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IB93K - Qualitative Research Methods

  • Module code: IB93K
  • Module name: Qualitative Research Methods
  • Department: Warwick Business School
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim of the module is to enable students to understand the philosophy and paradigms which underlie research in Finance, within the wider context of the physical and social sciences. It is important that students understand both qualitative and quantitative methods. As the ESRC Postgraduate Guidelines (2005, page 48) state, students should be aware of the “spread of research paradigms and theoretical positions” which exist.

Principal learning outcomes

Subject Knowledge and Understanding: A knowledge of the main paradigms in the social and physical sciences; An understanding of the roles of qualitative and quantitative methods in management research; An understanding of philosophy as applied to research. Key Skills: The ability to learn about abstract, philosophical concepts; The ability to lead a seminar discussion. Cognitive Skills: The ability to use philosophical concepts in a structured way; The ability to review critically the methodology used in an individual research paper; Subject-Specific/Professional Skills; The ability to write coherently about methodologies.

Timetabled teaching activities

Total contact hours: 20 hours. Seminars: 1x2hours. Module duration (weeks, if applicable): 10 weeks.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: IB93K-10)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 80%
Assessed Course Work 20%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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