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IRS Supervision 5 Group Briefing Sessions and Tutorials 7 Refining your chosen Topic and Research Scope 8
10 Word count 10 Title Page 10 Executive Summary 10 Table of Content 11 List of Tables and Figures 11 Introduction 11 Data Presentation and Analysis 11 Conclusion and Managerial Applications 12
References 13 Appendices 13
Grading Criteria 15
Week 3
Week 5
Week 8
Week 12 or 13

Your Independent Research Study (IRS) is a capstone piece of work and the culmination of your academic studies. It should be a piece of work that you can reflect back on with pride in years to come
and in many cases may be a part of your future career after your academic studies have been completed.
The IRS, as the title suggests, is an ‘Independent’ piece of work and requires a number of the skills, and the application of those skills that you developed during your Business Research Methods
module in Semester 6. It is critical that you adopt a structured approach to carrying out this industry based piece of research, and it is equally important to remember that primary research is not
permitted in the IRS module. This, therefore, opens the scope of research to whatever may be found in documentary sources, and thus that scope may be seen as limitless and thus daunting. The
purpose of this handbook is to give guidelines on how to ensure that this piece of work is transformed from a daunting task to one that stretches you as an individual and results in a positive
learning experience, where the end product has both academic value and value to you as an individual in preparation for your career after G.I.H.E. Some of these guidelines may appear to be very
directive, but they are designed to assist you to plan your period of study towards a successful conclusion, rather than be struggling to complete them at the end of your final semester. May I wish
you every success with this module and hope that it helps you develop the skills that I believe will be useful in your future business career.
By the beginning of week 2 of the 7th semester, a tutor is assigned to you. Your tutor is allocated by the lead tutor with the intention of broadly matching the subject area of the study with the
expertise or experience of the tutor. It is the tutor’s position to help you through the process of your research, but it is important to understand that this is your study and not your tutor’s. It
is, therefore, essential that you develop a positive working relationship with him/her in order to agree on the direction, and critically the scope of your study. It is also your tutor who will be
the person who will grade your final submission, and although your work may be subjected to internal moderation and academic quality monitoring, the focus on the agreement on this scope of study
cannot be underestimated.
You are entitled to four formal individual tutorials (three of 20 minutes and one of 30 minutes) with your tutor, in addition to support through e-mail communications and the group briefing
The formal tutorials are to be arranged between you and your tutor, but need to be carried out in the following timeframes:
Group tutorials in weeks 2, 7 and 12
Individual tutorials by the end of weeks 4, 8, 10 and 14.
N.B. The Lead tutor will also be available for support but cannot be used as a ‘surrogate’ second tutor. It is your responsibility to arrive at your tutorial prepared to discuss the progress of
your study and what assistance you may require from your tutor. It goes without saying that punctuality is essential and that you should use this restricted time wisely. Any no-show for a tutorial,
unless accompanied by medical mitigation, will be treated in a very negative light and may result in your tutorial being forfeited.
N.B. Your tutor is not required to keep a record of your tutorial. That is the students’ responsibility and may be required as evidence in the case of any tutor/tutee disputes. It is suggested that
the student either records the contents of the discussions using modern media or good old-fashioned pen and paper.
It is the responsibility of your tutor, however, to give you written feedback on the Moodle platform after each of your soft copy uploads and the time frames for those feedbacks are as follows:
Feedback 1 after your first draft – by the end of week 7
Feedback 2 after your second draft – by the end of week 10
N.B. In some cases your tutorial and feedback may be out of sequence depending on the mutual availability of you and your tutor for your tutorial.

