Developing the background to a research problem, and developing a problem statement and propositions and hypotheses relevant to their study.
Compiling a thorough literature review of the topics they intend to study.
Approaches to research: An overview of the different approaches to research (qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods) and the philosophical approaches that underpin them (positivism, post-positivism, interpretivism, constructivism, critical theory and pragmatism).
Different research designs in quantitative and qualitative methods, and appropriate sampling approaches for the different research designs.
Qualitative research methodology: An overview of qualitative methods for organisational research. An overview of the different methodologies on a continuum between modernistic qualitative and post-modernistic qualitative research.
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