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Module Title LM Dissertation
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 29380
Module Lead George Georgiou
Level Masters Level
Credits 60
Semester Full Term
Restrictions Restricted to students enrolled to the International Accounting and Finance programme, and Erasmus and exchange students according to BBS policy.
Description The dissertation will start with methodology lectures and a mini-proposal that will feed in to the main dissertation work that is undertaken between March and September, and where the main focus will be on self-study. Students will be appointed an academic supervisor to support their independent learning. Students are encouraged to apply the skills and knowledge gained to choose a dissertation topic about which they have a keen interest, the resources to complete, and which is consistent with the research strengths of the Department of Accounting and Finance.

Research methods lectures along with additional workshops, will be provided fortnightly during the autumn term to introduce students to appropriate methods and methodologies used in the social sciences and the development of students understanding of many specific techniques that researchers use. An attempt will also be made to increase students' awareness of broader methodological issues and debates, and provide guidance on how to prepare a research proposal for their dissertation. The lectures and workshops will provide input for a compulsory mini-proposal with deadline at the end of the spring term. 10% of the overall 60 credits of the dissertation module will be re-allocated the mini-proposal and feed-in to the main introduction and literature review. The dissertation module will be introduced via a dissertation social event.

The Dissertation aims to enable students to demonstrate that they can identify research issue(s) or problem(s), understand different research approaches, apply relevant research methods and analytical techniques and write an academic report.
The Dissertation provides the student with the opportunity to study an Accounting and Finance topic of personal interest in considerable depth. It is a demanding aspect of the programme and requires intensive and independent study.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Undertake a substantial piece of independent research
  • Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking – challenging the literature, defending methodology, analysing data, collating evidence, relating theory to practice and considering the implications of their work
  • Plan and organise a major project
  • Present their work in an academic research report
Assessment Methods & Exceptions A mini-proposal worth 10% of the overall marks
A dissertation containing a maximum of 12,000 words (excluding appendices) 90%.
Other None
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