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MANG3058 Dissertation (SIM)

Module Overview

To provide an opportunity to undertake a sustained piece of individually researched academic study. Inter alia this provides a context within which research skills may be developed and demonstrated.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide an opportunity to undertake a sustained piece of individually researched academic study. Inter alia this provides a context within which research skills may be developed and demonstrated.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Understand a selected field of study in management
  • Explain alternative research paradigms, research strategies and research methods appropriate to chosen topic;
  • Discuss current research related to chosen topic
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Justify the selection of a chosen topic
  • Identify, compare and evaluate appropriate research strategies
  • Identify, collect and analyse appropriate data, both primary and secondary
  • Critically evaluate the data collected in the context of existing studies
  • Conduct an extended investigation including generating primary data
  • Critically evaluate the chosen research strategy, highlighting reliability, validity and limitations, and identify opportunities for further research
  • Integrate theoretical concepts developed throughout your undergraduate learning programme and managerial practice
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Collect and critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative information;
  • Communicate ideas and arguments fluently and effectively in a variety of written formats;
  • Apply yourself to solving complex problems;
  • Manage yourself, your time and resources effectively.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop technical, analytical skills;
  • Apply marketing concepts and evaluate them by using marketing intelligence techniques.

Syllabus

There is no set pattern of study; you proceed at your own pace with your personal supervisor. However, it is anticipated that the following topics will feature: - Selecting and developing your topic; - Research questions, aims and objectives; - Research paradigms and consequent research strategies and methodologies; - Identifying, collecting and evaluating secondary data; - Identifying, collecting and analysing primary data; - Linking research outcomes to current theory and practice; - Effective communication documents. Detailed guidance notes and learning materials are contained within the module handbook.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

- Private study guided by the module handbook - Guided study and research activity as advised by personal supervisor - Practical experience - Personal reflection

TypeHours
Wider reading or practice94
Project supervision6
Completion of assessment task200
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Saunders, M; Lewis P, and Thornhill A. (2002). Research Methods for Business Students. 

Gill. J., Johnson, P. (2002). Research Methods for Managers. 

Assessment

Formative

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  ( words) 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  ( words) %

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/ recommended text as appropriate. There will be additional costs for printing and binding your dissertation.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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