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Module Title LM Research Project: Dissertation
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 39601
Module Lead Sarah Montano, Linda Hsieh, Yufeng Zhang
Level Masters Level
Credits 40
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Project supervision-5 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-10 hours
Guided independent study-385 hours
Total: 400 hours
Description The aim of this module is to develop students' knowledge, skills, capability and competency in the development and execution of an individual research project. Students will have the opportunity to design, develop and implement a research methodology appropriate to the research being undertaken, and which draws upon and aims to contribute to a body of knowledge in business management. Students will be expected to draw upon research knowledge and skills developed during their overall programme of studies. Students can choose to develop their project and research with a focus on literature review and analysis combined with data analysis. Both primary data as well as secondary data are appropriate for the dissertation in this programme. 
The Purposeful Leadership and the dissertation modules involve student research and, together, make up 60 credits of independent learning based on student research within the MBA programme. 
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Identify a research topic and operationalise that topic into a set of research questions and objectives.
  • Implement a research plan that will allow research objectives to be met within a given timeframe. 
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the literature, including the knowledge and understanding in relation to an area of research and a research topic. 
  • Critically analyse, evaluate and present the analysis and findings of research with clarity. 
  • Formulate a set of conclusions and recommendations from a research study, including suggestions for future research. 
  • Critically reflect and to have a reflexive practice to evaluate one's own beliefs, judgments, and practices.
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:

A 10,000-word dissertation, including a reflexive piece of work (100%) 


Reassessment by failed component. 
A 10,000-word dissertation, including a reflexive piece of work (100%) 
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