Module Title:Business Research Methods
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 7 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work individually and in groups to resolve various business research scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Practicals – the emphasis on hands-on exploration of data using statistical software will develop statistical reasoning and data analysis skills. Students will be supported by a range of online resources, including how-to videos, interactive multimedia presentations on statistics and relevant e-book chapters. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the nature of the research process and what it entails, from the initial stages of finding a research question/hypothesis to the final product of the research project/thesis.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain and articulate on all stages of the research process.
LO2 Explain and critique the main research paradigms.
LO3 Evaluate methodological strategies for research projects.
LO4 Evaluate and synthesise business literature and correctly reference using the Harvard Referencing System.
LO5 Explain and critique the various primary data collection methods available to business researchers.
LO6 Analyse, interpret and present data using statistical software (SPSS).
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

6600 BUSS H1305 Quantitative Techniques
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Business Research
• Definition and purpose of research • Characteristics of a good research project • Research Approaches: Deductive and Inductive • The Research Process • Importance of Business Research
The Research Design
• Identifying a research problem: Techniques for generating a research topic and research ideas • Developing a Theoretical Framework • Defining research questions / Hypotheses • Methodological Strategy • What makes a good research proposal? • Writing the research proposal
Writing a Literature Review
• The importance of a literature review • Starting a literature search • The Literature Review process
Finding and Collecting Data
• Introduction to data collection methods • Variables • Selecting a Sample • Primary and Secondary Data Sources • Qualitative & Quantitative Data Collection Methods (Ethnography, Experiments, The Critical Incident Technique, Diaries, Focus groups, Interviews, Observation and Surveys) • Data Recording & Observations -Ethics in Business Research
E-Research: Internet Research Methods
Using websites to collect data: Virtual Ethnography: Qualitative Research using online Focus groups: Quanitative research using on line personal interviews: Online Social Surveys: Ethics in E-Research
Quantitative & Qualitative Data Analysis
• How to analyse quantitative data? • Analysing qualitative data (Content Analysis, Repertory Grids, Cognitive Remapping) • Challenges to qualitative data analysis
Report Generation
• Structure of a Business Research Report & Dissertation • Writing Style • Referencing (The Harvard System) & Bibliography
SPSS and Statistical Thinking (25%)
Using the Data Editor: Data Coding and Entry; Defining Variables; Value labels; Missing values; and, Modifying and recoding data values; Analysing and interpreting data: Frequencies; Descriptive Statistics; Explore and Cross tab procedures; and, Multiple Response Procedures; Exploring Sub-Groups of datasets: Select procedure and the split file procedure; Linear Correlation and Regression; Normal distribution; Confidence Intervals; Introduction to Hypothesis Testing (parametric, non-parametric); Using the Output Editor: Creating and modifying Charts; Changing TableLooks; Exporting tables and charts to other applications; and, Statistical Thinking.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Students will be required to present a research paper of their choice in a research appraisal workshop. 1,2,4,5 10.00 Week 6
Other In-Class Assessment 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 Week 12
Essay Literature Review 4 25.00 Week 21
Other Research Proposal 1,3,4,5 20.00 Week 26
Other SPSS Assessments 6 25.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Every Week 4.00
Practicals Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 7.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Time Every Week 5.50
Total Hours 7.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CW_BBLAW_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business with Law 3 Elective
CW_BBHRM_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Human Resource Management 3 Mandatory
CW_BRLMB_B Bachelor of Business(Honours) in Management 3 Mandatory
CW_BBBBM_B Bachelor of Business(Honours) in Management 3 Mandatory
CW_BBSCM_B Bachelor of Business(Honours) in Supply Chain Management 3 Mandatory