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MN50648: Dissertation in business analytics

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 30      [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 600
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:
  • Dissertation (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to provide the students with the experience of all stages of a research project, including the problem definition, literature review, methodology selection, and analysis. The research project may be based upon a real world problem from a sponsor company.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this unit, students will be able to:
* Identify (or define) a business analytics problem in a chosen area of interest
* Solve the problem by choosing appropriate techniques from the literature or developing their own solution method
* Interpret the results of the method used, derive managerial insights, and suggest courses of action
* Do all the above in written form in a dissertation that conforms to acceptable standards of presentation and expression

Intellectual skills:
* Develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models (F, A)
* Synthesise multidisciplinary perspectives to develop alternative solutions for a problem (F, A)
Practical skills:
* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (F, A)
* Select, analyse and present numerical or non-numerical data(F, A)
Transferable skills:
* Produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (F, A)
* Work independently, without close supervision of guidance (F, A)

The dissertation may address any business analytics problem that can be addressed within the timescale. The dissertation should include a discussion of the methodology employed in its production and will often make explicit reference to at least one important solution methodology covered as part of the Certificate or Diploma stage of the programme. It will be the students' responsibility to choose their research area, organize their research activities and negotiate access with other organizations if required.
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MN50648 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management