Masters Dissertation

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MODULE
HANDBOOK
Dissertation
BUS9036M
2021-2022
February 22
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Contents
Module Details………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
Contact Details ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 5
Learning Outcomes……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
Employability Skills / Skills for your Future……………………………………………………………….. 6
Principles of Responsible Management Education……………………………………………………. 7
Research Ethics – LEAS…………………………………………………………………………………………. 7
Securing Ethical Approval and using the Templates………………………………………………….. 7
Teaching & Learning Methods………………………………………………………………………………… 9
Contact Time……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 9
Directed Study …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 9
Independent Study……………………………………………………………………………………………. 10
Module Delivery…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10
Feedback Strategy ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 11
Assessment Rationale………………………………………………………………………………………….. 11
Assessment Details……………………………………………………………………………………………… 11
Recording your meetings with your supervisor ……………………………………………………….. 12
KEY ASSESSMENT DATES and ACTIVITIES ……………………………………………………….. 13
Formative and Summative Assessments…………………………………………………………. 14
Information about your weighted assessments…………………………………………………. 14
Dishonesty and Plagiarism………………………………………………………………………………… 15
Learning Resources …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 15
The Library (www.library.lincoln.ac.uk )………………………………………………………………. 16
Digital Learning Resources (https://digitaleducation.lincoln.ac.uk/resources-hub/ )…. 16
Appendix 1: Schedule of Activity……………………………………………………………………………. 18
Appendix 2: Assessment -Proposal Brief …………………………………………………………………. 1
Appendix 3: Final Dissertation Assessment Brief …………………………………………………….. 1

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Module Details
Module Code: BUS9036M Dissertation
Credit Rating: 60
Level: M
Subject: Business & Management
Pre-requisites: Progression through varying Research Methods modules (by
programme of study).
Co-requisites: NA
Barred Combinations: NA
Department: Management
Module Lead: Dr Ian Pownall
External Examiner: Various depending on Subject focus
Contact Details
Module Co-ordinator:

Dr Ian Pownall [email protected]
David Chiddick Building

DCB2201
Supervisors: Various (confirmed during the module)
Admin Support: Gemma Spink
LIBS Reception
David Chiddick Building
01522 83 5509
Open: 9am – 4pm Monday – Friday
[email protected]
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Introduction
Welcome to your dissertation – the capstone project of the Masters programme. It allows
you to explore your focus and interests. It provides the opportunity for you to apply,
integrate, and deepen the knowledge, insights, and skills that you have learned during
your programme of study. You can explore in this project a real-world issue or a research
topic, which you execute in a manner consistent with the core philosophy and values of
Lincoln International Business School (LIBS).
In keeping with the spirit of LIBS Masters programme, this module
seeks to enable and
facilitate innovation and creativity in terms of project foci, form and output.
This module
also differs in how you engage with it. With the aim of creating independent and critical
learners, you are required to not only undertake an in-depth study of a topic related to the
title of your named degree but also to take responsibility for your own learning and
negotiate the form and output of the final work. So this work is led by you rather than being
prescribed by your supervisor.
You should enjoy the experience because this really is, a module you can own and direct.
The exact choice of topic and format of the final assessment will be
negotiated with the
supervisor, dissertation co-ordinator and (perhaps) programme leader. You will agree a
Learning Plan and approach to your research with your supervisor, so as to provide a clear
path to follow, goals to achieve and generate a final dissertation thesis / output. Although
the foci and form of the dissertation are to be negotiated, you might produce one of the
following:
Independent research project
Design of a new enterprise
Guided individual research project (determined and initially scoped by an
academic tutor)
Work-based project
Client based project
Other negotiated project (consultancy, event/exhibition design, multi-media
project, etc.).
There are two additional areas of change and development for this year (2021-2022) in
how this dissertation module will work.
Change 1-the use of an online ethical application and approval process (LEAS)
Change 2 -the use of a structured guide to support your research dissertation
(called TIPS).
These changes are reviewed in turn shortly in this book and on the Blackboard site.

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of the module you should be able to:

LO1 Communicate the aims, objectives and relevance of your chosen research
project.
Develop achievable and logical plans to guide the implementation of your
chosen research project.
Select, collect, analyse and interpret evidence from multiple sources in
accordance with sound principles of research and investigation.
Synthesise and critically evaluate different sources of knowledge in order to
articulate logical and cogent argumentation.
Evaluate critically and apply theoretical and methodological approaches in
ways which augment understanding
of the topic
Reflect critically on your own research practice and intellectual argument
particularly in the context of contemporary debates in management or
business.
Propose practical resolutions via conclusions and recommendations when
appropriate
.
Demonstrate depth of knowledge, expertise and critical understanding of your
LO2
LO3
LO4
LO5
LO6
LO7
LO8

chosen topic area.
The dissertation represents the final independent study of your Masters.
It is important to note that it must reflect your chosen degree in terms of subject
matter.
Employability Skills / Skills for your Future
The module enhances your employability by developing the following transferable Work
Ready
skills:
Learning and Adaptability through – problem solving and critical analysis:
analysing facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and
identifying and selecting appropriate solutions.
Research and analysing: the ability to analyse and evaluate a range of
business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies, which
includes the need for strong digital literacy, and to use that research for
evidence-based decision-making. Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis,
synthesis and evaluation.
Organisation through self-management: a readiness to accept responsibility
and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan,
organise and manage time.
Organisation, adaptability and initiative through –self reflection: selfanalysis and an awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and
cultures. This includes a continuing appetite for development.

