These guidelines are intended to help students of the Newcastle Business School in the preparation of the dissertation necessary to obtain their qualification. Any dissertation is an individual piece of work and there is no intention to unduly restrict students in their approach; therefore this document can only be in the form of guidelines. The Guidelines should be read carefully. They indicate the steps required to complete a successful dissertation.
本论文是个人作品的呈现有关正在审议的研究领域的文献进行全面和严格审查。这之后是由使用合适的数据分析方法分析了附着在大学伦理规章提供数据（无论是伯或仲）一个精心设计的数据收集方法的实现。从这个分析的结果被用来尝试回答原来的研究问题。 “合成”的概念是中央的论文过程 - 这是理论问题与发现，从实际数据采集分析相结合的能力。这里的关键点：
The dissertation is an essential component in allowing students to meet the goals that underpin their programme. It consists of an individual student led investigation into an applied business problem or issue selected by the student. The dissertation is an individual piece of work that presents a thorough and critical review of literature relevant to the research area under consideration. This is followed by the implementation of a carefully designed data collection method that adheres to the University Ethics Regulations which provides data (either primary or secondary) that is analysed using suitable data analysis methods. The findings from this analysis are used to try and answer the original research questions. The concept of ‘synthesis’ is central to the dissertation process – this is the ability to combine theoretical issues with findings from the analysis of practical data collection. Here are the key points:
1. To produce an individual academic piece of work, target length is 10,000 words.
2. The dissertation needs to be business or management related. For those students on specialist courses it has to be subject related.
3. The dissertation needs to have an academic focus/objective which allows you to review (comparing and contrasting difference views) of academic literature (journal articles) as well as trade and professional bodies publications i.e. not just standard text books.
4. You will need to conduct research. This will take different forms depending on the objectives you have set, the findings from your literature review and the resources available to you. For example, you may conduct a quantitative survey (but few students will have access to the necessary resources – the finance required and the labour involved for a large scale survey), qualitative research for instance, a small number of in depth interviews either within one organisation or across different organisations) or you make take someone else’s data (with due acknowledgement) and re-analyse the data and derive findings from this analysis. You will be rewarded for how well you interpret your data.
5. You will need to compare and contrast your findings with your literature review.
6. Draw conclusions from your literature review, any other secondary data used and your research findings. These conclusions need to relate back to the objectives you have set at the start of the dissertation
The dissertation begins with taught workshop sessions in the first 3 weeks of Semester 1 which will provide information on the dissertation process, selecting a topic, reviewing literature and obtaining data in an ethical manner. Please refer to the NX0314 TLP for details and also examine the teaching materials for these workshops that are available on the eLP site. The workshops are taught by staff with an interest in your subject pathways (for example your Programme Leader) and aim to be opportunities for you to discuss the development of your topic with a member of staff and your peers. After these three workshops, students are required to submit a Dissertation Supervisor Allocation and Research Proposal From to the Administration Office. Once a supervisor has been assigned, students can meet with their supervisor a maximum of 6 times to discuss progress, these meetings should take place once a month.
In Semesters 1 and 2 there will also be lectures by library staff to help you to undertake your literature review as effectively as possible and lectures in quantitative and qualitative techniques to help you to formulate appropriate methods to collect and analyse your data (Please see the TLP for details). There is also a workshop session in Semester 2 that will demonstrate how to use the Turnitin software to produce originality reports for your work.
Selection of a suitable dissertation topic rests with the student. The student cannot be required by a member of staff to undertake a topic that is not acceptable to the student. Ideas for topics can be gleaned from many sources. Work placement experiences, aspired career paths, course work and readings are just a few. Use the workshop sessions to explore possible topics. Copies of previous UG dissertations are available for inspection via the eLP, these dissertations achieved a mark of at least 70%.
Your dissertation should describe an original piece of work undertaken by yourself. The topic needs to be related to business or management or to the specific named degree the student is studying. It is the student's responsibility to verify that the title and the approach of the dissertation are original. However, a student may not claim exclusive rights to a topic area.
Students can assume that the topic as initially conceived may evolve as the dissertation progresses. By ‘evolve’ it is meant that the particular aspect of the topic which becomes central to the dissertation may well change in one direction or another as the dissertation progresses. This evolution or “fine tuning” of a topic is quite usual and should be expected. The goal is to find a topic which is general enough to be significant, but specific enough to become focused. A common problem is to have the scope of the work too wide so that the work is not sufficiently focussed to allow successful completion with the resources available.
Any major change of topic must be made with care and must be discussed with the dissertation Supervisor. A change of topic will not result in a change of supervisor, and a student may find that significant variation to the topic may compromise the ability of the supervisor to give advice. The topic change does not need to be notified to anyone beyond the dissertation supervisor.
COMPONENTS OF THE DISSERTATION
The title should be succinct yet clearly specify the content of the report. This should be descriptive and explicit rather than poetic or implicit. It should be agreed and finalised as part of the final draft. It may be different from the original proposed title.
The student may wish to thank those people who have been particularly helpful in the preparation of the dissertation. Consideration of persons external to the Newcastle Business School is particularly appropriate. Facetious acknowledgements are not acceptable.
The purpose of the abstract is to summarise the entire dissertation, including a description of the problem, the student’s contributions, and conclusions. Four keywords are required.
Declarations and Word Count
A declaration page signed by the student MUST be included. See Appendix E of this document for the Declaration. Please do not forget to sign the Declaration.
The purpose of this section is to contextualise the study. This means that the significance or importance of the subject is set out. If there is no apparent importance to the study to any external reader, the topic may not be appropriate. Personal interest may inspire selection of the dissertation topic, but ultimately, its importance to others should be specified. This can often be done by positioning the dissertation in relation to other work that has been published either as an advancement, continuation, compilation or verification. This section should also tell the reader how the topic will be unfolded and the order of forthcoming material.