ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Title DISSERTATION
Code ULMS399
Coordinator Dr G Brown
Work, Organisation and Management
Browng@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Whole Session 30

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

 

Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:

 

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           6

8

14
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 286
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 1: Dissertation Assessment Type: Coursework Size: 10000 words Weighting: 100% Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Submission: Standard UoL penalty applies Anonymou  -10000 words    100       

Aims

To provide students with the opportunity to produce an extended piece of academic writing on a subject aligned with programme aims and of interest to them.
To develop secondary research skills.
To extend the range of knowledge of theoretical debate in a specific area of business


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Utilise bibliographical tools to create and maintain a range of sources for the dissertation

(LO2) Conduct a systematic literature review drawing from existing primary and secondary research

(LO3) Devise research questions pertinent to the chosen area of investigation

(LO4) Formulate key research aims and objectives

(LO5) Synthesise knowledge gained from in depth examination of the body of literature

(LO6) Produce critical analytical argument based on detailed understanding of theoretical perspectives relevant to the chosen theme.

(S1) Problem solving

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) IT skills

(S5) Lifelong learning

(S6) Ethical awareness


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Workshop
Description: We will also deliver 4x2-hour workshops designed to prepare students for the rigour of dissertation study.
Scheduled Directed Student Hours: 8
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Supervision
Description: A subject expert will provide supervision in most instances. They will offer academic guidance on completing each element of the process and written feedback on draft chapters.
Scheduled Directed Student Hours: 6
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Self Directed Learning Hours: 286
Description: The dissertation involves a considerable degree of independent study. Students will be expected to engage in self-directed learning both in pursuing the dissertation theme and in completing the write-up.

Costs Information:
Students will incur the cost of binding two copies of the dissertation

There are the following non-modular requirements:
Students must achieve a minimum 60% average in Year 2 of their programme of study

Skills/Other Attributes Mapping

Skills / attributes: Ethical awareness
How this is developed: Supervision meetings and dissertation research
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Dissertation

Skills / attributes: Lifelong learning
How this is developed: Dissertation research and write up
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Dissertation

Skills / attributes: IT skills
How this is developed: Supervision meetings and dissertation research and write up
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Dissertation

Skills / attributes: Communication skills
How this is developed: Supervision meetings and dissertation write up
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Dissertation

Skills / attributes: Organisational skills
How this is developed: Dissertation research and write up
Mode of assessment (if applicable): Dissertation

Skills / attributes: Problem solving
How this is developed: Dissertat ion research and write up
Mode of assessment (if applicable)


Syllabus

 

Workshops: 4x2-hour workshops:

Using bibliographical software;

Producing systematic literature reviews;

Analysing and synthesising a body of knowledge;

Critically evaluating contrasting perspectives.

Supervision:

Each student will receive a maximum of 6 hours supervision. The allocated supervisor will give guidance on each element of the process including: advising on and approving an initial plan; identifying appropriate literature sources; composing succinct and effective research questions, and achievable aims and objectives; conducting critical analyses; and, writing and structuring undergraduate dissertations.


Recommended Texts

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