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Principles of Responsible Management Education
The Lincoln International Business School is committed to the Principles of Responsible
Management Education (
PRME) to develop future leaders that are socially responsible
who will create sustainable environmental and economic value.
To that end, students are encouraged to integrate these principles into their research
practice and reflect on the implications of PRME for their own work. All human activity
impacts upon our environment (natural, social, political) and should be a consideration in
your work.
Research Ethics – LEAS
The University requires that all those carrying out research engage with the University’s
commitment to conduct research to high ethical standards; understand the reasons for,
and participate fully in, the ethical review process; and fulfil their moral and legal
responsibilities in respect of the rights and welfare of participants.
The Research Ethics Policy can be found
here (at https://lncn.ac/re).
The conduct of students must always be overseen by their supervisor, who takes
responsibility for ensuring that the Code of Practice for Research and all relevant policies
and procedures are followed.
The research code of practice can be viewed
here (at https://lncn.ac./copr)
The University of Lincoln is committed to ensuring that its research activities involving
human participants and personal data are conducted in a way which:
• respects the dignity, rights and welfare of all participants in research;
• minimises risk to participants, researchers and third parties;
• appropriately manages personal data;
• aims to maximise the public benefit of research.
Securing Ethical Approval and using the Templates
All research undertaken in the Business School (staff and student (all levels)) requires
ethical approval. For this research module – you will need to work with your allocated
supervisor to secure ethical approval using the online Lincoln Ethical Approval System
(LEAS).
You can find the starting point for this process
here.
Your research is broadly viewed as ‘that involving humans’ and ‘that not involving humans’.
Both types of research need approval BEFORE you start any data collection. In the case
of research not involving humans,
a Project Registration Form (PRF) has been
completed and approved for the module
. This will support (and approve) of any
research that is:

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Desk or library based
Reviews of existing publically available data
Systemic Reviews of Literature
If your research then involves ONLY data from the sources listed above, then you must
agree with your supervisor and advise me (the module leader) that your research will not
involve humans and be desk based only. You do NOT then need to complete an individual
ethical application.
For ALL OTHER research designs, you will complete an individual (ethical) LEAS
application. Work with your supervisor when completing this application. You will need to
liaise with your academic supervisor to complete the application before requesting the
academic supervisor’s authorisation. Once your supervisor is happy that you have
addressed all their comments, then they or you will need to request authorisation from the
second marker for a review of your application. There is an option in your LEAS application
when you select submission to note that you are a PGT student from LIBS to request this.
The second marker will only electronically sign the form when they are happy with it,
otherwise they will add comments and reject the authorisation request prompting you to
reflect further upon their concerns.
To COMPLETE an individual application to LEAS you will need:
Any participant information sheets (PI sheet)
Any questionnaire /interview questions and schedule
Any schedule for focus groups of other data collection approaches
Have considered the risks and data management of your proposed work
Have considered the literature AND methodological arguments outlined so far in
this guide before you commence your application.
Have considered the language used in your data collection instruments with your
participants
There are approved university templates (see the relevant section of the BB site) to guide
you through a number of these tasks that you can adapt. You can also find these templates
here and on Blackboard.
All of this information is submitted at the same time as your LEAS application.
You cannot therefore undertake a successful LEAS application BEFORE you have
considered and reviewed the literature and your methodology.
The outcome of an application to LEAS will be either:
A favourable opinion – to support the work and allow it to proceed
An unfavourable opinion – whereby queries have been raised you need to
address in your amendment to your application.
PLEASE NOTE – If your proposed research involves any aspect of a special human
characteristic (such as working with children) then your LEAS application is reviewed by a
committee in LIBS prior to a decision being taken. This will take more time to approve.

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Where this is the case, LIBS will allocate reviewers for projects that are vulnerable groups
or sensitive topics (the second supervisor signature will not be available for those projects).
There are exemplar applications available on the portal
here (and which are available of
Blackboard -see the ‘ethics’ tab).
You will be allocated a first supervisor (and know of the second marker) who will help
you through the ethical approval process and support you in your research.
In all cases of an individual LEAS application, please ensure you allow enough time
between submission of an application and the intended start of your data collection
(this may take upto 2-3 weeks if there are complications and difficulties in the
proposed work and/or the LEAS application requires amendments).
Remember
– all LEAS applications must include ALL supporting documentation required
– this includes any questionnaires, interview schedules and participant information sheets
etc. The University provides a number of templates for this information
here. They are
available as files also on the Blackboard site.
Remember – you may ONLY use approved questionnaire services – presently this is
onlinesurveys.ac.uk (where the university will create an account for you) or MS Forms.
An
account will be created for you that you will then need to confirm when you receive
the email invitation. You can also contact
[email protected] directly to set
up your account.
Remember
– you may NOT start any research until your application has received a
‘favourable review’ (received by email) unless it is previously supported by the approved
PRF.
FINALLY – a successful ethical application requires you to have a significantly progressed
literature and methodological understanding. This is why the LEAS application seems later
in the research time available to you. Again – please factor this into your time management.
Teaching & Learning Methods
Contact Time
There will be a series of keynote lectures delivered across Semester B and up to 6 hours
of supervision. Please see the Blackboard site for what this means in practice.
Directed Study
You will be allocated an individual supervisor based upon a submitted Research Intention
Form (RIF) and/or completion of the Research Survey (both available on the Blackboard
site). Your supervisor will advise and facilitate the process of your independent study. You
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seek to align your research with available staff and where possible and feasible, to
nominate potential supervisors.
Whilst the allocation of supervisors, aims to align staff and your interests,
this cannot be
guaranteed. All supervisors are capable of supporting you in your independent
research journey.
Independent Study
You are expected to invest approximately 600 hours of time into your Masters dissertation.
This is a significant volume of time as befits a significant part of your Masters study.
Most of this time will be used in your independent study.
Module Delivery
The module will be delivered by periodic supporting online workshops with the majority of
time being used on 1-1 support meetings with your supervisor. You are expected to
articulate your research focus and develop key research questions to guide your
investigation. Supervisors will advise, but will not direct your study.

