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Unit information: Applied Work-based Project in 2020/21

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Unit name Applied Work-based Project
Unit code MGRCM0008
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Ms. Ballard
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 Applied Work-based Project (dissertation) is designed to allow students to pursue a major piece of research into an area of personal interest. Students will be allowed a very wide choice in the dissertation topic as long as it clearly relates to some aspect of strategy, change or leadership in organisations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the importance of achieving proficiency as researchers so that they can both undertake research in an organisational setting and be better consumers of research they commission or encounter in their jobs.
  • Undertake a piece of research using primary and/or secondary data sources.
  • Research and construct a literature review using a range of scholarly materials.
  • Outline and justify methodological choices made in the research process.
  • Use a wide range of evidence including the discipline literature to inform their study findings.
  • Develop robust conclusions and recommendations.

Teaching Information

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

Assessment Information

Dissertation of 10,000 to 15,000 words (100%)

Reading and References

Brown, R.B. (2006) Doing Your Dissertation in Business and Management: The Reality of Researching and Writing. London: Sage.

Hart, C. (2003) Doing a Literature Review. London: Sage.

Fisher, C. (2010) Researching and Writing a Dissertation: An Essential Guide for Business Students 3rd Edition, London: Financial Times/Prentice Hall.

Quinton, S. & Smallbone, T. (2006) Postgraduate Research in Business: A Critical Guide. London: Sage.