Note: All coursework must be submitted electronically via Turnitin, unless otherwise specified. If you are unable to submit by the deadline you must apply for extension or deferral due to mitigating circumstances – forms are available from the Student Advice Centre. Information on penalties and late submissions can be found at:
Please consult Blackboard for the most up-to-date information on assessment deadlines and return dates. (Also see section 15).
Leicester Castle Business School
|Our Mission||Our Vision||Our Values|
To transform lives in our global community of students, staff and partners through outstanding education and research
To go beyond business as usual by fostering creative, distinctive and pioneering solutions to real-world
To promote the public good through critical analysis of the purpose of business and through active engagement in initiatives aimed at tackling business, social and community challenges
Through our unsurpassed
commitment to the public
good and transformational scholarship, we will position ourselves as the definition of a 21st century global Business
Confidence and courage to shape a better future INTEGRITY: Taking personal pride in our work
CREATIVITY: Thinking beyond the usual and
opportunities in our
COMMUNITY: Realising the purpose and power of business
- The module team……………………. 4
- Module aims………………………….. 4
- How it’s going to be delivered……. 5
- How this module relates to your programme of study……………………. 5
- How this module enhances your employability…………………………….. 6
- Your responsibility………………….. 6
- Enhancing Research Skills – Dissertation Workshops………………. 7
- Module resource…………………….. 8
- Blackboard and module communications………………………… 8
- The Dissertation Brief……………… 8
- Our engagement with you……….. 8
- Guidelines for Ethical Research…. 8
- Fieldwork Abroad………………….. 9
- Data Safekeeping and Availability 9
- Further Information……………… 10
The module team will consist of the following members of academic staff. Advice and feedback hours for each member are provided on Blackboard in the Staff Contacts section.
|Dr Samuel Komakech||HU3.email@example.com||Ext. 8369|
|Dr Arina Cirstea||EW1.firstname.lastname@example.org||Ext. 6351|
In addition, each student will be allocated a supervisor. The profile and research and teaching interests of the supervisors are available on DMU website.
This 60 credit optional module requires students to take an independent and selfstructured approach to their learning.
The aim of the module is to:
- Allow students to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the research methods in a practical situation by carrying out research into issues relevant to accounting and finance.
- Allow students to undertake a sustained piece of work, which is supervised, selfdirected and leads to the production of the dissertation.
- Allow students to focus on a particular topic, carry out an investigation and writeup their findings and discussion in a 12,000 to 15,000 words dissertation.
- Enable students to develop and use skills such as time-management and networking with other people along with the ability to express their ideas in the form of a coherent written text.
Objectives and Learning Outcomes
By the end of this module students will:
- Be able to evaluate the variety of research methods available and select those appropriate to a particular research topic, and to develop a relevant research design.
- Develop the capacity for independent and self-managed learning; and to be able to carry out a self-directed and independent work to produce a research dissertation which focuses on an area within accounting and finance.
- Demonstrate the ability to locate, identify, critically review and appropriately summarise a range of literature pertaining to a critical area of accounting and finance.
- Be able to undertake research into an issue, use appropriate techniques to analyse the data/information gathered, and produce a critical discourse of the results obtained. (GGC 4)
- Develop skills of critical analysis, evaluation and appraisal of data/information; and to be able to analyse, reflect and draw reasonable conclusions.
- Be able to employ numeric skills to conduct research; and to appreciate the current DMU policy on human research ethics.
|Introduced, Practiced, Assessed|
|Planning and organisation||Practiced, Assessed|
The dissertation work largely follows an independent and self-structured approach to their learning. However, to help students in preparing for writing and submitting their dissertation, a series of dissertation support workshops will be run. The workshops are aimed at enabling students achieve a well organised, logically presented and appropriately referenced submission. During the workshops, students will engage critically with their research topics and the materials under consideration. The workshops should help the students achieve a writing style which is appropriate for the dissertation, which they will develop through considerable reading, writing and reflection. The workshops will cover several key issues regarding dissertation writing, but not all the issues. The students will still need to make use of other supports available to them, e.g. the supervisors.