Module Delivery Total Hours
Lectures 5
Supervision (max.) 6
Independent Study (nominal) 589
Nominal Total (60 CATS) 600

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Feedback Strategy
Receiving formative feedback during your learning is essential to ensure you are prepared
for your final assessments. To support your learning throughout the module the following
formative feedback strategies are used:
Feedback on draft work, directions and themes
One-to-one meetings with your supervisor
Assessment Rationale

Assessment
Method
Weighting(%) Due LO’s Assessed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Proposal and Plan 10 TBC x x
Final Dissertation 90 TBC X X X X X X X X

The module is assessed by two written submissions. Full assessment details are
available in
Appendix 2.
Assessment Criteria Grids will be used to provide feedback on Blackboard and indicate
how marks will be allocated, they are included in
Appendix 3.
Assessment and other Submission Details
This module will be assessed through a portfolio of work comprising three distinct
outputs (although only TWO are graded and contribute your mark for the module).
To start your research planning – you must complete EITHER 1 or 2 below:
1. FORMATIVE (not graded) – You will complete the
Research Intention Form
(RIF) on Blackboard if you have a reasonably developed idea you intend to
pursue in your dissertation. Please email this to me (
[email protected]) by
the 28
th February 2022.
2. FORMATIVE (not graded)- You will complete the
Research Themes Survey (the
link is provided on Blackboard) if you have not focused upon an idea yet . The
survey will seek to gather and understand what your interests are and any themes
that you may be thinking about. Complete this by the date 28
th February 2022.
NOTE – Either 1 or 2 MUST be completed so that an appropriate supervisor can be
allocated to you. Either must be completed by the 28
th February ideally. Later
submissions are accepted but there may be limits on the availability of supporting
staff.

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3. SUMMATIVE (graded) – You will produce a project plan and proposal (One
document) – this will be the equivalent of 1000 words and will form the basis of an
agreed Plan of work. Please use the template for this found on Blackboard.
The
submission date of this Assessment is June 22
nd 2022 12 noon (UK) time
2022.
4. FORMATIVE but contributing to your SUMMATIVE experience – You will create
and document an online supervision log that will be used to gauge your
engagement and your progress. This is documented below in this handbook and
on Blackboard.
5. SUMMATIVE (graded)- You will create a final dissertation/thesis (or a portfolio /
format output equivalent to 14000 words).The exact format is agreed with your
supervisor as part of your negotiated project and written into the agreed Plan of
work.
The deadline for this submission is the 7th October 12 noon (UK) time
2022
NOTE – your FINAL mark for the module is constructed from EITHER your
dissertation / thesis mark ONLY OR the combined proposal and thesis/dissertation
mark.
IF your proposal mark is greater than your final thesis/dissertation mark then your
final mark for the module is constructed as (10% Proposal +90% thesis/dissertation)
IF your proposal mark is less than your final thesis/dissertation mark then your final
mark for the module is constructed ONLY from your thesis/dissertation mark
(100%).
This flexibility accommodates and recognises that typically your research thinking
and execution will improve as you progress through your research.
Full assessment details are available in Appendix 2 and on Blackboard.
Recording your meetings with your supervisor
As a minimum – once a month in, January through May (inclusive) you must meet with
your supervisor.
Following the meeting you must complete the dissertation supervision form. You must fill
in all information, detailing what was discussed in the meeting and any outcomes or
feedback.
You must input/select the email address for your dissertation supervisor. If the email is
not typed correctly then the form will not be processed. If the email address for the
supervisor is not in the list to select then please type it in.
Once the form has been completed it will be sent straight to the dissertation supervisor
for approval.

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If you do not complete a form for a particular month then the PGT admin team will send
you a reminder to complete the form. If a form is still not submitted then you may be
invited to an attendance panel meeting and if you have a Tier 4 Visa, your visa may be at
risk.
Below is the link to the dissertation supervision online form which you need to complete
once a month to evidence your engagement with the dissertation process. All students
need to complete the form, Home and International students.
*Here is the link you need (it is also available on BlackBoard)
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=xEculd4FgkKDr19LRrFij4KpavX
L2V9Hgoadw4QyfxJUMVRSRkdWVkczQUdGWjRHV1Y2TVRLQVhRQi4u
You need to complete the forms in order to be able to submit the dissertation.
The University’s Student Engagement and Participation Policy states that students need
to engage during the dissertation period as well as during the timetabled sessions.
Please remember –
If you hold a Tier 4 visa and do not submit the form each month
to show your engagement then you are breaching the terms of your visa.
Returning Home
If you have a Tier 4 visa and wish to return home to work on their dissertation then you
need to ask for your supervisor’s approval and then complete a Change of
Circumstances form and Tier 4 will review the request
– you must not return home until
the absence has been authorised.
The change form can be accessed via the link
below and you need to select the category of ‘change of research location’.
https://ps.lincoln.ac.uk/services/registry/Assessments/Tier4ChangeOfCircumstances/Site
Pages/Home.aspx
Unwell? Need to take a break from your studies?
If you need to request authorised absence during the dissertation period, for example if
you are unwell and unable to study full time, please request authorised absence via the
link on Blackboard.
See the ‘Need help?’ tab on Blackboard.
KEY ASSESSMENT DATES and ACTIVITIES

DATE to be
completed by
ACTIVITY What you need to do Who
does
this?
Support
Research
Intention Form
(RIF)
[on
Blackboard]
Complete this form IF
you have a
reasonably developed
idea for your
dissertation.
ALL Module
Tutor
Research Survey
[on Blackboard]
Click the survey link if
you do not have any
ALL

