The main component of the EBMGN461 course is the Final Research Report, which should be an academic challenge for you. The purpose of the report is to allow you to carry out a self-managed piece of work that provides an in-depth investigation of an issue relevant to your field of work, field of study or area of interest. Instructions on how to select a research topic are in the sections below.

As a general guideline, the Final Research Report should be 6,500 words minimum and 7,500 maximum, or 13-16 pages (not including the Bibliography, Title page and Table of Contents).

By now, you have been trained in how to research a topic and gather data to support your conclusions. You have taken courses such as Technology and Management, Research Methods or the Industry Project that have given you the necessary training and tools. You will be required to use skills from these courses for this project.

For your report, you will research data through both primary and secondary resources. As part of the research element, you will have to produce a detailed research proposal. After this is approved, you will then start to create the report.

You are expected to present a substantial piece of work in the form of a written project. For deadlines and tasks, please see the course calendar (linked in the menu above). The course calendar will have the final dates.

Objectives

1. Research and analyse issues in your chosen subject
2. Formulate strategies for successful research
3. Select and use the right research methods to collect data to support your research
4. Synthesize and analyze data to generate and support conclusions
5. Present and justify conclusions and associated recommendations

Project Weightings

The entire project will be 100% of the total grades for this project.

Task Component Weight
1.
Research Proposal and Oral Defense 20%
2.
Research Report 20%
3.
Final Report Presentation 30%
4.
Test 20%
5.
Data Gathering and Reporting 10%
Total
100%

Task 1: Research Proposal & Oral Defense - (20%) - Individual

You are now in the final steps to obtaining your Bachelor's degree. You have conducted research in your previous studies and this project is to help you link everything together. You can use issues at work or personal interests. In any of these, you should be able to identify management research areas and techniques which you will eventually research in more detail.

This is great opportunity to showcase your research skills to your employer, your classmates and your instructor.

How to select a research topic

Your first step is to select a research topic within your area of interest. Your instructor may ask you to select up to three good ideas which will be narrowed down after discussions with your instructor. In order to have a good research topic, it must be:

  Criteria Description
1. Local i.e. you must be able to get your primary research done first hand and therefore you need to keep your sample and sources within easy access.  Using only internet research is not acceptable for this project. (source: Penny Archer)
2. Researchable i.e. Government Departments are not happy about giving out information to students so unless you have a lot of influence or connections within these departments, please be aware that getting data will/may be difficult. (source: Penny Archer)
3. Specific Make sure that your idea is as focused as possible. For example, here is a very general idea - "Blackberry addiction in the UAE". To narrow a topic like this, ask questions like "who do I want to focus on?" The options in this case would be either UAE nationals or expatriates of all nationalities or both. Doing both would mean the research paper would be extensive. To make it more manageable, you may want to research blackberry addiction only amongst UAE nationals. If this is the case, you need to further narrow this down to a particular age group (especially the age group that uses Blackberries extensively). After further narrowing the topic, your final idea may be something like "Blackberry addiction amongst UAE nationals in the 15-25 age group" which makes it very specific.

After selecting your local, researchable and specific research ideas, submit your idea(s) to your instructor for approval. Please check the Semester Calendar for details.

All research ideas, proposals and reports must be individual to the group and original!

Research Proposal Guidelines

You need to prepare a research proposal on an approved topic. As mentioned above, you can use issues at work or personal interests. Please see the approved list of topics here.

The research proposal should not be more than three pages and should be fully referenced. You must do in-text referencing for both your proposal and final research paper. As a general rule, referencing should be done for any numbers, facts, figures or claims you make in both your proposal and final research report.

Please use the Bibliography and Citation and other referencing features of MS Word so that ALL your references are included in the MS Word file. Do not use any other tool such as Noodlebib that is external to your MS Word file.

You will need to include the following in your proposal:

1. Title
2. Background
3. Research objectives or questions
4. Methodology
5. Timescale
6. References

You will also have to be prepared to discuss and defend your chosen topic during a formal presentation to your instructor and classmates. This will take place during classes between February 24 to February 28.

Deadline

Please check the Semester Calendar for the actual dates.

Grading Criteria:

Category: 10 (Excellent) 8.5 (Very Good) 7.5 (Good) 6 (Needs Improvement)
Oral Defense Is able to defend topic well and shows an excellent understanding of components. Is able to defend topic and shows a good understanding of components. Seems to be unsure of one component. Is able to defend topic somewhat and shows little understanding of components. Seems unsure to more than one component Is unable to defend topic and shows a little understanding of components

Oral Defense Guidelines

You have 30 minutes (and no more) to do your Oral Defense. You will have to set up your laptop (5 minutes or less), deliver your defense (15 minutes or less) and answer questions (5 minutes). The last 5 minutes is for the audience to do their peer grading. You have 15 minutes (or less) of speaking time ONLY. That means that you have to  be on track to meet the criteria below. If you have equipment problems and take longer to set up, you may not have enough time to deliver your defense which will affect your grades.

