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Module description

This module pertains to the individual project module for students taking the MSc Money and Banking programme. The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to independently produce a carefully designed, original and scientifically rigorous literature review of a topic drawn from the field of Economics, Money and Banking and/or Finance.

Full module specification

Module title:Dissertation
Module code:BEEM124
Module level:M
Academic year:2023/4
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Pradeep Kumar - Convenor
Module credit:45
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 3:

Independent Research

Module aims

The aim of writing a literature review is to understand and critically analyse and summarize the findings of previous research of a topic drawn from a field of choice. The review should describe, summarise, evaluate and clarify the existing literature on a given topic. A good literature review should (i) compare and contrast different author’s views on an issue, (ii) group authors who draw similar conclusions, (iii) criticise aspects of methodology, (iv) note areas in which authors are in disagreement, (v) highlight exemplary studies, (vi) highlight gaps in research and (vii) conclude by summarising what the literature says.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. plan and execute an original literature survey research extensively and critically on a chosen academic topic
  • 2. 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. assemble and synthesise a complex body of relevant, existing research

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. pursue, under supervision, a sustained program of individual work outside of a classroom setting
  • 6. evaluate critically existing ideas and to perceive areas of weakness or areas which may be usefully analysed
  • 7. complete, as an individual, a multistage task within a defined period, as assisted by the supervision process

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours2Initial prepatory sessions
6Individual supervision

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Draft proposal1000 words (max)1-7Written or oral
Draft extractvaries1-7Written or oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Proposal101000 word1-7Written or oral
Literature Review90Approx 14,000 words1-7Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ProposalRevision of the proposal based on the given feedback (10%)1-7November
Literature reviewRevision of the literature review based on the given feedback (90%)1-7November

Syllabus plan

  • Stage 1: Literature survey proposals as agreed with module convenor
  • Stage 2: Proposal submission and assessment
  • Stage 3: Writing and submission of literature survey to a deadline in September (exact date to be announced).

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Students will read recent research articles relevant to their specific project following introductory textbooks as in the list below

Caulley, D. (1992). Writing a Critical Review of the Literature. Bundoora: La Trobe University.

Cooper, H. (1998). Synthesizing research a guide for literature reviews (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.

Galvan, J. (2009). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (4th ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak.

Greenlaw, S. (2006). Doing economics: A guide to understanding and carrying out economic research. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Saunders, M., Lewis, P., & Thornhill, A. (2009). Research methods for business students (5th ed.). Harlow, England: Prentice Hall.

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