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Research Methods for Business

Research Theme 2Research Methods for Business

This module aims to introduce students to key research skills in order to investigate current business issues from an academic perspective. It will equip students with the skills needed to successfully complete and present an undergraduate dissertation proposal by looking at the theoretical, practical and ethical aspects of research. By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate critical thinking, personal reflection and project management skills appropriate to conducting research at undergraduate level.

The module is a non-credit bearing module. It will be formatively assessed via one to one tutor/student tutorials and peer-led assessment preparation sessions.It will be formatively assessed via one to one tutor/student tutorials and peer-led assessment preparation sessions. The summative assessment will comprise of research proposal in the form of a 10-minute presentation and a 1500 – 2000 written piece.


Teaching Methods & Assessment

Interactive Lectures, Seminars

  • Presentation
  • Reflective Writing Task

Staff Profiles


Dr Jane Carnaffan

Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes

I have been a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at Northumbria University since 2000 (with a break to study for my PhD at Newcastle University). I am currently teaching courses on academic writing and research skills.

Prior to teaching at Northumbria, I taught English language internationally in Spain, Paraguay, Bulgaria and Japan. I am also a Senior Adjunct Lecturer at Luxembourg University, where I have delivered short courses on research article writing and conference skills. I have an academic background in Modern Languages, Social Sciences, Research Methods, Tourism and Development.

My current research interests are in student transitions, widening participation and internationalisation of university education in the UK. I am also interested in the public engagement of UK universities through studying the wider impacts of peace studies education.

Visits and Field Trips

Visits and field trips for this module are to be confirmed.

 Research Methods for Business : Programme Schedule
Sunday 08 July   Arrival at Newcastle / Airport Meet & Greet
 Monday 09 July  Arrival, Registration, Breakfast and Module Overview

Library Induction, Campus and City Tour

Welcome Evening

 Tuesday 10 July  Introduction to research methodology and methods  What and Why? Developing your research proposal
 Wednesday 11 July

Workshop on searching for Literature and Literature Reviews

Workshop on searching for Literature and Literature Reviews

 Thursday 12 July  What? Developing research questions  Developing research questions (workshop)
 Friday 13 July  Free Time
 Saturday 14 July  Trip to York
 Sunday 15 July  Free Time
 Monday 16 July  How? Choosing appropriate methodologies and methods: Quantitative methods  How? Discussing quantitative methods (workshop)
 Tuesday  17 July  How? Choosing appropriate methodologies and methods: Qualitative methods  How? Discussing qualitative and mixed methods (workshop)
 Wednesday 18 July  Ethical Considerations  Ethical Considerations (workshop)
 Thursday 19 July  Writing Research Proposals and Reports  Harvard Referencing
 Friday 20 July  Free Time  Alnwick Castle (stay overnight)
 Saturday 21 July  Alnwick Castle activities, Northumberland trip then head home to Newcastle
 Sunday 22 July  Free Time
 Monday 23 July  Presentation Skills  Presentation Skills
 Tuesday 24 July  Assessment preparation (tutorials)   Assessment preparation (tutorials)
 Wednesday 25 July  Peer-led assessment preparation  Peer-led assessment preparation
Thursday 26 July   Assessment Reflection  Assessment Reflection
 Friday 27 July  Free Time

 Farewell Lunch & Closing Remarks:

Traditional  Afternoon Tea

 Saturday 28 July

NISS 2018 Closes:

Check out Portland Green Accommodation by 12:00 pm


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