Research and Consultancy Methods - CB757

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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5 15 (7.5) PROF P Phillips




Available to short-term/exchange students



This module introduces students to the nature of research and the business consultancy processes involved in carrying out research and consultancy in an area of management, technology and enterprise. The module prepares students for their respective independent research work in an organisational or industry context; and for undertaking management interventions in the workplace.
Topics may include:
• Nature of research - what is it and who cares?
• Research approaches, Philosophy of thinking and claims; and key methodologies of research.
• Research and consultancy project designs and methodologies (case study, survey, etc):
• Data collection and analysis
• Formulating research & consultancy aim(s) and objectives;
• Nature of consultancy and consultancy approaches/interventions;
• Role of management consultancy;
• Research proposal and tender writing, research ethics and project planning.
• The management consulting process;
• Strategy problem solving skills;
• Client engagement;


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 23
Private study hours: 127
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Group report – 1500 words (20%)
Individual Research Proposal or Consultancy Tender (4000 words) (80%).

Reassessment method:
100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Saunders, M., Lewis, P., & Thornhill, A (2015). Research Methods for Business Students. 7th ed. London: Financial Times Prentice Hall
Wickham, L. and Wilcock, J., (2016). Management Consulting 5th edn: Delivering an Effective Project. Pearson Higher Ed.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- apply research methods knowledge and skills with originality in situations of a professional nature;
- search for, retrieve, select and critically evaluate information - especially published literature in books, journals and web resources - to support research and consultancy objectives;
- critically evaluate various research approaches, methods and techniques for their chosen topic of further study/research, or to assist in organisational problem solving via a consultancy intervention;
- discuss the ethical and practical issues and implications of undertaking research and or consultancy based applied projects;
- develop a research proposal within a team environment and in a scholarly style appropriate to dissertations and projects at undergraduate level; or to develop a tender specification for a client

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- analyse problems/questions and take steps needed to find solutions/answers;
- plan and organise their time and activities effectively to deliver outputs;
- acquire and utilise data, tools, techniques and resources required for producing outputs effectively for meeting goals and objectives;
- demonstrate effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise others' contributions in a group process

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