The dissertation is designed to both enable students to integrate knowledge and skills acquired across the degree programme, and to assess their ability to analyse a complex issue or problem within a management context.
Module will run
Autumn Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21
The dissertation is designed to both enable students to integrate knowledge and skills acquired across the degree programme, and to assess their ability to analyse a complex issue or problem within a management context. The dissertation will be based upon primary research undertaken by the student. It may either take the form of an analysis of a current issue in management, and/or it may be in the form of an answer to an organisational problem. In both cases the dissertation will require the collection and analysis of primary empirical data.
Module learning outcomes
Integrate knowledge and understanding gained from across the degree to the analysis of a complex management issue or problem.
Collect, analyse and present appropriate empirical data in order to arrive at knowledge of, and/or solutions to the chosen issue or problem.
Research a management issue or problem in depth using a variety of sources of information including a critical evaluation of current literature in their chosen topic and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of underlying theory.
Effectively write a longer and more complex document than module assignments usually require.
Demonstrate an awareness of the research methods available and justify the selection of methods.
Integrate empirical data, a review of appropriate literature, and own reflections and observations into a coherent, well-supported argument.
Demonstrate an ability to draw conclusions and/or propose feasible solutions based on valid research methods, analysis and arguments.
Demonstrate a high degree of competence in referencing and constructing bibliographies.
9 (3 hour) workshops will be run in the autumn term to give students a refresher in research methods, and to ensure that they grasp issues of ontology and epistemology. During these workshops practical help will be given to students in developing research proposals and in methods practice.
Students will meet their supervisor at least four times in Spring term and two times in Summer term during the course of dissertation preparation.
In the Autumn term, the workshops facilitate feedback on the development of research proposals. Once students are allocated to their supervisors in the spring and summer terms, students will receive feedback on the development of their dissertations. Following submission of the dissertation, students will receive formal feedback, containing the marker's observations on the standard of work submitted, as measured against the UG marking criteria and/or learning outcomes of the module'. Additionally it will contain comments if relevant, from second markers. Generic feedback on performance will also be made available via the VLE. In the event of a reassessment, students will have the opportunity to be provided with feedback and guidance up to re-submission.
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Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R., Jackson, P., and Lowe, A. (2012). Management Research (4th Edition). Sage.
Fisher, C. (2007) Researching and Writing a Dissertation: A Guidebook for Business Students (2nd Edition). Financial Times/Prentice Hall.
Saunders, M., Thornhill, A. and Lewis, P. (2012) Research Methods for Business Students (6th Edition) Financial Times/Prentice Hall.