Module code: MAN3161

Module Overview

The Dissertation module involves students in an original research project. It provides students an opportunity for a directed individual study focusing on topics of interest related to their programme of study. Using one or a variety of methods, students will collect original data and contribute to problem solving in relevant management contexts. Emphasis will be placed on the process of scientific research. Students will develop skills on how to plan, carry out, and communicate research work as well as knowledge of theoretical and practical specialisation within relevant subject areas.

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: N800

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 281

Lecture Hours: 6

Seminar Hours: 3

Tutorial Hours: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must have completed MAN3160

Module content

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. This module is largely based on self-directed study and research, with direct guidance from the module convenor(s).

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Dissertation (7000 words) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The student is assessed on the basis of a 7000 word project report, which includes a 1000 word Executive Summary. 

All Dissertations are checked for plagiarism using an electronic plagiarism detection system.

Formative feedback

Students receive feedback throughout the semester via face to face teaching which will support them to complete the assessments.

Module aims

  • 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
  • collect and analyse information to address the issue
  • develop recommendations and logical conclusions
  • be aware of the limitations of research work
  • demonstrate an awareness of any ethical dilemmas that arise in the research

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Write cogently to show an in depth understanding and insight of a relevant topic of specific interest KCPT
002 Demonstrate critical engagement with existing literature relevant to their topic KCPT
003 Use appropriate methodologies and to justify their use CT
004 Analyse and present their findings, and to critically compare these with existing knowledge CPT
005 Critically evaluate findings to produce sound conclusions KCPT
006 Be aware of the limitations of their study, and be able to identify new areas for investigation/new problems/new or alternative applications or methodological approaches KCPT
007 Communicate their findings in a concise manner, suitable for presentation to industry (the executive summary) PT
008 Synthesise many of the elements covered in the taught part of the programme KCPT
009 Present a major piece of coherent work based on self-directed study KCPT

Attributes Developed

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 Business Research Methods module, allowing students to gain experience of applying some of the principles and methods learned. The teaching and learning methods include regular consultation and support by an experienced tutor in more generic aspects of the process. Students will present initial ideas and Module convenor(s) will provide formative feedback. Students will arrange meetings with the teaching team to discuss details of methodological approaches, how to organise fieldwork, and writing the report. Where necessary, students must obtain ethical approval prior to data collection. 

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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Other information


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 2022/3 academic year.