SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHN223785
Module Leader Christopher Smith
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)-B (January start)
  • S-B (January start)-C (May start)-A (September start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)-A (September start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

The learner must be employed in a full time, part time or voluntary basis. Before entry to this module, students must demonstrate a threshold understanding and knowledge of research and research design (methodology, methods, analysis and ethics), including conducting a literature review; typically, this is demonstrated by passing a Research Methods module.

Summary of Content

The module allows the student to undertake an in-depth study of a particular area of work activity, and demonstrate a critical understanding of the theory underpinning it. The student is expected to demonstrate an ability to conduct supervised research and produce a written report of approximately 10,000 words.


The Honours research project assumes a student centred approach to teaching and learning. The progress on the project requires the student to develop (under supervision) their own methods and approaches to the development of their chosen topic. Some key concepts around data collection, data analysis, and presentation, will be offered by seminars/webinars.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Design and plan a research project within an analytical and theoretical framework studied in previous modules.2. Conduct an empirical research project within the workplace.3. Reflective critically on their learning from undertaking the project.4. Assess the potential impact of their project on the business.5. Demonstrate an ability to manage the project effectively.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be expected to draw on academic theories and techniques in order to frame, analyse and solve actual work-based problems. To this end learning will involve not only formal but informal learning strategies and assessment. This module particularly emphasises the integration of learning and work e.g. the student's assessment may involve them in conducting actual work based analysis and decision making within a work context. The module utilises an interactive lecture programme where students are encouraged to participate and contribute. Students are required to undertake a programme of specified reading for independent learning, and reflect upon managerial practices within the workplace. The teaching and skills development programme will be supported via GCU Learn, which will also enhance the students' ability to utilise e-communication. Intended learning outcome 1, may be assessed formatively, for those students who have taken the Research Methods for the Workplace module (or equivalent).

Indicative Reading

Advanced level texts in relevant fields. Research and Professional Journals in relevant fields. Recent conference papers (where available). Websites, electronic search engines, databases, etc. as appropriate to the specialist topic and area of the dissertation. Academic text on dissertation writing, such as: Bell, E., Bryman, A., and Harley, B, 2019. Business Research Methods, 5 th edition. Oxford. Oxford University Press Bell, J and Waters, S (2014) Doing your Research Project: A Guide for First Time Researchers, 6 th Edition, Buckingham: Open University Press Biggam, J. (2014) Succeeding with Your Master's Dissertation: A Step-by Step Handbook, 3 rd edition, Maidenhead: Open University Press Blaxter L., Hughes C. and Tight, M. (2010) How to Research, 4 th edition, Maidenhead: Open University Press Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2011) Business Research Methods, 3 rd edition, Oxford University Press Denscombe, M. (2014) The Good research Guide for small-scale social research projects, 5 th edition, Maidenhead: Open University Press Grix, J (2010) The Foundations of Research, 2 nd edition, Basingstoke, Palgrave Nutbrown, C. (2012) A Student's Guide to Methodology, 3 rd edition, Sage Publications Ltd Punch, K. F. (2014) Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, 3 rd Edition, London, Sage Publication Rugg, G & Petre, M. (2007) A Gentle Guide to Research Methods, Maidenhead: Open University Press Saunders, M.N.K., Lewis, P., and Thornhill, A., 2019, Research Methods for Business Students, 8 th edition, Harlow, Pearson. Thomas, G (2009) How to do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences, Sage Publications Ltd Wilson, J. (2014) Essentials of Business Research: A Guide to Doing Your Research Project, 2 nd edition, London, Sage Publications

Transferrable Skills

Self-management: self-motivation, time management and critical self-reflection and evaluation of personal performance. Interpersonal Skills: an ability to work collaboratively and constructively with others on a complex group assignment. Communication skills, negotiation skills and presentation skills when participating in the group work and group presentation Peer assessment: skills in giving and receiving constructive feedback. Research skills: data gathering using secondary and primary methods, and data analysis. C & IT skills: engaging in a virtual learning environment; using MS Powerpoint , Excel and MS Word packages for presentations, data analysis and report writing; accessing and using industry databases such as FAME, MINTEL, KEYNOTE. Using Refworks software to develop referencing skills, and Turnitin software to improve writing style.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 80.00
Independent Learning (PT) 305.00
Lectures (PT) 15.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 1.00 100.00 40% Portfolio-equivalent to 10,000 words. Typically consisting of a written report, project management documentation and critical personal reflection.