UNIT 4: RESEARCH PROJECT

UNIT 4: RESEARCH PROJECT


Research Project K/601/0941



 LO1 Understand how to formulate a research specification



Understand how to formulate a research specification Research formulation: aims and objectives; rationale for selection; methodology for data collection and analysis; literature review; critique of references from primary sources eg questionnaires, interviews; secondary sources eg books, journals, internet; scope and limitations; implications eg resources Hypothesis: definition; suitability; skills and knowledge to be gained; aims and objectives; terms of reference; duration; ethical issues Action plan: rationale for research question or hypothesis; milestones; task dates; review dates; monitoring/reviewing process; strategy Research design: type of research eg qualitative, quantitative, systematic, original; methodology; resources; statistical analyses; validity; reliability; control of variables



1.1 formulate and record possible research project outline specifications



1.2 identify the factors that contribute to the process of research project selection 



1.3 undertake a critical review of key references 



1.4 produce a research project specification



1.5 provide an appropriate plan and procedures for the agreed research specification



LO2 Be able to implement the research project within agreed procedures and to specification



Be able to implement the research project within agreed procedures and to specification Implement: according to research design and method; test research hypotheses; considering test validity; reliability Data collection: selection of appropriate tools for data collection; types eg qualitative, quantitative; systematic recording; methodological problems eg bias, variables and control of variables, validity and reliability Data analysis and interpretation: qualitative and quantitative data analysis – interpreting transcripts; coding techniques; specialist software; statistical tables; comparison of variable; trends; forecasting

2.1 match resources efficiently to the research question or hypothesis


2.2 undertake the proposed research investigation in accordance with the agreed specification and procedures 



2.3 record and collate relevant data where appropriate



LO3 Be able to evaluate the research outcomes




Be able to evaluate the research outcomes Evaluation of outcomes: overview of the success or failure of the research project (planning, aims and objectives, evidence and findings, validity, reliability, benefits, difficulties, conclusion(s)) Future consideration: significance of research investigation; application of research results; implications; limitations of the investigation; improvements; recommendations for the future, areas for future research


3.1 use appropriate research evaluation techniques



3.2 interpret and analyse the results in terms of the original research specification



3.3 make recommendations and justify areas for further consideration

LO4 Be able to present the research outcomes


Be able to present the research outcomes Format: professional delivery format appropriate to the audience; appropriate media
                                                                                        PGBM73 MBA Dissertation


4.1 use an agreed format and appropriate media to present the outcomes of the research to an audience







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