40 credits at level HE7
The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to undertake an extended and substantial piece of research. It allows students to synthesise their academic knowledge acquired from the taught MBA modules and to produce an evaluative and critical discussion of strategic issues relevant to their work-place or the topic under study. The module specification for the dissertation is the same for all MBA and MA programmes offered by the Business School, however, the dissertation topic chosen by the students should be related to their programme of study.
The dissertation is an extension of the taught Research Methods module, and it utilises and develops further the knowledge, skills, and understanding gained from the MBA and MA modules. It also acts an integrating theme by drawing on the other taught modules, in particular Research Methods. The proposal, methodology, conceptual framework, and the literature review developed during the Research Methods module are a prerequisite for the dissertation. However, it is expected that the literature review presented in the dissertation would provide a more comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the literature on the subject under study.
The learning and teaching strategy for this module relies on a variety of teaching and learning methods employed during the Research Methods module including; lectures, seminars and presentation, tutorials, learning sets, e-learning, workshops, study groups, and directed reading. In addition to the above, each student is provided with guidance and support delivered by a project supervisor. The learning sets are intended to provide students will the opportunity to benefit from the experiences of their peers through exploitation of research related issues in regular meetings.
The learning outcomes of this module will be assessed through a 12000 - 15000 word dissertation, including dissertation proposal, 4500 words.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic under study within the context of today’s dynamic business environment.||
Identify a problem and its significance.
Identify relevant theories, concepts, principles, models and frameworks
|2.||Demonstrate skills of analysis, evaluation, critical thinking and synthesis.||Critically interpret and analyse literature, relevant theories, concepts, principles, models and frameworks, providing evidence (through e.g. referencing and a bibliography)|
|3.||Undertake research in the area under study.||Identify, retrieve, and use relevant sources of information with minimal assistance.|
|4.||Critically review, consolidate and understand a systematic and coherent body of knowledge||Read, summarise and analyse complex and relevant materials|
|5.||Critically review and assess the results against objectives, and value added to knowledge including future development||Summarise, synthesise the main findings of the study in relation to the objectives|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Dissertation, 14,000-15,000 words|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Saunders, M., Lewis, P and Thornhill, A. (2009) Research Methods for Business Students, Harlow, FT-Prentice Hall 5th Edition.
Cassel, C. and Symon, G. (2004) Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research, London, Sage.
Hair, J.F., Money, A.H., Samouel, P. and Page, M. (2007) Research Methods for Business, Chichester, John Wiley.
Lancaster, G. (2005) Research Methods in Management, Oxford, Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann
|Host Subject Group:||Management|
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