INMR90-MSc Dissertation (Information Management)

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: INMR62 Research Methods
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Keiichi Nakata

Email: k.nakata@henley.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

A dissertation project is an independent piece of research work in MSc programmes in Information Management and Digital Business. 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 an academic supervisor 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 dissertation project normally commences with the Research Methods module during which a research proposal is developed. The topic is normally proposed by the student and developed in consultation with the appointed supervisor.



 



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.



 



Placement opportunity: Students may carry out their dissertation projects in organisations as part of placement or internship of up to six months in duration. The placement needs to be arranged by students and requires an approval by the Programme Director who ensures that the placement enables the students to satisfy the academic requirements of Dissertation.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The dissertation project is normally conducted by an individual student guided by a supervisor. The student is expected to have regular meetings with the supervisor and contact with other members of staff, where appropriate, with expertise in the chosen research field. There is an opportunity to give an oral presentation at an interim stage to seek for feedback from staff and peers.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 6
Guided independent study 394
       
Total hours by term 400.00
       
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:
None

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Assessment will consist of Dissertation (90%) due in week 50, and presentation (10%) to take place in week 40. The presentation assesses the student’s presentation skills.


Formative assessment methods:

Students receive feedback from their project supervisors during supervision meetings. They will also receive comments and feedback from the audience at the oral presentation reporting on progress of research normally organised around two months before the dissertation deadline.


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

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Students will be required to obtain a mark of 50% overall through weighted average of the two components.


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: 5p per page for Black &White 30p per page for colur 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:


Last updated: 16 May 2018

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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