Full module specification
|Module title:||Dissertation (Management)|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
6 lectures (weeks 1,3,4,7,9 and 10)Duration (weeks) - term 3:
Independent research until the date of submission (September)
The aim of the module is to nurture students’ skills in developing a research agenda, formulating appropriate research
questions, planning and conducting a research programme (within a specified time), conducting a literature review, analysing data, and communicating the findings through a comprehensive piece of academic writing. Towards this, the student will pursue a programme of independent research on a topic of his/her choosing and which is approved by the module convenor.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate a good comprehension of the complexity, gaps and contradictions associated with a specialised study of management;
- 2. Confidently apply in writings the understanding of concepts and theories from the taught part of the programme to a particular research problem;
- 3. Draw valid conclusions based on an ability to synthesise and prioritise relevant data from methods and techniques appropriate to the research problem;
- 4. Independently conduct an entire programme of research from defining the research question through scholarly investigation to final dissertation write-up
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 5. Present a clearly structured and well-written piece of research within the discipline of Management
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Work as an independent researcher to collect, analyse and prioritise data and evidence to answer clearly-defined research questions
- 7. Develop problem-solving skills in a specialised manner based on the ability to adapt to the often complex, unpredictable and particular demands of the research process
- 8. Form constructive dialogues with research partners (peers, mentors and skilled professionals) and the dissertation supervisor
- 9. Reflect on the research process and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with the approach adopted
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|
|Contact hours||12||Lectures (2 hours per lecture)|
|5||Supervision meeting to be arranged by the student in consultation with the allocated supervisor|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Initial research proposal||800-1000 words||1-2, 5||Verbal (feedback provided by the allocated supervisor)|
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|
|Final Research Proposal||10||1000-1200 words||1-2,5||Written and verbal (feedback provided by the dissertation supervisor)|
|Dissertation||90||8000-10000 words||1-9||Written feedback (feedback provided by the dissertation supervisor and second marker)|
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|
|Proposal and Dissertation||Dissertation (100%) (8000-10000 words)||1-9||Re-submit in December|
Term 2: Six lectures (To Be Watched Online)
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
1. Dissertation Series (chapters 1-12), University of Exeter Business School Resource
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1. Thematic reading will vary according to your chosen research topic (please seek advice from your dissertation
Recommended reading– Research Methods and Dissertation Skills:
1. Alan Bryman and Emma Bell (2015). Business Research Methods, 4th edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN-10:
0199668647; ISBN-13: 978-0199668649.
Link to catalogue:http://lib.exeter.ac.uk/record=b3252924~S6
1. Boris Blumberg, Donald Cooper and Pamela Schindler (2014). Business Research Methods, 4th edition. McGraw-Hill.
ISBN-10: 0077157486; ISBN-13: 978-0077157487.
Link to catalogue:http://lib.exeter.ac.uk/record=b2637809~S6
1. Brian White and Stephen Rayner (2015). Dissertation Skills: For Business and Management Students, 2nd edition.
ISBN-10: 1408081776; ISBN-13: 978-1408081778.
Link to Online resource:http://lib.exeter.ac.uk/record=b3130073~S6 (login using UOE credentials)
1. Berman Reva Brown (2006). Doing Your Dissertation in Business and Management: The Reality of Researching and
Writing. SAGE. ISBN: 9781412903516; Online ISBN: 9781849209069. **SAGE Study Skills - Available Online **
Link to Online resource:http://lib.exeter.ac.uk/record=b2536620~S6 (login using UOE credentials)
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