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Module Code: MAN303
Module Title: Final Year Project
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 10.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: ACYR
Originating Department: International Business School
Pre-requisites: N/A
To give students the opportunity to work in a guided but independent fashion to explore a substantial problem in depth, making practical use of principles, techniques and methodologies acquired elsewhere in the course.

To give experience of carrying out a large piece of individual work and in producing a dissertation.

To enhance communication skills, both oral and written.
Learning outcomes 
After completing the module students should be able:

To specify a substantial problem, and produce a plan to address the problem

To manage their time effectively so as to carry out their plan

To locate and make use of information relevant to their project

To design a solution to a substantial problem

To evaluate in a critical fashion the work they have done, and to place it in the context of related work

To prepare and deliver a formal presentation

To structure and write a dissertation describing their projects.
Method of teaching and learning 
Supervisor selection is conducted using a two round system and allocated according to first, second and third choices of the students.

A research project is produced under the guidance of a supervisor. The student is responsible for choosing the direction of their project, undertaking the research and meeting all deadlines. Through regular meetings the supervisor will offer feedback on all aspects of the project and give support and guidance as needed.

In Semester 1, four lectures are delivered. The first introduces advisors, their research areas, and the range of potential topics. The second introduces the timetable of the FYP process, critical elements of a successful FYP proposal and dissertation, and resources available to students. The third and fourth lectures introduce various research methods.

In Semester 2, two lectures are delivered. The first lecture provides instruction on how to write up a research paper successfully. It also shows samples of good writing versus bad writing in (1) abstract, (2) Introduction, (3) Literature Review, (4) Data description, (5) Research Method, (6) Presentation of results, and (7) Analysis of results. The second lecture provides instruction on how to make effective presentation of a research paper, invites faculty member to illustrate how to make an effect presentation, and gives opportunities to students to practice presentation.

All projects should contain the following elements: research problem identification, critical literature review, research methodology, analysis, evaluation and conclusions.

Research-method lectures cover:

Choosing a research topic

Developing research questions and objectives

Provisional literature review

Research philosophy

Writing a research proposal

Common qualitative research techniques

Introductory quantitative techniques for research

Reflecting results in the literature review

Writing a Final Year Project

Research presentations

Additional more specialist material will be optional and provided by IBSS faculty as appropriate.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 12           288  300 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Research Proposal 20.00
2 Presentation 10.00
3 Dissertation 70.00

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