INMB64-Dissertation (Informatics BIT)

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught:
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: INMB62 Research Methods (BIT)
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Keiichi Nakata

Email: k.nakata@henley.ac.uk

Summary module description:
A dissertation project is an independent piece of research work in MSc programmes in information management and informatics. It is considered to be the most important element in these programmes as it demonstrates the knowledge and skills acquired both in terms of the subject area and academic research. It is normally conducted by an individual student guided by academic supervisors in the chosen specialised domain. It gives students the opportunity to undertake a substantial applied research project which draws the prior knowledge and many skills acquired from the past experience and during the taught part of the MSc programme, enables students to practise writing a scientific report, allows students to develop problem-solving skills, and enables students to manage research activities and critically assess the outcomes from the project.

Aims:
The aim of the module is to enable the student to conduct research and apply the knowledge into practice through an independent project. The student should show a detailed understanding of a particular subject field. This will involve a survey of recent developments in the field, a critical analysis of these developments and a prognosis of future developments.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module the student will be able to:
• Develop an understanding of the research topic subject matter
• Develop and acquire new skills in conducting research
• Plan and manage a systematic approach to a research project
• Carry out a literature review
• Critically approach a research problem
• Develop a solution to a given research problem
• Evaluate the solution and provide a critical appraisal
• Derive logical conclusions
• Produce a dissertation
• Present the work in form of oral presentation

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
The content of the dissertation will be usually illustrated by a practical component, which may be a design document, a specification, a technical solution, a software product, or any other deliverables. The research work must be conducted in an ethical and professional manner. The text of the dissertation would not normally exceed 12,000 words but it may be supported by ancillary material.

The field of enquiry will be selected by the student in consultation with and approved by the supervisors.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The dissertation project is normally conducted by an individual student guided by supervisors. The student will have regular weekly meetings with the supervisors and contact with other members of staff with expertise in the chosen research field. The other time is for individual research and study. The weighting between the written dissertation and the practical component will be agreed between the supervisor and the student, but the weighting will not normally exceed 30% for the practical component.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 8 10 22
Guided independent study 70 90 400
       
Total hours by term 78.00 100.00 422.00
       
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 10
Dissertation 80
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Assessment will consist of Interim Report, Dissertation, and Presentation.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will receive formal feedback through Interim Report submitted around 4 months before the dissertation deadline. Students will also receive feedback from their project supervisors during their regular meetings.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
None

Requirements for a pass:
Students will be required to obtain a mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
By resubmission of Dissertation in accordance with University policy.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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