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- Learning Outcomes Assessed :
- Independently develop a research problem guided by gaps in existing knowledge and an organisational issue, and determine appropriate research strategies
- Demonstrate critical rigour in analysis of literature and data by making effective use of multiple and critical sources of data/information/knowledge
- Derive new insights based on critical review of the literature and findings of management and organisational practice
- Operate at the interface between theory and practice to derive valid and reliable conclusions
- Demonstrate skills depending on research methods chosen but these can include: interviewing, questionnaire design and administration, focus group management (including diary management), project management, information search, text analysis, content analysis, statistical techniques
- Communicate the research outcomes in a manner that demonstrates clarity of organisational thinking, logical argument and practical recommendations for further research and for practice.
- Write a coherent dissertation as a response to a business issue. • Review relevant literature and demonstrate a critical way to analyse it.
- Design and undertake relevant research, collect data and demonstrate research skills
- Analyse valid and reliable evidence to draw sound business conclusions.
- Produce recommendations for further research and/or practising managers.
- Project Report Structure and Formatting The dissertation/project report should be presented to a high standard.
The following structure is recommended:
- Front Cover Page (Appendix 4 in Handbook )
- Title Page (Appendix 5 in Handbook)
- Executive Summary or Abstract
- Table of Contents and Page Numbers
- List of Figures and Tables
- Chapter One – Introduction: Research Topic, Research aims and Objectives. Why is it important to conduct the research? The justification should be clearly argued on the bases of theory (the literature) and business.
- Chapter Two – Literature Review
- Chapter Three – Research Methodology and Methods
- Chapter Four – Data Findings
- Chapter Five – Data Analysis
- Chapter Six – Conclusions and Recommendations (where appropriate)
- Appendices: This must include the research instruments like a questionnaire and interview guide. It should also include your ethics certificate – if applicable (Any dissertations submitted collecting primary data or secondary – transcript can be needed.