The dissertation support workshops of this module will cover:
- Selecting a research topic.
- Researching the chosen topic – reviewing literature; the CARS checklist; compiling list of references; note-taking; expressing yourself clearly; academic writing.
- Planning and analysis – structure of the dissertation; developing your ideas.
- Drafting, re-drafting and editing your dissertation – attention to detail and selfassessment; supervision and supervisory meetings.
- Preparing the final submission – presentation and submission requirements; submission dateline.
The Faculty is committed to providing an equal learning experience for every DMU student through the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Examples of the ways in which we do this include a focus on flexible ways of learning, providing flexible study resources such as by recording lectures, and by using a variety of assessment methods.
This module is optional; however the grade attained in this 60 credit module is key to determining the classification band in which your postgraduate degree award falls. This is important for all students registered on the MSc Applied Accounting; MSc Accounting and Finance; MSc Forensic Accounting; MSc International Banking and Finance; and MSc International Finance and Investment who undertake the module.
The module requires prior knowledge from ACFI5070 Research Methods module and other taught modules on your programme. The prior knowledge is useful in selecting the dissertation topic, and the research design and methods of data collection and analysis techniques to use.
The module should enable a graduate to acquire some of the research knowledge and skills that would be relevant to a research degree course.
In this module, you will start acquiring and practicing transferable skills, such as: independent working, time management skills, project planning and management skills, networking skills, communication skills, etc., which are applicable to the workplace.
DMU has great ambitions for its students and alumni and we want you to have opportunities that match your ambitions. We offer a wide range of work experiences and now we want to make these even better.
#DMUworks is our fresh new programme to fit around what students, alumni and employers need, focusing on work experience opportunities that may be short, long, based in the UK or abroad – with options to suit different circumstances and aspirations. You can find out and sign up for #DMUworks opportunities on MyGateway.
You can also find out further information about our projects by visiting the following webpage: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/dmu-students/careers-and-employability/careersand-employability.aspx
Students are expected to attend and participate in all timetabled activities, including lectures, seminars, workshops, and practical sessions. Students are also encouraged to fully participate in the academic and cultural life of the Faculty and University, including guest lectures, seminars, public debates and external visits.
As students, your responsibilities are: Preparation: Complete the required readings before coming to each timetabled session on this module and to undertake the required follow-up work.
Participation: Participate in the Dissertation Support Workshops, as well as any group activities that will be given during the workshops. To assist your engagement in the workshops, you should come prepared by writing down ideas, quotes, or concepts from the reading list that you find interesting as well as thought provoking. You should come prepared so that you can fully engage in discussions and activities during the workshops.
Respect: Throughout your studies it is important that you treat other students with respect as well as engaging in a respectful manner with academic staff. It is imperative that you listen to others and treat their contributions with respect, even if you disagree with them. In particular it is important that:
- You are respectful of your peers’ learning and resist talking through seminars, workshops and lectures.
- You do not answer your phone unless it is an emergency.
- If you are late, then please take the first available seat and settle yourself as quietly as possible.
The student charter sets out commitments from the university to students, from students to the university, and from the Students’ Union to students. You can consult it at: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/dmu-students/student-resources/studentcharter/student-charter.aspx
The module, teaching and assessment team will contribute to this environment by:
- Treating all students with respect.
- Welcoming diverse viewpoints, experiences, and interpretations of the class materials.
- Challenging your thinking, beliefs, and analysis of issues, concepts, and ideas in this class.
Please refer to the Dissertation Brief for responsibilities that are specific to the dissertation and supervision process.
During the dissertation, you will attend a series of workshops that have been organised to help support the key phases of the dissertation. Attendance of these workshops is compulsory as they are designed to help you progress through your dissertation process smoothly and add to the one-to-one supervision sessions that you will have.
