MGMT281-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Business Research Methods

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Description

This course introduces students to the philosophy of research in the business/management field, including both qualitative and quantitative methods. It covers the research process and introduces students to the statistical package SPSS. This course is highly recommended for students contemplating postgraduate study in management.

This course introduces students to the philosophy of research in the business/management field, including both qualitative and quantitative methods. It covers the research process and introduces students to the statistical package SPSS. This course is highly recommended for students contemplating postgraduate study in management or senior managerial roles in business.

Relationship to other courses
MGMT281 provides an introduction to the sorts of research methods required at university and in business. It provides students with the skills necessary to locate and review literature, read and understand research papers and gather, analyse and present research findings. These are skills needed in all BCom courses but particularly for those wishing to continue on to post-graduate study or aspiring to gain professional management roles.

Workload
This course requires students to read set readings and textbook chapters prior to lectures. The set readings are all available on LEARN. Overall, on average 2-4 hours of work in addition to lecture and tutorial attendance is required each week.

Learning Outcomes

A successful MGMT281 student will have the following attributes and abilities:
Learning outcome 1: Students will demonstrate they understand the research process and how it applies to the field of business management.
Learning outcome 2: Students will demonstrate they can use problem-solving and analytical skills to understand business problems and suggest research designs that would provide information that could contribute to a feasible solution.
Learning outcome 3: Students will demonstrate they understand a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis techniques by applying these to the interpretation of research papers and class research assignments.  
Learning outcome 4: Students will demonstrate they can to assess the influence of cultural and philosophical considerations when selecting and applying the various qualitative and quantitative methods studied.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Pre-requisites

(1) 15 points STAT; and (2) 15 points of MGMT or MKTG or MSCI or MATH

Restrictions

MKTG280,  MSCI280, MGMT280, MSCI281

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 A9 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 17:00 - 18:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Thursday 18:00 - 19:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 18:00 - 20:00 E7 Lecture Theatre 10 Sep - 16 Sep

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mesbahuddin Chowdhury

Lecturers

Colleen Mills and Girish Prayag

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Mid Semester Test 11 Sep 2018 30% Mid Semester Test
Assessment 1 (Group) 05 Oct 2018 30% Assessment 1 (Group)
Assessment 2 (Group) 15% Group Report of Investigation
Assessment 3 15% Quiz
Participation in Tutorial Classes 10% Participation in Tutorial Classes


This course has a no extensions policy. If extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances arise that seriously impair a student’s ability to complete an assessment task (assignments and tests) an application for special consideration should be made within 5 working days of the due date of the assessment task.

Group reports will be given in tutorials in the last two weeks of the course. Attendance is compulsory.

Grading
Marks for the test and assignments may be scaled before a final grade is determined.  You should not regard 50% as a pass mark. 10% of the mark is given for class attendance and participation.

Textbooks

Recommended Reading

Field, Andy P; Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics :and sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll; 4th ed; Sage, 2013.

Zikmund, William G; Business research methods; 9th ed; South-Western, 2013.

Tracy, S. J. (2013). Qualitative research methods: Collecting evidence, crafting analysis, communicating impact. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons. (Available from library as an e-book)

Readings will be available on LEARN.

Notes

Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $790.00

International fee $3,350.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

All MGMT281 Occurrences

  • MGMT281-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018