As stated above, there will be group briefing sessions with all IRS students most weeks as scheduled below. They will be led by the Lead Tutor and may be supported by individual tutors. These are
mandatory as there is a direct correlation between those attendees and the quality of the students’ understanding of the core requirements of each of the sections of your study. The table below is
a broad outline and may be amended according to student progress and feedback.
1 Welcome back to Bulle and introduction to the IRS module
2 Introductory briefing
3 First Group tutorial
4 First individual tutorial
6 First draft submission on Tuesday before 3pm
7 Second Group tutorial and tutor feedback from the first draft
8 Second individual tutorial Briefing session
9 Second draft submission on Wednesday before 3pm
10 Third individual tutorial and tutor feedback from second draft
12 Final group tutorial
13 Final briefing session
14 Final individual tutorial
15 Final submission before 3pm on Monday 24th April
A successful pass in your S6 Business Research Methods course is a very good start in your IRS study but as you will be advised in week 2, this is a whole new module with a change of focus from the
academic and theoretically based approach required in S6, to one of an industry based researcher who is looking for data to find the possible answer to a business question in the business domain.
It is therefore anticipated that only a negligible amount of copy should be transferred from your S6 work to your IRS.
The data gathering objectives from your proposal may be a good starting point for your refining process and should form the basis of your first discussion with your tutor. A list of your research
questions, type and sources of data (that you are required to produce by the end of week 2 in advance of your first tutorial) should give you an idea of the scope of your study, but please
understand that these will change throughout the course of your research process. This is where the communication with your tutor is essential to ensure that your data gathering effort is not
wasted and that you are indeed collecting data that will help you answer your main research question. You will also find that you may want to delve deeper into the data that you do find and you
must be wary of collecting data that is too focused and answering too focused a question. This will become more apparent with the greater the depth of the data collected and should not be daunting,
moreover should allow you to exercise an inquisitive mind and one which is relishing the task, because after all you should be interested in the study’s subject area.
Some students, at this juncture, may wish to change subject totally. Whilst this is not advisable, as you will not be as conversant with any theoretical perspective as with your original subject,
it is permitted at the student’s own risk and your tutor will not be changed.
Your IRS is to include the following elements/sections:
. a) Assignment front page including the signed statement of authorship and word count
. b) Title page
. c) Executive Summary
. d) Table of Contents
. e) List of tables and figures
. f) Introduction/Background
. g) Data Presentation and Analysis
. h) Conclusion and Managerial Applications and Recommendations
. i) References
. j) Appendices (if required)

The range permitted is 5000 words + or – 10%. This excludes contents page, references, reference list and copy presented in the appropriate tables and/or figures.

This should contain the title of your IRS and you may wish to embellish this with a design appropriate to your piece of work.
This is to be a summary of your study, covering half to three quarters of an A4 page and including the purpose of the study, the scope of the work, and content of the IRS, method of investigation,
the main findings and conclusions reached. The Executive Summary should be written in the past tense and in the 3rd person passive.
This should be a tabulated list showing each section of the IRS and the page number on which it begins. Because the sections are numbered, then a numbered entry for each sub-section should appear
in the contents list. Word can be used to do this automatically and it is recommended that you use this. It will also allow you to compile a table of contents automatically.
This should contain the number of each Table / Figure, its title and the page number on which it appears in the text. Number sequences should be separate for Tables & Figures.
This should be written from the perspective of an employee working within the organisation whose task is to research possible solutions to a problem that the organisation is currently facing. The
business rationale for finding this solution needs to be explained along with a broad theoretical umbrella under which the scope of the research will take place. This should then be linked to the
research questions which should clearly identify the appropriate sources from which data is to be gathered, and then the process of data analysis is to be explained. This section is no longer to
include a theoretical Research Design section as previously required in an IRS, and it is anticipated that it will be written retrospectively after the research has been carried out, thus
explaining how the research was carried out. There will be a maximum of 5% of content permitted from the BRM proposal, and thus it is advised that this section neither resembles the structure nor
content of the S6 work and should be written with minimal referencing to academic sources, although theoretical models may be appropriate to be presented and explained.
The data to be presented should be introduced, presented, described, analysed and then most critically the findings from the process need to be clearly identified for the use in the conclusion and
managerial implications section.
It is important that data needs to be consistently presented and from the identical time frame (as far as possible). Sources need to be referenced appropriately and if data has been collated from a
number of sources then all sources need to be stated as a part of the whole reference. If a table of figures for example has been reduced from its original source then please use the phrase
‘Adapted from’ and then the original source.
When analysing quantitative data, it is essential that ‘raw’ data is translated into data for your specific study and thus quantitative data analysis tools such as time series analysis, trend
analysis, regression analysis or the calculation of averages and percentages are the minimum standard that are required to be used.
When analysing qualitative data, it must be exposed to a minimum analysis of tabulation in order to identify similarities and/or differences, key themes and allow for comparison between cases. It
is not sufficient to simply describe the differences as you see them, moreover it needs to be clearly visible to the reader by extracting it from the text.
For both quantitative and qualitative data analysed, it is critical to clearly state the key findings that this has allowed you as the researcher to extract. It is advised that these are clearly
stated at the end of each section of your data presentation.
The conclusions that you have drawn from the analysis of the data collected should be discussed in relation to your business question. It should also be discussed in relation to the previous
academic research into your subject area, including the models that you may have introduced in the introduction to your IRS. It may also be corroborated by research that has been carried out in the
sphere of business, most probably by Consultancy or Business Analysis Organisations, and should include reference to the corporate views of senior personnel in the your organization and probably
competitors in domain in which your research has been undertaken. This section is the key section where you demonstrate your analytical skills and critical thinking and should be based only on the
findings and results from your study. From this position you then need to extrapolate the implications of the findings of your research and its managerial applications for your business. You need
to ask yourself ‘SO WHAT?’ and in answering that, you can then make your own recommendations as to how your organization may answer the business problem identified.
The in text referencing and production of a reference list needs to be in accordance with APA referencing requirements.
The criteria for placing or not placing an item in an appendix are:
a) If the information is essential for the readers to understand the points you want to make, then this
information needs to be presented in the main body of the text.
. b) If it requires for the readers to constantly refer to the information in order to understand the text, then, this information needs to be included in the main body of the text.
. c) A file containing your raw data, including excel files and scanned copies of the front pages of formal documents (such as industry reports) needs to be uploaded in the file upload next
to the Turnitin assignment on Moodle.
Your tutor will mark your final paper. In addition, as a part of our internal academic quality control measures, all failed papers are reviewed and ratified by our external examiners and all grades
go through an internal moderation process. The best IRS for the semester is then chosen by the external examiners from a sample selected by the lead tutor.
The grading sheet of the IRS is available on Moodle, where the breakdown of the grading bands and descriptors for each section are explained.

