NBS8223 : Dissertation (Consultant Report)

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 ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1587:00587:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is based on students working on their own. They apply knowledge and skills acquired from the compulsory taught modules on this programme to produce a consultant report on a chosen listed company. The preparatory sessions help them to get started, which allow them to present their initial views to staff and peers and obtain feedback. The group supervision meetings allow you to ask individual questions as well as to discuss common questions you are encountering as a group whilst working on your dissertation.

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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