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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)

Module BUSI50145: Field Examination in Business and Management

Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)

BUSI50145: Field Examination in Business and Management

Type Tied Level 5 Credits 45 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.


  • Perspectives on the Modern Organisation Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research I Behavioural Research Methods I Qualitative Research Methods I


  • As specified in Special Regulations

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • Deepen students’ knowledge in their area of specialisation, including topics not otherwise covered in the Research Seminar.
  • Provide opportunities for students to further develop and extend their skills in thinking critically and theoretically in their area of specialisation.


  • The literature, particularly that at the forefront of, students’ field of specialisation: macro-organisation theory; work, management and organisation, or behavioural decision-making.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • have gained detailed knowledge and critical awareness of the nature and scope of advanced research across all areas of their specialisation;
  • he able to demonstrate their knowledge of and critically review the most advanced scholarly literature in their discipline.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • be able to undertake critical appraisal of relevant literature, and apply critical judgement and discrimination;
  • have a detailed understanding of methods employed for research and advanced academic enquiry in the field.
Key Skills:
  • have the ability to critically review a specialised area of knowledge and apply it in innovative ways in complex situations;
  • have the capacity for sustained independent work and learning at an advanced level and the ability to learn through critical reflection on practice and experience;
  • be able to think independently, including problem-solving ability and the ability to make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • A directed reading and consultation format will contribute to achieving the aims and learning outcomes of this module. Summative assessment by written examination will test students’ understanding of the literature in their area of specialization, in particular their ability to critically assess that literature.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Individual consultations with staff as required as required 3 hours 30
Preparation and Reading 120
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Unseen written examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
unseen written examination 50%
unseen written examination 50%

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University