NBS8300 : Dissertation in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


Students will research and prepare an individual dissertation on an approved subject relevant to the MSc in Operations 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. develop ability to undertake independent research in the area of operations management, and to
2. carry out independent research of a qualitative and/or quantitative nature.

Outline Of Syllabus

The modules on MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management 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
A dissertation supervisor will be appointed. The supervisor 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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10012,000 word dissertation to be marked by dissertation supervisor and 2nd internal
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation3MStudents have supervisory meetings to discuss their work
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will produce an initial proposal (assignment two in NBS8372). This will help students decide on a topic and gain feedback on its feasibility and guidance for the literature review.

The dissertation proposal (assignment three in NBS8372) will induce students to map out their dissertation, showing evidence of understanding the relevant literature and an ability to deliver a feasible dissertation in the timescale available that meets stated research objectives.

The final dissertation (due in earlier September) allows the student to demonstrate his/ her ability to undertake independent research in a particular field of operations and supply chain management.

The dissertation will be assessed on the academic content of
1. abstract, rational, research question/ hypothesis, aim and objectives;
2. literature review;
3. research methods;
4. data collection, findings and analysis;
5. discussion and conclusions
6. structure and presentation (format, writing style, referencing)

Students will have 5 x 1 hour meetings between the student and their supervisor. These meeting are recorded in the e-portfolio.

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