Research Planning

This course will assist students to understand the concepts, techniques, and writing  research report or thesis for the graduate or post-graduate degree or any corporate research project requirement. Students will journey the research phases and will learn the research requirements and research adoptions, in particular, research paradigms, methods, and processes. The end goal of this course is to equip  students to conduct research scientifically using various research tools and approaches and motivate to become a good researcher.  

This course aim to provide students to understand how to conduct quality and discipline research. Experience the journey of research phases and learning the principles and scientific techniques applied in various types of researches. Develop research writing and ethical skills through complying thesis research writing policies and procedures. 

  • Nature and Tools of Research
  • The Problem: The Heart of the Research Process
  • Review of the Related Literature
  • Planning Your Research Project
  • Writing the Research Proposal
  • Descriptive Research
  • Experimental, Quasi-Experimental, and Ex Post Facto Designs
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Mixed-Methods Designs
  • Action Research and Participatory Designs
  • Analysing Quantitative Data
  • Analysing Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Data
  • Planning and Preparing a Final Research Report
  • GHU Custom MBA Thesis

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

  • demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of Research Planning at the master's level that provides a basis for developing and/or applying new ideas, often within a research context.
  • apply knowledge, critical understanding, and problem-solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study (Research Planning)
  • assimilate knowledge and formulate opinions with incomplete or limited information, but that include a reflection on social and ethical responsibilities.
  • communicate their assumptions, and knowledge regarding Research Planning and the rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously.
  • use the acquired skills to allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed and autonomous.
  • integrate knowledge from other courses of the master program and practical business and formulate critical judgments with incomplete data.

The course is offered as self-study in e-learning. The learning material is provided in the form of lectures, literature, and lecture notes. Independent learning is required. In the case of paper submissions, further research is expected in compliance with the given scientific standard. LIVE course sessions are offered to support the students with questions regarding the content. Students are supported in their scientific work by corresponding online seminars.

All lectures and learning materials are made available in the online campus GHU Campus. All lectures are recorded and are available for download 24/7. The lecture notes, as well as additional material provided by the lecturer, can also be accessed in the GHU Campus.

Documents for exam preparation consisting of lectures and lecture notes. Additional material provided by the lecturer serves as independent files and can be used to work on the exams. The examination comprises theory questions, reflection, and case study and is intended to confirm all learning objectives.

The assessment consists of a 5000-word Research Planning analysis and assesses all learning outcomes. As a master-level assignment, the analysis requires a command of a complex and specialized area of knowledge and skills. This implies that, in addition to demonstrating a sound grasp of the ideas and concepts relevant to the topic of theanalysis, students will show that they can evaluate aspects such as conventions of approaches, their internal consistency, relevance, and applicability, as well as strengths and weaknesses.

To reach an assessment, students will consider competing approaches and draw on critiques put forward in scholarly literature. The position adopted in the assignment and any claims made must be based on a careful, coherent, and logical arguments, need to be appropriately supported with evidence from relevant scholarly sources, and should be presented in a coherent piece of writing. Sources must be referenced appropriately in-text and in a quote/reference list as set out in the GHU Referencing Guidelines.

Yusuf Mohammed Nulla

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