Page Navigation

Module Descriptors

This page displays the selected Module Descriptor.

Printer friendly version Printer friendly version

Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 22/06/2022 17:46:30

Title of Module: MSc INT MGMT Dissertation

Code: BUSN11102 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 60 ECTS: 30
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Aleksandra  Webb

Summary of Module

The module will provide students with the opportunity to undertake and successfully complete an independent investigation into an issue related to business and management. The Masters dissertation will consist of original work and will be informed by theoretical and practical knowledge that the participant has developed through their programme of studies towards the MSc in International Management. As such the Masters dissertation will focus on a theme, topic, or problem that is relevant to their interests and the subject of their degree.

The Masters dissertation will not only present and interpret research findings but also critically evaluate the research design and methodology employed to do so and identify outcomes of the research in terms of possible developments and changes. The work will express the experience of carrying out the research and provide participants with the opportunity to demonstrate capacity for analysis and reflection; develop skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong professional development;  to acquire the confidence and capability to progress in the fields of business and management.

  • Masters level dissertation project

  • Independent critical research

  • Develop robust knowledge of theoretical and practical underpinning to academic research

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
check markcheck mark

Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
check mark






check mark
Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
Term 1check markTerm 2check markTerm 3check mark

[Top of Page]

Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Provide evidence of robust understanding and competence relating to issues relevant to the production of a masters level dissertation

L2. Plan and produce a substantial piece of advanced independent work related to the theories, concepts, and practical issues addressed in taught programme content

L3. Demonstrate high levels of competence in the conceptualisation, selection, and deployment of research methodology theory and practice

L4. Demonstrate the capacity for critical analysis and reflection

L5. Demonstrate and relate the outcomes of the research project to problems of management and organisation in the contemporary period

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Review the theoretical perspectives on a selected topic of business and management.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of this topic.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Evaluate challenges and opportunities in the selected project topic.
Retrieving, interpreting and manipulating primary and secondary information from a variety of sources including electronic sources

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Reflect critically on the selected business and management topic within differing organizational contexts.
Giving in-depth reasoned analysis within a chosen organizational scenario, identifying challenges and ways of addressing this.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Communicating effectively and appropriately in speech and writing
Interpreting complex secondary materials
Making effective use of information retrieval systems and use information technology applications.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Working effectively with others in order to secure data and insights into the selected business and management topic. In addition, the student will work on own for larger periods setting personal goals and targets.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Modules pertaining to certificate and diploma level
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

[Top of Page]

Learning and Teaching
Students will be allocated a Supervisor who will support them in developing their Dissertation via meetings and email.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Independent Study600
600 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Bell, E., Bryman, A. & Harley, B. (2018) Business research methods, 5th Edition Oxford: Oxford University Press.

*Details of further resources, including textbooks, journals, and online resources will be identified at the beginning of each delivery in the module handbook and made available via Moodle.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Regular meetings with supervisor, submission of monthly progress reports, and final submission of dissertation.

[Top of Page]

Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorSir Lee
External ExaminerAnna Wos
Accreditation DetailsCMI
Version Number


[Top of Page]

Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Dissertation project 100% of overall mark
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark10012

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

[Top of Page]

  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

2014 University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.