Module description


You can undertake your own in-depth 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, successfully concluding in an extended written dissertation.

Additional Information:

These dissertations are linked to their internships, so they provide a strong talking point for future interviews. Students also develop their research and comprehension skills.

Full module specification

Module title:Dissertation
Module code:BUS3001
Module level:3
Academic year:2014/5
Module lecturers:
  • Professor David Boughey - Convenor
Module credit:30
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Module aims

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.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. [dependent on the topic selected]

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. plan and execute a research project
  • 3. build and exploit a beneficial relationship with supervisor
  • 4. use library, database and other research materials
  • 5. research extensively and critically on a chosen academic topic and to demonstrate an understanding of the underlying concepts and/or deductive processes from that research

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. work independently
  • 7. plan and manage own time
  • 8. present information in a clear and comprehensible written form
  • 9. develop arguments supported by closely relevant sources

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 hours5Supervision
Scheduled learning & teaching activities6 (2 hours per week)Lectures and practical classes
Guided independent study150Reading and research
Guided independent study139Writing up a dissertation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
1 task8000-10,000 words1-9Written

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
Dissertation100%8,000 – 10,000 words excluding tables and charts1-9Verbal and Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
DissertationRevision of the dissertation based on the given feedback 1-91st September

Syllabus plan

• As agreed with supervisor
• Taught sessions
• Introduction to the module: what is about research
• Research design
• Literature review

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

This will depend on the topic chosen.

General ‘how to write a dissertation’ texts may also be of help:

Dunleavy, P. (2004) Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation. Palgrave Macmillan.

Swetnam, D. (2000) Writing Your Dissertation How to Book Ltd (3rd ed)

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