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LO1: Examine appropriate research methodologies and approaches as part of the research process



Course Name

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business

Unit number and Title

Unit 11: Research Project


 Saikou Sanyang, Wilson Ozuem, Frank Adaji

Assignment Title

Research proposal and report

Unit Learning Outcomes:

Grading Criteria

Learning Outcomes




Task No.


LO1:  Examine appropriate research methodologies and approaches as part of the research process

P1. Produce a research proposal that clearly defines a research question or hypothesis, supported by a literature review.


P2. Examine appropriate research methods and conduct primary and secondary research.

M1 Evaluate different research approaches and methodology, and make justifications for the choice of methods selected based on philosophical/ theoretical frameworks.


D1 Critically evaluate research methodologies and processes in application to a business  research project to justify chosen research methods and analysis.


Task 1, Chs 1-3

Proposal identifies a realistic topic relevant to globalisation, which is well justified and with a clear aim and objectives. Should avoid clichéd generalities on globalisation and instead focus on the specific topic.

Evaluative literature review, based on good relevant materials and a clear structure.

Method is suitable and justification shows a good understanding of research methods, as applied to the specific topic. Should not cover research philosophy, ‘research onion’ etc.

Must be based on student’s own proposed research topic, to be completed later.

LO2:  Conduct and analyse research relevant for a business research project

P3. Conduct primary and secondary research using appropriate methods for a business research project that consider costs, access and ethical issues.


P4. Apply appropriate analytical tools, analyse research findings and data.

M2 Discuss merits, limitations and pitfalls of approaches to data collection and analysis.

D1 Critically evaluate research methodologies and processes in application to a business research project to justify chosen research methods and analysis.


Task 2, Chs 4-6

Must include primary research.

Must meet minimum sample sizes – 4 for interviews, c30 for survey.

Data is well presented and clearly analysed, not just presented and described.

Conclusions/recommendations are realistic and based on the evidence presented, but need not be interesting or original.

LO3:  Communicate the outcomes of a research project to identified stakeholders.

P5. Communicate research outcomes in an appropriate manner for the intended audience.

M3 Coherently and logically communicate outcomes to the intended audience, demonstrating how outcomes meet set research objectives.

D2 Communicate critical analysis of the outcomes and make valid, justified recommendations.

Tasks 1 and 2

Must follow the structure, approximate word count and expected content set out in the brief. Should not be structured around the LOs.


Assignment is professionally presented, correctly referenced using the Harvard style and uses good, academic English.

LO4: Reflect on the application of research methodologies and concepts

P6. Reflect on the effectiveness of research   methods applied for meeting objectives of the business research project.


P7. Consider alternative research methodologies and lessons learnt in view of the outcomes.

M4 Provide critical reflection and insight that  results in recommended actions for improvements and future research considerations.

D3 Demonstrate reflection and engagement in the resource process leading to recommended actions for future  improvement.

Task 2, Ch 7

Thoughtful reflection on the research process and the lessons the student has learned.

Needs to look credible and specific to the student’s own research.

Self-criticism is encouraged – if it sounds credible, the student should be rewarded for it.

Should have a clear structure.

Reflection should not be about the content of the module, but the student’s own research work and management of their work over the two assignments.

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