SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHN809523
Module Leader Hugh O'Donnell
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Tourism, Events and Sport
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Level 3 Research Methods Module (or equivalent)

Summary of Content

A research project independently pursued by each student under supervision. The project, involving a 10-12,000 word (max) dissertation (or equivalent form of output), encourages students a sustained opportunity to work at, or close to, the cutting edge of knowledge in a chosen area relevant to their degree pathway. This module draws on the skills and intellectual abilities developed in the Level 3 CBG Research Methods Module.


There is no prescribed syllabus for the Dissertation module, as the approach is largely student-centred independent research. Supporting workshops will be provided on aspects of the dissertation process (additional to topics covered in the Level 3 CBG Research Methods module). These topics will include study skills (refresher); developing the research project; research ethics; and plagiarism / regulations. Students will be expected to meet certain deadlines during the course of the academic session (prior to submission of the dissertation) in order to assess progress. This will involve completion of relevant dissertation sections and/or appropriate evaluation forms.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to achieve learning outcomes that will normally include the following (appropriate to their degree subject pathway): Research independently a substantial topic by reference to existing scholarship and analysis of primary sources Develop a set of aims relevant to the execution of the dissertation Demonstrate a critical understanding of established theories, principles and concepts relevant to the topic Choose and develop an appropriate research methodology and/or research approach to meet the specified aims Demonstrate skills in identifying information needs and in the systematic gathering. Analysis and interpretation of ideas, concepts and data (primary and/or secondary data including audio/visual /new media materials) Synthesise theoretical and empirical elements in the work and derive valid conclusions Identify new areas for future research Sustain appropriate standards of oral and written presentation

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main vehicle is independent learning. Overarching guidelines (in accordance with relevant University Regulations) are provided by a designated Dissertation Co-ordinator within the Cultural Business Group. Supervision of each dissertation will be delegated to an appropriate member of academic staff on the basis of fit of expertise/interest to the area of the topic researched. Dissertation guidelines, allocation of supervisors, and moderation of marking will be overseen by the appropriate Cultural Business Group subject quality committee.

Indicative Reading

Research and professional journals (and other relevant materials of equivalent standing) in relevant fields. Websites, databases and media content as appropriate to the specialist topic and area of the dissertation. Advanced level texts in relevant fields. Appropriate study skills / research methodology texts for subject area.

Transferrable Skills

Sustained independent research capability (including intellectual ability to reflect on substantive issues); information organization and written presentation skills. Time and self-management. Relevant inter-personal skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 140.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 248.00
Lectures (FT) 6.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 40% Honours Dissertation or Equivalent Output