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TITLE Dissertation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION The purpose of the dissertation for the Master of Arts in Business Ethics is to develop students' understanding of, an capacity to critically appraise, develop and apply research skills and methods in one's reflection on an aspect of business ethics. The course seeks to furnish students with the skills to read critically, reflect and interpret texts using paper based and electronic sources. It will eventually provide students with the strong foundation necessary to proceed on to conducting their own academic research.

Study-unit Aims

The overall aim of the dissertation is to allow students to extend their understanding of business ethics by pursuing an independent research project on a chosen topic.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- read and understand research papers
- sustain an in-depth critical analysis.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- write critically on particular business ethics related issues
- articulate systematic and critical analysis
- continue their own competence in research, specialization and personal formation.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (5th ed.) Washington, DC: APA 2001
- Bezzina, J. Methodology: A Style Manual for the Writing of Term Papers, Disserations and Theses, Victoria, Gozo: Gaulitana, 2005.
- Booth, W.C., Williams, J.M. & colomb, G.G. The craft of research. (2nd ed.). Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2003
- Heiman, G.W. Basic statistics for the behavioral sciences. (3rd ed). Boston: Houghton Miffin Co. 2000.
- Johnson R.A., & Wichem D., Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis (4thed.), Prentice-Hall 1998.
- The Chicago Style Manual (15th ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite Study-units: The compulsory taught study-units (60ects) offered.

**Resit Availability: Students who fail to obtain an overall pass mark will be re-examined in the Dissertation. However, the resit availability for the Oral Examination is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation, Lectures and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation & Oral Examination (See Additional Notes) ** 100%


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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

Closing Date Dissertation Proposals
Deadline to present dissertation proposals for next Faculty Board is Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 1700hrs

Augustinian Institute Academic Year 2017-18

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Dissertation Logbook
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