Make sure you know and understand everything in your proposal. You are the EXPERT on your topic.

For those you who who are scheduled to do your Oral Defense on that date, you can either sit in class and watch until it's your turn or come at your appointed time.

My advice to everyone is to make sure your laptop works, that you have tested this and know how to hook it up to the projector IN ADVANCE.

All students need to be in class at least 10 minutes before the start of every class. Doors will be locked once Oral Defense begins and you will have to wait until the next defense before you can come in. Otherwise it is too distracting for everyone.

If you are absent for any or all of your peer grading duties, you lose 15% of your grades. So if your Oral Defense grade is 100% and you are absent for any or all of your peer grading duties, you will get only 85%. That means that if you come late to class and are locked out, you automatically lose 15% of your marks.

If you are absent for your Oral Defense for any reason, you will get a failing grade for the Oral Defense component.

The Oral Defense schedule is here and an approximate grading criteria is below:

Scale Description
85 - 100
  • A professionally organized presentation, using logical sequences with clearly differentiated sections using appropriate aids.
  • Demonstrates clear understanding of the subject matter of the project with clear explanations of the construction and operation.
  • Fields all questions well and demonstrates clear understanding of the basic concepts of the project.
  • Reflects fully on the activities of the project and presents sound logical conclusions
60 - 84
  • An organized presentation, using logical sequences with differentiated sections using appropriate aids.
  • Demonstrates mostly clear understanding of the subject matter of the project with mostly clear explanations of the construction and operation.
  • Fields most questions well and demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the project.
  • Reflects on most of the activities of the project and presents mostly logical conclusions.
0 - 59
  • A poorly organized presentation, no logical sequences with little differentiation between sections.
  • Demonstrates little understanding of the subject matter of the project with little explanations of the construction and operation.
  • Fields few questions well and demonstrates only little understanding of the basic concepts of the project.
  • Very little reflection of the activities of the project and presents mostly very poor or no conclusions.

Task 2: Final Report - (20%) - Group

The purpose of the final 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.

The research report allows the student 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.

It is a major part of EBMG461 and should be an academic challenge for the student.

Instructions

You need to do what you outlined in the research proposal:

1.
In order for you to succeed in this project you may need to rethink and produce a more detailed action plan for the project than what was provided as part of your initial research proposal. This revised action plan will need to cover the next five (5) weeks in detail. All students are required to resubmit their action plan by Mar 14. It must be complete and detailed and it is recommended that you use either MS Project or Excel.
2.
For your primary research, if you are doing surveys, plan on upwards of 35 surveys (minimum). It's best if you use an online survey tool such as Surveymonkey.com or the survey tool in Google Docs.

For interviews, plan on at least 45 and make sure that these interviews are transcribed. The transcription should be added as an appendix at the end of your research report.

For secondary sources, plan on at least 10 (minimum) and they should include some internet (no more than 60% or 6) and scholarly research. Wikipedia is not accepted as a reliable source.
3.
You must do in-text referencing for your final research paper.
4.
Please use the Bibliography and Citation and other referencing features of MS Word so that ALL your references are included in the MS Word file. Do not use any other tool such as Noodlebib that is external to your MS Word file.
5.
You need to do what you said you would do in your proposal and follow your action plan deadlines. You need to produce a research report of approximately 6,500 words minimum and 7,500 maximum (not including the Bibliography, Title page and Table of Contents).

There are various ways to construct a research report but all must contain table of contents, good headings, and references. A suggested structure is set out below together with a suggested content size for each area. This is a suggestion only as the nature of your research will influence the format of the report. Some may have a greater portion devoted to reviewing current literature while others may have a greater emphasis on the analysis of data.

1.
Title Page Title of Report, Date, What course, Prepared for, Prepared by: Name ID and Section
2.
Table of Contents  
3.
Executive Summary a detailed summary of the whole report (also called an "Abstract")
4.
List of Illustrations a list of all charts and figures in your report. This is a table of contents for charts, figures and illustrations
5.
Introduction and Background Purpose, Background information required by reader,
Brief description of report contents (10% of content)
6.
Literature review 25% of content
7.
Research Methodology justification and evaluation of methodology, sampling, pre-testing and piloting of measuring instruments, ethical issues (10% of content)
8.
Data Analysis the main body of the report (40% of content )
9.
Conclusions and Recommendations summary of findings and next steps
10.
References Sources used to prepare report in MLA format
11.
Appendices Numbered in order and includes additional information or proof. Transcription of interviews is an example of what you can put here

Final Submission:

Please check the Semester Calendar for the submission deadlines. It must have a Safe Assign report attached and reports will not be accepted without one.

To have an acceptable paper, please make sure the Safe Assign result is less than 20% matching.

