Core Module Information
Module title: Masters Dissertation

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

Module code: SOE11537
Module leader: Matthew Dutton
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

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Timetables
Description of module content:

The focus of this module is to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to prepare you for a range of challenges in your academic and professional career.
Specifically, the emphasis is on developing research skills that will equip you with the expertise to undertake relevant and topical research allied to your dissertation. The core material covers:
a) critiquing academic and practitioner research from a range of published sources,
b) developing tools and techniques for writing a critical literature review,
c) methodological considerations,
d) research design,
e) research ethics,
f) qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection,
g) manual and computer-based techniques of data analysis and,
h) evaluating and communicating your research.
i) production of a dissertation and reflection on work undertaken.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Select and critically review relevant literature
LO2: Formulate a research problem
LO3: Design and plan appropriate research to investigate an area for a dissertation.
LO4: Assess reliability and validity of the chosen approach
LO5: Communicate your research findings by producing a dissertation

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Online, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Matthew Dutton
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module online, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of reflective exercises and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit will engage you in the learning process. The online materials will encourage you to reflect upon your experiences and your learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact via the VLE through discussion forums.
To support learning, you will have access to:
• A weekly ‘virtual office hour’ – module leader will be available for synchronous contact.
• Module specific materials which will comprise of the undernoted:
• A module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key learning points.
• Eleven units of learning - an introductory unit, followed by ten subject specific units.
• Narrated PPTs, covering key learning points for each unit.
• Podcasts/vodcasts further explaining key concepts (where appropriate)
• Recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate).
• Two online discussions instigated and moderated by the module leader.
• Self-Assessment Questions.
• Reflective Exercises.
• Links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc.
• Examples of assessments - & outline solutions.
• A database of Frequently Asked Questions.
This module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a research based study of a particular problem. The nature of the module will allow you to undertake an investigation which might be relate to your future employment.


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Project Supervision 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 394
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 ALL 1 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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