SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MDN221448
Module Leader Patrick Ring
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • C (May start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Pass three other modules which comprise Stage I of Professional Doctorate programme: Research Methods, Professional Development/Professional Enhancement and Group Negotiated Study

Summary of Content

The student will explore aspects of project management including initial idea, through to project design and testing, implementation, controlling risk, monitoring, and evaluation. There will also be a strong focus on working effectively with a research supervisor. Each student will identify a work based issue/problem and set it in a policy/strategic context. A research question will be developed and supported by a comprehensive literature review and selection of appropriate methodology/ies which will form part of a project proposal. The proposal will be summarised; this will form the basis of the proposal for registration for Stage Two of the Professional Doctorate with the Higher Degrees Committee (RDC1).


-426b7 Identify a work-based problem, set it in an appropriate policy/strategic context, and define a research question. b7 Search and evaluate appropriate literature -426b7 Identify and evaluate a range of appropriate methodologies, highlighting the strengths and limitations of each methodology b7 Select the most appropriate methodology b7 Project management: understand and describe the key stages/element of project planning b7 Working within teams and with a supervisor b7 Complete a research protocol and produce a six-page summary as part of the registration process with the Higher Degrees Committee for stage two of the professional doctorate (RDC1).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. demonstrate leadership and/or originality in identifying and addressing a work based problem/issue;2. undertake a critical analysis of a work based problem/issue, develop and define a researchable question;3. critically analyse a problem/issue, setting it in the context of relevant policies and/or literature, identify and conceptualise the potential impact on service delivery/organisation;4. apply a range of standard and/or specialized research instruments and techniques of enquiry;5. undertake a critical analysis of selected methodological approaches, summarising the strengths and limitations of each approach and a justification for your selected methodology;6. develop a detailed project proposal including a six page outline for approval by the Higher Degrees Committee (RDC1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered in two stages: Stage 1 is a 5-day series of interactive workshops delivered to the whole cohort at the start of the module; the key philosophy underpinning the workshops is learning through participation, reflection and application. Embedded within the programme is the 1-day "Effective Researcher Programme" which will also open to full time and part time PhD students. Stage 2 comprises of 6 hours of one to one supervision during which time the student is supported in developing their work based idea into researchable question, which meet the assessment criteria. This module is in essence an independent piece of research planning conducted by the student under the supervision of a university member of staff. The student will develop their research idea in discussion with their supervisor and submit drafts of the research proposal to his/her supervisor, which will help focus discussions at key supervisory meetings. It is expected that the project proposal will underpin the research project for stage two of the doctorate, and that the supervisor will become part of their supervisory team for the research project in stage two.

Indicative Reading

Books: Denscombe M (2012) Research proposals A Practical guide . Open University Press, Maidenhead Murray, R. (2011) How to Write a Thesis, Open University Press, Maidenhead. O'Leary, Z.(2009) The essential guide to doing your research project Sage, London -720 Oliver, P. (2008) Writing Your Thesis (Second Edition). Sage, London Phillips, EM, Pugh, D & Johnson, C. (2015) How to get a PhD: A handbook for students and supervisors , Open University Press, Maidenhead Robson, C. & MCartan,K. (2016 ) Real world research: a resource for users of social research methods in applied settings , Wiley, Chichester Gosling, P & Noordam, L.D (2011) Mastering your PhD Survival and Success in Doctoral Years and Beyond. Springer Websites: Monash University's Guide to Editing Your Thesis: Monash University's Guide to Academic Writing:

Transferrable Skills

-720b7 Demonstrate leadership and/or originality in tackling and solving problems/issues. -720b7 High level skills of critical appraisal in the analysis of work based issues/problems. -720b7 Report writing skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 260.00
Tutorials (PT) 40.00
Assessment (PT) 300.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% coursework assignment (plus a synopsis of project proposal for RDC1) 8000 words