Evaluate critically work undertaken by themselves and others.

Please do not plagiarise. There are many essays online about this! PLeaseCourse: MGT 6297 Senior Project in Business Administration

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This syllabus should be read in conjunction with the Course Specification Document; the University Catalogue; and the relevant Programme Specification (via the University’s website http://www.richmond.ac.uk)

Course Description:
The senior project forms the culmination of a student’s studies in the business major. It consists of a research project and seminars, in which a variety of issues, some topical, are discussed. Some discussions will relate directly to the project. The project requires a significant level of enquiry and research in business and management, and will typically investigate a hypothesis or issue on a relevant topic. Following a literature survey in the early part of the semester, students will conduct individual research work on an agreed topic. The supervisor(s) will facilitate the process through regularly-scheduled meetings.

MGT 304 or MGT 5210

Aims and Objectives:
The Course provides students with the opportunity to work independently to develop their ability to make critical and evaluative judgments. It is expected that this will provide an opportunity to integrate learning with practice, developing the student’s ability to be an effective, reflective manager. By completing their project, students should demonstrate that they are able to produce work that is relevant to their pathway / concentration and in professional practice, and has an academic standing at honours level.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, a successful student should be able to

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Select, evaluate and apply critical management thinking to an organisational issue or problem.
2. Critically evaluate the techniques and processes used to investigate an important organisational issue or problem.
3. Synthesise information to arrive at a coherent conclusion.
4. Critically evaluate the implications for the recommendations presented.
5. Critically reflect on their development of knowledge, skills and techniques used during the preparation of the dissertation.

Cognitive Skills

1. Understanding some of applications relating to the use of research.
2. Being able to synthesise information supported by primary and secondary research.
3. Evaluate critically work undertaken by themselves and others.
4. Present findings successfully.
5. Research material from a variety of sources and evidence critically.

Practical and/or Professional Skills

1. The ability to apply theoretical models to finding resolution for business problems.
2. Develop an awareness of the professional and managerial requirements of a manager both in attitude and skills

Key Skills

1. Effective oral and written communication skills in a range of media.
2. Ability to develop strong analytical skills through listening and reflecting.
3. Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject.
4. Time management: organising and planning work.
5. Independent working.
6. Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development.

Threshold criteria

• Be able to complete a preliminary investigation in order to arrive at a research question that is judged by the supervisor(s) to be manageable and plausible for further follow up.
• Be able to demonstrate use of information (e.g., descriptive statistical analysis and other basic tools), in conjunction with good writing skills, to present a straightforward analysis of some cause and effect factors within organizational decision making.
• Be able to combine basic research skills (asking questions and following through) with knowledge from course material within the major (finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, fashion management & marketing, international business) in order to conduct an investigation with several recommendations and conclusions.
Programme outcomes are listed in the programme specifications found at http://www.richmond.ac.uk/content/academic-schools/academic-registry/program-and-course-specifications.aspx

Programme Outcomes
A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7
B2, B2, B3, B4, B5
C1, C2
D1, D2, D3, D4, D5

Course Schedule Summary (optional):
These will be discussed in the very first class.

Teaching Methods:
The teaching method is a combination of some large group meetings and independent research that is supervised by an instructor. Student and supervisor will agree on a research question, which will then be further investigated by the student. The topics need to relate to a current issue in business and or management. It can be expected that the student and supervisor meet once/twice a week to discuss the student’s research progress and for the student to receive feedback on partial work submitted to the supervisor.

Assessment Criteria:

The overall grade of the Senior Project will be calculated as follows:

Written Project (8,000-10,000 words): 85%
Oral Presentation (up to 10 minutes): 15%

Submission dates

A minimum of three bound copies (preferably spiral-bound) are required. The date for the oral presentation is 10th April 2015 and the deadline for submission of the project will be 17th April 2015.

This course conforms to the Richmond University Writing Intensive Assessment Norms found at https://my.richmond.ac.uk/Uniorg/policies_and_procedures/default.aspx

The written work will be assessed on the basis of the following:

1. Quality of underlying thesis
2. Quality of Analytical Framework
3. Quality and Extent of Literature Review
4. Methodological approach chosen for investigation
5. Structure and Coherence
6. Writing Style and Presentation
7. Validity of recommendations
8. Conclusions

The precise balance for the above will vary from project to project.

You will have to make an oral presentation of your work to a group of interested peers and faculty. The oral presentation will be assessed according to verbal skills, non-verbal skills and content.

All assessment criteria conform with Assessment Norms (Writing Intensive Assessment Norms) found at https://my.richmond.ac.uk/Uniorg/policies_and_procedures/default.aspx).

This class follows the Late Submission of Coursework Policy and Feedback Norms outlined below and found at https://my.richmond.ac.uk/Uniorg/policies_and_procedures/default.aspx

Marking Scheme:

4.0 The candidate has demonstrated that s/he has mastery over the skills and knowledge set out for the course of study. S/he has the ability to apply meaningfully the skills and knowledge to problems, and related issues, as these relate to a wide range of settings. In addition the candidate has demonstrated that s/he has an excellent grasp of the skills and knowledge set out for the course of study. S/he has the ability to apply his/her skills to a wide range of issues. S/he ought to be able to critically evaluate issues.
A –
3.7 The candidate has demonstrated his/her ability to grasp complex material. S/he can analyze independently and has a very good ability at applying his/her knowledge and skills to well-defined problem sets.

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