Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management Research

Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management Research

Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management Research

 

Overview

Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management Research deals with principles of research including formulations of research questions, hypothesis and objectives. The unit will cover literature reviews, referencing, data collection using interviews and surveys, questionnaire design, statistical analysing using SPSS and developing statistical modules, qualitative data analysis inferences and conclusions from the analysed data. Anincludesinclude factor analysis, regression analysis, discriminates analysis and logistic regression using SPSS.

 

Learning Objectives

Overall learning objectives of this course are,

  • A critical understanding of the different assumptions underlying research into the social sciences and the nature and status of research methodology,
  • An overview of the different debates and issues underlying the research process and how this relates to the specific methods they may select to conduct a study
  • Critically review the collection, presentation and analysis of data to complete a research project.
  • Appreciate the quality issues associated with data handling

 

How will you study

Our learning portal will be available to you study 24/7. You can use your Desktop Computer, Laptop, Mobile or Tablet anytime in a flexible way to study entirely online.

 

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include an assignment. There is no exam in this course. You will be required to submit an assignment of minimum 1500 words to achieve 15 credits.

 

Results and Certificate

Learners are required to achieve 15 credits to achieve the following qualification, awarded by EBMA

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods for Managers  OR
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods using SPSS  OR
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management Research. 

Results will be issued within 3 working days of an assignment submission. While EBMA will issue the certificate within 5 working days.

 

Credit Transfer and Progressions

Learners 15 credit through this course are accepted towards following qualifications

  • Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration or
  • Level 7 Diploma in Executive Management
  • MBA

 

Lessons

  1. The nature of business and management Research

    In this lesson, you will learn the main purpose and distinct focus of management research.
  2. Formulating and clarifying the research topic

    In this lesson, you will learn how to generate ideas that will help in the choice of a suitable research topic; Identifying the attributes of a good research topic and then turn research ideas into a research project that has clear research question(s) and objectives; Finally, you will be able to write draft a research proposal.
  3. Critically reviewing the literature

    In this lesson, you will learn the importance and purpose of the critical literature review to your research project; understand secondary and tertiary literature sources available e.g. internet and be able to evaluate the relevance, value and sufficiency of the literature. Further, you will also be able to reference the literature found accurately and apply the knowledge, skills and understanding gained to your own research project/thesis/dissertation.0
  4. Understanding research philosophies and approaches

    In this lesson, you will be able to gain knowledge relating to research paradigms which are significant to your research. It is always a good idea to use those terms and apply in your research context.
  5. Formulating the research design

    In this lesson, you will be able to learn the differences between quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques and analysis procedures. Further, you will also learner concepts of validity and reliability and identify the main threats to validity and reliability relating to your research.
  6. Negotiating access and research ethics

    In this lesson, you will be able to use a range of sampling techniques and then apply the knowledge, skills and understanding gained to your own research project/thesis/dissertation.
  7. Using secondary data

    In this lesson, you will be able to use a range of techniques, including published guides and the Internet, to locate secondary data then apply the knowledge, skills and understanding gained to your own research project/thesis/dissertation.
  8. Collecting primary data through observation

    In this lesson, you will be able to use checklist & different tools and techniques to help you with data collection and analysis for both participant observation and structured observation.
  9. Collecting primary data using semi-structured, in-depth and group interviews

    In this lesson, you will be able to use checklist & different tools and techniques to help you with primary data collection using semi-structured, in-depth and group interviews.
  10. Collecting primary data using questionnaires

    In this lesson, you will be able to use checklist & different tools and techniques to help you with primary data collection using questionnaires. You will also gain an understanding of how to take appropriate action to enhance response rates and to ensure the validity and reliability of the data collected and then to apply the knowledge, skills and understanding gained to your own research project/thesis/dissertation.
  11. Analysing quantitative data using SPSS

    In this lesson, you will be able to use tools and techniques to analyse data collected through previously studied methods. If you would like to use SPSS, then you should use that.
  12. Analysing qualitative data

    In this lesson, you will be able to use tools and techniques to analyse data collected through previously studied methods. If you would like to use computer-aided qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS).
  13. Writing and presenting your project report (Dissertation or Thesis)

    In this lesson, you will be able to learn how to use an appropriate format, structure and style for the final project report, meet the minimum assessment criteria, plan, design and submit the report.

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