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Conduct dissertation based on your own area of investigation
Course:- Business Management
Length: 3000 words
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You will be able to plan how you will conduct a dissertation based on your own area of investigation which will consolidate your in depth knowledge of business and management or of the specialism of your business degree and its relationship to the wider organisation.

Intellectual/transferrable:

You will be able to identify and outline an appropriate methodology you will use to conduct an investigation, the results of which, through synthesis and evaluation, address a problem related to your degree discipline and/or its practice; plan which range of sources of information you will draw upon to support the investigation and which procedures and techniques will be appropriate to the analysis of a complex business situation. You will be able to plan how you will demonstrate criticality (independent thinking) in the evaluation and synthesis of information relating to the discipline and/or its practice. You will be able to present your plans/proposal in a professional or academic style.

Aim: This assignment is intended to form the foundation for a final year business project or dissertation. The proposal is expected to address a business-related problem of practical and academic interest.

Word length: 2500

Learning outcomes:

1) Reflect critically on theoretical and methodological issues in business research, including critically evaluating published journal articles;

2) Understand research design issues, frame appropriate research questions, and employ appropriate research methods;

3) Appreciate the historical, social and political contexts of business research choices;

4) Critically evaluate existing literature in order to produce a reflective, critical literature review for a research project;

5) Choose, justify, and, where necessary, design appropriate research methods to collect empirical data for a business research project;

6) Prepare a research proposal.

Structure of the Research Proposal

Title: A full descriptive title for a business-related research problem to be investigated. This is usually related to your research questions and it should sound interesting.

1. Introduction: This section should describe concisely the significance of the research problem (why it matters) and the reason behind your choice of this topic. If your research design involves a case study this section may also include some background information about the case study organization (approx. 150 words).

2. Literature review: This section should report and critique the existing research about your chosen topic (and its pertinent subject area), which will eventually lead to the development of your research question(s). It is important that the literature you are reviewing and discussing (i) relates to your research question(s) (and vice versa); (ii) is contemporary and based on some recent articles and (iii) emphasises the research gap that you have identified and will attempt to address in your research study (approx. 1200 words)

3. Research questions: This should be based on your literature review and you usually commence this section with a brief recap on what is already known about your chosen topic and its pertinent subject area and then you conclude this section with a comprehensive discussion about your research question(s), research objectives/hypotheses and the ‘unexplored' areas of the research problem that you are planning to investigate (approx. 500 words)

4. Method: This section should discuss how you intend to answer your research question(s). It should explain very clearly the rationale (with justification) behind your choice of data collection method(s) and technique(s) (qualitative or quantitative). In summary, it should cover the following areas (approx. 500 words):
- Research approach: Qualitative/Quantitative (or mixed), as well as justification for the chosen research design;
- Research instruments, data collection techniques and procedures;
- Sampling strategy you have chosen and the reason for making this choice.

5. Access and Ethics: This section should discuss what you consider to be the key ethical implications of your work and it should also explain how you will gain access to the research field, i.e. how you will find the information you need (approx. 150 words).

6. Appendices: Preliminary draft of questionnaires, interview or observation structures and so on should be included in the appendices (not included in the word-count).

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You MUST use the Harvard System. The Harvard system is very easy to use once you become familiar with it.




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    Writing and general presentation skills Competent structure, presentation of discussion, reasonable demonstration of ethics. Some work needed on Harvard referencing. Spend some time proof reading your work. Writing and general presentation skills Good structure, presentation of discussion, demonstration of ethics and good Harvard referencing. Well written with a clear logical sequence. Writing and general presentation skills Excellent structure, presentation of discussion, demonstration of ethics and very good Harvard referencing. Well written with a clear logical sequence Writing and general presentation skills Excellent structure, presentation of discussion, demonstration of ethics and excellent Harvard referencing. Well written, concise, articulate with a clear logical sequence 7.5-9 9.5-10 10.5-12 12.5-15

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    Selecting a research method A competent methodology is demonstrated that does not really fit with the research philosophy. The sample and data collection technique is relevant and reasonably feasible Selecting a research method A good methodology is demonstrated that fits with the research philosophy. The sample and data collection technique is relevant and quite feasible Selecting a research method A very good workable methodology is demonstrated that fits with the research philosophy. The sample and data collection technique is relevant, practical and feasible Selecting a research method A clear, practical methodology is demonstrated that fits with the research philosophy. The sample and data collection technique is relevant, realistic and definitely feasible 15.5-18 18.5-20 21-24 24.5-30

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    Literature Review (30%) Literature survey skills Work not completed. Literature survey skills Inadequate literature review not demonstrating understanding or critical thought. Literature survey skills Poor literature review not demonstrating understanding or critical thought. Literature survey skills Weak literature review not demonstrating much understanding and lacks critical thought. Literature survey skills Competent literature review demonstrating some understanding but lacks critical thought. Literature survey skills Very good literature review demonstrating thorough understanding and critical thought. Literature survey skills Excellent literature review demonstrating thorough understanding and critical thought. Literature survey skills Outstanding and comprehensive literature review demonstrating thorough understanding, insight and critical thought.

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    Explanation of the research problem and justification of the research question/s (25%) Problem definition skills Unclear introduction of the research problem/questions. Problem definition skills Poor effort at introducing the research problem and research questions. Problem definition skills Weak effort at introducing the research problem and research questions. Problem definition skills Competent effort at introducing the research problem and research questions. Problem definition skills Quite well written explanation of the research problem and research questions. Problem definition skills Well written and clear explanation of the research problem and research questions. Problem definition skills Very well written, articulate and clear explanation of the research problem and research questions. Problem definition skills Exemplary and well written explanation of the research problem and research questions.

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    Your work will be assessed by a subject expert who will use the marking grid provided in this assessment brief. When you access your marked work it is important that you reflect on the feedback so that you can use it to improve future assignments. Referencing You MUST use the Harvard System. The Harvard system is very easy to use once you become familiar with it.

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    • You will receive formative feedback in Week 7. This will take the form of an online Moodle test. The test will give you an opportunity to self-assess your research and analytical skills by answering questions that are based on various business case scenarios. The online test will generate instant feedback on each question that you answered as soon as you complete the test. There will also be other opportunities of formative feedback for students such as guidance and advice about their drafts of the research proposal. This incremental formative feedback will be implemented in the form of (i) face-to-face meetings with students during office hours or (ii) scheduled seminars/tutorials or (iii) via email.

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    You will be able to identify and outline an appropriate methodology you will use to conduct an investigation, the results of which, through synthesis and evaluation, address a problem related to your degree discipline and/or its practice; plan which range of sources of information you will draw upon to support the investigation and which procedures and techniques will be appropriate to the analysis of a complex business situation. You will be able to plan how you will demonstrate criticality (independent thinking) in the evaluation and synthesis of information relating to the discipline and/or its practice. You will be able to present your plans/proposal in a professional or academic style.



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