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reasonably developed
idea for a dissertation.
These questions will
aim to identify themes
of interest to you.
You MUST complete EITHER the RIF
or the Survey- so you can be
allocated a suitable supervisor.
TBC Confirmed
allocation of
supervisors
N/A – confirm you are
on the listing!
MODULE
TUTOR
ALL-Complete online log
Of your meetings with
Your supervisor
TBC Assessment 1
Submission –
Your Proposal
[on Blackboard]
Submit your
Research Proposal
ALL
Between
January and
March 2022
Submit your
LEAS Ethical
Application Form
Submission +
supporting
materials
[this submission
is made via LEAS
and NOT via
Blackboard]
Work with your
supervisor to
complete your LEAS
application.
ALL
TBC Assessment 2
Submission
[on Blackboard]
Submit your
Research
Dissertation
ALL

Formative and Summative Assessments
You will receive formative feedback through regular supervision meetings with your
allocated supervisor. The Proposal and (where necessary) the supervisory records will be
assessed using assessment grids; but you will also receive feedback guidance and
support through your supervisory meetings.
Information about your weighted assessments
This is a portfolio normally comprising three summative elements:
1. Initial Research Proposal and Project Plan (One Document) (10%)
2. Completion of an online supervision log and LEAS application (where required)
(Pass/Fail)
3. Final Project/Dissertation (90%)

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The weighting of the assessed elements is indicative;
the final grade will be based on a
combined mark, unless, once all elements have been completed, the final dissertation is
awarded a higher grade, in which case the higher grade will stand. Please see the earlier
discussion on this.
Detailed instructions for each of these assignments are also contained on the module’s
Blackboard page, under Assignment Guidelines. Where you have negotiated a project
you are still required to adhere to the above assessments. For an Enterprise Based
Dissertation the ‘pitch’ contributes to the final dissertation component.
Dishonesty and Plagiarism
The University Regulations define plagiarism as ‘the passing off of another person’s
thoughts, ideas, writings or images as one’s own. Examples of plagiarism include the
unacknowledged use of another person’s material whether in original or summary form.
Plagiarism also includes the copying of another student’s work.
You can find the Postgraduate Regulations
here.
Plagiarism is a serious offence and is treated by the University as a form of dishonest
means in assessment. Students are directed to the University Regulations for details of
the procedures and penalties involved. Plagiarism is, however, easily avoided by the full
and correct use of referencing.
You can learn more about academic offences
here.
When available, always check your ‘similarity’ index (SI) on Turnitin submissions to ensure
you percentage rating is in the ‘green’. Please note however, that such a rating is indicative
only and tutors will consider other evidence in assessing the academic integrity of your
work. Where there are doubts about your work you may be called in for an interview.
If you are at all unsure of what unfair academic means are or what plagiarism means –
you can watch this
presentation.
[All LINKS tested December 2021]
Learning Resources
Reading
The key text(s) for this module are:
Biggam, J. (2018) Succeeding with your Master’s Dissertation 4th Edition Sage:London
Saunders, M.N.K.,Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2019).
Research Methods, 8th
edition.Pearson: Harlow.
Other recommended reading for the module is:
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Booth, A.,Sutton,A. & Papaionnou, D. (2016) Systematic Approaches to a Successful
Literature Review
Sage: London
Bryman, A. & Bell, E. (2015)
Business Research Methods 4th Edition OUP: Oxford
Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. & Jackson, PR (2018
) Management and Business
Research
Sage: London
Fisher, C. (2010) Researching and Writing a Dissertation: An essential guide for
business students FT:Prentice: London
Saunders, M.N.K., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2015) Research Methods for Business
Students
Pearsons:London
Wallace, M.& Wray, A. (2016)
Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates Sage:
London
Other more specific references are provided on the Module Blackboard site and will be
signposted in class. You are also expected to read independently for this module
This
module requires that you follow the
Harvard System of referencing.[Link tested August
2021].
The Library (www.library.lincoln.ac.uk )
Our Subject Librarians are Martin Osborne and Daren Mansfield. They can assist you
to use the catalogue, do subject searches and so on. Contact details are:
Martin Osborne’s contact details:
Work telephone: (01522) 886316
Email: [email protected]
Room: University Library
Daren Mansfield’s contact details:
Work telephone: (01522) 886094
Email: [email protected]
Room: University Library
If you cannot find Martin Osborne or Daren Mansfield, any of the subject librarians will help
you.
Digital Learning Resources (https://digitaleducation.lincoln.ac.uk/resources-hub/ )
In addition to the above it is recommended you make use of the digital learning
resources to support your learning on this module:

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You can reflect on your study skills development
here.[Links tested December 2021].

Research and Dissertations

You can also review the University Library’s referencing guide here.
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Appendix 1: Schedule of Activity

Date Lecture Topic Reading
11th January and repeated 18th January – both
3-4 pm ONLINE
Introduction to the module: This will
provide an outline of the scope and
flexibility of the LIBS dissertation
Saunders et al (2019) chapter 1,2
Biggam (2018) chapter 4
15th February 3-4pm ONLINE TIPS and finding a focus Saunders et al (2019) chapter 2
Biggam (2018) chapter 4
22nd February 3-4pm ONLINE Literature, LEAS and Reading Saunders et al (2019) chapter 3,4
Biggam (2018) chapter 5
15th March 3-4pm ONLINE Methodology and Critical Thinking Saunders et al (2019) chapter 5,6
Biggam (2018) chapter 8
29th March 3-4PM ONLINE Supervision: This will outline how to get
the most out of the supervision process.
26th April 3-4pm ONLINE LEAS walk through
[additional session confirmed with the
class]

