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IB96Q - Dissertation

  • Module code: IB96Q
  • Module name: Dissertation
  • Department: Warwick Business School
  • Credit: 45

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To enable students to apply some of the concepts, theories and knowledge of the taught modules to a concrete issue or area of enquiry; To develop basic skills appropriate to the design and conduct of a research project and to exercise critical judgement in the evaluation of research findings; To allow each student to produce an extended piece of written work, reflecting his or her own interests in the subject matter of the degree programme, which makes some contribution to knowledge of the area. The dissertation therefore draws on and extends learning from the subject-based modules of the Programmes, together with learning from the research methodology module.

Principal learning outcomes

"(a) Subject knowledge and understanding; Demonstrate in depth understanding of academic knowledge relating to their chosen area of interest; If appropriate also demonstrate an understanding of relevant aspects of policy, law and practice. (b) Key Skills: Write an extended piece of work which demonstrates ability for sustained and coherent examination of a problem area. Design and execute a research project; Demonstrate appropriate use of specific research skills which might include interviewing, survey design, or document; (c) Cognitive Skills Critically analyse an area of knowledge to identify an appropriate research topic. Identify, and assess the significance of, the context for the research study (national / sectoral / institutional / organisational; Analyse data appropriately and reflect on its significance in relation to the research problem; (d) Subject-Specific/Professional Skills: Depending on the type of research area chosen: Show an enhanced understanding of the employment relations policy context for their research and how to engage with it; Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the issues surrounding organisational change in the employment relations field."

Timetabled teaching activities

Total contact hours: 8. Module duration (weeks, if applicable): c. 16 weeks. Other (please describe):e.g. distancelearning,intensive weekend teaching: Guidance will be given on expected independent learning goals based on guided reading, research instrument development, research practice and other necessary activities for the student to complete the dissertation. Feedback will be given on progress against these activities.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
45 CATS (Module code: IB96Q-45)
A (Assessed work only) 10,000 word Dissertation 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Human Resource Management and Employment Relations (N60A) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Human Resource Management and Employment Relations (Part-Time) (N60B) - Year 2
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