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Dissertation

MBA7017 (2013-14)

Dissertation


Credits

40

Level

HE7, PG/Masters

Type

Dissertation

Duration

1 Trimester(s)

Trimester 3?

No

ECTS

20

Marking Scheme

Numeric mark scheme (i.e. mark of 0-100)

Pass Mark

40%, No Notes

Delivery Type

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

Pre-Requisites

MBA7016

Co-Requisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Module Outline

The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to undertake an extended and substantial piece of research. It allows students to synthesise their academic knowledge acquired from the taught MBA modules and to produce an evaluative and critical discussion of strategic issues relevant to their work-place or the organisationally centred topic under study. The dissertation follows the completion of the research methods module completion of which is a prerequisite for commencement of the dissertation. Following receipt of feedback from the second research methods assignment, you will improve the initial three chapters and in con junction with your supervisor’s guidance, you will then undertake the data gathering fieldwork, evaluate and synthesise the findings and present them clearly. You will also present a set of conclusions drawn from the findings, together with recommendations and a suggested implementation plan to introduce measures identified in the fieldwork to improve organisational performance. Executive MBA students will also produce a reflective auto-critique of the concepts/methods deployed, the role of the learning set, constraints in the workplace and an outline of the management skills they have developed.

Taught (T), Developed (D) and Assessed (A).

Indicative Content

 

Description

1

An extension of the literature review presented in assessment#2 of the research methods module.

2

The development of research instruments identified as suitable within the research methods module and their application.

3

The ordering of data to most succinctly address the objectives.

4

Evaluation of the findings by utilisation of the conceptual frame identified in the literature review (Chapter 2) and other relevant works identified therein

5

A reflective section on the completion of the MBA

Learning Outcomes

 

Description

1

Demonstrate a masterly grasp of the topic area researched.

2

Demonstrate skills of analysis, evaluation, critical reflection, synthesis and conceptualisation

3

Critically assess the results of the research against the objectives.

4

Review future actions to improve the organisation’s standing regarding the strategic issue/problem.

Learning And Teaching Strategy

You will be allocated to a learning set so that you and a number of your peers meet regularly with your supervisor to discuss issues of concern or any that lack clarity. You will be expected to submit draft work for regular feedback from your tutor. You are encouraged to interact freely and in a candid fashion with your peers to maximise opportunities for informal learning. Draft work will usually be the focus of the supervisory meetings and the relevant materials (MBA dissertations) from the University’s repository will also be a source of insight into the presentational format, respective length of sections and academic writing style expected. Draft work will be commented on in a timely fashion by supervisors and returned to you. Self discipline and good time management skills (to complete the required tasks on an agreed timescale will be at a premium as you near completion of your dissertation.

Learning & Teaching Methods

Method

KIS

Hours

Project supervision

Scheduled

10

Guided independent study

Independent

390

Formative Assessment Strategy

Draft work (usually chapter by chapter) will be presented to the supervisor (via email) for comment. This will be returned in a timely fashion.

Summative Assessment Strategy

1x 15,000 word dissertation

Summative Assessments

 

Assessment

KIS

Description

 

Learning Outcomes

Marking Scheme

Passmark

KIS Weighting

001

Dissertation

Coursework

1 x15,000 word dissertation

FINAL

1 2 3 4

Not applicable

-

100%

Learning Resources

Description

Please see the reading list for MBA7016

Feedback to Students

Formative: offered on draft chapters throughout your dissertation stage Summative: Within 4 weeks.

 

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