Sessions are ONLINE unless otherwise advised.
Appendix 2: Assessment -Proposal Brief
Module Code & Title: Dissertation BUS9036M
Contribution to Final Module Mark: 10%
Description of Assessment Task and Purpose:
The aim of this assessment is that you are required to produce a research proposal and work plan for your
dissertation. This must be in the format of the form on Blackboard and outlined here.
USE THE TEMPLATE PROVIDED ON BLACKBOARD FOR THIS SUBMISSION
Further Guidance:
Specific texts and source materials are dependent upon the focus and methodology of
your research. Generic guidance can for example be found in texts such as:
Biggam, J. (2018)
Succeeding with your Master’s Dissertation 4th Edition Sage:London
In addition, learning Resources which will support this assessment include:
Postgraduate Study Skills: Managing the Dissertation Process
These Learning Resources are available via the blackboard module site.
Learning Outcomes Assessed:
Presently, the learning outcomes for this assessment are as follows- that at the end of an
effective submission you will be able to:

LO1 Communicate the aims, objectives and relevance of your chosen research
project.
Develop achievable and logical plans to guide the implementation of your
chosen research project.
LO2

Knowledge & Skills Assessed:
The successful completion of this assessment task will contribute to the development of
the following for you:
Subject Specific Knowledge, Skills and Understanding: Literature searching,
Referencing, Subject-specific knowledge, Project Planning, Techniques and Skills.
Professional Graduate Skills: independence and personal responsibility, written
communication, critical thinking, working under pressure to meet deadlines, selfreflection, problem solving, effective time management.
Emotional Intelligence: motivation, resilience, self-confidence.
Assessment Submission Instructions:
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You are required to submit your essay on or before noon (12pm) –
22nd June 2022 using
the online assessment submission facility on the Module Blackboard site. Pay careful
attention to instructions provided.
The expected date to return grades and feedback is 15 working days after the deadline
Feedback & grades will be available electronically using a rubric on blackboard. If you
have any specific questions relating to the feedback comments email the module coordinator to discuss.
Date for Return of Feedback: 3 weeks after submission
Format for Assessment: Please use the template provided on the Blackboard Site.
Marking Criteria for Assessment:
Please see the Appendices for a detailed rubric across all grading thresholds.
Feedback Format: Feedback is provided by Grademark Studio on Turnitin and through
the use of the rubric.
Additional time slots will be available for face to face feedback as
required/requested.
Please note that all work is assessed according to the University of Lincoln
Management of Assessment Policy and that marks awarded are provisional on
Examination Board decisions (which take place at the end of the Academic Year.
Important Information on Dishonesty & Plagiarism:
University of Lincoln Regulations define plagiarism as ‘the passing off of another person’s
thoughts, ideas, writings or images as one’s own…Examples of plagiarism include the
unacknowledged use of another person’s material whether in original or summary form.
Plagiarism also includes the copying of another student’s work’.
Plagiarism is a serious offence and is treated by the University as a form of academic
dishonesty. Students are directed to the University Regulations for details of the
procedures and penalties involved.
For further information, see
plagiarism.org
Assessment Rubric (Assessment 1)

Clarity 12% Excellent (5) Good (4) Satisfactory (3) Fair – with risk of
failure (2)
Poor – needs significant
improvement (1)
Not
Evidenced
(0)
Is the focus of the project
clear and suitable? Do we
have a central aim and
related objectives? Is the
focus suitable for the
degree title?
Excellent Clarity Aims and objectives clearly
expressed but would benefit
from further
improvement/tightening
Aims and objectives apparent
and workable, but some further
clarification required
General aim
apparent but are
insufficient to
provide the guidance
or structure
required.
General aims weekly
identified but need
further refinement and
objectives need to be
articulated
appropriately
Not
Evidenced
Rationale 20%
What is the justification for
and relevance of the topic;
in terms of academic
literature, contemporary
business practice and/or
enterprise development?Is
there scope for critical
thinking and
originality/creativity?
Excellent Rationale
– clear and concise.
Rationale fundamentally
sound but would benefit
from further
thought/stronger argument
in some areas.
Rationale as outlined is generally
relevant, but lacks originality
and/or scope for
creativity/criticality. The
rationale needs to be
clearer/stronger in some
respects; to enable the work to
make appropriate
recommendations/develop
stronger conclusions.
Rationale is weak
and arguments need
strengthening in
several important
respects if the work
is to meet a pass
standard.
Rationale
unclear/inconsistent.
The argument
insufficiently supported
and lacks
clarity/relevancy.
Not
Evidenced
Suitability 20%
Is the approach to the
problem or project sound?
Are the potential sources
of evidence identified and
to what extent can this
material be assembled?
Have sources of evidence
been evaluated? Are the
sources/subject accessible?
Excellent – clear
relationship
between
aims/objectives
and chosen
approach. If
followed through
competently the
work should
address all aims
and objectives.
The approach is generally
suitable and, if carried out
competently should enable
the general aims and most of
the objectives to be met.
There are some minor
concerns/potential
improvements required
Approach being taken is broadly
appropriate. However, there are
some doubts about some aspects
and further work is needed in
several important respects.
However, there is confidence
that the approach should enable
the work to succeed.
There are significant
doubts about the
suitability of the
approach being
taken/proposed.
Unless the issues are
addressed then the
work is unlikely to
meet the standard
expected.
Methods/Sources are
either inappropriate or
ill defined. Unless the
approach is
changed/further
developed the work is
likely to fail.
Not
Evidenced

