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BUS3051 : Management Studies Dissertation

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

The Management Studies Dissertation gives students the opportunity to display their ability to apply elements of the management degree progrmame to a specific topic of their own choosing, to display their grasp of all the relevant issues surrounding that topic, and to demonstrate their enthusiasm and interest for that topic. The module aims to enable students to:

1. Conduct and report a small scale empirical and/or theoretical study of a management topic.
2. To further develop students' understanding of research methods.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students attend 4 lectures, 6 seminars and 3 1:1 tutorials, and a dissertation conference day. They receive up to five hours of personal supervision from their dissertation supervisor. These cover the following:

•       Introduction to the dissertation process
•       Review of research methods
•       Development of topic ideas
•       Analysis of previous dissertations
•       Ethics and risk assessment
•       Assignment preparation
•       Support for individual dissertation projects

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading187:0087:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical16:006:00Dissertation conference day
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work187:0087:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Assessment drop-in surgeries
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00Personal Dissertation supervision from Dissertation supervisor.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision30:201:00Individual tutorials.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00N/A
Total400:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is the written evidence of the students' ability to conduct and report an in-depth management investigation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M252,500 word essay in Semester 1.
Dissertation2M7510,000 word dissertation.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Written exerciseMA project outline (200 words) to encourage topic focus - assessed as pass/fail
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is the written evidence of the students’ ability to conduct and report an in-depth management investigation. Students will be required to complete:

1) A 200 word project outline in the middle of semester 1 to help students focus on their topic.

Students who do not submit by the deadline without PEC consideration will fail this element. This failure will be treated as a deferred decision, with passing it on the second occasion (two weeks following the original deadline) essential to passing the module. This element does not affect the module mark.

2) A 2,500 word essay in Semester 1:

a) this provides academic justification for choice of question, research methodology and research method and discusses any ethical issues associated with the research.

b) students are also required to submit the ethics/travel risk assessment form as part of the semester 1 assignment. Students who either do not submit the ethics/travel risk assessment form or do not satisfactorily complete it will receive a mark of 0 for the assignment.

3) A 10,000 word dissertation, which marks the culmination of their work.

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