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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS3321 International Business Dissertation

40 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Gideon Azumah

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

Year running 2024/25


LUBS2415Research Methods in International Business

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

You will formulate, design, execute and analyse an independent research project. Through the project, you combine and showcase your comprehension of international business theories and your application.


This module provides students with opportunities to firstly, apply international business theories and concepts learned throughout the programme and develop these in greater detail and secondly, to develop a complete research-based dissertation from the initial idea through to a final written report.

As an important part of the Undergraduate programme it contributes 40 credits based on self-directed study. Depending on the student’s choice, this can be a company-based cases study, a survey or interview-based investigation or secondary data analysis.

The dissertation helps students to develop the kind of transferable skills they will need for working in a variety of careers, as well as to develop their ability to research and analyse a specific area of scholarly interest in the international business realm.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will be able to assess and evaluate:
- initiating, structuring, and executing a research project
- development, writing and formatting a long report (here in the format of a dissertation)
- synthesising academic and non-academic literature critically and assess their value
- the latest academic discourse of their chosen dissertation topic
- communication ideas and concepts convincingly in writing and verbally
- the application of research ethics

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- collect and analyse appropriate qualitative/quantitative data and relate it critically to the discourse

Skills outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
Subject specific
- design, advocate and justify an appropriate internationalisation plan taking into account the political, economic, social and legal conditions of countries
- demonstrate the analytical, critical thinking and intellectual skills required to solve international business problems
- engage critically with current literature in the field of international business studies to analyse issues in the global economy and their implications for management practice
- critically evaluate the potential of international business activities to deliver positive and negative social and environmental outcomes
- define, design, execute and present a significant and extended piece of independent research on an international business topic
- produce professional-quality international business reports and documents
- deliver professional-quality presentations on international business issues using appropriate technology

- demonstrate professionalism appropriate for managers
- exercise initiative and personal responsibility
- deploy decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations
- communicate information, ideas, problems, and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences
- undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature
- undertake a research project in a chosen area relating to international business, making appropriate choices concerning research method and approach
- time-manage work in groups, communicate, plan, be commercially aware, apply creative problem solving and leadership


The syllabus for this module builds upon LUBS2415 Research Methods in IB and covers the stages of how to develop and monitor a research project. The application of this will vary depending on the nature of the research project agreed between the student and the supervisor. The stages will typically include a selection from the following:

- Project definition
- Literature review
- Project plan
- Identification of a conceptual framework
- Development of hypotheses/research questions
- Desk/secondary research
- Data collection
- Research ethics considerations
- Analysis of results
- Development of conclusions
- Suggestions for future research
- Writing up the project

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervised Workshop41.004.00
Private study hours386.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)408.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation10,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework - resubmission of improved 10,000 word dissertation.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:21


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