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References 12%
Is the scope and
extent of the
literature
understood? Have
the key sources
been identified an
accessed? Are the
citations correct?
Excellent –
precise and
appropriate with
no obvious
limitations
The references/sources are
broadly and specifically
appropriate to the purpose of
the research. If used well they
should enable the work to reach
a high standard. Some minor
additions/adjustments are
needed to improve the potential.
The evidence presented
confirms that the sources are
broadly sufficient and
accessible. Further work is
needed to either identify
more focused
material/sources and/or
broaden the evidence base.
If used appropriately, the
evidence base is sufficient to
enable the work to reach a
pass standard.
Basic sources
identified but further
sources are needed to
scope the study.
Unless the sources are
developed, the work is
unlikely to pass.
References
inappropriate/insufficient,
further literature search
needed. As it stands the
evidence base is insufficient to
enable the work to pass.
Not
Evidenced
Structure 12%
Is the proposed
structure logical
and consistent with
the aims and
objectives?
Excellent – no
further
improvements
required
The proposed structure is
consistent with the proposed
approach and follows
conventions. There are only
minor improvements needed.
The proposed structure of the
work is consistent with the
general principles of research.
If the work was presented in
the manner suggested it
would be likely to meet a pass
standard. However, the
proposed structure could be
enhanced in some key
respects.
Structure needs more
work and unless
improvements are
made the final output
is unlikely to pass
Structure flawed in several
respects and unless these issues
are resolved, the dissertation is
highly likely to fail
Not
Evidenced
Schedule 12%
Is the proposed
structure of final
output
appropriate? Is the
schedule fully
outlined and
agreed with the
supervisor? Is the
schedule clear and
achievable?
Excellent – the
schedule has
built in
contingency and
is highly likely to
succeed.
The schedule is clear and logical.
However, there are some minor
concerns and/or limited evidence
of contingency planning.
The workflow is generally
clear and milestones
appropriate, The schedule
may be ambiguous in part and
have limited contingency; or
be inconsistent with some of
the supervisor’s expectations.
However, if all goes according
to plan, the work has a high
probability of being
completed on time.
More work needed to
clarify workflow and
milestones, and more
importantly, the work
is at risk of failing to
meet the deadline
Schedule flawed in several
respects and the work is highly
unlikely to be completed
satisfactorily unless these are
resolved
Not
Evidenced
Ethics 12%

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Has the proposal
considered likely
/primary ethical
issues, will be
responsibly
managed and
consistent with the
values of LIBS?
Fully articulated
and all potential
dilemmas
identified and
outlined
Generally well articulated and no
significant issues unidentified.
There may be minor issues
associated with argument and
presentation – but fundamental
issues have been initially
addressed. There are no reasons
to limit progress of the project.
Generally sufficient to allow a
LEAS application to be made
but some minor matters need
to be resolved. Ethical
approval is likely.
Some ethical
dilemmas either need
further argument or
resolutions needed
before the work can
expect to secure
ethical approval.
Ethical approval is
unlikely to be
supported at this stage
Limited awareness of ethical
principles and/or responsible
management. The work cannot
proceed until these are
addressed.
Not
Evidenced

Appendix 3: Final Dissertation Assessment Brief
Module Code & Title: Dissertation BUS9036M
Contribution to Final Module Mark: 90%
Description of Assessment Task and Purpose:
The aim of this assessment is that you are required to submit a dissertation or equivalent (as agreed
with your supervisor). This must be compliant with the presentation requirements stated on
Blackboard.
Further Guidance:
Specific texts and source materials are dependent upon the focus and methodology of
your research. Generic guidance can for example be found in texts such as:
Biggam, J. (2018)
Succeeding with your Master’s Dissertation 4th Edition Sage:London
In addition, learning Resources which will support this assessment include:
Postgraduate Study Skills: Managing the Dissertation Process
These Learning Resources are available via the blackboard module site.
Formative feedback is core to successful progression with the learning materials and
outcome achievements and supported by supervisory discussions.
Learning Outcomes Assessed:
Presently, the learning outcomes for this assessment are as follows- that at the end of an
effective submission you will be able to:

LO1
project.
LO2
Communicate the aims, objectives and relevance of your chosen research
Develop achievable and logical plans to guide the implementation of your
chosen research project.
LO3 Select, collect, analyse and interpret evidence from multiple sources in
accordance with sound principles of research and investigation.
LO4 Synthesise and critically evaluate different sources of knowledge in order to
articulate logical and cogent argumentation.
LO5 Evaluate critically and apply theoretical and methodological approaches in ways
which augment understanding of the topic
LO6 Reflect critically on your own research practice and intellectual argument
particularly in the context of contemporary debates in management or business.
LO7 Propose practical resolutions via conclusions and recommendations when
appropriate .
LO8 Demonstrate depth of knowledge, expertise and critical understanding of your

chosen topic area.
Knowledge & Skills Assessed:
The successful completion of this assessment task will contribute to the development of
the following for you:
Subject Specific Knowledge, Skills and Understanding: Literature searching, Referencing,
Subject-specific knowledge, Project Planning, Techniques and Skills.

