You can undertake your own in-depth research study into a topic related to your degree subject which interests you. You will benefit from having the opportunity to plan and manage your individual research into a topic at a level not covered in the taught modules, and gain from the guidance provided by your dissertation supervisor, successfully concluding in an extended written dissertation. The topic of your dissertation is of your choosing. There are some taught elements on research methods and skills that are covered in term 1.
Additional Information: Employability
These dissertations are linked to their internships and business projects, so they provide a strong talking point for future interviews. Students also develop their research and comprehension skills.
Full module specification
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Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
*Duration (weeks) - term 2:
*Duration (weeks) - term 3:
The aim of writing a dissertation is to give students the opportunity to research a topic related to their programme of study, which is not covered in depth by any taught module being offered that year. It is also designed to give students the opportunity to plan and manage their own research and to produce an extended written dissertation.
The exact nature of knowledge development in this module will be dependent upon the nature of the research project undertaken, which may be from any area of the Business School (Accounting, Finance, Economics or Management).
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. plan and execute an original research project
- 2. research extensively and critically on a chosen academic or practical topic and demonstrate application of the underlying discipline concepts and/or research processes
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. use appropriate information, research and data resources (via library or Business School data sources)
- 4. apply broader discipline knowledge to the specific research project
- 5. present and assess findings in a manner consistent with the norms of the subject area
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. work independently, and seek and apply advice from the supervisor
- 7. take responsibility for the direction and management of a research project through to completion and submission
- 8. present research in a clear and academic format
- 9. develop arguments firmly supported by evidence and logic
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning & teaching activities||5||Supervision|
|Scheduled learning & teaching activities||20||Lectures and practical classes|
|Guided independent study||135||Reading and research|
|Guided independent study||140||Writing up a dissertation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Project plans and draft chapters||As appropriate to the project and position in the research and writing process||1-9||Verbal and/or written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Dissertation||100||10,000 words excluding tables, charts and appendices.||1-8||Verbal and Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Dissertation||Revision of the dissertation based on the given feedback||1-9||August assessment period|
- As agreed with supervisor
- Introduction to the Module
- Expectations and Resources
- Literature Review and Synthesising Literature
- Finding Research Gap and Identify Objectives
- Research Design and Method
- Quantitative and Qualitative Method
- Nature of Research Sample and Data Collection
- Data Analysis and Interpretation
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Bryman, A & Bell, E. (2015). Business research methods. (4th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Saunders M., Lewis P. & Thornhill A. (2015). Research methods for business students. (7th ed.). Harlow: Pearson.
Atkinson, P. & Delamont, S. (Eds.). (2010) SAGE qualitative research methods. London: SAGE [This is only available online, and can be accessed via http://lib.exeter.ac.uk/record=b2536116~S6]
Vogt, W. P. (Ed.). (2011). SAGE quantitative research methods. London: SAGE [This is only available online, and can be accessed via http://lib.exeter.ac.uk/record=b2536117~S6]
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