School of Business, Management and Economics

MBA Final Project (708N1D)

MBA Final Project

Module 708N1D

Module details for 2016/17.

60 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

This course will provide you with an introduction to social science research. The research process is first explained, and then consideration is given to the advantages and limitations of three of the most widely-used research strategies: i.e. case studies; questionnaire surveys and personal interviews; and the statistical analysis of secondary data. In addition, instruction will be given in how to carry out and write a good literature review, and how to write a Management Project Report in the style of a research paper.

Basic concepts and terms
Ethics in research, objectivity
Research planning, including structuring of research
Problem identification
Source of information, primary and secondary
Discussion of research topics, evaluation of conclusions
Practical application of statistical methods to research including data analysis
Presentation of research projects with discussion
Case Studies

Module learning outcomes

Develop a critical, deep and systematic understanding of conceptual and complex issues surrounding quantitative and qualitative research methods

Recognise the purpose of a literature review, access relevant academic literature, and produce a suitably focused literature review which demonstrates a critical analysis of the chosen topic area

Select and apply an appropriate research strategy; acquire and analyse data applying the principles of statistical analysis; and demonstrate a deep understanding of how to structure and write a research paper

Critically survey and analyse relevant theories and models using appropriate instruments and electronic databases.

Select appropriate methods and generate valid primary research findings

Effectively plan a proposal and organise and self-manage a research project.

TypeTimingWeighting
Coursework100.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ProjectT2 Week 3 15.00%
ProjectVacation Week 12 85.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

Prof Susan Newell

Convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/341460

Dr Benjamin Everly

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/324975

Miss Lauren Cornford

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/406985

Prof Chris Storey

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/366190

Prof Constantin Blome

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/341463

Prof Emmanuel Mamatzakis

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/283648

Ms Rachel Miller

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/429051

Dr Yong Yang

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/291879

Dr Raphael Silberzahn

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/406543

Dr Josh Siepel

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/166461

Ms Lisa Blatch

Convenor, Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/273876

Ms Isabel Fischer

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/269069

Prof Katie Bailey

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/328624

Dr Achilleas Boukis

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/330370

Dr Natalia Slutskaya

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/379707

Dr Bruce Hearn

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/280532

Mr Sam Roscoe

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/163978

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