60 credits at level HE7
This module provides students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of research. The module allows students to synthesise their academic knowledge acquired from the taught MSc related modules and to produce evaluative and critical discussion of a relevant issue. The dissertation module also aims to help students to develop their abilities in: Identifying a problem, establishing its significance, formulating a hypothesis/ proposition, designing means of testing hypothesis, and evaluating the results.
The module specification for dissertation is the same for all the MSc programmes offered in the BLIS subject area. However, the dissertation topic chosen by the students must be directly related to their programme of study.
All MSc students are required to complete a dissertation. The dissertation topic chosen by the students must be directly related to their programme of study. Hence, students completing their MSc course in Business Information Systems, e-business, Supply Chain Management or IT Service Management should choose a research topic relevant to the same respectively. Full-time students will attend the dissertation module in their first semester and start their project after successful completion of three modules. Part-time students will normally start their dissertation upon completion of their Postgraduate Diploma. Earlier start for part time students is possible subject to discussion with and approval from the programme leader
Syllabus content will be delivered through a series of lectures and seminars that are available for both September and February intakes. The syllabus content is aimed at guiding students through the preparation of their proposal to the completion of their dissertation and includes references to students’ Personal Development Planning (PDP). Some of the topics are;
1- Introduction, planning, private study, problem solving, identifying suitable/relevant sources and material, and progress monitoring
3- Research design
4- Literature search
5- Data collection and analysis
6- Personal administration
7- Ethical issues
8- Dissertation write-up
9- Preparing for Viva
A variety of teaching and learning methods including; lectures, seminars and presentations, tutorials, e-learning, workshops, study groups, independent study, and directed reading are employed to develop the knowledge and skills of students.
The learning outcomes of this module will be assessed through a 12,000 – 18,000 word dissertation, which will involve the study of a Business Information Systems, E-business, Supply Chain Management or IT Service Management.
3- Progress File
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Formulate a hypothesis with a view to advancement and contribution to knowledge||Identify a problem and its significance, and develop a proposal illustrating intellectual, analytical, and industrial (where appropriate) worth of the research. The proposal should be presented according to the specifications provided in the dissertation guide.|
|2.||Undertake research in the area of BIS, or e-Business, Supply Chain Management or IT Service Management.||Identify, retrieve, use, and citing (Harvard system) of relevant literature, carefully analysed and argued in relation to the research.|
|3.||Exhibit knowledge and understanding of various research methodologies and their application||
Critically evaluate various research methodologies.
Formulate, apply, and justify appropriate research strategies.
|4.||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a BIS, e-business, SCM or ITSM issue within the context of today’s dynamic business environment.||Identify relevant theories, concepts, principles, models and frameworks.|
|5.||Demonstrate skills of analysis, evaluation, critical thinking, and synthesis.||Critically analyse results, relevant theories, concepts, principles, models and frameworks.|
|6.||Critically evaluate the results in relation to the objectives, and future developments.||Critically explore, evaluate, and argue all the main issues, supporting the same by the evidence presented, and meeting the project objectives. Recommendations for further should also include; feasibility and practicality of the same|
|7.||Presenting the research through a thesis, and debate with interested parties.||
7.1- Provide a detailed report, presenting the results of the investigation, and communicate in a way that is comprehensible to others by production of a report and presentation of a summary of that report, providing evidence (through e.g. referencing and a bibliography) of effective use of electronic sources. The report should be supported by good written communication skills, grammar and spelling.
7.2- Professionally presented, demonstrate ability to communicate ideas concisely and effectively, exhibiting knowledge of the work, and the ability to respond to an informed audience.
|8.||Exhibit personal administration skills and the ability to monitor and control your progress||
8.1- Review learning activities, evaluate critically against criteria, and identify strength and weaknesses
8.2- Set objectives, prioritise, manage tasks, and meet targets
8.3- Demonstrate a logical and systematic approach to problem solving
8.4- To ensure the originality of your work, using required formats, ensuring the clarity and readability of the dissertation together with the standard of written English. Dissertations that do not comply to the required format and standards will not be considered for marking.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Dissertation||Presentation and Viva||Progress File|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Collis, J. and Hussey, R. (2009) Business Research: A Practical Guide for Undergraduates and Postgraduate Students (3rd ed.), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2003 edition ebook available via Myilibrary)
Gray, D. (2009) Doing Research in the Real World (2nd ed.) London: Sage
Lancaster, G. (2005) Research Methods in Management: A Concise Introduction to Research in Management and Business Consultancy, Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann (ebook available via Myilibrary)
Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2007) Research Methods for Business Students, London: Pearson (ebook available via Myilibrary)
Via Emerald, ABI INFORM/Global and Scopus
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