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(BAM6001) Dissertation

Version for Academic Year: 2015-16

40 Credits at HE6, UG Level 3
Module Type: Standard
Duration in Trimesters: 2. Trimester 3 Tuition: No
ECTS Value: 20
Marking Scheme: Numeric mark scheme (i.e. mark of 0-100)

Pass Mark

40%, The pass mark for this module is 40%. You must achieve an overall mark of 40%, with no item of assessment having a mark below 35%.

Delivery Type

This Module requires you to attend particular classes or events at particular times and in particular locations.

Pre-Requisites

None

Co-Requisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Module Outline

This module provides you with an opportunity to undertake an extended piece of individual research under the supervision of a tutor. Input sessions and workshops will allow you to explore and critically appraise research philosophies, research approaches and research methods. These will also support the development of a research aim and research questions. Within your dissertation, you will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of relevant theoretical models and contemporary literature relevant to your area of study as well as conducting empirical research. You will be required to demonstrate a high level of analytical and critical ability in the application of theoretical frameworks and literature, resulting in the synthesis of appropriate conclusions and recommendations. In terms of PDP you will be expected to develop valuation of your own learning and evaluation of achievement and planning for learning, personal and professional development. The module aims to develop employability skills and to promote and develop the core values of Internationalisation, Environmental Sustainability and Ethical Responsibility depending on the nature of the research undertaken.

Bolton values: Taught (T), Developed (D) and Assessed (A).

Indicative Content

Number

Description

1

Research philosophies

2

Research approaches

3

Research methodology

4

Secondary information evaluation

5

Development of a Literature Review

6

Primary data Collection and Analysis

7

Writing up findings

8

Ethical considerations

9

Research planning and progress evaluation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Module you will be expected to be able to:

 

Description

1

Formulate an appropriate research aim and objectives, as well as a research strategy

2

Produce a critical literature review relating to your research aim, together with an evaluation of the research methodology adopted

3

Undertake primary research and critically appraise the results

4

Evaluate your skills and abilities reflectively as a researcher and academic

Learning And Teaching Strategy

The learning and teaching strategy will provide a variety of delivery methods that enable you to meet the learning outcomes for the module. Six weekly sessions, comprising a lecture, seminar and tutorial, followed by six weekly workshops. These will allow you to examine and critically appraise research philosophies, research approaches and research methods. These will also support the development of your research aim and research questions. In the second semester you will be will be followed by tutorials with your supervisor throughout the duration of the module where you will be expected to demonstrate learner autonomy by taking the initiative in seeking further support and feedback.

Learning & Teaching Methods

Method

KIS Category

Hours

Seminar

Scheduled

12

Tutorial

Scheduled

36

Lecture

Scheduled

24

Guided independent study

Independent

328

 

Summary

%

Scheduled

18

Independent

82

Placement

0

Formative Assessment Strategy

The formative assessment strategy aims to prepare you for summative assessment by clarifying, sharing and ensuring that you understand goals for learning and the criteria for success. This will be implemented through effective classroom discussions, activities and tasks. Verbal and written feedback will be offered that moves learning forward and activates you as owner of your own learning and as learning resources for one another. This will take place during seminar and tutorial activities with group and individual interaction with tutors. Methods used will include question and answer sessions where you will work in groups and individually. As part of formative assessment, you will be required to produce a research plan and proposal document which is agreed by your module tutor, prior to starting your dissertation.

Summative Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment strategy is designed to enable you to meet the learning outcomes through two methods of individual assessment one using oral skills and one written and being time constrained.

Summative Assessments

Item

Final Item?

Assessment Method

KIS Category

Description

Learning Outcomes

Weighting %

001

No

Dissertation

Coursework

10-12,000 words

1 2 3

75

002

Yes

Oral assessment and presentation

Practical

15 minutes

4

25

 

Summary

%

Written Exam

0

Coursework

75

Practical

25

Learning Resources

Description

Bell, J. (2010) Doing Your Research Project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science, 5th ed. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Open University Press.

Collis, J. & Hussey, R.(2009) Business Research, A Practical Guide for Undergraduate & Postgraduate Students, 3rd ed. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Gill, J. & Johnson, P.(2011) Research Methods for Managers, 4th ed. London: Sage.

Saunders,M., Lewis, P.& Thornhill, A. (2012) Research Methods for Business Students, 6th ed. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall.

Wilson,J. (2010) Essentials of Business Research: a guide to doing your research project. London: Sage.

Dependent on focus (e-journal)

Feedback to Students

Formative and summative assessment feedback will be provided verbally in seminar and tutorial sessions and in writing on standard feedback templates with additional written commentary where appropriate within the terms of the University’s guidelines, which is a maximum of four weeks.

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