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Department: Portfolio of Master Programmes in Project Management
Module Description: Develop students' ability to conduct a research assignment related to project management and to prepare students to carry out the dissertation component of the programme successfully. A particular emphasis is placed on projects/organisations and their applicability to different environments and situations. The initial stages of the module will consider key issues relating to research methods in general, including ethics, and how to design a research proposal and carry out research assignment. The module will then consider qualitative research techniques including data collection, data transcription, and analysis. Consideration will then be given to quantitative research techniques such as surveys and analysing data with PASW. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research approaches such as Action research, Ethnographic research, Case studies, and Modelling/Simulation will also be dealt with. The module will conclude with a discussion of the content of the module in relation to student research-based assignments.
- Di Gregorio, S. and Davidson, J. (2008). Qualitative research design for software users. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
- Gill, J., Johnson, P. and Clark, M. (2010). Research methods for managers. 4th edn. Los Angeles: SAGE.
- Saunders, M. N. K., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2019). Research methods for business students. 8th edn. Harlow, United Kingdom: Pearson.
- Yin, R. K. and Campbell, D. T. (2018). Case study research and applications : design and methods. 6th edn. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications.
Indicative key readings
- Collis, J. and Hussey, R. (2014). Business research: a practical guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students. 4th edn. Palgrave Macmillan
- Di Gregorio, S. and Davidson, J. (2008). Qualitative research design for software users. New York: McGraw Hill.
- Fellows, R. and Liu, A. (2015). Research methods for construction. 4th edn. Oxford: Blackwell Science.
- Gill, J. and Johnson, P. (2010). Research methods for managers. London: Sage Publications.
- Naoum, S. G. (2013). Dissertation research and writing for construction students. 3rd edn. Oxford: Butterworth and Heinemann.
- Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2016). Research methods for business students. 7th edn. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
- Silverman, D. (2016). Qualitative research: theory, method and practice. 4th edn. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
- Yin, R. K. (2018). Case study research: design and methods. 6th edn. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
- Barrett, P. S. and Barrett, L. C. (2003). Research as a kaleidoscope on practice. Construction Management and Economics, vol. 21, pp. 755-766.
- Dembowski, S. and Hanmer-Lloyd, S. (1995). Computer applications – a new road to qualitative data analysis. European Journal of Marketing, vol. 29(11), pp. 50-62.
- Holliday, A. (2016). Doing and writing qualitative research. 3rd edn. London: Sage Publications.
- Myers, M. (2013). Qualitative research in business and management. 2nd edn. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.