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Starting Unit 11: Research Project


By Mustafa Korel, Head Gardener

This post was first published on PENZU.

At last Friday’s session, I was very excited to read that the set assignment was about globalisation – there is so much interesting information out there at the moment, like how SMEs are responding to a globalised world both economically and politically (paywall) and how their innovation is helping to drive a global economy.

While this is an exciting research field, it makes it increasingly difficult to narrow down to three topics that I’d like to run down with my tutor, before finalising a decision, and there is a challenge in creating an original piece of work in a field that has been well investigated and documented.

Perhaps one of the reasons I’m excited is because I could use this project as experience when applying to complete a BSc (Hons) in International Management at a reputable institution; there is a voice that says I could take a direction of barter economies, like that in Morocco and how they have responded to the challenges presented in a globalised world.

I wouldn’t mind a (self-funded) trip to Morocco and to connect with traders there but my experience from last year has taught me: have a long term strategy but focus on now at the same time.

My starting point should therefore be researching how to research at an academic level.

My starting point was using Bing to search out pre-existing research methods and understanding them. I downloaded University of Leeds’ “The research journal: a tool for promoting and understanding researcher development”. Once I’ve finished my homework, I’m going to read through this as well before Session 2 with a view of improving my journal keeping skills throughout this project. An update to follow.