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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI4T415: Team Research Project

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2021/22


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To facilitate students’ understanding of how to manage and implement research projects.
  • To develop students’ doctoral-level research skills in relation to developing innovative, rigorous, and relevant research questions.
  • To develop students’ critical understanding of choices during the research process and their implementation.
  • To develop students teamwork and collaborative research skills.
  • To facilitate doctoral student community building.


  • During this module, students will form teams to develop and implement a joint research project.
  • The students will pursue this research project throughout their first year of study (across all three terms), culminating in a project report for subsequent submission to an academic conference, academic journal or open science repository.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Critical understanding of the research process and decision-making during this process
  • Critical understanding of ethical implications and challenges during the research process
  • Critical understanding of open science practice
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to develop innovative, rigorous, and relevant research questions
  • Ability to evaluate strengths and opportunities of different research designs
  • Ability to implement research ideas by applying appropriate research designs
  • Ability to communicate academic concepts, verbally and in writing
Key Skills:
  • Advanced academic reading and writing
  • Formulating and communicating doctoral-level research questions
  • Critically evaluating and developing valid research designs
  • Self-management and time management
  • Managing collaborative projects

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module will focus on guided work in small groups (research teams), complemented by workshops and peer feedback/coaching approaches.
  • The assessments are designed for students to learn from each other, strengthen the building of a doctoral community, and develop their teamwork skills for collaborative research.
  • The summative assessment of the module is designed to facilitate students’ understanding of the full research process, from idea development to data collection, and analysis to write-up and submission.
  • Comprehensive reading and self-study materials will be provided online.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops (online and classroom) 6 as required 2 hours 12
Tutor support small group work and coaching (online and classroom) 6 as required 3 hours 18
Preparation and Reading 120
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Group Presentation Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Presentation of final project (group) 30 mins plus 15 min Q&A 100% Same
Component: Group Written Report Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Project report for conference, journal or registered report submission (group); including research question, theoretical framework, methods, results, discussion and conclusion. 3000 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Poster presentation of the team research project in development

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University