Module code: MAN3174

Module Overview

The module is based on independent research and collaborative work in pairs, complemented with supervision. Students are to report, review and present their work and critique the work of their peers and co-author a final document. The module starts with the preparation and submission of a proposal of the independent work by student pairs. Thereafter, supervision is conducted individually and/or in groups, parallel with seminars where the progression is reported. During the module, the students will conduct a literature review relevant to the task, conduct primary research and provide a critical analysis of findings. The students will report on their independent research and be subjected to opposition by another student group. Clear measurements for co-authorship contribution are an essential part of the module and assessments. The overall objective of the module is to stimulate independent, creative and reflected work of a clear, academic character and to allow students to collaborate with a peer on producing a research document.

Module provider

Hospitality & Tourism Management

Module Leader

BERRIDGE Graham (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 267

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
1. Introduction to independent research
- Research Ideas
- Debate and discussion of peer Research Proposals
2. Factors contributing to collaboration
- Motivations for collaboration
- Factors contributing to Co-authorship
- The Distinction Between Collaboration and Co-Authorship
- Measurements for Collaboration and Co-Authorship
3. Reviewing Research Document

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Co-authored research document (8000 words) 80
Oral exam or presentation Critique of peer document 20

Alternative Assessment

Production of individual document (4000 words)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate independent research, critical thought and collaborative writing

This is a two part assessment

- A1= Co-authored Research Document
- A2= Critical review of other peer group’s work at the end of the module (on the final submission) during a seminar

Students should only be able to select a topic that the participating tutors/lecturers provide each year for them to get “expert” supervision. It will also allow the tutors/lectures to set up supervision sessions for more than one group at the time.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• A1 weighted at 80% ( 8000 words)
• A2 weighted at 20% (verbal analysis)

This will be on-going as part of supervisory meetings and teaching sessions

Module aims

  • Prepare students for independent and collaborative research informed by combined qualitative and quantitative methods
  • To equip students to design, with minimal supervision and guidance, programmes of primary empirical research, taking into consideration issues of research ethics, data generation, data analysis and reporting of findings
  • Challenge students to critically evaluate the philosophical assumptions of their peers
  • Enable students to have confidence in their abilities to analyse data, conduct research in the work place and wider operating environment

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe, explain and discuss theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to research K
002 Independently plan, implement and present a substantial piece of research, where the students apply previously acquired methodology and subject knowledge in the field CP
003 Independently and collaboratively critically analyse and draw conclusions based on a relevant theoretical framework and primary research C
004 Upon completion of the course, the student should also be able to conduct a collaborative and critical review of another peers group’s work PT
005 Use clear criteria for measurements of co-authorship contributions PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Provide the students with a framework for developing independent research and facilitating collaboration with a peer on the co-authorship of a research document. Teaching sessions will be selective to cover key aspects of the collaborative and co-authorship process. Individual and joint supervision will then provide direct input for collection of data and production of final document.

There will be some scheduled classes/seminars during the module which will be in addition to supervision

1) Introduction to the Module and Research
2) Collaboration and Co-authorship
3) Critical Review Seminar

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Direct supervision
• Seminars and/or workshops

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Other information


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.