Master of Business Administration
Module Leader Dr Paul Dudley
Level: M (7)
Learning Hours: 600
The dissertation is an essential part of the process of achieving masters’ level. It provides you with the opportunity to work independently to develop your ability to make critical and evaluative judgements. It is expected that this will provide an opportunity to integrate the course with practice, developing the ability to be an effective reflective practitioner. By completing the dissertation you should demonstrate that you are able to produce work that is relevant in practice and has an academic standing at masters’ level.
To achieve this you are required to produce an individual dissertation of approximately 20,000 words, with an emphasis on making clear and valid recommendations, which would be of value to an organisation. The dissertation must be undertaken after the successful completion of the Research Methods module.
After completing the module, you should be able to:
1 Select, evaluate and apply critical management thinking to an organisational issue or problem.
2 Critically evaluate the techniques and processes used to investigate an important organisational issue or problem.
3 Synthesise information to arrive at a coherent conclusion.
4 Critically evaluate the implications for the recommendations presented.
5 Critically reflect on his or her development of knowledge, skills and techniques used during the preparation of the dissertation.
The dissertation can take the form of:
1. an empirical investigation, based on primary data, of a management or organisational practice, justified and supported by detailed reference to relevant literature, theories and concepts, leading to practical recommendations.
2. the application of relevant theories/ concepts in conjunction with secondary data to the solving of a...