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Professional Graduate Skills: independence and personal responsibility, written
communication, critical thinking, working under pressure to meet deadlines, self-reflection,
problem solving, effective time management.
Emotional Intelligence: motivation, resilience, self-confidence.
Assessment Submission Instructions:
You are required to submit your essay on or before noon (12pm) UK time – 7th October
2022
using the online assessment submission facility on the Module Blackboard site. Pay
careful attention to instructions provided.
The expected date to return grades and feedback is 20 working days after the deadline (or
the scheduled assessment board date).
Feedback & grades will be available electronically using a rubric on blackboard. If you
have any specific questions relating to the feedback comments email the module coordinator to discuss.
Date for Return of Feedback: Nominally 3 weeks after the submission deadline OR
the by the appropriate examination board.
Format for Assessment: Please use the template provided on the Blackboard Site
and as detailed in the TIPS guidance document.
Generic Guidance:
Please follow to the formatting guidelines:
– Font / Size: Arial or Times New Roman / 12
– Spacing / Sides: 1.5 / Single Sided
– Pagination required?Yes
– Margins: At least 2.54 to left and right and text ‘justified’
– Referencing: Full compliance with Harvard protocols
Marking Criteria for Assessment:
The generic marking criteria are as follows. These are then applied to the
assessment task in the Appendix.
Please see the Appendices for a detailed rubric across all grading thresholds.
Feedback Format: Feedback is provided by Grademark Studio on Turnitin and through
the use of the rubric.
Additional time slots will be available for face to face feedback as
required/requested.
Please note that all work is assessed according to the University of Lincoln Management of
Assessment Policy
and that marks awarded are provisional on Examination Board decisions (which
take place at the end of the Academic Year.
Important Information on Dishonesty & Plagiarism:
University of Lincoln Regulations define plagiarism as ‘the passing off of another person’s
thoughts, ideas, writings or images as one’s own…Examples of plagiarism include the
unacknowledged use of another person’s material whether in original or summary form.
Plagiarism also includes the copying of another student’s work’.

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Plagiarism is a serious offence and is treated by the University as a form of academic
dishonesty. Students are directed to the University Regulations for details of the
procedures and penalties involved.
For further information, see
plagiarism.org
Assessment Rubric (Assessment 2- Final Project)
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Assessment Criteria Exceptional
80+
Excellent
70-79
Good
60-69
Satisfactory
50-59
Fair with significant
weaknesses
40-49
Poor with fundamental
weakness
Less than 40
Communication
Communicates effectively the
aims, objectives and relevance
of the research project. (LO1)
The work is
exceptionally well
communicated and
goes well beyond
the expectations of
this level
Excellent with few
significant errors
Aims and Objectives
well communicated with
only minor issues. The
relevance of the work is
clear but some aspects
may require some
further elaboration.
Aims and objectives are stated
and sufficiently clear but may
require further refinement. The
general relevance of the work
is understood but not
necessarily fully articulated in
the context of the study.
Aims and objectives are
apparent but may not be
sufficiently coherent or
logical. The broader
relevance of the work may
not be understood or weakly
articulated
The aims and objectives
remain vague and the work
suffers from a lack of focus
or clear sense of direction.
The broader relevance is not
considered or articulated
Management
Reflects a well devised and
executed adaptable plan, which
was actively managed so as to
achieve project objectives (LO2)
The student has
demonstrated
exceptional
management of the
project, well
exceeding that
required at this level
The work was well
planned, actively
managed and fully
achieved the
objectives.
The work was planned
and managed so as to
achieve most objectives.
The project was managed
satisfactorily but not
necessarily in an active
manner. Some issues may not
have been sufficiently
addressed.
There were significant
weaknesses at a number of
stages that were addressed
to varying degrees but
significantly some remained
unresolved.
The project suffered from
significant weaknesses at
many stages and there was
limited evidence that these
were either understood or
addressed
Method
Selected, collected, analysed
and interpreted evidence from
multiple sources in accordance
with sound principles of
research and investigation.
(LO3)
The execution is
virtually flawless and
demonstrates
competence beyond
the level of study.
The work draws
upon an extensive
range of sources
and uses these
effectively following
sound principles of
research and
investigation
The work draws upon a
wide range of sources
and uses these
appropriately following
the main principles of
research and
investigation. There will
be minor omissions or
insufficient triangulation
or cross-referencing.
The work draws upon sufficient
source material to substantiate
argument. However, further
data could have been collected
and/or analysed to provide a
fuller and more balanced
investigation. The work has
followed the basic principles of
investigation.
Although the work has
collected and analysed
evidence the sources need
enhancing and the
interpretation is deficient in
some ways. The work has
not consistently followed the
key principles of research
design.
There is insufficient evidence
and the analysis lacks
sophistication with virtually
no interpretation. Key
principles of investigation
have not been followed.
Synthesis
Synthesised and critically
evaluated different sources of
knowledge in order to articulate
logical and cogent
argumentation (LO4)
The work is
exceptional and the
powers of criticality
and synthesis go
well beyond the
standards expected
at this level.
The work
demonstrates
criticality and powers
of syntheses. The
argumentation is
logical and coherent.
There are strong
arguments of
advocacy as well as
discovery,
The work does
synthesise to a large
extent and critically
evaluate key sources of
knowledge. This is
robust but not fully
developed. The
argument is coherent
and evidenced, but with
a stronger emphasis on
discovery than
advocacy.
The work tends to summarise
quite extensively what is known
about the topic rather than
integrating the various sources
into a more coherent and
logical argument. The
evidence base is sufficient but
needed to be better deployed.
Argumentation is emergent
rather than developed.
The work tends to present a
summary of a somewhat
constrained knowledge set.
There maybe some critical
comments but these are not
evaluative. Arguments are
under-developed
The work is a summary of a
limited knowledge base.
There is a limited basis from
which to develop either
synthesis or evaluation. No
argumentation is evidenced
Evaluation
Critically evaluated and applied
appropriate theoretical and
methodological approaches in
ways which augmented
understanding
of the topic
(LO5)
The work is
exceptional and
extends our
knowledge in a
manner which goes
well beyond
expectation at this
level.
The work is
appropriately
situated, critically
evaluates & applies
existing frameworks
and knowledge
domains in a
manner that
demonstrates a
sophisticated
understanding and
The key conceptual,
theoretical and
methodological
frameworks are
reviewed and applied to
the specific topic/project.
There is some critical
evaluation of these
frameworks
The work identifies and outlines
appropriate approaches but,
does not assess their relative
merits nor build an evaluation
of their utility to the aims of the
project.
Although the work identifies
and reviews key
approaches, there are
significant gaps. The focus
is on accessible material
rather than that which
challenges convention.
There is limited engagement
with conceptual,
methodological or theoretical
approaches that could inform
the work. There is
insufficient engagement with
contemporary approaches,
controversy or debate.

