DISSERTATION, APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT, OR BUSINESS PLAN - 2021/2
Module code: MANM507
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We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
The dissertation is compulsory to all MSc programmes and is the final element of the programme, providing an opportunity for a sustained period of independent study and research. It allows students to concentrate on topics that are of particular interest to them and it draws upon a range of different aspects of the taught programme particularly the Research Methods module. It also gives an opportunity for students to work independently with individual supervision.
The Dissertation can take a range of forms. These include:
- An academically based dissertation. This form of dissertation follows the standard academic pattern of identifying a topic arising from a gap in the literature and developing a methodology to explore this area in depth.
- A business or applied dissertation. This form of dissertation starts with an emerging business problem, either provided from an industrial partner or with their co-operation in the process, and seeks to provide a research based solution to or exploration of the problem.
- A business plan dissertation. This form of dissertation starts with a business idea, arising from the student, and provides an opportunity to develop this idea, through a process of research, into a clearly defined business plan
All forms of the dissertation seek to develop the same learning outcomes and follow the same assessment criteria. In some cases, taught modules, in addition to Research Methods, may be pre-requisites of taking a particular form of dissertation so that students are adequately prepared.
Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management
SIRIPIS Maltika (Hosp & Tour)
Number of Credits: 60
ECTS Credits: 30
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 570
Lecture Hours: 3
Tutorial Hours: 27
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Research Methods for the Digital Age For those students in SHTM choosing a Business Plan Dissertation, to have completed the Business Plan for Hospitality and Tourism module
Students will identify a topic area of interest that they wish to develop further through their dissertation. This must be relevant to their programme of study. On the basis of this topic, students will be assigned a supervisor who will guide their work. The module is, however, largely based on self-directed study and research, which takes place during the Spring semester and the summer.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||Dissertation/applied research/business plan (15,000 words)||100|
The student is assessed on the basis of a 14000 word project report and a 1000 word executive summary. The assessment criteria are available in the Dissertation Handbook provided to all students. All Dissertations are also checked for plagiarism using an electronic plagiarism detection system.
Students receive feedback throughout the semester via online meetings and supervision which will support them to complete the assessments.
- undertake an original piece of research
- demonstrate an ability to select and define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level
- develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; analyse the issue
- develop recommendations and logical conclusions be aware of the limitations of research work.
- The students will also be expected to demonstrate an awareness of any ethical dilemmas that arise in their research
|001||Developed an in depth understanding and insight of a relevant topic of specific interest||CKT|
|002||Demonstrated critical engagement with existing literature relevant to their topic||CKT|
|003||Demonstrated an ability to use appropriate methodologies and to justify their use||CKT|
|004||Demonstrated the ability to analyse and present their data, and to critically compare these with existing knowledge||CKT|
|005||Demonstrated an ability to critically evaluate results to produce sound conclusions||CKT|
|006||Shown an ability to identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks||CKT|
|007||Awareness of the limitations of their study, and be able to identify new areas for investigation/new problems/new or alternative applications or methodological approaches||CKT|
|008||Synthesised many of the elements covered in the taught part of the programme||CKT|
|009||Demonstrated the ability to present a major piece of coherent work based on self-directed research||P|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The teaching and learning strategy is designed to develop the students’ ability to conduct and report independent research. It builds on the Research Methods for the Digital Age module, allowing students to gain experience of applying some of the principles and methods learned. Included in the strategy is the development of a research proposal to help students crystallise their ideas.
The teaching and learning methods include regular supervision and support by an experienced tutor in more generic aspects of the process. Students will discuss initial ideas with the teaching team for their programme, and then will write a short research proposal outlining the problem, research objectives and their proposed research strategy – including approaches, and, as relevant, arrangements for fieldwork, development of instruments and sample. This is a summative assessment, and allows a fruitful discussion between student and supervisor about the proposed study. The proposal should be passed and agreed with the supervisor before proceeding with the dissertation. Subsequent meetings may include discussing details of methodological approaches, how to organise fieldwork and structuring and writing the dissertation. Where necessary, students must obtain ethical approval prior to data collection. The supervisor will also comment and provide feedback on one complete draft of the student’s work.
The meetings and supervision are 100% online for this module.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.