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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2004 - 2005

Module Title Dissertation
Module Code EF511
School DCUBS

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Level 5 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
To develop students' general ability to undertake independent research including problem definition, data collection, analysis and reporting of findings

Learning Outcomes
To enhance students' particular ability to apply concepts, theories and analytical techniques gained through course work to the resolution and elucidation of problems/issues of interest to the investment and treasury communities. To allow each student to pursue an in-depth study of an area of investment and treasury management of particular interest to him/her.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 0
Seminars 18
Independent Learning Time 207

Total 225
Assume that a 15 credit module load represents approximately 225 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
From the beginning of the programme, the necessity to complete the dissertation is stressed. Procedures for undertaking the dissertation are as follows: (a) In Semester 1 of year 2 the students are advised about selection of a dissertation topic and the requirements for successful completion. (b) During Semester 2, students attend a weekly session on research methodology. (c) The dissertation topic is selected by each student in consultation with the dissertation committee. In broad terms, a dissertation proposal which follows one of the following four models is acceptable. Model 1: Theory/Practice The theoretical framework of a subject area is developed by review of the literature and the empirical evidence is collected to answer a specific question or develop a specific point within the chosen subject area. Model 2: Theory Only A thorough theoretical exploration of a specific issue is carried out. A financial model is normally developed in this work. Model 3: Project The dissertation consists of an analysis of, and solution, to a significant practical problem or situation in the area of Investment and Treasury in an actual business situation. Although the dissertation is essentially practical in orientation, the student would be expected to demonstrate his/her knowledge of the conceptual framework of the problem in a variety of ways such as his/her approach to the analysis of the problem and the nature of the solutions brought forward. Model 4: Essays Three unrelated essays, each based on one or another of the approaches presented in Models 1 to 3 above. (d) Students submit an initial proposal by the end of March in Semester 2. This proposal includes a preliminary review of the literature and a description of the approach and structure proposed. (e) After a topic has been approved, the dissertation committee will appoint an individual supervisor to each student and that supervisor will be available for consultation on a one-to- one basis. Students engage in the main work of the dissertation in the period after the end of Semester 2. Individual supervisors are required to report to the dissertation committee on the progress of the students assigned to them. Students have the choice of submitting in the form of a dissertation or a journal paper.
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
Programme or List of Programmes
MITMSc in Investment and Treasury