There will be four dissertation workshops, in weeks 22 and 31 scheduled as follows:
02/03 March 2021
|Samuel Komakech||1. Introduction to the dissertation, key deadlines
2. Supervisor Request Form
05 March 2021
|Samuel Komakech||1. Literature Review
2. Preparing your first meeting: research topic
04/05 May 2021
|Samuel Komakech||1. Ethical approval process
2. Research methods
3. Submitting your works
07 May 2021
|Arina Cirstea||1. Critical writing and academic expression
2. Using evidence in your dissertation
The learning resources list for the dissertation workshops is available online and can be accessed through: https://rl.talis.com/3/dmu/lists/27344CE9-D388-3BE8-6F5BAABD59997683.html?lang=en-US&login=1. This list will be updated during the course as necessary.
In addition there are a number of databases that are available through the library, which will provide the relevant resources you require to complete and submit the dissertation.
Important information relating to this module can be found on Blackboard. This includes information on the module, workshops and seminar materials, all communications and announcements, as well as the procedure for submitting assignments via TurnitinUK.
Further information on Blackboard can be accessed from the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT): http://celt.our.dmu.ac.uk/blackboard/
If you have any difficulties logging into any computer on campus, then you should contact the Help Desk located on the 1st floor of the Kimberlin Library. In addition, you might contact the ITMS helpline (+44 (0)116 250 6050) or send an email to email@example.com noting your name and degree programme).
Please refer to the Dissertation Brief, which is available on Blackboard.
The feedback that we receive from you is vital to the student experience. We gather this feedback through module and course surveys as well as via meetings and engagement with student representatives. Module and programme teams reflect on the comments that students provide and take action accordingly.
The research ethics: principles, process and paperwork has become more important than ever. Students who do not gain ethics approval before commencing their research will fail the dissertation module.
Please follow the procedures and forms for applying for ethics authorisation in the Faculty of Business and Law. Only the relevant forms will be accepted; therefore, please ensure that you use the correct form when applying for ethics approval. The procedures and process for applying for ethics approval and the and forms can be found at the link: http://dmu.ac.uk/research/ethics-and-governance/faculty-specific-procedures/bal.aspx.
All students who wish to undertake research activities will need to follow this process to determine if ethical approval is needed, and (if so) apply for such authorisation before commencing their research:
- The appropriate ethical approval form must be used.
- All forms must be signed by the researcher and (in the case of students) a supervisor.
- The application should be accompanied by the relevant documentation that will allow the reviewer(s) to understand the nature of the project and the possible ethical issues.
All details concerning the new process and relevant forms can be found from the link above. The link contains the following key information, which are relevant to this module:
- Faculty ethics guidelines; and
- Faculty approval process – Undergraduates and Post Graduate Taught.
- Preliminary Review (or Triage) forms – All undergraduate, post graduate taught and PhD students must initially complete this triage application form (BAL Preliminary Ethics (Triage) Application Form UG and PGT (July 2019)). Completion of this form will assess whether the applicant will need to go on in turn to complete a full Ethics application form. (Please follow the Faculty ethics guidelines (above) for where to submit your form.)
Ethics Application Forms
There is a separate application for Undergraduate and Post graduate Taught. For this module, you must use the BAL Ethics Application UG PGT Form (September 2020). Please remember that you only need to complete a full application if advised to do so.
If you have received ethical approval but wish to amend your study after approval, this will need further approval. Please complete an amendments form.
There also sample data collection templates available at the link, i.e.:
- Participant information sheet.
- Consent from.
NOTE: All forms must be completed electronically. Manually completed forms are not accepted.
If you consider that fieldwork abroad is manageable, and an important aspect of your dissertation methodology, then the arrangements must be agreed in some detail with your supervisor and receive their approval before you travel to that country where the fieldwork is to be carried out. Any fieldwork carried out abroad, which has not been agreed with your supervisor, will not be accepted as a contribution to your dissertation.
It is essential that all data gathered is kept safe and is protected in accordance with the ethical considerations appropriate to the study undertaken. It is also essential that should the supervisor, module, or programme leader request to view collected data, these are made available to them. Such requests will generally be related to the assessment of the work.
