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Module Title LM Dissertation
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Accounting
Module Code 07 36329
Module Lead George Georgiou
Level Masters Level
Credits 60
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Project supervision-5 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-5 hours
Guided independent study-580 hours
Total: 600 hours
Description The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to study an accounting and finance topic of personal interest in considerable depth. It is a demanding aspect of the MSc programme and requires intensive and independent study. Students are expected to demonstrate that they can: identify research issue(s) or problem(s), evaluate and apply appropriate research methods and analytical techniques, interpret the results; and produce a written academic report. The dissertation will start with a series of lectures and workshops in Semester 1 to introduce students to the different methodologies and methods of research in accounting and finance. The lectures and workshops will provide the input for a compulsory mini-proposal to be submitted in Semester 2. The main dissertation work will typically be undertaken between March and September, during which students are expected to work independently under the guidance of their dissertation supervisor. Successful completion of the dissertation requires application of knowledge and skills gained throughout the MSc programme.
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 Assessment: A mini-proposal of 1,000 words maximum (10%) and dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words (or numerical subject equivalent) (90%)
Reassessment: Re-submission of the dissertation (100%)
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