Business Dissertation module (BU40011)

Learn how to design and undertake an independent, supervised research study, applying the full range of associated skills required to produce a dissertation.

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You will prepare for and complete a dissertation involving an element of original research achieved through reading and reflection, or collection of primary or secondary data. By authoring a substantial piece of structured work of around 10,000 words, you will gain a deeper understanding of what constitutes credible and ethical management research.

Preparing for and writing a Business dissertation requires engagement with authoritative research methods, texts on how to write effective literature reviews, research methodology, and design. As well as learning how to collect, analyse and interpret relevant data, present findings, discuss implications for management theory, and/or provide recommendations for management practice(s).

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • analyse appropriate areas of literature for a proposed area of research
  • evaluate different methodological approaches, research techniques, and their application

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • apply n engaging writing style consistent with your dissertation topic
  • show evidence of the craft of writing an extended and focused piece of work
  • demonstrate the ability to manage yourself and your work in delivering a dissertation
  • edit, draft, and present your final research text through constant review and responding to feedback from your supervisor

Assignments / assessment

Draft chapter (10%)

  • normally a literature review
  • 1,500 words
  • due mid-November (semester 1)

Academic poster (10%)

  • elevator pitch
  • pitch should be 90-120 seconds long
  • due early December (semester 1)

Final dissertation (80%)

  • 10,000 words
  • due mid-April (semester 2)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

You will be allocated a Supervisor by the end of Week Three, and you will meet with them at regular points throughout both semesters.

There are twice monthly one-hour meetings to provide an additional forum to share your thoughts, questions, ideas, and concerns relating to researching and writing a dissertation. These sessions will also provide opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and sharing of research stories, experiences, solutions, and resolutions to research challenges and problems.

Reminders, signposting, and mini revision lectures - building on material covered in Research Methods & Consultancy Practices (BU30014) 0 will be provided at critical moments throughout both semesters to help you meet the assessment requirements for this module.

For example, when assessment due dates for the literature review chapter (Assessment 1) and poster presentation (Assessment 2) are approaching, sessions offering support in producing effective literature reviews and how to create compelling academic posters will be provided.

Likewise, when the final submission due date (Assessment 3) is approaching, supportive sessions and writing workshops on how to finish, polish, and craft your dissertation will be given.


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