Research Methods


The Research Methods module presents and analyses the criteria for defining good and bad dissertations, by underlining the differences between dissertation work and work for other modules. The research proposal and dissertation process are thoroughly presented with relevance to the roles of student and supervisor and dissertation management. The issues affecting the choice of dissertation topic, the identification and formulation of dissertation titles are thoroughly analysed. Special focus is placed upon the critical review of available literature and information resources, the use of On-line databases, CD-ROM based and paper based sources. Report styles are presented with working examples regarding the format of the standard dissertation.

Key Objectives

Prepare students to carry out a significant, independent study from inception to completion

Assist students to design and support a research proposal

Enable students to distinguish and select the appropriate method to contact their empirical research


  • 17,5 hours of video
  • 433 pages of notes
  • 1307 presentation slides
  • 11 Self - Assessment quizes
  • 1 Summative assignment
  • No prerequisites
  • 20 Credits
  • Core module


1Introduction to Research Methods
2Putting forward a research topic
3Critical Literature Review
4Formulating the Research Design
5Sampling Techniques
6Primary Research and Questionnaires
7Secondary Data and Research
8Data Analysis - Descriptive Statistics
9Data Analysis - Correlation and Regression
10Data Analysis - Time Series Forecasting
11Writing and Presenting a project report


E. Pavlou

MSc in Finance, University of London & MSc in Statistics, The University of N.S.W., Australia

Mr Elias Pavlou was educated both in Australia and the UK. He received his first degree in mathematics by the University of Wollongong, Australia. He continued his tertiary studies in the University of NSW, Australia where he acquired a Masters in Statistics. Later on, while working in the city of London as an analyst, he completed a Masters degree in Finance at the University of London, Birkbeck college.

For the past 5 years Mr Pavlou has been working at the Business College of Athens where he is teaching Quantitative modules and Research Methods both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

He had also been employed by the Open University in England for a number of years. There, he taught courses in the area of statistics and mathematics. He gained experience in offering learning to students coming from diverse educational, cultural and work backgrounds. His first teaching position was at the London South Bank University where he had the opportunity to teach Research Methods at post graduate level within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Prior to his teaching career he had been working for about 15 years as a Research Analyst for blue chip companies both in Australia and the City of London. His duties involved proactively supporting the investment management decision making in the areas of performance, fund appraisals and pricing.

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