MODULE TITLE: Research Methods and International Project - part 1 and part 2 Brief introduction to module This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills that are required to undertake independent research on a topic that you will be chosen for your final dissertation where you determine the methodology and approach. In so doing you will take significant strides on the path to becoming an independent learner, and feel able to undertake other research tasks, with the help of your supervisor. The module will provide you with an understanding of research philosophies; introduce you to a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and methods of analysis. You will develop your intellectual reasoning ability as well as your ability to write critically. During the lecture and seminar classes you will be given opportunities to discuss and evaluate a range of research methods and approaches. Overall assessment (part 1 and 2) Course work · Research Project Proposal (35% of module marks) Word count: 2,000 words++ · International Business Project (65% of module marks) Students are not to be penalised for exceeding the word count. They are encouraged to collect and analyse data, as well as discuss the findings and put forward recommendations, which requires a lengthier contribution. Module learning outcomes: • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research method process, including identifying the research area, topic and question, critical literature review, research philosophy and design, sampling and sampling techniques, data collection and analysis, synthesis and research dissemination • Demonstrate and understand the ethical consideration and issue as well as value of ethical procedures when conducting research in business • Be able to work collaboratively within a learning community, time management and self- management as well as the ability to use research skills in a wider context • Be able to develop an appropriate and feasible research proposal to a specific context Research Project Proposal (35% of module marks) The research methods proposal will enable students to build up a collection of material providing evidence of developing research skills. The core content of the proposal will consist of an exercise in each of the following five areas, corresponding to the Specific Learning Outcomes above (and will include both individual and group work). Preliminary literature review should include 10+ references to relevant business/academic studies Research design and its feasibility should be demonstrated All potential ethical issues/concerns at each stage of the research project addressed The outline of planned empirical investigation (time frame and resources) spans from the beginning of the project (brainstorming stage) till the thesis submission deadline. The mandatory structure of the re.