SSST Subjects

EC 490 Dissertation Writing


Programme(s) where module is offered

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

Status (core, option, free choice)



FHEQ Level



Unit Value



Semester taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications

EC480 Thesis Research and Design


Module Code

EC 490


Module coordinator



Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • This writing and research intensive module is designed to provide guidance in the preparation of materials, development and completion of final dissertation, in compliance with the undergraduate thesis requirements.
  • The aim of this module is to guide students through the process of final thesis writing by clarifying expectations and discussing any research and writing related issues that may arise.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • In this module, students will have three meetings with the module coordinator. It is essential that students attend all class meetings, as they will be based around student discussions on their research process in general, as well as specific concerns that students have at the current stage of their work. All students are required to participate in these discussions and give progress reports.
  • Students should expect to undertake substantial work outside of class in the forms of targeted readings related to their projects, identifying a research questions, organizing research strategies, and completing assignments that will lead to their final thesis projects. Before starting this course, students are expected to have their thesis proposal approved and supervisor assigned. All students will receive written and verbal feedback on their assignments for outline, 1st and 2nd drafts of their theses. Module coordinator will make sure that thesis format is in accordance with thesis guidelines, while thesis supervisors will be giving suggestions or making corrections for the content of the thesis. During this course, students are required to meet with their supervisors at least twice. Students must obtain the supervisor’s written approval before submitting the final version of the thesis.
  • Week 1: Class meeting: Goals of the module, schedule
  • Week 3: Outline due
  • Week 4: Class meeting: First student progress report due
  • Week 6: 1st draft due
  • Week 9: Class meeting: Second student progress report due
  • Week 10: 2nd draft due
  • Week 14: Dissertation due

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time

Meetings with coordinator


2 hours

6 hours

Meetings with supervisor


2 hours

4 hours

Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 190
Total Contact Hours 10
Total Engagement Hours 200

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline



One page ~ 100 words


Week 3

First draft


5,000 words


Week 6

Second draft


9,000 words


Week 10

Final project written part


10,000 words


Week 14

Group project and presentation


45 minutes presentation including discussions and questions


End of semester


Module Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify, critically evaluate and utilize source materials.

  • Write and revise drafts to achieve clear and direct prose style.

  • Design usable documents, including graphic elements.

  • Produce a summarized version of dissertation appropriate to field, audience and purpose.

  • Communicate thesis research in an oral presentation.

  • Develop defensible conclusions

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Reading assignments(ILO:1-6)

  • Self-study and independent research (ILO:1-6)

  • Participation in class work: reviews and in-class participation(ILO:1-6)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Final project (written part) (ILO: 1-6)

  • Final project presentation (ILO: 4-5)

  • Assignments (ILO:1-2)

Practical Skills:

  • Ability to create and presents a synthesis of academic sources

  • Practice effective, correct and appropriate writing in the area of concentration (option)

  • Understand and critique scientific writing

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Independent research and reading (PS:1-3)

  • Class discussions (PS:1-3)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Assignments (PS:1-3)

  • Final project (PS:1-3)

  • Presentation (PS:1-3)

Transferable Skills:

  • Research skills

  • Analytical skills

  • Ability to present a balanced argument

  • Ability to meet deadlines

  • Written communication skills

  • Presentation skills

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Class discussions (TS:1-6)

  • Individual research and final projects (TS:1-6)


Assessment Strategy:

  • In-class participation (TS:1-4)

  • Final project and presentation (TS:1-6)


Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Recommended Texts will be selected based upon the final projects’ topics.

  • Cottrell, S., (2014), Dissertations and Project Reports (Palgrave Study Skills), Palgrave Macmillan

  • Greetham, B., (2014), How to Write your Undergraduate Dissertation, 2nd Edition, Palgrave Macmillan

  • Williams, K., (2013), Planning your Dissertation, Palgrave Macmillan

  • Bell, J., Waters, S., (2014), Doing your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers, Open University Press

  • Grix, J., (2010), The Foundations of Research, 2nd Edition, Palgrave Macmillan

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 : January 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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