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Postgraduate Course: Final Project (MSc Accounting & Society) (CMSE11367)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe final project provides an opportunity for the programme participant to develop the ability to identify, analyse and research any topic in more detail which has been studied in one of the courses from year two or three of the programme. It can be a project involving contact with practice as in a business plan (for example in a company) or a library based project using secondary data. The standard expected is that the project will show knowledge and understanding of the area that is being researched; some contribution to knowledge is generally required for distinction level.
Course description Course participants can work on one of two types of report or project: Business Consultancy Project or Business Plan: A fully-researched, costed and complete plan for a business such as might justify investment against a predicted return.
Business Report:
Analysis of an issue that provides data for analysis, which the student reintegrates with issues or gaps in general literature. This type of project can also be the result of a work-based project.
The project integrates elements from the course of study and requires students to identify and define a topic, conduct the research and write it up in a report format. This is all within the ten week timeframe of the semester. The report should be in the region of 5,000 words in length. Student Learning Experience: Students work individually on their project/report, but under the supervisory guidance of the member of faculty who delivered the course from which the topic has been taken. Students are required to keep in regular contact with their Advisor.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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 interested to the student from the previous courses taken on year two and three of the programme.
  2. Plan, design, execute and report a significant piece of individual research.
  3. Apply the processes involved in research, such as obtaining information from people, securing their co-operation, analysing and evaluating data, framing recommendations, and other methods of field study and data collection.
  4. Communicate, via a report, complex ideas and information in a coherent and structured manner.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills This course provides the opportunity for course participants 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.
Course organiserMs Deirdre Ruddy
Course secretaryMrs Kelly-Ann De Wet
Tel: (0131 6)50 8071
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