(LO1) Undertake a significant research project into a question of their own design
(LO2) Pursue self-directed and independent research
(LO3) Review the literature, design a thought- through study, and collect, analyse and interpret their data
(LO4) Undertake the research required to begin a doctoral thesis
(LO5) Clearly structure and present data, construct and cogent argumentation and provide summaries of complex points
(LO6) Appreciate why social science research matters and the ways it might contribute to human lives
(LO7) Appreciate the importance of ethical research practice
(S1) Adaptability - In order to produce an effective Dissertation within the available time frame, students will need to demonstrate adaptability in their research design and approach. Challenges faced and adaptability should be evidenced in the 'Methods' section of student Dissertations.
(S2) Problem-solving - In order to produce a strong Dissertation, students will be expected to gather and synthesise complex information, analysing alternative perspectives and considering different options in a critical manner.
(S3) Numeracy (depending on the method used) - Where relevant, this will be assessed by the collection and analysis of quantitative data, presented in their Dissertations.
(S4) Commercial awareness - Students will demonstrate a current, up-to-date understanding of the real-world business context and issues related to their chosen research focus as part of their Dissertation
(S5) Organisational skills - This will be evident in students' management of their research project in a way the enables them to meet the Dissertation submission deadline
(S6) Communication skills - This will be assessed by the production of a 20,000 word Dissertation
(S7) IT skills - This will be evident by the production of an effectively word processed Dissertation, alongside the demonstration of the use of other software (as relevant) for the analysis and effective presentation of their research data, findings, and analysis (e.g. SPSS, NVIVO, EXCEL)
(S8) International awareness - Students will demonstrate a critical understanding and awareness of International research in their chosen discipline as part of their Dissertation. Where relevant, they will also demonstrate an understanding of the international contexts in which their research (and the research of those that make up part of their Literature Review) was conducted
(S9) Lifelong learning skills - This will be evident in the production of a critically reflective and analytical research-based Dissertation
(S10) Ethical awareness (taught and assessed) - Ethical awareness is focused upon in the taught component of this module, with a particular emphasis on discussions around the completion of the online ethics training and the subsequent completion of an Ethics application for research projects. This will be assessed by the completion of a successful Dissertation which adheres to ethical principles of research.