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Unit information: Management Dissertation in 2021/22

Unit name Management Dissertation
Unit code EFIM30017
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Richard Owen
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Management Research Methods (EFIM20025)

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The dissertation provides the opportunity to research a topic of interest to the student and to develop knowledge and skills in working with a preferred methodology. Students undertake research on a management or marketing topic that they choose, as this relates to one of three broad challenge areas facing business and society:

  • Ecological sustainability and tackling climate change
  • Global justice, equality, ethics and responsibility
  • Rethinking capitalism, work, innovation and the digital economy

It involves the carrying out and writing up of a significant piece of individual research, with supervision, and provides hands-on experience in research design, data collection and data analysis. For some this may involve statistical analysis of survey data, for others a qualitative study involving interviews and observation in organisations.

The unit aims to:

Develop understanding and appreciation of management research through experience;

Develop depth of understanding in a management related area;

Provide experience in the searching, analysis and synthesis of a body of literature, to identify a research issue, and to design, carry out, and reflect upon a programme of research;

Develop skills and understanding in writing up a research study;

Enhance self-directed study skills and support future employability

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, students will be able to:

Appreciate the range of methodologies in management research, and to design a study consistent with a chosen approach;

Demonstrate competence in locating, analysing and integrating a body of literature related to a focal management topic;

Set out the principles of designing a viable research study and apply these in formulating a research study to investigate a management issue;

Understand through practice selected data collection and data analysis methods;

Demonstrate capability in writing up a research study within time and space constraints.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Information

Summative 1 (TB1) 3000 word literature review (25%). Summative 2 (TB2) 10000 word Dissertation (75%)

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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