SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHN224375
Module Leader Peter Duncan
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally successful completion of Business Research Methods & Skills or equivalent

Summary of Content

-108 The completion of an Honours Dissertation Thesis or Honours Project is the culmination of a student's undergraduate studies. The work offers individuals a sustained opportunity to conduct research into business and management issues, some of which could be international in focus, and execute a defined project of research, development or investigation. This module builds on the Level 3 Business Research Methods & Skills module and requires the completion, to the required standard, of a 10,000 word (excluding appendices) individual Dissertation Thesis or Honours Project . The module requires students to demonstrate familiarity with a range of business data, research sources and appropriate methodologies. Summary of PRIME related challenges and themes: Students will be encouraged to identify and investigate contemporary research topics which directly address issues which confront public and private sector organisations and how such dilemmas, for example, legal, ethical, economical, financial and/or marketing related issues, may be successfully researched.


The Module Handbook issued to students provides detailed instruction about how to prepare a Dissertation Thesis or Honour Project and is supported by further learning resources on the VLE, GCU Learn. Further formative feedback will be provided by individual supervisors throughout the academic session.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate ability to: 1). Initiate, design and execute an individual piece of research and present a Dissertation Thesis or Honours Project thesis. 2). Plan and work independently and systematically over an extended time period on the Dissertation Thesis or Honours Project. 3). Identify, review and critically evaluate theory and empiricism relevant to the Dissertation Thesis or Honours Project. 4). Demonstrate the ability to apply analytical and evaluative processes towards the solution of relevant topic issues.5). Demonstrate the ability to identity relevant limitations of the research process and ethical considerations.6). Form appropriate conclusions from their research findings. 7). Clearly express and present the dissertation within a fixed deadline.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Independent learning with supervisory assistance. Individual meetings and/or small group meetings will be agreed between the supervisor and student(s) throughout the academic session. Dissertation Thesis or Honours Project supervisors will normally be appointed on the basis of fit of expertise on their part to the topic. This learning strategy allows on-going formative feedback to be given throughout the academic session prior to the submission of the final dissertation. Dissertation Thesis or Honours Project guidelines, contained on the VLE GCU Learn and the Module handbook, will include substantive information on marking guidelines, ethical considerations, the role of students and their supervisors, issues relative to access/availability of learning resources, grievance procedures, penalties for late submissions, cheating and plagiarism issues and submission procedures. Although the Dissertation Thesis or Honours Project topic is identified by the student and agreed with their supervisor, the aim and objectives of the final submission must clearly demonstrate detailed understanding and knowledge of appropriate research design principles. In some instances, a Viva Voce will also be undertaken after submission of the Dissertation Thesis or Honours Project in order to ensure issues such as the student's understanding of the work and to ensure authenticity.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books: Essential: Field, A. (2013) Discovering statistics using SPSS statistics: and sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll . 4 th Edition. Sage: London McMillan, K. & Weyers, J. (2011) How to write dissertations & project reports . 2 nd Ed. Prentice-Hall: UK (E-BOOK) Wilson, J. (2010) Essentials of Business Research: A Guide to Doing Your Research Project. Sage: London -720 Supplementary: Bell, J. (2010) Doing your research project . 5 th Ed. OUP: London (E-BOOK) Bryman, A. & Bell, E. (2011) Business Research Methods . 3 rd Ed. UK: Oxford Press. Deane, M. (2010) Academic Research, Writing & Referencing . Pearson: UK. Easterby-Smith, M.; Thorpe, R. & Lowe, A. (2012) Management Research: an Introduction. 4 th Ed. Sage: London. -720 Fink, A. (2009) Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper . Sage: London -720 Fisher, C. (2010) Researching and Writing a Dissertation: An Essential Guide for Business Students . 3 rd Ed. Pearson Education: UK (E-BOOK) Flick, U.; von Kardoff, E. & Steinke, I. (2004) A Companion to Qualitative Research . Sage: London. Gill, J. and Johnson, P. (2010) Research Methods for Managers . 4 th Ed. Sage: London. Gray, C. & Kinnear, P. (2011) IBM SPSS 19 Made Simple . Psychology Press: UK -720 Jesson, <http://www.uk.sagepub.com/authorDetails.nav?contribId=643346> J.; Matheson, L. & Lacey, F. (2011) Doing Your Literature Review. Traditional and Systematic Techniques. Sage: London (E-BOOK) -720 Levin, P. (2011) Excellent Dissertations! 2 nd Ed. McGraw Hill Open University Press: UK (E-BOOK) Miles, M.B. & Hubberman, A.M. (1994) Qualitative Data Analysis . Sage: London. -720d3Dochartaigh, N. (2012) Internet research skills: how to do your literature search and find research information online. 3 rd Ed. Sage: London -720 Pears, R & Shields, G. (2010) Cite them right. The essential referencing guide . 8 th Ed. Palgrave Study Skills. Palgrave MacMillan: UK Robson, C. (2011) Real World Research . 3 rd Ed. OUP: Oxford. Salkind, N.J. (2010) Statistics for People Who (think they) Hate Statistics. 4 th Ed. Sage: UK. Saunders, M.; Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2012) Research Methods for Business Students . 6 th Ed. Pitman Publishing: London. (E-BOOK) -720 White, P. (2009) Developing Research Questions . Palgrave MacMillan: UK Online sources: Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods; Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice; International Journal of Social Research Methodology; International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Research Methodology in Strategy and Management. Topic specific texts: Advanced level texts in relevant fields. Research and professional journal articles in relevant fields. Conference papers and trade journals in relevant fields. Web based resources as appropriate to the dissertation topic.

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: -360b7 Analytical and critical thinking skills b7 Interpretation and critiquing of written work b7 Communication skills (oral and written) b7 Discussion skills b7 Quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis and problem solving skills b7 Interpersonal skills b7 Time management skills -360b7 Problem solving; -360b7 Personal motivational skills; b7 IT skills. Students will therefore be able to demonstrate their ability to plan & successfully research a topic using appropriate techniques.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 120.00
Lectures (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 272.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Dissertation Thesis or Honours Project:-10,000 words Week 11Tri B