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NBS8004 : Dissertation (Analyst Report)

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Zhijuan Wu
  • Lecturer: Mr Ben Dickson-Green, Professor Simon Hussain
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0
European Credit Transfer System


This is a capstone module for the programme.

The analyst report is designed to help students to analyse and synthesise the knowledge acquired in the compulsory programme and to use it in an extended study. The report involves undertaking a financial analysis and strategic assessment and valuation for a listed company (chosen by the student), culminating in an investment recommendation.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is compulsory for students on this programme and based on the students’ own research. Students are required to undertake a financial, strategic analysis and valuation of their chosen company and to produce an analyst report on the company. The actual contents have already been covered in the core modules on the programme. The preparatory sessions are designed to outline clearly what is required and provide a chance to ask questions.

Preparatory sessions include:
1. Choosing companies
2. Business and corporate strategy
3. Financial analysis and valuation
4. Forecasting and share price performance

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Online live Q&A for company selection stage
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1583:00583:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision31:003:00Live meeting
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00PIP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is based on students working on their own. Students apply knowledge and skills acquired from the compulsory taught modules on this programme to produce an analyst report on a chosen listed company. The company selection lecture provided in late Semester 1 or early Semester 2 is to help students select an appropriate company for dissertations, which will be followed by company selection submission and approval during the first weeks of Semester 2. During the company submission window, drop-in Q&A sessions will be provided to answer your queries during your company selection process. The dissertation preparation lectures after Semester 2 final exams are to help students frame their dissertation analysis. The supervision meetings provide the opportunities for you to discuss with your supervisors/markers the questions you are encountering and obtain feedback specific to your dissertation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10012000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation gives students the opportunity for undertaking independent research into their chosen company, and the opportunity to utilise the material and skills acquired in compulsory taught modules. Each thesis will be assessed by two examiners with appropriate expertise and will be also checked for plagiarism.

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