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BUS3052 : International Business Management Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Robin Pesch
  • Demonstrator: Dr Xi Li, Dr Sawlat Zaman
  • Lecturer: Dr Shoaib Ul Haq, Dr Faten Baddar Alhusan, Professor Stephen Chen
  • 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 students with an opportunity to develop their understanding of research methods and apply their learning to a small-scale research project on a specific topic from the area of international business management. Students will select one topic for independent investigation supported by an appropriate supervisor. The module enables students to display their grasp of all relevant issues surrounding that topic and to demonstrate their enthusiasm and interest.

Outline Of Syllabus

There is no set syllabus for this module because it will involve planning, conducting and representing an international business management research dissertation. Supporting classes will provide research methods training.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1176:00176:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials40:151:00Explanatory videos as preparation for the PIP session.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1100:00100:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Seminars (PIP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Library workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00Supervision from Dissertation (PIP)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module consists of a mix of lectures (PIP) and group teaching (PIP).

The majority of the module will be spent on guided independent study, in which students conduct their literature-based research and produce the research report. Their efforts will be supported by timetabled supervision sessions to provide ongoing formative assessment, formative feedback, and support.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M10010000 word piece
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative feedback given in supervision sessions.
Written exercise2MFormative feedback given in supervision sessions.
Written exercise2MFormative Feedback given in supervision sessions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is the written evidence of the students’ ability to conduct and report an in-depth international business management investigation.

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