Course Details

College Dubai Women's College
Department Business
Term Semester 2
Academic Year 2012-2013
Course Code EBMGN461
Course Title Final Research Project

Faculty and Contact Details

Instructors Location Ext Contact Hours
Pat Hleihel C-18 493 8
I will usually respond to e-mails within 24 hours. Although I welcome meeting with students at any time, I would appreciate it if you make an appointment with me in advance.

Course Description

The management report is intended to provide learners with the opportunity to study a specific area of their choice and to take a more active role in the learning process. It is a major part of the course and should be an academic challenge for the learner. The purpose of the management report is to allow the learner to carry out a self-managed piece of work that provides an in-depth investigation of a management issue relevant to the learner's own field of study or particular interest.

The management report allows the learner to critically evaluate and synthesize relevant philosophies, theories and models of management, by undertaking a process of enquiry, using primary and/or secondary data sources to contribute to the body of knowledge in the domain of management. The unit consists of two elements. It is underpinned by a taught module of research methods as preparation for the planning, developing and producing of the management report.

As part of the research element, learners will be required to produce a detailed research proposal which must be accepted by the tutor prior to the learner proceeding with their report.

Learners are expected to present a substantial piece of work in the form of a written project. The project document is here. Instructions on how to select a good research topic are here.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Analyse management research

  • Define the purpose of management research and select suitable approaches for own investigations

2. Formulate strategies for successful research

  • Design a strategy suitable for own research investigations, justifying strategy chosen.

3. Select and utilize appropriate research methods to collect data to support investigations

  • Select, use and justify a range of research methods

4. Synthesize and analyze data to generate and support conclusions

  • Synthesize and analyze a range of data which will provide evidence to support or refute hypothesis, conclusions and recommendations

5. Present and justify conclusions and associated recommendations

  • Present a reasoned and justified report using a style and manner appropriate to the needs of the recipients

How you will Learn in this Program

You will learn through primarily through active class participation, student centered learning, field trips, meeting with experts and other individuals knowledgeable in your subject matter. This will be achieved by: class activities and discussion, independent study, assignments, project work (individually and in groups), case studies, internet and library research and field trips. 

Your success will depend on the amount of EFFORT that you contribute to these activities.

Semester Schedule:

Week Learning Objectives Learning Topics %
Details Assessment Item Deadline
1 LO 1-4 Discussion   Introduction, discussion and final research topics    
2-3 LO 1-4 Proposal & Oral Defense 20% Presentation Research proposal and Oral defense Week 3
4-13 L0 1-5 Final Research Report 20% Paper Research paper Week 14
4-13 LO 1-5 Presentation 30% Presentation "Must pass" component! Week 13
1-14 LO 1-5 Test 20% BB Learn Exam Terminology & Key Concepts Week 15
17 LO 1-5 Data Gathering & Reporting 10% Meetings, attendance Class attendance and attendance at meetings, contribution to class discussions, timely response to requests, responsibility for workflow, group work Week 16

The assessment schedule in the portal is here. The HCT grade structure is here

Description of Assessment Items:

Projects and Assessments Overview
Oral Defense Research Proposal. Identify management research areas and techniques which you will eventually research in more detail.
Final Research Report Research Paper. The purpose of the research report is to allow the student to carry out a self-managed piece of work that provides an in-depth investigation of a management issue relevant to the student’s own field of study or particular interest.
Presentation (group) This is a KCA (Key Common Assessment) presentation and is a "must pass". This means that you must pass this component or you will fail the course regardless of the marks in the other tasks.
Professionalism (individual) You will be graded on your attendance and your professional conduct in this course.  This includes class attendance and attendance at meetings, contribution to class discussions, timely response to requests, responsibility for workflow, ability to work cooperatively in a group. 
Test (individual) BB VISTA test(s) on key terms/concepts in the course.

Blackboard Vista and Safe Assign

You need to keep a close eye on Blackboard. Your instructor will regularly upload the discussion topics/information material on various issues related to your course. You must complete the discussions/assignments/projects before the allocated date/time. All written assessments must be submitted by the assigned deadline using Safe Assign.

