RES 299: Business Research Methods (Level 5)

Final & Re-sit Exam: Spring I 2023

Instructor: Dr Eirini Tsichla

The final report: Drafts of the introduction, methods, results and conclusions sections will be turned in for editing and comments prior to final submission. The final paper should be about 5000 words (excluding cover page, references and appendices). Proposed structure:

1. Introduction (1500+ words) which includes: a. A general overview of the problem requiring the research & Literature

Review (1000+ words) b. Scope and specific research questions or hypotheses c. Data & Methodology (500 words): Methods applied and data used

2. Analysis (2000+ words): Your main course analysis 3. Conclusions (500+ words): Your outcome, managerial implications,

recommendations etc., summary of results in terms of your hypotheses, overall evaluation of your research: strengths and weaknesses, recommendations for future research

4. References: Your sources, articles, books, reports etc 5. Appendices: Your research materials (i.e., questionnaires, discussion guides, coding

instruments, reports, graphs, tables, pictures etc

The final re-sit report has to:

1. Have the same topic as the original one 2. Take into consideration the corrections/errors that have been marked by the

instructor on the first submission NOTE: ALL projects will be processed through Turn-it-in, the software that checks for academic integrity.

Evaluation criteria:

1. Contribution to science (10 marks) (although most important in future career)

Relevance of the research topic in the contemporary business environment, originality of the research topic, contribution to the relevant literature

2. Overall presentation of the report (20 marks)

Structure, use of appropriate sections, correct use of English, academic style, use of tables and figures when appropriate

3. Quality and depth of literature review (20 marks)

Use of multiple academic sources, inclusion of key studies in the area under investigation, appropriate summary of their contribution

4. Quality of methodology (20 marks)

Clear explanation and rationalization of the research methods used, quality of data collection instruments, appropriateness of research sample

5. Level of main analysis and foundation of conclusions (30 marks)

Clarity in the presentation of the research findings, level of data analysis, articulation of recommendations that result from the research.

Submission guidelines

ü The report should be typed in a 12pt font, double spaced and justified. ü A word count should also be included. ü The file should be named after your last name as: RES299_REPORT_MYLASTNAME ü A cover page should be provided including the student’s name, student number,

course, semester and title of the assignment. ü Please spell check your report before submission ü Students are expected to use academic references in the report. Powerpoint slides,

blogs, student papers/theses, youtube videos or Wikipedia are not academic sources.

ü Academic references should be provided both in-text and at the bibliography section following Harvard Style For more information please visit:

ü Students should submit the Report online through an official Turnitin submission point on Moodle.

ü Students should submit the proposal in word format only (.docx or .doc, no pdfs)