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NBS8399 : Dissertation (Dual Award Operations Management)

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jiayao Hu
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Mixed Location
Semester 1 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


Students on the dual degree programme will research and prepare an individual dissertation on an approved subject relevant to Technology, Operations Management and Supply Chain Management. The dissertation will emphasise leading edge thinking in theory and practice of the subject, through critical awareness of current published research and research methods.

The aims of this module are to

1.       Learning from research: Student develop conceptual and theoretical knowledge clearly based on (current)research
2.       Learning about doing research: Student learn about research methods and techniques. Furthermore they learn about the process of conducting scientific research
3.       Learning to do research: Students are involved in scientific research. They participate in conducting research
4.       Achieving an investigative attitude: Students develop the necessary academic attitude and personal skills to conduct scientific research according to research culture
5.       Social communicative skills: Students develop the skills to express themselves academically both orally and in written form, to work together with peers and to develop self-insight and self-management
6.       Professional orientation: students will extend/acquire (their)awareness of the characteristics fo the profession and employment opportunities.

Outline Of Syllabus

The modules the dual degree programme form the basis for the knowledge and skills that students need to display. Thus, this module should be seen as an additional support mechanism and not an exhaustive taught module. Sessions will be organised around the generic issues for conducting research such as:
•       designing a research, preparation phase, and research methods;
•       development of a specialised area of knowledge through critical and analytical study of relevant literature, research and theory linked to independent enquiry;
•       the procedures undertaken and how they can be justified, and
•       how to write a critical and analytical research dissertation to own field of enquiry.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1595:00595:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching methods will be through a combination of:
•       face to face discussions, and
•       individual/ group tutorials and supervision
Two supervisors will be appointed, the main supervisor being based in Newcastle and a second supervisor in Gronengen. The supervisors can be used to check work in progress. Supervisors will advise students on their progress and direction of their dissertation project, indicating any flaws that may cause concern. With regards to student’s responsibility please refer to section 4 in the PG Dissertation Guidelines for details. On successful completion of the supervision process, students should be able to meet the intended learning outcomes.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination303A10Viva
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation1M9015,000 words to be marked by dissertation supervisor and second internal marker
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is the written evidence of the students’ ability to conduct and report an in-depth operations and supply chain management investigation. It forms the capstone to the assessment across the full programme.

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