Create and Manage a Research Plan
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In this course, you will

  • Identify an opportunity
    Identify an area in your business to create and manage an effective research plan as well as develop this plan with the support of your project advisor.
  • Use the right methods
    Gain a clear understanding of creating and managing effective research plans and apply a range of templates and toolkits to your guided project.
  • Develop relevant skills
    Develop and improve a selection of key skills relevant to creating and managing an effective research plan 

5 steps to success

16-20 hours over 6+ weeks

Help is always available

Project advisor support

Invaluable insider insights from your project advisor.

Up to 3 hours of 1-2-1 support.

Guides & resources

Switch on to our online library to access authentic case studies, proven business models, and practice scenarios that will help you test and deliver your plan.

Up to 4 hours of content.

Examples of tools and templates you will be introduced to

Set SMART objectives

Set goals to remain focused on your project know whether you have achieved what you set out to do.

Secondary Research

Learn the where, how, and why of using secondary data in building your research plan.

Ethical Research Practices

Review the standards of conduct for researchers, which are guidelines for responsibly conducting research.

Analyzing Survey Data

Understand which templates to use, different analyses you can perform, and how to best present your data.

Power skills you will develop


Select and conduct data analysis techniques appropriate to the research question and research methodology. Consider strengths and limitations of selected data analysis techniques.


Identify key stakeholders to share the research findings with. Communicate research findings in a clear and succinct way. Persuasively explain how recommendations are supported by the research findings.


Identify a novel research question that meets an identified need within your organization.

Critical Thinking

Develop a research plan that will address an identified research question or business problem. Use secondary data (desk-based research) to inform primary research questions/methodology. Synthesize research findings into well-founded recommendations or insights.


Manage your time and resources while planning and implementing the research plan. Set realistic research goals to keep your progress on track.

On completion you will have

Discovered ways to create and manage a research plan 

Demonstrated live project experience around a key opportunity in your business that adds to research objectives.

Transferable skills to use across your business

Gained proficiency in critical skills fundamental to creating and managing research plans that supports your career development.

Resources you can turn to again and again

A structured business plan with templates that you can download and use in future projects.

Credly badge

A Credly badge that certifies your competence in drafting research plans.

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