NX9306 - Business Research Project

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to build on student’s understandings of wider business issues, which have been introduced in Semester 1 and to provide an opportunity to further enhance skills and academic practices gained in the Academic Practice module. Students will use this module to identify and explore key areas of business which are relevant to their main programme of study. Further, in producing a coherent, independent research project they will also demonstrate the ability to apply skills of research, analysis and synthesis and to communicate their findings efficiently and effectively both orally and in writing.

How will I learn on this module?

The module has two main teaching and learning approaches. You will start off with whole group lectures which are intended to help prepare you for the research project which you will undertake. The Initial Lecture will introduce you to the concept of the project and its relationship to coursework; and choice of research topic. Others will aim to expand on students' developing skills, including writing and structuring a project, and referencing. In addition, workshops using ICT resources such as the computer hub areas will focus on developing student use of online databases for research.

The main form of teaching will be through your project. Here you will select from a range of subject specific research topics and with the support of a Research Supervisor you will undertake and present your research. The tutorial sessions will be in small group of students and your Supervisor will support you by discussing your research topic and how you are going to carry out the research and will provide you with feedback to support your understanding, analysis and presentation; as well as on draft material.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

6 one hour lectures will be provided which will help you develop both the skills and knowledge to complete an extended piece of research. All lectures are recorded on this module and made available to you through a variety of means including direct streaming and portable MP3 and MP4 files which you can download to use offline. This allows you to access and digest the lecture materials post-lecture at your own pace, and review and revise the lecture material on a variety of platforms and devices.

6 one hour supervision sessions will be provided with a subject specialist from your chosen area. These sessions will provide you with regular opportunities for direct and interactive formative feedback on your progress and understanding.

This module is supported with a site on the e-Learning Portal (Blackboard). This site stores for you the lecture materials, the lecture recordings and supplementary seminar materials. The site is also the springboard for you to access a variety of e-Learning resources including videos, documentaries and radio broadcasts using the “Box of Broadcasts” Library service.

The modules Online Reading List can be reached through the e-Learning Portal. This list provides you with a single comprehensive list of links from which to access all of the modules eBooks, news resources and directed learning academic articles. The site also has a discussion board, on this board you are encouraged to post your weekly Blog posts and participate in peer review of your fellow students as part of your learning on the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• You will be able to identify, select and evaluate sources of business information

• You will be able to apply this to a project [LO1]

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• You will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply skills of research, analysis and synthesis in the context of a piece of independent work.[LO2]

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• You will display through a research project a developing curiosity about businesses and how they operate. [LO3]

How will I be assessed?

The module will be assessed in two parts.

The completion of a project will have marks being allocated to the following two parts:

20% for presentation of a project proposal
80% for the project
[LO1, LO2 and LO3]

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module will equip you with range skills which will support your development as a student who is thirsty to learn about the various areas of business and investigate the role businesses play within the local, national and international environment. In using a student centred approach to teaching you will generate ideas and develop your business curiosity in the form of a project. You will be encouraged to contribute to discussion within your Supervisory sessions and to begin to engage in important levels of critical thinking which are key to developing the skills required of a manager in business.

This module also takes a holistic and reflective approach to your learning. You will engage with academic and business sources, stories and research methods and apply your learning on the module to them. You will be encouraged to reflect on your work and consider how you might apply your newly honed skills beyond this module.

Course info

UCAS Code N755

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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