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|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
11Duration (weeks) - term 2:
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 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||6||Lectures and practical classes|
|Guided independent study||150 hours||Reading and research|
|Guided independent study||139 hours||Writing up a dissertation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Project plans and drafts 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.||1-9||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 provided feedback||1-9||July/August|
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.
As agreed with supervisor
- 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?
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
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]