DISSERTATION FOR AIR TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT - 2024/5
Module code: MANM564
The dissertation is compulsory for MSc Air Transport Management Programme 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 (MANM347). Students can build upon their knowledge and topics learnt from programme-specific modules studies in semester 1 to develop and define their research idea and questions. It also gives an opportunity for students to work independently with an individual supervisor.
The dissertation is an academic thesis. 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.
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Number of Credits: 45
ECTS Credits: 22.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 440
Tutorial Hours: 10
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
MANM347 - Research Methods for Air Transport Management.
Students will identify an air transport related topic area of interest that they wish to develop further through their
dissertation. 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.
|Unit of assessment
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to conduct and report independent research.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Academic Dissertation (100%)
Formative feedback will be provided through supervision. Students will arrange meetings with their supervisor to discuss the research problem and strategy.
- - Undertake an original piece of research
- - Demonstrate an ability to select and define and focus upon a research (or business) problem
- - Develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies to analyse the identified problem
- - Develop recommendations and logical conclusions and acknowledge the limitations of research work
- - Demonstrate an awareness of any ethical dilemmas that arise in their research
- - Demonstrate the ability to undertake and effectively manage a significant research-based project
|Develop an in-depth understanding and insight of a relevant topic related to air transport management
|Critical engagement with existing literature relevant to their topic
|Select appropriate methodologies and justify their use
|Analyse and present data, and critically compare these with existing knowledge
|Critically evaluate results to produce sound conclusions
|Identify and explain modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks
|Recognise and explain the limitations of their study, and identify new areas for investigation/new problems/new or alternative applications or methodological approaches
|Synthesise many of the elements covered in the taught part of the programme
|Demonstrate the ability to present a major piece of coherent work based on self-directed research
|Develop resourcefulness and resilience through building an effective student-directed relationship with your supervisor to support your progress on your research
|Engage with diverse global and cultural perspectives through the research and relationship with the supervisor
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to develop the students¿ ability to conduct and report independent research. It builds on the Research Methods module, allowing students to gain experience of applying some of the principles and methods learned, and allows students to synthesise many of the elements covered in the taught part of the programme in the development of a research proposal to help students crystallise their ideas.
The module commences in the Fall Semester and is completed by late August of the same year. The teaching and learning methods include research supervision and support by an experienced supervisor in more generic aspects of the process until two weeks before the deadline. Students will discuss initial ideas with their allocated supervisor, outlining the research (business) problem, research aim and objectives and their proposed research strategy including theoretical approaches, and, as relevant, arrangements for data collection (e.g. fieldwork/online survey, interviews, observations, etc.), development of instruments and sample. Subsequent meetings may include discussing details of literature review, methodological approaches, how to organise data collection 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.
SurreyLearn will be used as an information portal and will contain the dissertation handbook, useful videos, relevant resources and material to support students with their research. Online support sessions/workshops on research ethics, data analysis and dissertation writing will also be provided throughout the Spring semester and summer. Students are advised to refer to the Research Methods module materials and encouraged to also attend dissertation-related workshops provided by the Library.
Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning within a supportive environment, developing self and project management skills along the way, building their resourcefulness and resilience.
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/organized 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.
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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The MSc in Air Transport Management will create highly sought-after graduates who emulate the following characteristics:
Digitally competent modules will demonstrate skills, knowledge, and attitude that enable confident, critical, and creative use of the full range of digital technologies for information, communication, and problem-solving in all aspects of life.
Globally and culturally intelligent demonstrating awareness of and respect for intercultural variations in business and technologies, respecting diversity, promoting equality, inclusion and social justice.
Resourceful, resilient, and enterprising in outlook modules will develop an opportunity-centred mindset and leadership, demonstrating confidence in responding effectively to opportunities, challenges, problems, and setbacks, reflecting and learning from own performance and experiences.
Employability modules will prepare students for key managerial and leadership roles in the air transport industry, or to pursue further academic study, provide an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the aviation industry, and equip students with the professional as well as academic skills and capabilities to become resourceful change makers and future business leaders. The modules will also prepare students to be being critical and creative thinkers who excel in employing evidence-based reasoning, applying multiple perspectives of business issues, recognising distinctive contribution of management and technologies into real-world issues, and effective communicators who can present study findings effectively, explain ideas clearly and fluently in writing, orally, and through the creation of business solutions.
Sustainability modules will prepare students to be ethically, socially, and environmentally responsible by demonstrating awareness of the potential solutions for the promotion of the industry's environmental targets, energy transition initiatives, and stakeholders' inclusion approaches.
Programmes this module appears in
|Air Transport Management MSc(YEAR LONG)
|A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
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 2024/5 academic year.