Course Brief

Research plays an essential role in business and in public policy and management. Increasingly, organisations undertake small-scale research projects, to find out about matters relating to the concerns of their organisation or to critically evaluate existing policies. Both commercial firms and government institutions rely upon research to inform their decisions, to test the effectiveness of existing policies, to predict the effects of intended future policies, to understand management processes and decisions and to gain insights into public preferences and opinions about public services. Whether you are studying this course in order to carry out research in your professional role, to commission and project-manage research conducted by others or to complete a dissertation for your MSc qualification, your ability to appropriately and rigorously design, execute report, and evaluate research is essential. The range of research issues and research methods available for researchers to use is vast - too vast to be covered in one introductory course. Therefore, this course concentrates on helping you develop a rigorous understanding of the key principles and practice of research that are needed to get a research project up and running.
• To introduce a range of research methods and to examine their use, advantages and disadvantages in the context of an MSc dissertation. • To equip the student with sufficient expertise to adopt and use an appropriate research strategy to approach their dissertation. • To study the techniques necessary for collecting presenting, synthesising and analysing data.

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Be able to reflect on the significance of the different research methodologies, their advantages and disadvantages, as a means of solving a research hypothesis.
2. Have formulated an innovative research proposal, identified a suitable research methodology and outlined a programme of work for their dissertation.

Introduction to a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies suitable for application to dissertations in the fields of social science, history, architecture and design, management, technology and economics as related to the built environment.

Analysis and synthesis techniques for quantitative and qualitative data sets.

Drawing conclusions and presenting research findings.

The learning time for a 10 credit M course is approximately 100 hours, and when the course is studied in distance learning mode, this will be largely student centred.
Distance learning students will receive comprehensive study materials together with supporting text books. There will also be at least one intensive study school which will adopt a problem solving approach to the subject.
Throughout the texts there will be self-assessment questions [SAQs], which will be linked in to the student website, and these will allow the students to monitor their understanding of principles, procedure and practice as they progress through the material. The answers can be monitored by tutors and feedback given. Where practicable, SAQs will be interactive.
When delivered by Block Release, the learning and teaching strategy will rely on written courses guides, lectures, tutorials and seminars, supported by online learning resources.

Assignment 50%.
L.O. 1 -2.
Weighting: 100%.
Word Length: 2000.
Outline Details: Individual Project – Dissertation Proposal.
Formative assessment – In class and/or Moodle based assessments.

  • MSc. Safety, Health, Environment or Occupational Hygiene

    Occupational safety and health aims to prevent accidents, ill-health and other losses arising from work and work related activities. The last few years have also seen safety professionals becoming increasingly responsible for environmental issues and, with current concern about climate change, this responsibility will almost certainly grow. As the field continues to grow, so will the need for professionals with graduate and post-graduate qualifications.

    This programme delivered by lecturers at SBCS, with industry expertise, and awarded by the University of Greenwich, is currently the only post-graduate programme offered locally that is accredited by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). It covers all aspects of occupational safety, health and environment. Significant emphasis is placed on learning and research. One of the first courses that students take is Critical Thinking, which provides them with the skills necessary to take full advantage of their studies.

    Graduates will be eligible to apply for graduate membership from IOSH.

    At SBCS we focus on -

    • Producing graduates who are capable of thinking critically, creatively and ethically.
    • Graduates who are team players with the ability to communicate persuasively.

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