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BU4590 Business Dissertation

(15 ECTS credits)

Module Content/Outline:

Students are required to write a dissertation in the range of 12,000 - 15,000 words.

The dissertation should meet the following requirements:

  • demonstrate your ability to evaluate existing literature on a particular subject in a critical way;
  • show that you are able to relate theory in a specific business or management problem or setting;
  • show that you can derive conclusions that are generally applicable from the process.

A dissertation proposal must be submitted to the Dissertation Coordinator no later than week 1 of Semester 1.

Dissertation Coordinator:

Professor Kristian Myrseth

Supervision will be allocated to fit the topic. A supervisor from the School of Business will be allocated before the end of Week 4 of Semester 1. The role of the supervisor is to discuss and advise on the merits of the proposed research and guide the student through the research process

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Identify and frame a research topic in a business or management related area;
  • Conduct a literature review that identifies and critically evaluates the academic literature appropriate to the topic of investigation;
  • Demonstrate an ability to relate the theories, models and frameworks identified through the research process to a specific business or management setting in the world of practice;
  • Analyse data from primary and/or secondary sources that relates to the business and management situations and problems at hand;
  • Evaluate and link the existing literature on a particular subject in a critical way to the analysed data;
  • Derive conclusions that are applicable to the broader business context.

Contact hours:

This is a 15 credit module that should amount to 300 – 350 hours of personal work.

A supervisor from the School of Business will be allocated before the end of Week 5 of Semester 1. The role of the supervisor is to discuss the merits of the proposed research ideas; to provide guidance on the research process, on the academic content and on the development of the argument; to indicate likely sources of information.  The supervisor should expect to meet with you on at least two occasions during each semester.

Assessment:

All dissertations will be submitted to the School of Business.

Dissertations are assessed on two dimensions:
Content - 60%
Cohesion/Integration - 30%

In addition to the written dissertation submission the student will also be required to make a PowerPoint presentation and undergo an oral examination for which 10% of marks will be awarded.

Students will be assessed by two examiners, the supervisor and another academic member of staff. The external examiner reviews dissertations and verifies the final mark.

Date for submission:

To be advised