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Unit information: Dissertation in 2022/23

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Unit name Dissertation
Unit code EFIMM0086
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Klimecki
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

The dissertation is an extended report of an independent study that identifies and investigates a particular question and explores it systematically over a sustained period of time. The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to read extensively and apply research skills to a chosen area of study selected from a range of projects. Projects may be either empirical or library-based, and may include scope for adaptation in method or field of inquiry, depending upon the requirements of the particular programme being followed within the School. Student learning is supported by regular individual and/or small group supervision sessions, although the expectation is that the dissertation is primarily an individual piece of work.

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of the dissertation, students will demonstrate ability to:  frame a clear, central research question within the project topic chosen;  identify and critically review literature relevant to the topic and central research question;  understand and apply an appropriate research methodology to investigate the chosen topic;  analyse data and/or evidence, where appropriate, and draw apposite conclusions that answer the central research question;  integrate conclusions into wider academic debates;  produce a dissertation in a clear, well-written and grammatically-correct style, that conforms to the conventions of academic presentation;  use skills of project management including working independently, managing time, working to deadlines.

How you will learn

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

How you will be assessed

A dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words. The dissertation will assess students’ ability to: frame a research question in the context of a relevant literature, apply a suitable research strategy for either an empirical or a 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, and which 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.