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LUBS3345 Dissertation/Project in Management

40 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Nick Jackson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS3200Business Analytics 3: Analytics Project
LUBS3305Dissertation in Management
LUBS3350Management Dissertation for part time BSc

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module gives students the opportunity to initiate, design, execute and write up a piece of research in the management sciences. The topic and specific project will be of their own choosing, under the tutelage of a supervisor. The module will provide workshops to support students in designing and carrying out their dissertation, supporting both primary and secondary data collection and analysis. The module provides students with the chance to show off the knowledge they have acquired, their ability to apply it, and their skills in seeking out further material specific to their cause. As a 40 credit module it forms a substantial piece of work.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to assess and evaluate:
- data sources and their possibilities for investigation issues in management
- of management theories, and competing theoretical arguments
- how these diverse theories in current scholarship might be applied

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
Subject specific
- Manage a large amount of research data (appropriate to topic) in order to create a major piece of work

- Develop a scholarly writing style.


Students will choose a subject and title for their dissertation under the guidance of the module leader and a dissertation supervisor. The dissertation supervisor will subsequently suggest readings and work with the student to ensure that the dissertation has an appropriate focus.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours390.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Defining a research question; collecting, collating, structuring and critically analysing quantitative and/or qualitative data, using appropriate analytical techniques and communicating the data and analysis in a written dissertation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students can expect to receive feedback on their suggested topic area, suggested dissertation title. Their literature review; draft of the literature review/synopsis; and a draft chapter of the final dissertation. The specific form and nature of the feedback will be determined between the student and their supervisor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation12,000 words final submission100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

A small part of the available credit is devoted to completion of milestones, as experience shows that students are not compelled to keep to time if there is no credit bearing incentive for them to do so. The milestones are timed to ensure students are thinking about their dissertation well in advance rather than imagining that they can leave it all until second semester of their final year. The dissertation, if failed, can be rewritten and resubmitted for a maximum resit mark of 40%, by the August exam period. Unlike other LUBS modules it cannot be replaced by a written exam. This reflects the high credit and variable nature of the dissertation as well as its vital importance in developing level 3 skills. The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/12/2017


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