Attendance: Attendance and engagement in all learning activities is expected in all Faculty of Business and Law modules. For absences due to illness, lasting up to six consecutive calendar days, students must inform tutors, whose classes they are missing, of the reasons for their absence. For absences of seven consecutive days or more due to illness a medical certificate must be submitted to the Faculty Student Advice Centre. Student who wish the illness to be taken into account in relation to an assessment of work must follow the procedures relating to deferral.
Extensions: Extensions to relevant deadlines are only granted where there is a satisfactory explanation provided in advance. The Module Leader may, on the advice of the supervisor, be able to grant a short extension to the deadline for submission. In exceptional circumstances, longer extensions can be granted by the Associate Dean Academic or their nominee. You may apply for an extension by completing an extension request form available from the Student Advice Centre.
Submission deadlines are published in order to ensure equity for students and to facilitate sound administration by assessors. It is expected that such deadlines will be met at all times. Only in exceptional cases, and with the prior consent of the Dissertation Module Leader or Programme Leader, will extensions to deadlines be granted.
If in advance of the given submission date you consider that you need an extension of time, you must:
- Discuss the matter with your supervisor, explaining why you consider that an extension is necessary, in order to obtain his or her support. An extension will not be considered, without the support of your supervisor. Appropriate evidence must be provided to the supervisor to support any request for extensions (e.g. medical note, etc.).
- Complete the appropriate Extension Application form and follow the procedures.
If you are granted an extension or deferral, the first 28 days of the extension are free, but please note that extensions beyond 28 days may incur a fee. The Programme Administrator, will contact you in due course should you request an extension.
Under exceptional and documented circumstances, you may request a deferral for your dissertation. Should your request be successful when considered by the appropriate deferral panel, you will be given a new deadline within the next assessment period. Please note that this will delay your graduation.
Unauthorised late submission of assessments: Generally, if an assessment is submitted later than the deadline without an approved extension or deferral the mark received will be capped. If an assessment is submitted 1 to 14 calendar days late the mark for the work will be capped at the pass mark of 50 per cent for postgraduate modules. If an assessment is submitted beyond 14 calendar days late the work will receive a mark of zero per cent.
If you submit your dissertation after the published deadline, without an agreed extension or deferral, your mark will be capped to a maximum of 50% (if submission is within 14 days after the published deadline), after this, the dissertation will be marked at 0%.
If your circumstances are such that an extension would not be sufficient, or if you feel that, despite being granted an extension, your performance in the dissertation has been seriously impaired, you may apply formally to your faculty panel for a deferral of dissertation. You will have to fill in the appropriate form that is obtainable from the Faculty Student Advice Centre and supply supporting evidence. Forms should be submitted to the Faculty Student Advice Centre. Further information on the deferrals policy can be consulted at: http://dmu.ac.uk/dmu-students/the-student-gateway/academic-supportoffice/deferral-of-assessments.aspx
Students are entitled to one reassessment opportunity in each module, including the dissertation. Reassessments must be completed within the maximum period of registration of the programme.
Reassessment is permitted in relation to fail marks only. The outcome of a reassessment will be given on a student’s transcript, together with the original fail mark. A reassessment outcome shall count as a minimum pass mark of 50%.
Students must take reassessments when required by the Faculty.
Style and Referencing: Students in the Faculty of Business and Law follow specific referencing guides for all written work. Referencing is a key skill you need to demonstrate good academic practice. You must provide references for everything you use to write your dissertation. A reference supports your argument and provides the reader with all the information needed to accurately identify the original source of the authors you have quoted or paraphrased.
At Leicester Castle Business School students must follow the Harvard Style of referencing system. The Harvard (Cite Them Right) referencing style should be used for all assignments and projects. Online guidance is provided for the Harvard (Cite Them Right) referencing style via the Cite Them Right Online Tool.
Cite Them Right Online Tool helps students learn the principles of referencing and the concepts of good academic practice and why this is important. The tool also provides guidance on how to reference over 150 source types, all with examples. To view this guidance, visit: https://library.dmu.ac.uk/refguide. This is the main referencing system used by DMU. There are many systems for the citation of references, but Leicester Castle Business School expects students to use the Harvard (Cite Them Right) system, which is a name and date reference system. There are various variations of the Harvard Style of referencing. Please discuss with your supervisor, which one is the most appropriate and apply it consistently.
