Module Code &
Title 6BU013 Independent Project
Module Learning Outcomes:
LO1 Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the nature of the research/consultancy process. √
LO2 Demonstrates the ability to independently plan and structure a piece of investigative work in a business related field. √
LO3 Be able to critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate a wide range of material in a contextually appropriate way. √
LO4 Demonstrate the ability to draw appropriate conclusions and make recommendations (where appropriate) from the research process, which demonstrates L6 abilities in regards to QAA Bench Marks. √
Assessment types Weightings (%)
Dissertation / Project 100% of module assessment marks
Mode of Working: Individual
Presentation Format: Research Project
Method of Submission: Submission via electronic e-submission to Canvas.
Mark required to pass this coursework: 40%
Hand in date & time This will vary depending on your cohort, please obtain the specific date from Canvas menu item. Submission dates (all cohorts).
Date & method by which you will receive feedback Normally your provisional mark/feedback is available 4 weeks from the submission date
Re-sit/retrieval date This will vary depending on your cohort, but you will be expected to submit with the next cohort which runs at your place of study.
Assessment limits (in accordance with UWBS assessment tariff) 8,000 words (8,000 minimum with 11,000 maximum) excluding appendices and reference list. If word count is exceeded beyond 10% then only work within the specified limit will be considered when marking.
Do clearly state your name, student number and supervisor when submitting work.
Always keep a copy of your work.
Always keep a file of working papers (containing, for instance, working notes, copied journal article and early drafts of your work, etc.) that show the development of your work and the sources you have used. You may need to show this to the supervisor at some point so notes should be clear and written in English. This is an important requirement. There may be circumstances where it is difficult to arrive at a mark for your work. If this is so you may be asked to submit your file within 3 working days and possibly meet with your supervisor to answer questions on your submission.
Explanation of submission requirements and further guidance
• Assessments are subject to a word limit to ensure consistency of approach across all modules. Your work should not exceed the limit indicated (excluding appendices). Do not feel that you have to “achieve” this word count in your work. What is important is that the work satisfies the stated learning outcomes which are articulated through the assessment criteria (see following page).
• Care is taken to ensure that work has been marked correctly. Dissertations are double marked and an independent expert from outside the University on batches of work.
• Your work will not be returned to you but you will receive detailed feedback explaining how your mark has been arrived at and how your work could have been improved upon.
• Always use the Harvard style referencing system. The University’s Learning Information Services have produced a series of guides covering a range of topics to support your studies and develop your academic skills including a guide to Harvard referencing http://www.wlv.ac.uk/lib/skills_for_learning/study_guides.aspx
• Expensive or elaborate bindings and covers for submissions are not required please refer to guidelines in the dissertation resources topic on presentation.
• The Business School has a policy of anonymous marking of individual assessments which applies to most modules but not the dissertation for obvious reasons.
Avoid academic misconduct
Warning: Collusion, plagiarism and cheating are very serious offences that can result in a student being expelled from the University. The Business School has a policy of actively identifying students who engage in academic misconduct of this nature and routinely applying detection techniques including the use of sophisticated software packages.
• Avoid Collusion. The Business School encourages group working, however to avoid collusion always work on your own when completing individual assessments. Do not let fellow students have access to your work at any stage and do not be tempted to access the work of others. Refer to your module tutor if you do not understand or you need further guidance.
• Avoid Plagiarism. You must use available and relevant literature to demonstrate your knowledge of a subject, however to avoid plagiarism you must take great care to acknowledge it properly. Plagiarism is the act of stealing someone else’s work and passing it off as your own. This includes incorporating either unattributed direct quotation(s) or substantial paraphrasing from the work of another/others. For this reason it is important that you cite all the sources whose work you have drawn on and reference them fully in accordance with the Harvard referencing standard. (This includes citing any work that you may have submitted yourself previously). Extensive direct quotations in assessed work is ill advised because it represents a poor writing style, and it could lead to omission errors and a plagiarism offence could be committed accidentally.
• Avoid the temptation to “commission” work or to cheat in other ways. There are temptations on the internet for you to take “short cuts”. Do not be tempted to either commission work to be completed on your behalf or search for completed past academic work.
When you submit your work you will be required to sign an important declaration that the submission is your own work, any material you have used has been acknowledged and referenced, you have not allowed another student to have access to your work, the work has not been submitted previously, etc.
Assessment Brief/ Task
The detailed requirements for this task are as follows:
This final year module requires the completion of an original independent research project (between 8000 and 11,000 words). This can be a ‘traditional’ dissertation, consultancy type project, work based project. It can be case study based and encompass both primary and secondary data sources. As long as it aligns with the remit of independent study there is much flexibility in the approach undertaken. The focus for this module is an independent project, which can be linked to a specific organisation or organisations for which the student has access (many students work whilst they study, and this experience and access can be invaluable). Areas of investigation may take the form of a competitor analysis, an investigation of procedures, a customer satisfaction survey, the computerization of a system, a training needs analysis, the development of a policy statement, employment relations etc… This list is by no means conclusive as there are many business-related areas, which can be investigated. The principle aim however is independence in terms of research and analysis of a business-related topic.
The work should follow the prescribed format as advised by the supervisor and the module material held on CANVAS. The dissertation will be 8,000 words (minimum 8,000 and maximum 11,000)
• LITERATURE REVIEW
• DISCUSSION FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS (Including where
relevant implications and recommendations)
• REFERENCE LIST
N.B. Candidates will receive further guidance from their supervisor as the specific content/approach may vary depending upon the subject/topic area investigated.
The following information is important when:
• Preparing for your assessment
• Checking your work before you submit it
• Interpreting feedback on your work after marking.
The module learning outcomes tested by this assessment task are indicated on above. The precise criteria against which your work will be marked are as follows:
• INTRODUCTION (Criterion 1)
• LITERATURE REVIEW (Criterion 2)
• METHODOLOGY (Criterion 3)
• DISCUSSION FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS (Including where relevant implications and recommendations) (Criterion 4)
• PRESENTATION (Criterion 5)
Performance descriptors (Specific)
Performance descriptors indicate how marks will be arrived at against each of the above criteria. The descriptors indicate the likely characteristics of work that is marked within the percentage bands indicated.