Postgraduate Course: Supervised reading: Refining the proposal (CMSE11442)
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an opportunity for students registered for any of the research degree programmes within the Business School to pursue supervised reading on a topic relevant to the overall aims of that programme.
The content and reading of the course will be agreed between the student and the supervisor during initial meetings and developed over the various weeks of the writing project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||A written report of not less than 5000 words and 200 hours of average student work. The written assignment may be thought of as a refined version of the initial research proposal. The student should provide background information to their proposed research as well as a broad literature review of the area of study. Potential emphasis should be given to the "empirical" focus of the PhD project. It should review the different kinds of empirical research that have been carried into the phenomena under study. This will include exploring the findings of the research as well as some of the methods of study.
A good assignment will set out and structure developments in the area in an interesting and fresh way. It should particularly attempt to surface gaps in understanding of the phenomena being analysed. It may also explore how these characteristic modes of study impinge upon the framing of the research and on their findings. Content and structure of the reading assignment may vary from this with the supervisor's agreement.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically evaluate a bounded body of literature.
- Identify points of contradiction, paradox, and/or gaps in understanding in the literature.
- Assess how varying modes of study impinge on the framing of research and on potential findings.
- Write a paper that provides a coherent and critical understanding of the literature and that may lead to the development of propositions, hypotheses, or other clearly identified points of theoretical contribution.
|To be discussed between the student and their research supervisor.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Understand the relationship between empirical research, theory generation and theory testing
- Comprehend the principles of research design and strategy
- Critically analyse and synthesize information to support research themes
- Be accomplished independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning
- Demonstrate a high level of communication skills: verbal and written
- Demonstrate research management and team-working skills
- Demonstrate independent action and initiative
- Demonstrate an ability to manage tasks and deadlines
- Be able to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of an analysis
- Demonstrate advanced bibliographic skills
|Course organiser||Dr Neil Pollock
Tel: (0131 6)51 1489
|Course secretary||Mrs Lindsey Singleton
Tel: (0131 6)51 5307