The dissertation is expressed in a student’s own words. It incorporates the student’s own ideas and judgement. The student should avoid plagiarism.
- Always identify clearly direct quotes from published or unpublished work of others (i.e. place them inside quotation marks).
- Provide full references of sources of work of others in the proper form (Harvard style of referencing).
Where a student paraphrases another person’s ideas or judgement, they must refer to that person in the text (in-text referencing) and include the work in the list of references.
Return of submitted work: Normally, all students will be informed via a Blackboard announcement when their assessment is marked. You are strongly encouraged to discuss your written or in some cases audio feedback with your supervisor or Module Leader if you have any questions or concerns. Modules assessed wholly or in part by examination may have generic feedback on examination performance made available via Blackboard.
All marks on assessed work are provisional marks only and they will not be confirmed until the Assessment Board meets. Marks and feedback on assessed work will be available within 20 days. The turnaround time does not include weekends, bank holidays or university closure days. (Please note that given the volume of the work assessed in the dissertation, it is not possible for the marks to be available within 20 days of submission. Marks should be available after the Assessment Board has met.) The full Assessment and Feedback policy can be consulted at: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/aboutdmu/quality-management-and-policy/academic-quality/learning-teachingassessment/assessment-feedback-policy.aspx
Good academic conduct and discipline: All students are expected to adhere to the University’s regulations in relation to expected standards of behaviour. Information on student regulations can be viewed at: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/qualitymanagement-and-policy/academic-quality/taught-programmes-academicregulations/taught-pgms-academic-regulations-homepage.aspx
Plagiarism and bad academic practice: De Montfort University’s Academic Regulations describe plagiarism as: “the significant use of other people’s work and the submission of it as though it were one’s own in assessed coursework (such as dissertations, essays, experiments etc.)”.
- Copying from another student’s work
- Copying text from sources such as books or journals without acknowledgement
- Downloading information and/or text from the Internet and using it without acknowledgement
- Submitting work which you claim to be your own when it has been produced by a group
- Submitting group work without acknowledging all contributors.
De Montfort University describes bad academic practice as: low level duplication without citation for example errors made through carelessness or misunderstanding; or passing off ideas, data or other information as if originally discovered by the student.
Information on academic offences can be found at: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/dmu-students/the-student-gateway/academic-supportoffice/academic-offences.aspx
Further advice on academic offences can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Full details can be found in the University regulations http://www.dmu.ac.uk/dmu-students/the-student-gateway/academic-supportoffice/student-regulations.aspx
Students are reminded that module assessment results are provisional until ratified by the programme management boards and that results released to students can be revised or redacted if there are concerns regarding academic practices.
If you do use a third party to proofread your work or a professional proofreading service you must discuss this with your supervisor and declare this in a written statement accompanying your work when you submit it for assessment.
DMU Generic Postgraduate Mark Descriptors:
This is a guide to the criteria used by staff assigning a mark to a piece of postgraduate work. The final mark awarded to a piece of work will be informed by its predominant correspondence to these descriptors. The University generic descriptors as well as advice for students can be accessed at: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/quality-management-and-policy/academicquality/learning-teaching-assessment/mark-descriptors.aspx. Please refer to Appendix 2 of the Dissertation Brief for the Dissertation Mark Descriptors used for this module.
Modules are marked on a range of 0% – 100%. The DMU mark descriptors are given in the table below. A mark below 50% indicates a Fail grade (the shaded boxes).
|90-100% Distinction||Demonstrates an exceptional ability and insight, indicating the highest level of technical competence.
The work has the potential to influence the forefront of the subject, and may be of publishable/exhibitable quality.
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at the highest possible standard.
|80-89% Distinction||Demonstrates an outstanding ability and insight based on authoritative subject knowledge and a very high level of technical competence.
The work is considered to be close to the forefront of the subject, and may be close to publishable/exhibitable quality.
