Dissertation and Research Project Report Based On an Independent Research

The requirement of the assessment as below, is the topic telemedicine suitable or Queue System or any other health care topic in Singapore?

Purpose of the Assessment

The purpose of this assignment is to report on an independent piece of research based upon an actual business case situation.

Assessment Task

In the current international economic environment, entrepreneurs and managers are frequently required to undertake business planning, project and consultancy work in addition to their core responsibilities. Frequently, these projects are focused upon investigating new business opportunities or potential strategic changes in order to create, retain and extend competitive position.

The assessment task is to produce a 7500 words (±10%) research project report based on an independent research, which investigates a business/organisational or management problem, issue or challenge, applies appropriate research techniques and analysis, and consequently informs the development of a business plan and/ or results in recommendations for change.

Where the submission exceeds the stipulated word limit by more than 10%, the submission will only be marked up to and including the additional 10%. Anything over this will not be included in the final grade for the assessment item. Abstracts, bibliographies, reference lists, appendices and footnotes are excluded from any word limit requirements.

Where a submission is notably under the word limit, the full submission will be marked on the extent to which the requirements of the assessment brief have been met.

Additional Guidance

Projects should be submitted with Faculty of Business & Law Ethics Form which has been signed by your project supervisor. The blank Ethics Form, sample Participant Information and Consent Forms/ Templates are available at the end of this assignment brief.

Ethics Approval

Your primary research should be undertaken under cover of an authorised Ethics Application that must include all supporting documentation (eg research instrument, participant information sheet, informed consent form). If you do not include your approved Ethics Form in your submission, 10% of your final grade will be deducted. If you do not have Ethics Approval for your research, your submission will be an automatic AG (fail).

Primary Data Sets

All students should be prepared to present their primary data sets to support their submission.

The University and Module Team reserve the right to request access to primary data sets at any time.

The topic MUST be business related. Refrain from selecting a topic of any national importance.

Suggested Format for the Project Report

The format below is recommended. You may also wish to refer to this in the design stages of your project as it includes lots of prompts that you may find useful.

  • ABSTRACT (A summary of your research Report (~ 150 words)
  • SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION – 15% of word count (~1000 words)
  • SECTION 2: LITERATURE REVIEW – 25% of word count (~ 1500 -1875 words)
  • SECTION 3: METHODOLOGY – 20% of word count (~ 1500 words)
  • SECTION 4: ANALYSIS AND RESULTS/ FINDINGS – 10% of word count (~ 750-1000words)
  • SECTION 5: DISCUSSION AND EVALUATION – 15% of word count (~1125 words)
  • SECTION 6: CONCLUSION & RECOMMENDATIONS – 15% of word count (~1125 words)
  • SECTION 7: REFERENCES

Marking / Grading Criteria

Structure and Content 10% Weighting

Literature Review 20 % Weighting

Research Design and Methodology 10 % Weighting

Research Objectives, and Questions 10 % Weighting

Data Collection 05 % Weighting

Data Analysis and Results 10 % Weighting

Conclusions & Recommendations 20 % Weighting

Presentation and Referencing 05 % Weighting

Ethical procedure 10 % WeightingThe purpose of this assignment is to report on an independent piece of research based upon an actual business case situation in Singpaore.

Assessment Task

In the current international economic environment, entrepreneurs and managers are frequently required to undertake business planning, project and consultancy work in addition to their core responsibilities. Frequently, these projects are focused upon investigating new business opportunities or potential strategic changes in order to create, retain and extend competitive position.

The assessment task is to produce a 7500 words (±10%) research project report based on an independent research, which investigates a business/organisational or management problem, issue or challenge, applies appropriate research techniques and analysis, and consequently informs the development of a business plan and/ or results in recommendations for change.

Where the submission exceeds the stipulated word limit by more than 10%, the submission will only be marked up to and including the additional 10%. Anything over this will not be included in the final grade for the assessment item. Abstracts, bibliographies, reference lists, appendices and footnotes are excluded from any word limit requirements.

Where a submission is notably under the word limit, the full submission will be marked on the extent to which the requirements of the assessment brief have been met.

Ethics Approval

Your primary research should be undertaken under cover of an authorised Ethics Application that must include all supporting documentation (eg research instrument, participant information sheet, informed consent form). If you do not include your approved Ethics Form in your submission, 10% of your final grade will be deducted. If you do not have Ethics Approval for your research, your submission will be an automatic AG (fail).

Primary Data Sets

All students should be prepared to present their primary data sets to support their submission.

The University and Module Team reserve the right to request access to primary data sets at any time.

