ACE3099 : Agribusiness Management Dissertation
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Jeremy Phillipson
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
This module aims to develop the student’s ability to systematically conduct research and report the outcome of an in-depth investigation of an agribusiness management topic by: 1)integrating and extending knowledge and skills gained throughout the undergraduate programme; and 2) encouraging students to work on their own initiative whilst being supported by the assessment processes and their respective supervisors.
Outline Of Syllabus
Students have the opportunity to carry out a research investigation on a topic of their choice relevant to agri-business management. They will work together with a member of academic staff to carry out an in-depth investigation of agri-business management topic.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||120:00||120:00||Preparation of dissertation report|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Preparation for literature review|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||5||1:00||5:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||50:00||50:00||Microsoft Office, NVivo and SPSS practice, applied to subject topic|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||7||2:00||14:00||Tutorials|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||51:00||51:00||eg research lit review, data collection and analysis|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||10||1:00||10:00||student tutor meetings|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||10||2:00||20:00||Writing-up notes from each lecture & tutorial.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures provide a framework to help students think about their own research project (In relation to Skills Outcome #1,2,3,4). It is vital that students identify their dissertation topic by teaching week 3 of the semester. The first four lectures are intended to help students draft their project plan with sixth seminar giving an opportunity for students to present their working ideas to peers and potential supervisory staff. The final lecture is designed to give guidance on the submission of the progress report and final dissertation (In relation to Intended Skills Outcome #1,2,3,4).
Computer practicals will all students to practice data manipulation.
Students will be appointed a supervisor on the basis of:
• Matching research interests of staff and students and/or
• Matching students with their personal tutors.
Dissertation supervisors are likely to be supervising several students. It is the responsibility of each student to discuss with their supervisors how best to proceed with supervisory meetings. Students are expected to meet with supervisor on a regular basis.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||15||Individual literature review (max. 17 pages/3,000 words) in preparation for the complete dissertation.|
|Dissertation||2||M||75||Dissertation (max. 75p /12,000 wds) on an agribusiness/rural issue. Includes resubmission after feedback of lit review|
|Research proposal||1||M||10||Individual research proposal, 1500 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
There are 3 pieces of continuous assessment :
1) 1,500 research proposal [10%] maximum 1500 words
2) 3,000 literature review [15%]
3) 12,000 word final dissertation [75%].
Assesment 1) feeds into 2) and 2) feeds directly into 3), as these pieces of work form drafts of several chapters of 3) the final dissertation. These assessments have been formulated in line with the Intended Knowledge Outcomes of the module. Each piece of assessment is designed to prepare students for undertaking scholarly research (in relation to Intended Skills Outcome #1), educate students in developing a critical approach to evaluation of evidence (in relation to Skills Knowledge Outcome #2), demonstrate how to analyse results from collecting primary data (in relation to Intended Skills Outcome #3) and improve students’ overall ability to present and communicate original scholarly knowledge (in relation to Intended Skills Outcome #4).