Module title: Company Study Dissertation

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: ACC11115
Module leader: James Brown
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law

No Prerequisite

2018/9, Trimester 3, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: James Brown
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Students receive individual guidance from their supervisor to support their undertaking of the independent learning that is characteristic of a dissertation. They will also receive specific guidance in the form of the Research Methods module which will specifically help them achieve LOs 1 and 2. Employability is developed through research based study of a particular problem and in the development of skills to retrieve, analyse and communicate findings. The nature of the module allows students to undertake an investigation which should have relevance to future employment as they will be undertaking a task that is required of equities analysts on a daily basis. Students are exposed to the latest developments in terms of subject matter and content as their analysis of the entity and its environment must be contemporary. Additionally, they are required to undertake an analysis of a topic relevant to the company which fully engages them with the academic underpinning of a literature review and permits them to blend theory and its practical application in a relevant setting. Current staff research in the area of valuation is also relevant to the module content. Written material is generated by the student who can work with the supervisor to accommodate any IT access issues. The module content is flexible and depending on the student’s choice of entity can be internationally based.We would encourage students to undertake valuation of an entity in their home country or a country that is of relevance to their future employment needs. The skills of research are also generic and not confined to international boundaries, though the cultural context of understanding and meaning is important and this will be discussed in classes.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is given by the supervisor as the dissertation is developed.

Summative Assessment:
Producing the Company Study Dissertation address LOs 1 to 5 (summative).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 400
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 28 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 12000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The finished dissertation should be aimed at investors who wish to make investment decisions and must involve a company that is listed on the stock market. The structure of the dissertation is of a standard format and relates to Introduction, Macro economic view, Micro industry view, literature review of relevant topic, analysis of the entity, valuation of entity shares and Conclusion. Each student will be assigned a supervisor but will pursue their own individual study which will demonstrate reflective learning.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Complete a self-motivated study, underpinned by research, of the environment within which the chosen entity operates and determine the main factors that affect its ability to return value to its shareholders in the future
LO2: Apply knowledge of investment analysis to evaluate the current position of the chosen entity’s share price
LO3: Demonstrate evidence of skills of enquiry, logical reasoning and analysis throughout the dissertation process
LO4: Select a relevant area of investigation to the chosen entity and critically review literature relevant to it
LO5: Write a dissertation which communicates concisely and which constructs conclusions based on evidence.

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