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BUS3051 : Management Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Faten Baddar Alhusan
  • Demonstrator: Professor Abigail Marks
  • Lecturer: Mr Mohsin Khan, Dr Ewan Mackenzie, Dr Joshua Haist, Professor Tom McGovern, Dr Clare Butler, Dr Judith Watson, Professor Steve Vincent, Professor Andrea Whittle, Mr Robin Brown, Dr Emily Yarrow, Professor Stephen Procter, Dr Dimitry Jacob
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


This module provides an academic-focused alternative to the consultancy project and advanced business topics modules. Drawing on their learning across their programme of study, the module provides students with an opportunity to apply their learning to a small-scale research project on a specific topic. This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to:
•       Collect and evaluate empirical evidence to inform their understanding of contemporary management practice and thought; and
•       Further develop adaptability, curiosity and independence in their thought, with the ability to appreciate ethical aspects inherent in management research and decision making.

Outline Of Syllabus

There is no set syllabus for this module because it will involve independent research into a topic of contemporary scholarly importance in the fields of management, human resources, international business, innovation, and enterprise, as chosen by students themselves. Students will be encouraged to consider choosing research areas related to the core disciplines of their programme (e.g. management, human resources, strategy, international business, innovation, and enterprise) in semester 1. Students will then select one area for independent investigation supported by an appropriate supervisor. The module aims to develop student decision making, research and project management skills. This module provides an alternative for those who want to extend their learning through the design and execution of a research project, including the option to conduct a systematic literature review, in relation to a topic for which they have interest and enthusiasm.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00PiP Lectures
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities71:007:00Provision of a range of videos, reading materials and other supporting material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00PiP research skills workshop provided by Library colleagues
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery51:005:00Online Live [Q&A / moderated discussion / supported guidance on elements of the teaching covered]
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00PiP Supervision from Dissertation supervisor.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1376:00376:00Includes planning and execution of research, and assessment preparation time
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module consists of a mix of taught sessions, structured guided learning, and supervision. It is structured as follows:

•       The taught sessions will: refresh student knowledge and understanding of research methods; support them in project design and ethical research execution; writing the dissertation and reflective practice

•       The supervision sessions will provide tailored support to the students in the development of their individual assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M10010,000 word dissertation with reflective element
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Written exerciseMA project outline to encourage topic focus
Written exerciseMSubmission of ethics and risk assessment material
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MTo enable the supervisor to give formative feedback on key aspects of the dissertation
Written exercise1MTo enable the supervisor to give formative feedback on key aspects of the dissertation
Written exercise2MTo enable the supervisor to give formative feedback on key aspects of the dissertation
Written exercise2MTo enable the supervisor to give formative feedback on key aspects of the dissertation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module provides students with the opportunity to apply their learning to the range of research activities which are related to the range of topics they have studied throughout their programme of study. The assessment enables the students to develop their decision making, project management, report writing and reflective practice skills.

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