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NBS8223 : Dissertation (Consultant Report)

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bo Che
  • Lecturer: Professor Simon Hussain, Mr Ben Dickson-Green, Dr Khansaa Tezeny
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


This is a capstone module for the programme.

The consultant 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 for a listed company (chosen by the student), culminating in a recommendation regarding the running of the company and its future activities/direction.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is compulsory for students on this programme. This is a dissertation based on the student’s own research. Students are required to undertake a financial analysis and strategic assessment for their chosen company and to produce a consultant 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
4. 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 talk11:001:00Online live session
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 in early Semester 2 is to help students select an appropriate company for dissertations, which will be followed by company selection submission and approval. 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. You can also obtain the general feedback from the CANVAS discussion boards.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M100Word count - 12000 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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