Research Evaluation

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
28 July 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MRESN40212 Accounting,
MRESN40224 Accounting,
MRESN21012 Management Research,
MRESN21024 Management Research,
MPHDN40048 Accounting,
PHD N40048 Accounting,
MPHDN42K48 Accounting and Finance,
PHD N42K48 Accounting and Finance,
MPHDN20048 Management,
MPHDN20K48 Management,
PHD N20048 Management,
PHD N20K48 Management

Module description

This module seeks to explore a range of theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to postgraduate research with a specific focus on the literature search and review phase of a research project.

This module will look closely at the process of writing an academic literature review. Alongside this, students will develop skills in reviewing and critically analysing academic texts, developing insights on research methodology and epistemology that will be developed in later spring term modules.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To critically evaluate academic texts and review bodies of literature.

  • To understand reflexivity and its relationship to the literature review process.

  • To comprehend different epistemological positions and their relationship to theory, research design and the selection of appropriate methods of data collection and analysis.

  • To appreciate the relationship between literature and research questions.

  • To develop the skills and understanding needed to be able to produce an academic literature review.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Skills in critically evaluating academic texts and bodies of literature.

  2. The capacity to adopt a reflexive approach to research, being able to examine, and develop a critique of, different ways of engaging with and responding to literature.

  3. An informed understanding of the relationship between academic literature, the formulation of research questions and the selection of appropriate methods of data collection and analysis.

  4. An informed understanding of the relationship between alternative epistemological positions and research design.5. The capacity to produce an academic literature review in a chosen area of study.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

This module will also contribute to your development of the following employability skills:

  1. Written communication.

  2. Oral communication.

  3. Research skills.

  4. Critical thinking.

  5. Teamwork-collaboration.

  6. Digital and technical fluency.

  7. Innovation and curiosity.

  8. Personal brand.

  9. Commercial awareness.

Module information

Students will be guided in their study through intensive workshop sessions, but are also expected to undertake a substantial programme of self-directed study, including searching for, reading and reviewing relevant literature.

This self-directed study forms an important part of the delivery of the module, and is built in to the schedule.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour session per week.

This module will be delivered through a mix of lectures, interactive seminars where we will discuss techniques and approaches to various literature sources that may be encountered during the research process. It is extremely important that you do the preparatory reading and preparation for the group exercises prior to each session.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   1,500 word reflective essay     30% 
Coursework   3,500 word Literature Review     70% 

Additional coursework information

  • Assessment will be based on two written pieces of coursework completed at the end of the module.
  • Additional guidance is available on the Moodle page.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Louise Nash, email:
Dr Louise Nash



External examiner

Dr Claire Paterson-Young
University of Northampton
Research Leader
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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