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Course Details in 2021/22 Session

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Module Title LM Dissertation Type B
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Management
Module Code 07 25270
Module Lead Paul Lewis
Level Masters Level
Credits 60
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions For MBA students only
Description The dissertation module is an opportunity for students to carry out an independent - though supervised - applied research project. The work will usually apply subject knowledge from one specialist subject area, and so will be an opportunity for students to demonstrate comprehensive and thorough understanding of that subject area. The supervisor is typically a scholar in the chosen subject discipline. Normally dissertations are “applied” and use primary data, but “desk based” projects are possible with the prior agreement of the supervisor.

The purpose of the dissertation module is to develop students’ ability to apply their business knowledge and skills to address a business problem. To quote the Association of MBAs: “[Students] will develop knowledge of the core business areas … and learn how to apply such knowledge effectively in a business environment. This is facilitated in particular on the Dissertation module”.

Whilst being practical and applied, the dissertation is above all else, a critical work.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • write a comprehensive and thorough literature review in order to develop an analytical framework for the research
  • understand and be able to apply a range of data collection methodologies
  • design, plan and execute an independent research project;
  • critically assess and make comparisons between theoretical frameworks and substantive knowledge acquired in the programme to a research topic;
  • undertake a systematic analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative information and present the results in a clear and consistent manner,
  • analyse and evaluate primary and/or secondary data and assess its implications for theory and practice.
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
Dissertation (10,000 – 12,000 words) – 100%

10,000 - 12,000 word dissertation – 100%
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