Research Report Formatting Guidelines:

Please see the Report formatting document for a detailed description on what is expected in terms of formatting and content. In addition, please refer to the MLA Referencing document on how to use proper referencing in your report and to avoid accidental plagiarism.

Task 3: Presentation - (30%) - Group and Individual

The final assessment for EBMG-N461 is the oral presentation of your management report. This is a "must pass" component; you must pass this component or you will fail the course regardless of the marks in the other tasks. This component is to ensure that you know your topic well enough to have actually written and worked on your research paper.

The length of your presentation should be no more than 45 minutes and  it  includes time for questions by your  examiners.  Please check the Semester Calendar for the dates for this component.

Grading Criteria:

These are some general guidelines on how you will be assessed for this component:

Topic: Topic details
Marks
Introduction
  • Topic description highlights of your findings.
  • Why was it worth doing
5
Problem definition
  • Outline the research question/issue
  • At least one general hypothesis described
5
Methodology (Explain how you have accomplished your research)
  • Describe the target population and sample selected
  • Describe the tools that was used in the data collection process
  • Describe and show  the questionnaire and or structured interview questions
20
Results
  • Show a summary of the data collected
  • Show a spreadsheet where the collected data has been stored
  • Provide an  analysis of results using graphs, central tendency and variation measures
20
Recommendations
  • At least 2 conclusions are drawn and related to the hypothesis
  • Clearly demonstrated how the organization will benefit from the finding
10
What have you learned
  • Outline knowledge or skills acquired during this experience.
5
Questions and Answers
  • Properly addressing questions raised by assessors
20
Presentation and delivery
  • Good use of body language
  • Did not use memory aids
  • Good use of visual aids( slides and/or overhead)
  • Presentation is well structured
5
English
  • Language is IELTS Band 6 or matches your IELTS Band
10
Total
100

Final marks will be determined using the scale below:

Scale

Description

8.5 - 10
  • A professionally organised presentation, using logical sequences with clearly differentiated sections using appropriate aids.
  • Demonstrates clear understanding of the subject matter of the project with clear explanations of the construction and operation.
  • Fields all questions well and demonstrates clear understanding of the basic concepts of the project.
  • Reflects fully on the activities of the project and presents sound logical conclusions
  • Presentation is consistent throughout.  All students show equal awareness of project and can answer directed questions.
6 - 8.4
  • An organized presentation, using logical sequences with differentiated sections using appropriate aids.
  • Demonstrates mostly clear understanding of the subject matter of the project with mostly clear explanations of the construction and operation.
  • Fields most questions well and demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the project.
  • Reflects on most of the activities of the project and presents mostly logical conclusions.
  • Group cohesion and/or report parts are not always consistent.  Some parts of the report do not fit.  Some students demonstrate less project awareness than group leaders.
0 - 5.9
  • A poorly organised presentation, no logical sequences with little differentiation between sections.
  • Demonstrates little understanding of the subject matter of the project with little explanations of the construction and operation.
  • Fields few questions well and demonstrates only little understanding of the basic concepts of the project.
  • Very little reflection of the activities of the project and presents mostly very poor or no conclusions.
  • No group cohesion.  Report looks ‘patched’ from separate parts.

Task 4: Test on Key Terminology and Concepts - (20%) - Individual

BB VISTA based test of your understanding of key concepts introduced in the course.  Testing will be multiple-choice, True-False and fill-in-blank.  Material tested will be based on the handouts and class discussions.

Task 5: Data Gathering and Reporting - (10%) - Individual

Grading Criteria:

Attendance (6 points).                As per DWC criteria for attendance for classes and weekly meetings .
Respect (1 points)      Positive attitude and
role model. Exemplary
actions. Appropriate
behavior in the
classroom and during meetings. Respects
others' ideas and
property. Always
listened.
Appropriate behavior
in the classroom.
Respects others'
ideas and property.
Always listened
when the teacher,
classmates, or
guest speakers
talked.
Pattern of recurring use of unapproved
electronic devices in class or during meetings; is not consistently
respectful of others, and the
learning environment both in and out
of class.
Behavior that distracts others;
is often extremely
disrespectful.  Frequent use of unapproved electronic devices.
Teamwork (2 points) Takes initiative and is
self-motivated.
Pro-active reporting during meetings. Is
highly cooperative and
displays leadership
when in teamwork
situations.
Follows directions,
uses time
productively and
completes work in a
timely manner.
Shares ideas.
Accepts the ideas of
others. Does an
appropriate share of
groupwork.
Depends on others
for assistance.
Cooperates in
groups most of the
time.
Does not complete most work. Overly relies on others. Asks repetitive questions. Poor teamwork skills.
Organization Skills (1 point)    Uses necessary materials effectively and efficiently during meetings.
Prepared and took notes accordingly.
Almost always brings necessary
materials to meetings.  Usually prepared
andtakes notes.
Prepared for meetings most of the time. Does not always have material or takes notes. Unprepared for meetings most of the time. Does
not bring material and/or take notes.