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Postgraduate Course: Academic Paper Development (CMSE11635)

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 Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course provides experience writing a complete academic paper, with the ambition to submit this to a conference or journal. This fits within the "learning by doing" ethos of integrated component of the PhD. Student with the aid of advisors must select a target conference (or journal) and design, undertake and write up a piece of research based broadly on the submission requirements of the outlet. The paper should be between 10,000-12,000 words. Furthermore, students will be required to submit proposed Impact and Knowledge exchange plan linked to this research of 750-1,000 words based on the template provided.
Course description Academic Description
This course provides an opportunity to "learn by doing" through writing an academic paper with a target outlet in mind, with the aid of their academic advisor.

Outline Content
The content of the paper will be agreed between the student and the supervisor during initial meetings and developed over the various weeks of research on this project. This course is separate to a student PhD thesis, it can be done on a similar topic or a separate topic but this work is for credit, and cannot contribute directly to the submission of the PhD thesis.

Student Learning Experience
The student learning experience will be through directly experiencing the stages and nuances of academic paper writing.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Introduction to Research in Business (CMSE11494)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% individual project (assesses all learning outcomes)
Feedback Formative
The supervisory team will provide formative feedback throughout the course.

Written summative feedback will be provided on the submitted assignment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to produce an academic quality paper.
  2. Structure and present academic research.
  3. Undertake research of academic quality.
  4. Critically review academic work.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of potential impact and knowledge activities.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills
After completing this course, students should be able to:
¿- C5: Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology
and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and
responsible relationships.
¿- C6: Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern
their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of
organisational contexts.

Cognitive Skills
After completing this course, students should be able to:
¿- C8: Be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating
adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to
demonstrate the use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to

Knowledge and Understanding
After completing this course, students should be able to:
¿- C9: Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines;
comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary
and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent
organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.
¿- C10: Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop
approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore
and solve them responsibly.
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Course organiserMr Ben Marder
Course secretaryMiss Megan Hegarty
Tel: (01316) 515011
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