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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Any one Level 2 module in Business or Economics (BUSI or ECON codes).


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • BUSI3122 Dissertation in Business (40 Credits)


  • To provide students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial research project on an approved topic of interest and present their findings and conclusions in an extended and coherent piece of work.
  • To develop students' abilities to plan and manage their own learning.
  • To facilitate students' development of research skills and provide the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a topic in Business.


  • The topic and scope of the dissertation will be decided in consultation with an appropriate member of staff, should be of relevance to Business/Accountancy and Finance as appropriate, and is subject to approval.
  • Lectures and workshop activities will address basic issues of methodology and method, data gathering and data analysis, reviewing literature, structure and presentation of argument, academic writing .

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students are expected:
  • to have acquired extended knowledge of a relevant topic of interest.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • to have acquired skills of independent research and project management.
  • to be able to demonstrate an ability to present and analyse data in a clear and appropriate manner.
  • to be able to demonstrate an ability to present arguments and conclusions in an extended and coherent form.
Key Skills:
  • Written Communication - e.g. by completing draft chapters and the summative assessment.
  • Planning, Organisation and Time Management - observing the strict deadlines.
  • Problem Solving and Analysis - by applying the necessary analytical and quantitative skills, as well as the ability to manipulate concepts in Business.
  • Initiative by gaining access to relevant sources.
  • Computer literacy - by production of the dissertation in word processed form, accessing literature and other sources via electronic means and as relevant use of computer based analysis methods.

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

  • Learning is facilitated by lectures, workshops, tutorials and support for private study. Formative assessment is by means of preparation of dissertation outline, draft chapters for discussion at tutorials and the keeping of a dissertation diary. Summative assessment is by means of written piece of work of 8,000 words. Students will have individual consultation sessions with a named dissertation supervisor throughout the year.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 4 Term 1 1 hour 4
Workshops 1 Final term of year 2 2 hours 2
Tutorials 6 3 per term, by agreement with Tutors in Terms 1 and 2 0.33 2
Preparation and Reading 192
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Dissertation Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Dissertation 8000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Preparation of dissertation outline, including methodology, and draft chapters for discussion at tutorials. Keeping of a dissertation diary.

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