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LLLC3982 Dissertation for Business Management

40 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Jo Bates

Taught: 1 Feb to 31 Jan (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

LLLC3975Dissertation for Business Management

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to provide the student with the opportunity to develop independent research and evaluation skills whilst developing a deep knowledge of their chosen area of study. Students will develop a research problem or a research question within the context of their chosen area of study and will work with their supervisor to investigate the problem. The dissertation may take the form of a literature based, work place based, or client focused project and should include some form of primary data gathering in the form of surveys, questionnaires, interviews or focus groups. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues within a research context. The project should include an in depth literature search in the area even if it is a practically based study, allowing students the chance to become expert in their chosen area of study and to develop skills of evaluating and critiquing the sources of information available. You will engage in developing your digital skills by researching for your dissertation, analysing and evaluating online resources for both the methodology and literature review sections, preparing online data collection tools and engaging with digital research analysis software.


This module provides the students with an opportunity to undertake a piece of original primary research within an area of business management.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
- Pursue in depth a topic, issue or research question from a range of perspectives that includes theoretical frameworks drawn from relevant disciplines considering cultural and global dimensions;
- Apply and evaluate theoretical models in relation to practice in the field of business management and leadership through independent research and enquiry;
- Report, synthesize and critically evaluate findings with reference to appropriate theoretical frameworks;
- Critically evaluate the limitations and transferability of research findings to other settings and situations
- Assess the ethical issues associated with research into an area of business management and leadership

Skills outcomes
As part of this module students will develop a range of digital literacy skills. Further details are provided in the module handbook


The subject of the dissertation will be relevant to the field of management and leadership and will be negotiated between the student and supervisor.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours389.50
Total Contact hours10.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

All modules on this programme are delivered by block teaching which distributes the hours of teaching over a number of days/weeks using a combination of Lectures, Seminars and Workshops and tutorials
Clearly the dissertation is almost entirely composed of private study, independent scholarship and investigative activities, and report writing. The amount of work done per student will vary but should be directly reflected in the success of the piece. The student's independent work should include submission of an ethics proposal, literature research, project design, project execution, analysis of results and writing up of the account.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

After the initial sessions, progress will be monitored primarily by allocated academic supervisors on an individual basis. The module tutor will also monitor the progress of the entire cohort through group feedback/progress sessions planned throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written Work12,000 word dissertation100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/05/2022 16:33:44


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