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capacity to augment
current knowledge.
Reflection
Critically reflected on the
research practice and
intellectual arguments
underpinning the work,
particularly in the context of
contemporary debates in
management or business. (LO6)
The work is
exceptional and
exceeds the level of
reflexivity normally
expected at this
level.
The work is
reflective and
evaluates its
contribution within
the context of wider
debates, whether
academic or in terms
of entrepreneurial,
business and
management praxis.
The work
demonstrates
justifiable self
confidence.
The work is confident
and demonstrates a
sound understanding of
the limitations of the
research conducted and
can position the findings
within the contexts of
wider debates.
Positionality may not be
fully analysed.
The work focuses on outlining
strengths and limitations
without necessarily engaging in
critical reflection. Some
reflection is applied to the work
undertaken; there maybe a lack
of confidence or over
confidence in the project. The
work doesn’t explore all the
lessons learnt.
There is no critical reflection,
rather there is a focus on
some strengths and
limitations. The reflection
tends to be broad rather
than applied to the
specificities of the individual
project.
The work identifies some
issues but these represent a
partial reflection on research
practice. There is very little
engagement with wider
debates around business
and management practice.
Conclusions
Proposed practical and
appropriate resolutions via
conclusions and
recommendation, so as to
demonstrate the benefit of the
work undertaken. . (LO7)
The work is
exceptionally
insightful in terms of
how the implications
and relevancy of the
work are understood
and articulated.
The work proposes
fully appropriate and
practical resolutions
via conclusions and
recommendations,
so as to
demonstrate the
benefit of the work
undertaken.
The work reaches valid
conclusions and makes
relevant
recommendations. The
full implications of the
work may not be
articulated completely
but what is proposed is
evidence based.
The work reaches an overall
conclusion but lacks specific
and/or considered
recommendations or practical
resolutions. Not all
recommendations follow from
the evidence.
The conclusions are weakly
articulated and limited.
Where recommendations
are made they may not
reflect evidence or be
practical. The work does
provide sufficient basis for
more robust conclusions.
The conclusion tends to be
summative rather than
integrative. The nature of the
findings are not fully
appreciated or understood in
the context of existing
debates or business and
management practice.
Knowledge
Demonstrated a depth of
knowledge, expertise and
critical understanding of their
chosen topic area. (LO8)
The work
demonstrates
exceptional
knowledge and
critical
understanding such
that it goes well
beyond the
standards expected
at this level
The work
demonstrates in
depth knowledge,
expertise and critical
understanding of
chosen topic. The
work is authoritative
and contains original
insights.
The work demonstrates
a sound knowledge and
developing level of
expertise in the field.
There is evidence of
some critical
understanding of key
areas but this could be
further developed. There
are no significant gaps
in the knowledge base,
but originality is limited.
The work demonstrates a
sufficient knowledge and
understanding of the
fundamentals of the topic or
domain. The work tends to
lack critical insight and
expertise is emergent rather
than developed
The level of knowledge and
understanding is not quite at
the level expected.
Expertise is limited and
derivative rather than
original.
There is evidence that some
knowledge has been
accumulated but this is very
limited and there are
significant gaps and
fundamental weaknesses or
misunderstandings.
Presentation
Presentation and organization
of the dissertation
The work is
exceptionally well
presented and the
organisation
exceeds that
expected at this
level.
The work fully
complies with
presentation
guidelines and
conventions.
Overall the presentation
is of a high standard but
with a few minor
amendments required to
bring it up to full
compliance.
The presentation meets the
pass standard but contains a
number of errors and deviation
from the guidelines and
conventions
The work is not quite up to
the standard expected.
There are numerous errors
whilst these detract from the
text they could have been
easily rectified by re-working
or editing the work
There are significant
weaknesses in presentation
and the work does not really
meet expectations and falls
short of convention in several
important respects. These
errors would require
significant reworking of the
text.
AACSB/ APL – AoL criteria
(not grade contributing)
Exceeded
Threshold
Proficient Borderline Proficient Not proficient

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CC8 Synthesis:
Synthesise information to
contribute original insight to
contemporary challenges and
domains
Integrates relevant and sufficient information to address the
challenge or domain, gathered from multiple and varied
sources In addition to typical sources, finds unusual ways or
places to get information. Promotes divergent or creative
perspectives
Integrates relevant and
sufficient information to
address the challenge or
domain Finds one or two
sources that are not typical
Offers new ideas but stays
within narrow perspectives
Does not integrate
information to address the
challenge or domain Gathers
too little, too much, or
irrelevant information, or
from too few sources Does
not offer any new ideas
Insufficient information,
weakly organised and
descriptive
CC11 Reflection:
Reflect on own knowledge and
understanding, prioritising self
development in new high level
skills.
Strong analysis and critical reflection on current personal skill
set and professional development. Evidences experiential
learning and mindfulness
.
Good self analysis of recent
experience, reflection of current
personal skill set and
established priorities for
professional development.
Draws conclusions and makes
connections to future plans for
developing higher order skills.
Limited analysis and
reflection on current
personal skill set and
requirements of professional
development. Does not
make a connection to future
plans.
Unable to identify own
capabilities or prioritise areas
for development

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