SSST Subjects

EC480 Dissertation Research and Design


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc in Economics with International Business
  • BSc in Economics with Finance
  • BSc Business and Management with Economics
  • BSc in Business and Management with Finance

Status (core, option, free choice)



FHEQ Level



Unit Value



Semester taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code



Module coordinator

Zana Prutina


Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • The undergraduate thesis draws on the competence acquired from the entire bachelor study programme.
  • The aim of this module is to prepare students for thesis writing by helping them develop their research topics, review relevant research and literature, frame their research questions and arguments, and choose an appropriate methodology.
  • This modules serve as the preparation for thesis writing in the second semester of the final year.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • What is Research? What is a Thesis?

  • Planning Your Research Project

  • The Dissertation Introduction

  • The Literature Review

  • Research Methods

  • Technical Details: Style, Format and Organization of the Research

  • Writing up Your Findings

  • Writing Your Conclusion

  • Writing the Abstract

  • Practical Issues: Presenting Your Work and Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Summary of Good and Bad Practice

  • Students’ presentations of thesis proposals


Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time


15 1.5 22.5


5 1.5 7.5


5 1.5 7.5
Tutorials 5 1.5 7.5

Total Contact Hours


Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours

Total Engagement Hours 200.0

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline

Poster presentation


15 minutes


Week 3

Analysis and presentation of 2 academic articles related to one of the topics


2000 words


Week 6

Annotated bibliography


20 refer.


Week 10

Research proposal


2000 words


Week 15


Module Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Appreciate the components of scientific research.

  • Develop research topics, questions and arguments.

  • To write a proposal of the dissertation project.

  • Demonstrate ability to criticaly analyse current thinking and engage in debates on contemporary issues and topics.

  • Apply key elements of scientific research to dissertation research and writing and demonstrate ability to judge or critically analyse the results.


Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures (ILO: 1)

  • Tutorials (ILO: 2-5)
  • Class discussions (ILO: 4)
  • In-class individual presentations (ILO: 1- 2)
  • Individual consultancy with students (ILO: 1-5).

Assessment Strategy:

  • Coursework (ILO: 1-5)

  • Assignments (ILO: 1-5)

  • Research proposal (ILO: 1-5)

Practical Skills:

  • Ability to review literature.

  • Ability to develop research questions and arguments.

  • Ability to choose appropriate methodology.

  • Clarity of oral and written presentation

  • Academic report writing.

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Individual consultancy (PS: 1-5) 
  • Individual assignments (PS: 1-5)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Individual presentations (PS: 1-5)

  • Review of bibliography (PS: 1)

  • Research proposal (PS:1-5)

Transferable Skills:

  • Communication skills: written and oral

  • Carry out public speaking, with a clarity of oral argument and presentation.

  • Engage in discussion with different viewpoints.

  • Meet deadlines

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Class discussions. (TS: 1-3)

  • Lectures (TS: 1)

  • In-class presentations (TS: 1-3)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Assignments (TS: 1-4)

  • Research proposal (TS: 1-4)


Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Bell, J. and Waters, S. (2014). Doing your research project. 6th ed, Open University Press.

Supplementary Materials

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.

The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : April 2017

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee

Date approved by School Board of Study

Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee

Date of Annual Review


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