if included in the main body of the text

Appendices are not there to increase the physical bulk of the proposal

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