Module details for Researching Business and Innovation


An introduction to research methods that could be used for investigating a topic or issue related to business and innovation.


This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of the principles of research methodology, methods of data collection and data analysis, ethics in research, and how to apply this knowledge to a real-life problem related to business and innovation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Understand key elements of a research design;

2.  Identify a problem in business and/or innovation and select research methods appropriate for investigating it and achieving research aims;

3.  Apply statistical and other quantitative methods to investigate a business problem.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to Research

Explaining the nature and purpose of research; introduction to the different types of research (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods).

2 Dealing with Practical Issues

Identifying the main stages in the research process; identifying/generating a research topic and setting research aims; creating a research design.

3 Understanding principles of research ethics and dealing with ethical issues in conducting research

4 Data Collection and Analysis

Approaches to qualitative and quantitative data collection. Methods of data analysis.

5 Writing a Research Proposal

Purpose and structure of a research proposal.

6 Descriptive Statistics

Summarising and visualising data sets. Exploring the relationships between variables.

7 Inferential Statistics

Hypothesis testing; selected hypothesis tests.

8 Application of statistical and other quantitative methods to a real-life business problem

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 24
Assessment 50
Independent 102
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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