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Postgraduate Course: MBA Capstone Project (MBA) (CMSE11255)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe Business School MBA Capstone Project (PGT) is undertaken in the summer period for fulltime students. Capstone means it brings together many of the elements already covered in both core and elective modules. It provides an opportunity for the MBA candidate to develop the ability to identify, analyse, research and propose a solution to a real problem of significance in business or administration. Additionally, it will draw upon new and unique knowledge.
Course description Undertaking the Capstone Project requires the student to develop a deep level of analysis and understanding of the theory and processes of organisations and the business environment through the completion of a piece of individual research.

MBA participants can work on one of four types of Capstone Project:

Research Project
This type of project will involve critical engagement with a body of literature, followed by the collection and analysis of qualitative or quantitative data that can help to address gaps in the literature and improve our understanding of a particular subject in business.

Company sponsored consultancy project
Researching, analysing and making recommendations on an issue or problem that is provided by a company or another type of client organisation. There is an expectation that the project will be informed by an understanding of relevant literature and theoretical frameworks, but the emphasis is on the analysis of relevant information to resolve the client's issue or problem.

Business Plan project
Researched, costed, completed plan for some sort of (new) venture including risk analysis. It is expected that the case for the venture will have been made. The plan looks at operationalising the venture.

Early Stage Feasibility Study project
Focuses on a potential new venture. The żideaż will already have been researched and formulated. The project will look to prove or disprove the feasibility of the venture, making next steps recommendations where applicable.

Student Learning Experience
Students work individually on their Capstone Projects, but are allocated a Capstone Project Advisor who will assist the student and provide advice and feedback on the research as it evolves during the various stages of the process.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For Business School MBA students only.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Study in depth a topic of particular interest to the student, within the field of business.
  2. Plan, design, execute and report a significant piece of individual research.
  3. Gain experience of the processes involved in rigorous research
  4. Communicate, via a report, complex ideas and information in a coherent and structured manner.
  5. Contribute to knowledge through one of a research, consultancy, business plan or feasibility study pathways
Reading List
There is no specific reading list for a dissertation. Students carry out their own literature review.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The Capstone Project provides the opportunity for students to engage in a research project and, in particular, the ability to study a specific topic and question, identify the issues and how they may be researched, collect and validate appropriate data, organise and discuss the findings, their reliability and validity, and present results in a logical and clear manner.
KeywordsResearch Capstone Enquiry Dissertation Consulting
Course organiserMr Julian Rawel
Tel: (0131 6)50 8067
Course secretaryMrs Angela Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 3854
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