The General Guidelines for Dissertation

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DISSERTATION HANDBOOK

2012-2013

CONTENTS

1.INTRODUCTION3

2.KEY DATES3

3.Dissertation Proposal3

4.EXTENDED OUTLINE4

5.STUDENT SUPPORT5

Consultations with Supervisors5

6.RULES CONCERNING DEADLINES AND DATES6

Change in dissertation topic/title and/or supervisor6
Use of student support6
Penalties for late dissertation submission6

7.FORMAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE DISSERTATION7

Length7
Presentation7
Language and style7
Submission8

8.RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS OF THE DISSERTATION9

The Title9
Abstract9
Introduction9
Literature Review10
Research Methodology10
Data Analysis11
Conclusion11
References11
Appendices12

9.Frequently asked questions13

APPENDIX A PLAGIARISM, SYNDICATION and CHEATING15

INTRODUCTION

This handbook has been written with the purpose of providing detailed information to students concerning their rights and obligations in the Dissertation module, as well as some general guidelines as to the writing of the Dissertation.

KEY DATES

Checklist for the 2012/2013 academic year:

1. Attend the Dissertation Week, by the end of which you should have your research question, objectives and hypothesis ready. Date: 17-21 September 2012.

2. Contact a tutor with whom you can discuss your ideas, and who is available for further consultations. A list of potential supervisors and their preferred topics is available on Moodle and the Intranet. Date: 19 September to 14 October 2012

3. Write the Dissertation Proposal, using the template provided as Appendix 2 of the Module Description. Submit the proposal via Moodle. Deadline: 15 October, 2012.

4. Once you have your proposal and the supervisor approved, keep regural contact via Moodle or face-to-face. Submit three Notes on Consultation to the Student Centre by the following deadlines: Deadlines: 15 December 2012, 25 February and 3 May 2013.

5. Submit an Extended Outline of at least 3,000 words via Moodle. Deadline: 25 February, 2013.

6. Submit your dissertation the Student Centre in two hardbound copies and upload it on Moodle. Deadline: 3 May, 2013, 4 p.m.

7. Defend your dissertation at the final examination.
Date: July 2013. Exact date to be announced later.

Dissertation Proposal

After the selection of the dissertation topic, preferably during the Induction Week, you can contact a (full-time or part-time) IBS tutor to act as your potential Dissertation Supervisor. A list of supervisors and their specialised topics are posted on Moodle and the Intranet. Proposal must be uploaded on Moodle by no later than 15 October.

As the name suggests, a Dissertation Proposal is supposed to describe what you propose to do, and why and how you propose to do it. The purpose of the proposal is to convince your Supervisor that there is a good research question which is worth investigating, and that you are in a position to be able to investigate it. Please bear in mind that a Dissertation is not identical with a Project Report in the sense that a Dissertation explores a business issue/problem/question, rather than presenting recommended action(s) for the problems of a particular organisation. Therefore, the Proposal should demonstrate that you:

← have defined and delimited an interesting research question ← can explain the relevance of the question in the field (marketing, finance, etc.) ← have a detailed research plan.
The Proposal should provide answers to the following questions: ← What problem are you going to tackle?
← Why is it a problem?
← Why is it important to solve it?
← Where are you going to look for answers?
← Why are you going to look there?

Proposals are assessed by the Research Methodology tutors on a pass/resit/fail basis, but the final approval...
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