MGMT620-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Research Methods

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course focuses on the conceptualisation of research issues in the field of management, the various management research paradigms in use, and the methodological approaches employed in management research. It discusses the nature and use of quantitative and qualitative methods in academic management research. This includes the development of research questions within a theoretical system informed by management and organization theories, and with a view to the appropriate methods of data collection and analysis, as well as the reporting and communication of research results.

This paper provides an overview of the research process, and examines the different types of research philosophies used to help develop theory. An in-depth examination of qualitative and quantitative research techniques is provided to assist students when designing their own research study.

The estimated workload for this course is about 300 hours. This is made up as follows:

Lectures / Tutorials 60 hours
Assignments 150 hours
Lecture preparation and follow-up 90 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of competing research philosophies and paradigms.
  • Be able to develop a literature driven research question.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques.
  • Be able to interpret the results of data analysis.
  • Be able to critically assess research articles and reports that use qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Be able to write a research proposal for a defined audience.

    Learning Objectives, MCom
  • A graduate can demonstrate higher level in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary thought and developments within your specific research area.
  • A graduate can evaluate the implications of their own research findings for the wider body of relevant academic literature.
  • Graduates can plan and carry out a supervised programme of academic research that shows a sound understanding of ethical practice.
  • A graduate can synthesise academic literature and communicate research findings, both orally and in written form, consistent with academics working in their chosen discipline.

    For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the School holding your assessment for this purpose then email the Course Coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department


Timetable Note

Due to the discussion based nature of this course lectures for MGMT/MKTG620 are not recorded using the ECHO360 lecture recording system.
Tutorials and/or laboratories will accompany some lectures. Details are in the lecture schedule.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Paul Ballantine


Girish Prayag , Michael Hall and Matt Scobie


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
One-page Initial Research Proposal 31 Mar 2023 5% One-page Initial Research Proposal
Literature Review 01 May 2023 25% Literature Review
Problem-based Assignment 26 May 2023 20% Problem-based Assignment
Research Proposal Presentation 01 Jun 2023 5% Research Proposal Presentation
Research Proposal 09 Jun 2023 45% Research Proposal

All assignments are to be submitted online via LEARN

One-page Initial Research Proposal 31 March 5%
This one-page research project proposal will be used to assign your supervisor(s) for the research dissertation or thesis. The supervisor(s) will then be able to help with the development of your detailed proposal during Term 2. The full written proposal (and oral presentation) is due at the end of the course.

This short proposal will need to explain your research idea, catch attention, and show some awareness of the current literature surrounding the topic. The project details will be expanded and modified as the project proposal is refined in consultation with your supervisor(s).

Literature Review 1 May 25%
The literature review can be on a topic of your own choosing, which may be the literature review for your project. However, there is likely to be significant differences between this literature review assignment and what you hand in for the research proposal, as the proposal will need to be significantly more focused on the problem you are tackling. The literature review can also be an opportunity for you to work through different potential areas of interest.

The word limit is between 4,000 and 7,000 words, including references (remember that the reference list will make up a significant proportion of the word count).

The review must be in either APA or Harvard referencing style (no other referencing style is acceptable). Please use either 11 or 12 point font for text. The assignment should be either single or 1.5 spaced. Please ensure that there is a clear line space between paragraphs. Pages should be numbered consecutively. There must be a minimum of a 2cm wide margin.

Further discussion on undertaking literature reviews will be covered in class. A substantial body of readings is also available via Learn.

Problem-based Assignment 26 May 20%
Further details of this assignment will be provided in class.

Research Proposal Presentation 1 June 5%
The research proposal presentation will be based on your written proposal. It should focus on the research problem, give a brief overview of the relevant literature, outline your proposed methodology, and speculate on the academic and practical contributions of the research.

Presentation length should be between 10 and 15 minutes, including time for questions. The proposal will be presented to the whole class, the course lecturers, your project supervisor(s), and other academic staff depending on their availability. Feedback will be provided that you can then incorporate into your written proposal, due one week later.

Research Proposal 9 June 45%
Your proposal will outline the details of your dissertation or thesis. It should be no more than 20 pages long (excluding the references list), use 12pt Times New Roman font, 1.5 spacing, at least 2.54cm margins all around the page.  Please ensure you follow the APA style for citations and references. Potential headings to be used in the research proposal could include (but are not limited to) a short abstract, introduction (including aims and objectives), literature review, methodology (including justification for choice of method), timeline for research, budget, ethical issues and approval, potential academic and practical contributions, and a summary/conclusion. More details, including the marking criteria, will be provided during the semester.

Assessment in Te Reo Māori
In recognising that Te Reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand, the University provides for students who may wish to use the Te Reo Māori in their assessment. If you intend to submit your work in Te Reo Māori you are required to do the following:

Read the Assessment in Te Reo Māori Policy and ensure that you meet the conditions set out in the policy. This includes, but is not limited to, informing the Course Coordinator 1) no later than 10 working days after the commencement of the course that you wish to use Te Reo Māori and 2) at least 15 working days before each assessment due date that you wish to use Te Reo Māori.

Textbooks / Resources

Readings are available on the course Learn site.

Online Resources
Lecture notes, assignment details, announcements relating to the course, and marks for assessment items will be available via the UC Learn site.

Check the course Learn site regularly for notices and updates.

Course links



Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
A summary of Departmental academic policies on course grading, special considerations, etc. is available under: The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the following:
• UC Business School Student Handbook on the UC Business School Students Learn page
General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,074.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Tourism .

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