MMM090-Dissertation

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:
Modules excluded: MMM049 Accounting and Finance Project
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Renata Stenka

Email: r.i.stenka@henley.ac.uk

Summary module description:
To provide students with an understanding of the main research skills necessary to undertake an original piece of research at Masters level.

Aims:
To give students an awareness of the appropriate use of methodology, theory, data, literature review, and original research in a Masters dissertation. To enable students to produce a piece of original research.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
1. Assemble a literature review on a given topic which provides a synthesis and
critical analysis of the relevant literature.
2. Understand the main methodological questions concerning research in management and the social sciences.
3. Appreciate the different main approaches towards the integration of theory into a research project.
4. Assess the suitability and usefulness of alternative sources of data for the analysis of research questions.
5. Compose a research proposal outlining a research project suitable for a Masters level dissertation.
6. Produce an original dissertation, which critically analyses a particular research question and examines this question using appropriate data and methodology.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop an understanding of the research process and the main challenges encountered in undertaking a research project. Their skills with regard to organising and executing such a project will be enhanced. Skills regarding the collection and analysis of data, the surveying and synthesis of existing literature on a topic, the application of theoretical models to practical questions, and the preparation and production of substantial reports will also be improved. They will also be able to produce a structured research proposal.

Outline content:
• The nature and practice of research
• The literature review process and the composition of a literature review
• The nature and role of methodology in management research
• The role and application of theory in management research
• Quantitative and qualitative data sources
• Data analysis and writing-up research findings

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching is done in 15 x 1 hour lectures/workshops and a two hour dissertation presentation seminar for each group of students alongside dissertation students from International Management, Marketing, International Business and International Human Resources Management. Students are also provided with one to one supervision for their dissertation over the spring and summer terms. Students are encouraged to apply the skills learned during the lectures and workshops to the development of an actual research project, for which they will produce a research proposal, literature review and 10-12,000 word dissertation. No 10% excess is allowed. If the word count is exceeded then the penalty will be enforced. Students are expected to read a number of references provided for each lecture and to do further work on their individual research projects. They are also expected to actively participate in the lectures/workshops and in their project presentation seminar. 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 9
Seminars 1 2
Practicals classes and workshops 1 3
Guided independent study 126 126 126
       
Total hours by term 134.00 140.00 126.00
       
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
One proposal and literature review (20%) and one dissertation (80%).

Formative assessment methods:

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:
A weighted average mark of all coursework components of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
By resubmission of the dissertation (with the dissertation now carrying 100% weight). Students only have the right to be reassessed once.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Printing and binding:



Students are required to submit two bound copies of their dissertation. Printing costs are as follows: Black and white printing per page A4 = 5p A3 = 10p Colour printing per page A4 = 30p A3 = 60p Prices correct at the time of publishing.


Last updated: 31 March 2017

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