Module title: Dissertation (Yunnan)

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: FIN10950
Module leader: David White
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law
Prerequisites

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2019/0, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CHINA
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: David White
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and Teaching
Lectures will be held to describe and explain the dissertation process, however the general approach to teaching and learning is different from taught modules since students are allocated individual supervisors. Supervisors allocated to students do not present new knowledge to their students; they act as a facilitators in relation to the research process. Supervisors will be concerned, for example, with the development of the research topic, the suitability of research methods adopted for the dissertation and the extent to which students are making appropriate and timely progress in relation to their work.

me of study. Regular contact with the supervisor will encourage steady progress; setting goals and targets, planning and researching tasks etc.

Assessment Strategy
An outline dissertation proposal is submitted by the students normally towards the end of trimester 1, year 2. before their meeting with a member of the dissertation teaching team at the beginning of trimester 2. This outline proposal is worth 10 credits (25% of the student's overall mark) and is the starting point for a proposed area of research. It is also used to allocate supervisors to students at the start of trimester 2, year 2. Students will then make a detailed appraisal of their proposed research by reading key references (including books, journals and electronic sources) to determine the current state of knowledge, considering ideas as to how their research should be undertaken and assessing its practicality. Students may change the focus of their intended research after this evaluation.

The dissertation proposal (25%) addresses learning outcomes 1 - 3. The proposal is a critical component since it provides a detailed “road-map” for the rest of this module. It will conform to a template to ensure key areas are considered and included.

The final dissertation (75%) will be submitted mid way through trimester 3, year 2. It will conform to the structure outline

Formative Assessment:
Assessment Strategy
An outline dissertation proposal is submitted by the students normally towards the end of trimester 1, year 2. before their meeting with a member of the dissertation teaching team at the beginning of trimester 2. This outline proposal is worth 10 credits (25% of the student's overall mark) and is the starting point for a proposed area of research. It is also used to allocate supervisors to students at the start of trimester 2, year 2. Students will then make a detailed appraisal of their proposed research by reading key references (including books, journals and electronic sources) to determine the current state of knowledge, considering ideas as to how their research should be undertaken and assessing its practicality. Students may change the focus of their intended research after this evaluation.

The dissertation proposal (25%) addresses learning outcomes 1 - 3. The proposal is a critical component since it provides a detailed “road-map” for the rest of this module. It will conform to a template to ensure key areas are considered and included.

The final dissertation (75%) will be submitted mid way through trimester 3, year 2. It will conform to the structure outlined in section 11.4 above and will address learning outcomes 2 - 5. Students will be expected to analyse, assess, develop, synthesise, integrate and reflect on the findings of the research study relevant to their program


Summative Assessment:
Assessment Strategy
An outline dissertation proposal is submitted by the students normally towards the end of trimester 1, year 2. before their meeting with a member of the dissertation teaching team at the beginning of trimester 2. This outline proposal is worth 10 credits (25% of the student's overall mark) and is the starting point for a proposed area of research. It is also used to allocate supervisors to students at the start of trimester 2, year 2. Students will then make a detailed appraisal of their proposed research by reading key references (including books, journals and electronic sources) to determine the current state of knowledge, considering ideas as to how their research should be undertaken and assessing its practicality. Students may change the focus of their intended research after this evaluation.

The dissertation proposal (25%) addresses learning outcomes 1 - 3. The proposal is a critical component since it provides a detailed “road-map” for the rest of this module. It will conform to a template to ensure key areas are considered and included.

The final dissertation (75%) will be submitted mid way through trimester 3, year 2. It will conform to the structure outlined in section 11.4 above and will address learning outcomes 2 - 5. Students will be expected to analyse, assess, develop, synthesise, integrate and reflect on the findings of the research study relevant to their program


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 15
Face To Face Guided independent study 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 370
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 25 1, 2, 3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Dissertation 75 2, 3, 4, 5 25 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 10000
Component 1 subtotal: 25
Component 2 subtotal: 75
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

There will be a series of introductory lectures to explain the dissertation process and research methods. These will cover:
1. Research methods; the differences between Primary research and Secondary research
2. How to develop research aims and objectives;
3. The process of a literature review
4. The dissertation structure: Abstract, Literature review, Methodology, Referencing, Analysis of research findings, Conclusions & Recommendations and List of References.
5. Research ethics: ensuring that students adopt an honest approach and treat research subjects fairly
There will regular contact between student and supervisor.
Students will plan their dissertations, read the literature, conduct the research, analyse the data collected and write up their findings.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Identify a topic for systematic investigation, analysis and evaluation
LO2: Establish a research aim and research objectives
LO3: Select and justify appropriate research methodologies
LO4: Critically assess literature relevant to the research to be undertaken
LO5: Collect, analyse and evaluate primary and / or secondary data and produce conclusions and recommendations

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