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BU592V: RESEARCHING CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS ISSUES (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:30


Course Overview

This course is unique in its focus on a business issue and as such celebrates the practical application of taught theories and frameworks as well as thoughtfully designed research and analysis. In this unique course, students are expected to dive into their chosen topic area, explore it rigorously and demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit along the journey.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Third Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr King Omeihe

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course provides students with an opportunity to apply, integrate, and deepen knowledge of research skills. Students will be tasked to analyse and develop compelling recommendations regarding – a real world social problem. Learning will be anchored in theory and methodology/evidence to meet academic standards, but in different ways and to different degrees.

The course provides an opportunity for students to assimilate what they have learnt during the programme by applying it to a business opportunity of interest to them. The resulting output is intended to be a comprehensive document to prove that students can apply learning, contrast theory with practice, analyse problems and propose solid well-considered business recommendations.

Research topics should focus on any aspect of entrepreneurship. Students are expected to choose a topic in consultation with the course coordinator. The course will comprise both interactive sessions with our world-class faculty as well as small groups exercises and breakout sessions.

Students are expected to support their analysis with relevant entrepreneurship theories – sourced from academic journals – and with methodological knowledge gained during the programme), leading to a theory- and evidence-based analysis, and compelling recommendations.  One notable criterion for evaluation will be the way theory/research from academic journals as taught in the programme and, importantly, additionally independently sourced, are used to strengthen the analysis and recommendations, as reflected in the dissertation.

The learning and teaching approach is one of offering learning for, and through, entrepreneurship. This involves utilising theoretical models and frameworks and applying them to practical business scenarios. Students will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic together with core academic theory. You will also be directed to a variety of other learning sources including (e-)books, (e-)journals and other web-based resources to support your learning and acquire knowledge for yourself.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills:

The content will facilitate the development of key skills such as reflective learning and critical thinking. Scholarship skills are developed through completion of the assessment


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Students will be tasked to clarify the connections between applying learning, contrasting theory with practice, analysing problems to propose solid well-considered business recommendations.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualEvaluateOn completion of this course students should be able to identify, evaluate, and apply relevant theory to assumptions behind a research topic.
ProceduralAnalyseOn completion of this course students should be able to apply the processes involved in research.
ProceduralApplyOn completion of this course students should be able to incorporate the results into more viable iteration(s) of the model and capture the research / learning process via a written report.
ProceduralApplyOn completion of this course students should be able to plan, design, execute and report a significant piece of individual research.

Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Students will be expected to produce a proposal outlining the core question of the business issue (with sub-questions), a review/synthesis of relevant academic literature, the methodology for the study (qualitative or quantitative, sample selection, type of analysis, etc.). Grades and feedback will be provided within normally agreed timescales.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualEvaluateOn completion of this course students should be able to identify, evaluate, and apply relevant theory to assumptions behind a research topic.
ProceduralAnalyseOn completion of this course students should be able to apply the processes involved in research.
ProceduralApplyOn completion of this course students should be able to incorporate the results into more viable iteration(s) of the model and capture the research / learning process via a written report.
ProceduralApplyOn completion of this course students should be able to plan, design, execute and report a significant piece of individual research.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback to be provided within normally agreed timescales.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualEvaluateOn completion of this course students should be able to identify, evaluate, and apply relevant theory to assumptions behind a research topic.
ProceduralApplyOn completion of this course students should be able to plan, design, execute and report a significant piece of individual research.
ProceduralAnalyseOn completion of this course students should be able to apply the processes involved in research.
ProceduralApplyOn completion of this course students should be able to incorporate the results into more viable iteration(s) of the model and capture the research / learning process via a written report.

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