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MN50589: Management report

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Dissertation period
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take MN50166 and in taking this unit you cannot take MN50178
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit aims to develop students' ability to relate business issues to the available academic literature, to define a research question using a real business problem as a base, research and review the literature on the topic with the purpose of understanding and critiquing the current state of the research, and to develop a structured commentary leading to well-supported opinions and prescriptions.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the unit, students will be able to:
* Define a research question in a chosen area of interest.
* Identify literature relevant to a chosen business issue, thereby appreciating the relationship between business practice and theory.
* Systematically research and review relevant literature
* Develop an argument with references to appropriate theory and/or linking together arguments from disparate literatures or disciplinary perspectives.
* Provide a new interpretation on existing information or provide an original view on an issue. Do all of the above in written form in a report that conforms to acceptable standards of presentation and expression.


* Ability to deliver an appropriately comprehensive and scholarly written communication (F; A).
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesise written information from multiple sources (F; A).
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models (F; A).
* Ability to synthesise multidisciplinary perspectives on the same problem (F; A).
* Ability to formulate a research question (F; A).
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (F; A).
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision or guidance (F; A).

The unit involves students identifying one current business issue facing a particular organisation or affecting a particular industry and performing an analysis of that issue by working with the relevant theoretical and empirical literature. Each student will choose their own subject, in line with their own experience with the content (developed in part through their selection of optional units) in the taught portion of the programme.
Briefing on the aims of the thesis; literature review (with guidance); argument development (with guidance); writing (with guidance).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50589 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.