Core Module Information
Module title: Dissertation (Yunnan)

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

Module code: FIN10950
Module leader: Paul Langford
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accounting and Finance


Description of module content:

There will be a series of introductory lectures from your ENU tutor to explain the dissertation process. These will cover:

1. The research cycle; Choosing a research topic; How to develop research aims and objectives;
2. Library searching; The literature review process; Critique of the literature;
3. The differences between Primary research and Secondary research; Methods of data collection for both qualitative and quantitative research;
4. Analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data; Research integrity and ethics; The dissertation structure; Research in practice.

You will plan your dissertations, read the literature, conduct the research, analyse the data collected and write up your 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: Prepare a research proposal
LO6: Collect, analyse and evaluate primary and / or secondary data and produce conclusions and recommendations

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CHINA
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Paul Langford
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
To address all learning outcomes (LO1-6) a series of lectures will be presented early in the Trimester by your ENU tutor to provide you with an in depth understanding of research methods and support the preparation of the research proposal. You will be allocated a local tutor as a dissertation supervisor to support and guide you through the dissertation module.

The dissertation is a largely self-managed process. Your role is to organise the research programme as a whole, taking advice from your supervisor and taking the initiative in raising problems or difficulties. The supervisor’s role is to give advice and help about the nature and standard of the work, and direct you to useful literature and appropriate methodology.

Supervisors allocated to you do not present new knowledge to you; 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 you are making appropriate and timely progress in relation to your work.

Learning materials and signposting to key resources to support the preparation of the dissertation are available through the university virtual learning environment, which means you may use accessibility readers if required and, to some extent, study aspects of the module in the way that suits you best.

By developing a deep understanding of a business problem you will enhance your employability prospects in that area. Additionally, applying research methods requires you to consider the appropriateness of the approach and such skills transfer well when consider the validity and reliability, or appropriateness, of data in other commercial contexts. As you will be searching, organising and analysing prior studies, and similarly managing and analysing your own data, you will deepen your own digital skills using software appropriate to your research context.

Formative Assessment:
Throughout the dissertation module you should work with your supervisor to agree the timing and content of draft submissions so that you may receive timely developmental feedback.

Summative Assessment:
An outline of your proposed research is submitted towards the end of the first trimester (LO1-3). Your local supervisor will be able to guide you regarding the appropriateness and viability of your chosen research topic. Within the outline you will develop your aims and objectives, produce an initial review of the existing research literature, and sketch an approach to undertaking the research including data sources and analysis methods. You may subsequently change the emphasis or even the entire topic of your research however in the latter case this should be through consultation with your supervisor to again confirm you have a viable approach. An outline template is available to you to ensure all required areas are considered.

The final dissertation addresses learning outcomes 2 - 5. You are required to analyse, assess, develop, synthesise, integrate and reflect on the findings of the research study relevant to your programme of study.

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

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 25 LO1-5 8 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Dissertation 75 ALL 25 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 10000
Component 1 subtotal: 25
Component 2 subtotal: 75
Module subtotal: 100

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