The postgraduate business project aims to help students to understand the dynamics of business research and to develop their research as well as project management skills. It provides students with a unique opportunity to specialise in a particular area of expertise, and is extremely valuable if students’ wish to work in a specific industry sector or undertake research in future study/employment. Overall, the module aims to develop both students’ independent research and their employability.
MODULE LEARNING OUTCOMES:
The learning outcomes assessed in the Project assessment are:
1.Demonstrate the ability to analyse complex business and management problems critically and rigorously and make evidenced based management recommendations (IC)
2.Demonstrate high levels of expertise in selecting and conducting research methods and addressing strategically significant organisational problems and issues. (IC) (UGB)
3.Demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and skills by applying appropriate research strategies and philosophies to organisational issues (PID)
4.Demonstrate self-directed capacity to plan, design and monitor an individual piece of research (EID)
5.Design and present a well-defined and structured report covering the investigation with appropriate and justified conclusions and recommendations, while showing awareness of their limitations.(DP) (UGB) (IC)
Subject based skills
6.Identify, interpret and engage in critical analysis and discussion of contemporary literature in your professional field. (PID)
7.Demonstrate the ability to effectively analyse business problems from the professional practitioner perspective in your field and make meaningful and where appropriate costed business recommendations (DP) (IC) (UGB)
8.Demonstrate the skills of logical thought, critical evaluation, data analysis and reflection that will enhance influencing and negotiation capabilities as practitioner in your relevant field (EID)
Skills for life
9.Demonstrate the ability for self-directed learning and the ability to reflect on learning, and emotional and social intelligence, which will inform future practice (EID) (SID)
10.Exhibit digital proficiency in computer aided research skills that promotes the effective presentation of research findings and recommendations (DP)
Students will be allocated a supervisor on the basis of the project and/or topic they select for their project. Students should choose a topic that is relevant to the course they are studying. All supervisory allocations will be made by the course leader within the Royal Docks School of Business and Law SG7002 MOODLE page under MSc International Business Management tile. Please submit your topic by 15th June and the supervisor allocation list will be made available by 17th June.
Once students have been allocated a supervisor. Keeping in mind submission deadline of 11th September 2020, once students establish who their supervisor is, they should email them with their proposal/topic to organise their first meeting as soon as possible.
ROLE OF THE SUPERVISOR
The role of the supervisor is to oversee the research process and act as a sounding board for the student’s ideas and research approach. The supervisor’s role is not to “co-produce” the work, but to provide critical commentary on the development of the work and offer advice for improvement. All key decisions regarding literature, research question, methodology and data analysis approaches are made by the student, and ultimately it is the student who is responsible for his/her final grade. The Students must therefore take ownership of their project and adopt a proactive approach with their supervisor; students’ should not wait to be instructed by their supervisors at each stage of the research process. The supervisor is there to offer guidance to the student and ensure the project is progressing adequately, and students’ are advised to maintain a professional relationship with their supervisors.
The student is ultimately responsible for his/her dissertation/project and should see the supervisor as an academic advisor for their work. Supervisors do not necessarily have to be experts in a particular research topic; their role is to supervise the research process itself.
Students have the following responsibilities in the supervisory relationship:
·To attend meetings regularly and punctually.
·To email draft work in advance of any scheduled meeting.
·To treat supervisors with respect and consider their advice.
·To inform the supervisor of any difficulties or issues they may be experiencing.
·To minimise email contact to essential communication and allow a reasonable period of response.
·To be professional and take ownership of their own work.