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Postgraduate Course: Supervised reading: Refining the proposal (CMSE11442)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 186 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A written report of no 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.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate a bounded body of literature.
  2. Identify points of contradiction, paradox, and/or gaps in understanding in the literature.
  3. Assess how varying modes of study impinge on the framing of research and on potential findings.
  4. 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.
Reading List
To be discussed between the student and their research supervisor.
Additional Information
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 organiserProf Chris Carter
Tel: (0131 6)51 5540
Course secretaryMr Ciaran Masson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9945
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