1.Introduction. The Business scenario is clearly explained, outlining the rationale for the research with appropriate background information, including the link to the theory against which the data
is to be collected and an aim which leads to the achievement of the answering of the business question. Research questions should be identified that will assist in the answering of the main
business question and thus creating objectives that will deliver data, both qualitative and quantitative. The sources of these data need to be clearly identified and justified in terms of their
relevance and validity. The methods of data analysis should be explained in relation to this data collection strategy. This section is not required to have academic references from Research Methods
texts. The Executive Summary should clearly outline the key purpose, method, findings and managerial implications of the research and should be no more than 250 words. 20%
2a.Data Presentation. The data identified in the objectives is to be clearly laid out in a methodical manner, with the appropriate data explained and sequentially organised in relation to the
research questions and/or objectives stated in the introduction. The data should be introduced, presented and described, with the link to the business question being clearly stated. The data needs
to have been transformed from the raw data in a way that will allow for the application of some data analysis tools in order to extract the key findings. Only in exceptional circumstances should
data be ‘copy and pasted’ from the original source. 30%

2b.Data Analysis tools need to have been used to ensure that the raw data allows you to arrive at managerial findings. These tools should be the same tools as you explained in your introduction.
These may be discussed in relation to previous research (although not critical in some cases), but must be linked back to the research questions and the main business question by identifying
patterns and themes and evaluating the data presented. If case studies are used as a source of comparison, these should be appropriate to the scenario in scope, location and standardisation of
data. The findings from the analysed data should be clearly stated and should have been extracted from that data and not the student’s existing opinion. 30%

3.Conclusions and managerial implications and recommendations. The key themes, findings and issues are discussed in relation to the main business question and the supplementary questions, thus
being linked back to the objectives. These must have been extracted from the data anaylsed and should not include any existing knowledge outside the scope of the study. These should be supported by
referencing back to industry, corporate and/or academic opinion in order to substantiate any recommendations. The recommendations for action by the organisation should then be clearly stated, if
appropriate, and will include the need to carry out primary research. This should include the reasons for this extension to the research and explain how the additional research may assist in the
answering of the main business question and in doing so its managerial implications for the organisation. 10%
4. Synthesis and referencing. The G.I.H.E referencing and presentation requirements need to be observed, and the study should be presented in a way that befits the professionalism required when
working in the business world. Whilst this study is not an exercise in written English, the outcome needs to be of a high level of cohesively, managerial text.

You are to upload a first draft of your IRS by 3pm on Tuesday of week 6. This draft should include the Introduction, Data Presentation and Analysis sections, as well as a reference list. This
submission should be uploaded onto Moodle. It is not required to be submitted in hard copy to reception. Your tutor will access your work on-line and then will give you written feedback on Moodle
(including a formative grade). This process is to be completed before the end of week 7.
You are to upload a second draft of your IRS by 3pm on Wednesday of week 9. This second draft should include the Introduction, Data Presentation and Analysis, Conclusion, Managerial Applications
and recommendations sections, as well as a reference list. Whilst it is anticipated that this is still a draft with future amendments still possible, it is imperative that this is as complete a
document as possible, in order for feedback to be given by your tutor.
This submission should be uploaded onto Moodle but it is not required to be submitted in hard copy to reception. This second draft will be reviewed at your final tutorial and written feedback to be
given, and this process is to be completed by the end of week 10. At this tutorial, you are to be informed if your work is no longer a fail or not, although there is no summative grade given.
You are to upload your final IRS onto Moodle, hand in a hard copy to the Academic Reception and send a soft copy to the Lead Tutor before 3 p.m. on Monday 24th April. Late submissions will be given
a grade of zero and students will have to go through the resubmission process in semester 2017.2.

As stated in the introduction, the purpose of this handbook is to help you to understand the process of the IRS and to clarify what is required in order to meet the requirements of the module. If
you still have queries, then please feel free to contact me at any time during the semester. My best wishes for a successful IRS!

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