Future-Facing Dissertation

Module description

You will undertake your own in-depth study into a relevant topic related to your degree subject which interests you. Studying independently will provide the benefit of having the opportunity to plan and manage an individual research project, investigating a topic at a level not covered in the taught modules, successfully concluding in an extended written dissertation.

The dissertation will reflect the interdisciplinary and future-focus nature of the BSc Business programme and could also be linked to a work placement experience. Developing either a thematic dissertation or work related dissertation, or a ‘hybrid’ of the two could advance your employability. You will also develop your research and comprehension skills, and be able to articulate your selected specialism.

A pre-requisite for this module will be the research methods module in year two.

Full module specification

Module title:Future-Facing Dissertation
Module code:BEP3050
Module level:3
Academic year:2018/9
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Constantine Manolchev - Convenor
Module credit:30
ECTS value:

15

Pre-requisites:

None

Co-requisites:

None

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:

11

Duration (weeks) - term 2:

11

Module aims

The aim of writing a dissertation is to give you the opportunity to research a topic related to your programme of study, which is not covered in depth by any taught module being offered that year.  It is also designed to give you the opportunity to plan and manage your own research and to produce an extended written dissertation.

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, industry sector materials 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, 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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
11289

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities5Supervision
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities6Lectures and practical classes
Guided independent study150 hoursReading and research
Guided independent study139 hoursWriting up a dissertation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Project plans and draft chaptersAs appropriate to the project and position in the research and writing process1-9Verbal and / or written
Supervisor applicationRequest for supervision, including an abstract of no more than 500 words1-4Verbal and / or written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research Proposal102,000 words excluding tables, charts and appendices1-4, 6, 9Verbal and written
Dissertation9010,000 words excluding tables, charts and appendices1-9Verbal and written
0
0
0
0

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Proposal and DissertationRevision of the dissertation based on the given feedback1-9July/August

Re-assessment notes

A student will be referred in all components if the student fails the module with a mark of below 40% overall.

A student if deferred in a single component will be reassessed in that component only.

Syllabus plan

As agreed with supervisor

Taught sessions

  • Introduction to the module
  • Expectations and resources
  • Research design
  • How to examine the literature and execute a literature review

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Bryman, A. & Bell, E. (2011). Business research methods. (3rd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [658.0072 BRY]
  • Coles, T.E., Duval, D.T., Shaw, G. (2013) A student’s guide to writing dissertations and theses in tourism and related disciplines. Routledge, Oxon
  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2012). Research methods for business students. (6th ed.). Harlow: Pearson. [650.072 SAU]

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6708

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Origin date

03/10/2014

Last revision date

14/07/2017