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LBU3051 : Management Dissertation

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

This module provides an academic-focused alternative to the advanced business practice, 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.

Students will be introduced to a range of 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 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 in relation to a topic for which they have interest and enthusiasm

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, marketing, human resources, international business innovation and enterprise. Supporting classes will include the following topics:

Research design
•       Review of research methods
•       Undertaking a literature review
•       Ethics and risk assessment
Project Management
•       Defining the scope of the research
•       Task sequencing
•       Time management
•       Decision making

Academic Writing
•       Dissertation structure and format
•       Critical thinking and writing
•       Presenting work in a coherent, concise and professional manner.

The Reflective Practitioner
•       Reflective learning

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical17:007:00Dissertation workshop day
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1377:00377:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00Supervision from Dissertation supervisor.
Total400:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module consists of a mix of taught sessions, small group teaching, and supervision. It is structured as follows:

Semester 1
•       The taught sessions will refresh student knowledge and understanding of research methods, project design and research execution;
•       The formative assessment will give the supervisor the opportunity to provide feedback on theory knowledge and understanding.

Semester 2
•       The taught sessions will provide guidance on writing the dissertation and reflection;
•       The supervision sessions will provide 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.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
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
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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