SCHOOL OF BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AND ENTERPRISE
Dissertation Handbook 2012/2013
BA ETHL Management
BA Business Management
The dissertation core module requires you to carry out an independent research project on a business or ETHL related topic. The dissertation is an opportunity to explore areas that interest you, to acquire specialist knowledge and to develop skills in research design and implementation that may be of use in a future career. The aim of this handbook is to explain what is involved in such a project. It contains general advice on how to undertake your research and precise directions as to the required content and presentation of the completed work.
Many of you beginning this dissertation module will have a successful research proposal as an outcome of your Level 5 Research Methods module. You may wish to use this proposal exactly as it stands, modify it after discussions with your supervisor, or possibly consider something new.
For those of you who do not have your research proposal ready, the notes contained in Appendix 1 are intended to assist you, both in preparing your proposal and in progressing into the dissertation.
The learning outcomes and aims of the module are in Appendix 5. The criteria against which the final dissertation will be assessed are shown in Section 7 and in Appendices 3 and 4. Note that the module is worth 40 credits.
There are various other information sources you should consult – including your allocated supervisor. These should include your course notes and material from the Level 5 module in Research Methodology and a range of publications on the subject of research. You are strongly advised to consult these sources to ensure that your research design meets the required academic standard.
Current recommended textbooks include:
Collis J and Hussey R, (2009), Business Research, (3rd Edition), Palgrave Macmillan
Saunders M et al, (2009), Research Methods for Business Students, 5th Edition, Pearson
2.0 Ethics policy
Before embarking on any form of primary research, you are required to obtain formal approval for the design of their proposed investigation. This involves the submission of an approval form, which can be downloaded from MyUCS, to the Ethics Panel of the School. The purpose of this is to ensure that no one can be harmed in any foreseeable way by your investigation.
3.0 Dissertation management - Supervision
Your supervisor will be allocated by the Dissertation Tutor at the beginning of the appropriate semester – please do not request a particular lecturer nor try to organise your own supervision. It is not always possible to allocate a subject specialist but that does not matter because the role of the supervisor is to guide you on process and method - your supervisor is not a joint author. In those instances where members of staff have invited statements of interest from students relevant to the tutors’ own areas of research interest, every effort will be made to accommodate those preferences. If your supervisor is not a subject specialist, you may seek an occasional contact with a tutor who teaches in the relevant area. A subject specialist may double-mark your completed dissertation.
You should agree with your supervisor how to set up appointments (email is preferred), how frequently and for how long you will meet but s/he has a nominal allocation of 9 hours per student.
You may wish to make a note of your supervisor’s contact details:
Your supervisor will:
Advise you in relation to project planning, control and execution Act as main marker for the project (but there is always a second marker). Maintain an overview of project supervision and assessment
Facilitate the academic development of...