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Unit information: Dissertation in Global Operations and Supply Chain Management in 2021/22

Unit name Dissertation in Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
Unit code EFIMM0070
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Zhang
Open unit status Not open

The taught element of the programme.



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

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this research project and associated dissertation is for students to undertake an individual inquiry relevant to global operations and supply chain management at Masters level. It will give students the chance to work autonomously on a project of their choice and to both demonstrate, and develop communication, problem solving, research and project management understanding, knowledge and skills.

Every student will be allocated a dissertation supervisor, whose guidance they will use to do the research and complete the dissertation write-up (10,000-15,000 word limit). A dissertation demands self-motivation and good organisational skills. Students are expected to show initiative in choosing their topic of study and in executing the research. The unit will further develop skills in developing a research agenda, formulating appropriate research questions, conducting a literature review, planning a research programme, analysing data, and communicating the findings by a fixed deadline.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Frame a clear, central research question;
  2. Identify and critically review literature relevant to the topic and central research question;
  3. Understand and apply an appropriate research methodology to investigate the chosen topic including research ethics process and considerations;
  4. Analyse data and/or evidence, where appropriate, and draw apposite conclusions that answer the central research question;
  5. Integrate conclusions into wider academic debates;
  6. Produce a dissertation in a clear, well-written and grammatically-correct style, that conforms to the conventions of academic presentation.

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

A dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words is to be produced. The dissertation will assess students' ability to frame a research question in the context of relevant literature, apply a suitable research strategy for either of qualitative, quantitative or library-based research study; analyse resulting data and draw relevant conclusions and integrate these into wider academic debates. The dissertation will also assess students' ability to produce a substantial piece of work independently and by a deadline, which also conforms to the conventions of academic presentation.


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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.

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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.