Research Skills and Academic Writing

Learning goals

On successful completion of the course the students will be able to:

  • Understand the scientific process, its application in economics and business.
  • Understand various research designs and methodologies.
  • Engage in critical thinking when reading and comprehending research articles.
  • Use library resources for the review of the related literature and comply with citing and referencing styles.
  • Identify research problem, formulate hypotheses and objectives; design a research strategy; collect, analyse, and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data, including commonly encountered statistical procedures.
  • Write either a simple formal research proposal or a research report.


Required Textbook:

  • Saunders, M. Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2012) Research Methods for Business Students, (6th ed.) Pearson Education.

Recommended Reading:

  • Saunders, M. and P. Lewis (2012): Doing research in Business and Management: An essential Guide to Planning Your Project. Prentice Hall.
  • Easterby-Smith, M. Thorpe, R, Lowe, A (2008). Management Research: An Introduction, (3rd ed.) Sage publication
  • Gill,J and Johnson, P. (2010) Research Methods for Managers, (4th ed.) Paul Chapman.

Course contents

  • Formulating and clarifying a research topic
  • Reviewing the literature and refining your research questions
  • Research philosophies and approach
  • Managing the research process
  • Choosing your research design
  • Designing questionnaires
  • Selecting samples
  • Collecting data
  • Analysing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Presenting the research proposal
  • Writing up an abstract and the research report



Dr. Le Thuy Linh

Teaching and learning methods/approaches

A combination of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, discussions, searching and readings, oral presentation, essays and reports will be used to maximize the students’ class performance and benefits. Students are required to prepare the topics in advance and to actively participate in class discussion. The course is delivered on task-based approach. The students are supported to develop their research and writing skills by doing and engaging with a variety of academic tasks and receiving helpful feedback on their efforts.

Assessments and certifications of credits:

•    Class participation – 10%
•    Presentation – 30%
•    Research report – 60% - Hard copy to be submitted on or before 10th, Jan 2015