Business Report - CB9164

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Yearlong 7 45 (22.5) DR V Chau checkmark-circle


This module will enable students to write a high quality Business Report on a management and/ or business related issue which both supports their immediate career objectives and satisfies the examination requirements first time.

The module will typically include:
• Business Reports
• The Literature Review
• Electronic Literature Searching and On-Line Sources
• Using Literature Effectively
• Research Design
• Introduction to Research Methods: Including observational research, surveys, experiments and qualitative research
• Writing a Business Report
• Communicating Findings to Different Audiences


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 426
Total study hours: 450

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods

Proposal (750 – 1000 words) (10%)
Business Report (6000 - 8000 words) (90%)

Indicative reading

Core reading:
Blumberg, B., Cooper, D.R., and P.S. Schindler (2014), Business Research Methods, 4th European Edition. London: McGraw Hill.

Recommended reading:
Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2012) Business Research Methods, 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. and Lowe, A. (2012). Management Research: An Introduction. 4th Edition, London: Sage.
Field, A. (2012). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. 4th Edition. London: Sage.
Fisher, C. (2010). Researching and Writing a Dissertation: An Essential Guide for Business Students, 3rd Edition, London: Prentice Hall.
Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2012). Research Methods for Business Students. 6th Edition. Harlow: Pearson.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Identify an appropriate business topic on which to write the report.
2 Identify and apply advanced tools and techniques to support the report.
3 Produce a report in the required format that systematically integrates and communicates knowledge gained from the MSc International Business and Management programme.
4 Demonstrate a deep understanding of and competency in their individual project domains.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate advanced competence in numeracy and quantitative skills including the use of models of business situations, qualitative research skills.
2 Conduct critical research into business and management issues.
3 Identify, find, record, organise and manipulate and communicate knowledge relevant to the development and management of organisations.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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