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a very high level.
|70-79% Distinction||Demonstrates an authoritative, current subject knowledge and a high level of technical competence.
The work is accurate and extensively supported by appropriate evidence. It may show some originality. Clear evidence of capacity to reflect critically and deal with ambiguity in the data.
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a high level.
|Demonstrates a sound, current subject knowledge. No significant errors in the application of concepts or appropriate techniques. May contain some minor flaws.
The work is well developed and coherent; may show some originality. Clear evidence of capacity to reflect critically.
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a good level.
|50 – 59% Pass||Demonstrates satisfactory subject knowledge. Some evident weaknesses; possibly shown by conceptual gaps, or limited use of appropriate techniques.
The work is generally sound but tends toward the factual or derivative. Limited evidence of capacity to reflect critically.
Relevant generic skills are generally at a satisfactory level.
|Demonstrates satisfactory subject knowledge to some degree. Some important weaknesses; possibly shown by factual errors, conceptual gaps, or limited use of appropriate techniques.
The work is generally sound but tends toward the factual or derivative. Little evidence of capacity to reflect critically.
Relevant generic skills are generally at a satisfactory level.
|40-44%||Demonstrates limited core subject knowledge. Some important weaknesses; possibly shown by factual errors, conceptual gaps, or limited use of appropriate techniques.
The work lacks sound development. Little evidence of capacity to reflect critically.
The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task.
|30-39%||Demonstrates inadequate subject knowledge.
The work lacks coherence and evidence of capacity to reflect critically.
The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task.
|20-29%||Demonstrates seriously inadequate knowledge of the subject.
The work contains minimal evidence of awareness of relevant issues or theory.
The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task.
|10-19%||The work is almost entirely lacking in evidence of knowledge of the subject. No evidence of awareness of relevant issues or theory.
The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task.
|0-9%||The work presents information that is irrelevant and unconnected to the task.
No evident awareness of appropriate principles, theories, evidence and techniques.
How we support you
Sometimes things happen that are beyond your control, for example, illness or personal problems. If things start to affect your studies, you need to let someone know. There are processes and people to help you.
Your personal tutor is an important starting point for help. He or she will be able to advise you about the various University procedures. Many things can be dealt with by your Programme Leader. Academic matters within the Faculty are led by the Associate Dean Academic in conjunction with Associate Professor Student Experience. The staff in the Student Advice Centre are there to provide support and guidance.
There are in addition a number of sources of help that are listed in the Useful Links and Contacts section below, such as the Student Gateway.
Counselling and Wellbeing
Disability Advice and Support
The Student Gateway
Student Finance and Welfare
Student Advice Centre
Support for Mature Students
Other Services and Links
Change in student circumstance (e.g. suspension of studies) –
Information Technology and Media Services (ITMS)
Student Code of Conduct
|Symbol||Type of activity|
|This symbol indicates that you have a PowerPoint presentation to watch. This is used mainly for asynchronous lectures and is usually split into two sections; firstly, the theory & secondly the application|
|This symbol indicates that you need to read a document. This could be a chapter in a book (all books will be available via e-book from the university library), a journal article or another written source.|
|This symbol is used for a specific form of task called a brain dump. A brain dump is simply the act of dumping all the contents of your mind onto paper as one might dump the contents of a bag onto a table.|
|This symbol indicates that you will need to watch a third-party video. This could be via YouTube or Box of Broadcast. Any required weblink will be included in the weekly topic summary.|
|This symbol indicates that the task is a discussion task. You could be asked to work in a group either in person or virtually to discuss concepts.|
|This symbol indicates that you need to think about and write down your thoughts on a topic. This could be anything from a quick mind map to a plan for an essay.|
|This symbol indicates that there are a number of questions for you to attempt to ensure that you understand the topic. These could be in either physical or electronic format.|
|This symbol indicates that there is a timed activity. This is usually to prepare you for time constrained assessments.|
|This symbol indicates a revision activity. This is prepared to allow you to either consolidate your knowledge, confirm your understanding or prepare for a forthcoming assessment.|