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Module code and title:BM634 DissertationModule leader:Festus Louis
Assignment No. and type:CW1: DissertationAssessment weighting:100%
Submission time and date:3 weeks after the submission deadline.Target feedback time and date:3 weeks after submission deadline.

Assignment task

Your task is to conduct an empirical research project during semester two on a topic that relates directly to your chosen degree area and to write a 10,000 – 12,000-word report, +/-10%, on the research project you have undertaken. The report must include the following elements:

Title Abstract Introduction

Presentation of the problem that you have identified

Rationale for conducting the research, who could benefit from it and how Research aim and objectives

Literature review

Explain where your investigation fits in the wider body of literature and perhaps informs a current debate in that literature.

Critically evaluate carefully selected concepts, theories and ideas which might be useful for investigating your research topic and taking it forward.

Discuss material from a range of relevant academic journal articles, as well as appropriate secondary research.

All sources must be referenced using the Harvard system. Methodology

Approach and design

Methods used and rationale for these. Presentation of the instruments for data collection Participants and Sampling (for quantitative research)

Participants and criteria for selecting the participants (for qualitative research)

Ethical considerations – (what ethical issues you have identified and what you did to address them) Validity and reliability (for quantitative research)

Credibility and reflexive analysis – (for qualitative research)

Results (graphs, charts, results of statistical analysis-without interpretation)

Discussion (interpretation of statistical analysis of the elements presented in Results section) Results and discussion (For qualitative research these two sections could merge into one) Conclusions and limitations of the research

References (Using Harvard style)


-Table of results for quantitative research

-Transcripts of interviews, interview notes for qualitative research.

-Ethics checklist accompanied by the relevant supporting documents such as; participant information sheet, participant consent form and other relevant evidence.

-Reflective career skill development summary

-Supervisor meeting notes

-Research project Gantt chart

  • ‘Keep all work in progress and raw data until you receive your degree certificate
This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievement of the following module learning outcomes:
LO1-Critically review and analyse literature pertaining to the topic area selected for the overall research aim and objectives of the Dissertation
LO2-Critically evaluate the performance of the primary research tool and identify weaknesses in the design, execution and findings produced by the research tool and make recommendations for future research opportunities
LO3-Critically analyse the primary research findings in relation to theories and concepts to arrive at a set of evaluative conclusions and recommendations, where appropriate
LO4-Demonstrate transferable skills including time management, project management, listening, negotiation, written communication skills, independent learning and advanced research skills

Academic integrity

Academic integrity means taking responsibility for your own work.

When you submit an assignment, you are effectively making a declaration that it is your own work and that you have acknowledged the contribution of others and their ideas in its development (for example, by referencing them appropriately).

For further information and guidance, please see the University website: https://www.bucks.ac.uk/current- students/registry-helpdesk-and-academic-advice/academic-integrity-and-misconduct

You are also expected to take responsibility for maintaining and managing confidentiality issues in your work. You should maintain and respect confidentiality in relation to the protection of personal, technical and/or commercial information of a sensitive nature in their assessed work, whatever the format.

Confidentiality issues will vary from subject to subject and you are encouraged to seek advice from your course team if you are unclear about requirements in your context. For further information and guidance, please see the University website: https://www.bucks.ac.uk/academic-confidentiality

Submission details

  • You are required to submit your work electronically. Please use the relevant submission point in the Upload My Assignment area on LSST Connect before the time and date specified.
  • Please ensure that your work has been saved in an appropriate file format. Turnitin will only accept the following file types: Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, and PDF. Your file must also contain at least 20 words of text, consist of fewer than 400 pages and be less than 40MB in size.
  • You can submit your file as many times as you like before the submission date. If you do submit your file more than once, your earlier submission will be replaced by the most recent version.

Once you have submitted your file, you will receive a digital receipt as proof of submission, which will be sent to your LSST e-mail address. Please keep this receipt for future reference, along with the original electronic copy of the file.

Referencing and presentational requirements

Please reference your work using the Harvard style as defined in Cite Them Right Online


  • Please read this carefully and comply fully:
  • Follow the course guidelines regarding submitting work, as below (e.g. electronic or paper copies).
  • Pages should be numbered.
  • All work is to be submitted as Arial 12 font with 1.5 line spacing.
  • All writing should be in the third person passive.
  • Written work must be word-processed
  • The module title and code number must be clearly marked on the front cover.
  • Work you submit for assessment must be properly referenced – a guide to the Harvard system of referencing can be found on the Bucks website at bucks.ac.uk/referencing.
  • You may seek clarification from the module tutor at any time.
  • There is no excuse for failing to submit your work in accordance with the guidance, work that does not meet the necessary standards in that respect will be marked accordingly.
  • No collaboration is allowed.