To avoid, plagiarism it is important for you to apply the Modern Language Association (MLA) standard of in-text referencing for any written work. If you need to know more about this referencing technique, please refer to:

Application of Big6

Students are required to apply Big6 information literacy concepts in completing their projects. For more information, refer to the Big6 template on your Black Board Vista Course Site or visit

Academic Honesty

All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. Any violation of academic ethics will be unacceptable in this class. Students must always submit work that represents his or her original ideas and words. If any of the ideas or statements are not the student's original ones, all relevant sources must be cited. Ideas and statements that require citation are not only all hardcopy or electronic publications, copyrighted or not, but also all verbal and visual communication when the source of the cited information/content is clearly identifiable. In this course academic dishonesty may result in rejecting the student's work and giving no credit for that assignment, or giving a failing grade for the entire course.

To avoid plagiarism, students are required to submit all their assignments to Safe Assign on BB Vista before final submission. Please remember that HCT has ZERO tolerance policy towards cheating. If you have any questions related to Safe Assign, please consult with your instructor for clarification.

Deadlines Policy for Assessments and exams

All assessments must be submitted on the deadline at the set time in the appropriate format. Late submissions will have 5% deducted for each calendar day that they are late. After 5 days, the assignment will not be accepted and the student will receive zero for that assessment. It is the student's responsibility to solve any technical issues before the due date.

If a student is ill and misses a deadline, a medical note must be provided within 3 days. The student will be given a maximum extension equal to the number of days of documented illness based on teacher discretion. (for example, if a student is sick for 3 days, she will have a maximum of 3 days extra to submit her assignment). For group assessments, each situation will be considered on its own merits and the teacher will use their discretion.

If a student misses an exam or a presentation, she will receive zero. If a medical note is provided within 3 days of the exam date, an alternative assessment will arranged between the student and the teacher.

Attendance and Participation Policy

Participation is vital. Participation does not mean just being physically present in class. The lesson can only be dynamic and interesting if each student is there and takes an active part in class activities. When you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out about the work assigned at the class you missed by contacting your classmates. It is polite to let your teacher know why you have missed a class but you will still be marked absent.

Arriving to class within five minutes after class has begun is being late. Arriving after 5 minutes is considered absent for that period. This is also true if you are late returning from a break. You are also considered absent if you leave class and not return shortly after having been marked present.

For course grades that have a mark for Attendance, please see below on how the marks will be distributed:

Absence percentage
Absence with 0%-0.9%
Absence from 1.0% - 2.9%
Absence from 3.0%-3.9%
Absence from 4.0%-4.9%
Absences over 5.0% -9.9%
Absences 10% and over

Marking Guidelines

All of your written work will use the following guidelines. It is your responsibility as a student to read and understand what is required for each grade level. In addition, the MLA Style must be used for referencing.

Grade Assessment
A/A- A grade of "A" means that the work is judged to be of exceptionally high quality, going well beyond what is needed to be acceptable.  It is an excellent work with NO errors. "A-" level work shows originality, depth of thought, factual accuracy, and good logic, shows that student has met the entire requirement of the project in an excellent manner.
B/B+ A grade of "B+" means that the work is judged to be of high quality, going well beyond what is needed to be minimally acceptable.  "B" level work shows some of the same good qualities as "A-" level work, but not as consistently. (Maybe lacks originality, and is less deep and student has missed out on SOME important issues or work contains SOME errors)
C/C+ A grade of "C+" means that the work is acceptable--that is, it meets the basic standard of college level work in terms of relevance, factual accuracy, and logic.  "C" work is at the minimum acceptable level.
D A grade of "D" means that the work does NOT meet the standards for acceptable college level work, but it does exhibit some positive qualities that indicate that it deserves some credit for having been done.
F A grade of "F" means that the work is so weak that it does NOT earn college level credit or the work was not completed at all.

Required Reading

Every student is required to read and understand the following sections of the Student Handbook

1. Graduate Outcomes 4. Plagiarism
2. Attendance policy 5. Breaches of academic honesty
3. Cheating 6. Late submission of assessment items

It is your responsibility to understand & follow these policies - stating that you did not know about them is NOT an acceptable excuse!

If you are unsure about any of these policies, please see Student Services