NX9601 - Work-Based Research Report

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What will I learn on this module?

This module provides an opportunity for you to investigate into a work-related issue, practicing research skills through engaging in a research project. Through studying this module you will develop a wide range of inter-personal, intellectual and practical (functional) skills. You will increase your awareness of the workplace as a learning environment and enhance your individual effectiveness and employability, whilst also contributing to the organisation’s development and effectiveness through change. The organisation in question may be your employer or your own start-up business.

The project will draw upon your learning across the programme: to identify a business, management or leadership issue relevant to your organisation and design and conduct an appropriate research project to explore this issue before relating this back to the organisational context. The project will focus on a work-based issue and seek to develop skills in:

• the diagnosis of problems
• data collection
• data analysis
• development of strategies to address problems
• addressing ethical issues in research
• drawing supportable conclusions from data analysis
• limitations of the research process
• presentation techniques

You will be expected to demonstrate that appropriate ethical, commercial confidentiality and data protection issues are taken into consideration from an organisational, individual perspective by adhering to University Ethical Guidelines. Furthermore you will also engage in reflection on the learning derived from carrying out the project.

How will I learn on this module?

This module employs a work-based learning approach in which learning is applied to, and occurs in, your organisation. This module is designed to promote personal development and a range of inter-personal, intellectual and practical (functional) skills based around and demonstrated through an individually negotiated real-time work-based project that will also be of benefit to your organisation.

The module may be delivered in multiple ways depending on your programme of study, including:

Scheduled sessions: these will be classroom based for those studying on full time or part-time programmes and will be facilitated electronically for those studying on a distance learning programme, They will address issues such as data collection and analysis approaches and methods for both qualitative and quantitative research.
Directed learning: a wide range of module specific self-supported learning materials are provided, such as questions for consideration and peer group discussions.
Independent learning: you will also be encouraged to engage in wider reading beyond the provided learning materials, in particular in relation to your chosen topic for the project. You will engage in gathering relevant personal and organisational data and will engage in the analysis and interpretation of this on an individual basis also.

A learning plan will provide an overview of the module, recommended reading and a detailed outline of the scheduled, directed and independent learning activities while studying the module.

Adopting this learning and assessment strategy, in particular the requirement to develop recommendations as result of your research findings and personal reflective learning statement, you will be encouraged to develop your knowledge and skills and apply this to your own role as practising/aspiring supervisors/first-line/owner managers, in order to think critically about your personal and organisational practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be allocated an individual work-based research project supervisor with whom you will have access to face-to-face (or online if studying on a distance learning programme) tutorial support alongside your workplace supervisor (where appropriate).

You will develop your knowledge of research methods and ability to manage research projects and conduct research through developing practical skills in data collection and analysis (both qualitative and quantitative), as well as the completion and write-up of research projects. The topic of the work-based research project, its specific aim(s) and the research method adopted will be unique to how you design your project.

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?

You will be expected to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding:
1) Your knowledge of entrepreneurship, business, management and/or leadership, at least some of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of aspects of the discipline.

2) Your appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of the knowledge you produce through your research.

Intellectual/Professional skills and abilities:
3) Your ability to apply your knowledge of entrepreneurship, business, management and/or leadership to appreciate the implications for organisational strategic performance

4) Your ability to apply techniques of analysis and enquiry in the investigation of a business related issue.


Personal Values attributes:
5) Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues associated with conducting research

How will I be assessed?

The assessment is in the form of a 10,000 word report. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback both from tutors and within peer groups. Furthermore you will be supported by a personal supervisor throughout the year, who will discuss your work with you on an on-going basis providing you with feedback on your ideas, approaches and progress.

(Addresses module learning outcomes 1-5)

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module is designed to enable you to develop your research skills as well as increasing your awareness of the workplace as a learning environment. Through selecting a topic of your choice and designing your research to suit the topic and organisational context, it is an opportunity for autonomy and the pursuing of topics and issues most relevant to your own interests and challenges faced by your organisation. Through this you will gain insight into the organisational issue, whilst also developing an ability to critique and use evidence to further understand it.
This module has been designed to fit alongside your current role in your organisation and you will be encouraged to discuss this with your employer (if applicable) throughout the year. You will develop your employability and individual effectiveness, through developing your capacity for enquiry based research within a business setting, whilst also contributing to the organisation’s effectiveness.

Course info

UCAS Code N1N4

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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