SUGGESTED FORMAT FOR THE PROJECT REPORT

TITLE/ COVER PAGE

The following details should be stated on your title page:

* The title of your project

* Student name and number

* Full Name & affiliation of Supervisor

Your cover page should also include the University Logo and your Faculty of study

ABSTRACT

This is a summary of your report and should not be more than one page.

Essentially your Abstract is a summary (NOT an outline) of the different sections of the proposal or report – for example a summary of the research topic describing the project, in terms of some background information, your project aim, your methodology, main outcomes and recommendations from your research.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thank any people that have assisted/contributed to your project.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Provide a list of the sections of your project report with page numbers.

Provide a list of the figures and tables presented in your project report, if applicable.

ABSTRACT (A summary of your research Report (~ 150 words)

This is a summary of your report and should not be more than one page.

Summarise, usually in one paragraph of 150-200 words or less, the major aspects of the entire research project that includes:

  1. The overall purpose of the study and the research problem(s) you investigated; (Why you conducted the research, where was the study conducted)
  2. The basic design of the study; (How did you conduct the research – Survey / interview/ both)
  3. Major findings or trends found as a result of your analysis; and,
  4. A brief summary of your interpretations and conclusions

SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION

  • What is the setting/context for your project? (What is the problem? What is the current status? Why do you think a research is required? What did you know about this topic before this study)
  • What is your project about?
  • What are the aims/ objectives of your project?
  • How will this study advance new knowledge or new ways of understanding?
  • Describe how your project will assist the organization, if relevant.
  • Describe the consultation process you have undertaken with the organization, if appropriate.

Make sure introduction is backed up with 3-4 citations

SECTION 2: LITERATURE REVIEW

  • What are the key themes that emerge from your literature review. (Try to answer 5W & 1H). What are the key concepts and theories that provide some background or platform for your research project? Discussing these entail a thorough review of relevant studies related to your research. Make sure you consult a wide range of relevant literature/ studies. Ensure this is a critical review – not just descriptive or an annotated bibliography. . All sources should be correctly attributed using the Harvard Referencing format.

Try to provide literature evidence using the keywords.

Make sure no less than 20 literatures are cited.

Provide a summary at the end by highlighting Research gap

SECTION 3: METHODOLOGY

  • Which research paradigm / Philosophy / principle is your research located within? And WHY (Positivist/interpretivist; inductive/deductive: research strategy (survey/ interview/both): time horizon)
  • What is/are you research question(s)/Hypotheses, (if applicable)?
  • What methods did you choose to generate/gather data? And WHY (Sampling, Secondary data, interviews, Survey)
  • Why did you choose these methods?
  • How did you select your sample? (What is the sample size, how many questionnaires were sent, how many used for analysis, how many interviews conducted)
  • How did you analyse your data (analytical and statistical procedures employed) and why?
  • How did you carry out your project? (What software was used for data analysis, how data was collected/ stored and analysed)

Discussion on research ethics (Participant information sheet, participant consent form, personal data protection)

SECTION 4: RESULTS/ FINDINGS

  • How did you analyse your data? • Clear and logical presentation of the findings or results of your research, sighting corresponding examples/ instances from your collected/ generated data
  • How did you interpret your data?
  • What do your findings show? Give examples from your data.

Provide all charts/ tables/ graphs and interpretation

Both survey and interview results to be analysed and presented.

  • Ensure your results correspond with your stated research objectives/ research questions, or hypotheses (if applicable)
  • You might want to consider integrating this section with Section 5 (below) or it can be a standalone Section.

SECTION 5: DISCUSSION AND EVALUATION

  • An analytical critical discussion of your findings with references to literature to support your arguments.
  • How far do your findings contradict/confirm existing research?
  • Refer to any diagrams, questionnaire results, graphs, etc.
  • What are the implications of your findings?
  • How do your findings link with existing research

SECTION 6: CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

  • What conclusions do you reach as a result of doing your project? Summarise these. (Ensure all your objectives / research questions are answered)
  • What do your findings show?
  • What were the limitations of your project? (Also mention scope for further study)
  • What recommendations would you make to the host organisation?
  • How would you implement your recommendations? Consider practicalities and cost.
  • Do you think your recommendations are innovative or entrepreneurial? How and why are they?

SECTION 7: REFERENCES

  • A list of references using the Harvard system.

GUIDANCE ON APPENDICES –

  • These should include any material which is of interest but which is peripheral to the project, 1. signed ethics forms
  1. tables of results, graphs,
  2. Blank questionnaire
  3. Photos, surveys, interviews, etc.
  • You should try and keep any such appendices to a minimum.