Module title: Dissertation (Online)

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

Module code: SOE10433
Module leader: Patrick Harte
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

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Description of module content:

The module 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.

Students will plan their dissertations, read the literature, conduct the research, source and/or collect data, analyse data and write up their findings.

There will also be e-learning and interactive activities to help with:
1. Preparing the dissertation outline
2. Developing the outline into a full research proposal
3. A variety of research methods e.g. surveys, interviews, case studies, quantitative data analysis and qualitative data analysis.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

LO1: Identify a topic for systematic investigation, analysis and evaluation
LO2: Establish a research aim and research objectives
LO3: Select and justify appropriate research methods
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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

WILSON J (2014) ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS RESEARCH: A GUIDE TO DOING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT: SAGE, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9781446257326
ADAMS J, KHAN HTA, RAESIDE R (2014) RESEARCH METHODS FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE STUDENTS: SAGE, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9788132113669
BRYMAN A, BELL E (2015) BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 4th ed. - ISBN: 9780199668649
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