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FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT

LEARNING GUIDE

Coursework masters Engineering Management (Minor-dissertation)

2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Section A: Organisational Information .....................................................................................................................3

1 Introduction ....................................................................................................................................................3

1.1 Administrative contact details ........................................................................................................................3

1.2 Lecture contact details ..................................................................................................................................3

1.3 Contact time & lecturing times.......................................................................................................................3

1.4 Library Support ..............................................................................................................................................4

1.5 Post Graduate Centre ...................................................................................................................................4

1.6 Academic Regulations ...................................................................................................................................4

1.7 Supervisor and Student Contract ..................................................................................................................5

1.8 Plagiarism ......................................................................................................................................................5

1.9 Research data gathering ...............................................................................................................................5

1.10 Minor Dissertation Examination.....................................................................................................................5

1.11 Student Responsibilities ................................................................................................................................5

2 Coursework masters programme .................................................................................................................6

Section B: Module Delivery ..................................................................................................................................10

3 Goals/Objectives of the module ..................................................................................................................10

3.1 Module Requirements .................................................................................................................................10

3.1.1 Suggested reading ......................................................................................................................................14

4 Assessment .................................................................................................................................................14

5 Research Workshops ..................................................................................................................................18

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SECTION A: ORGANISATIONAL INFORMATION

1 Introduction

The Masters of Engineering Management degree combines an advanced engineering programme and a
general management course. This programme is designed to develop postgraduates with skills that can
integrate technology and business to solve difficult challenges for organisations.

1.1 Administrative contact details

Administrative assistance Gina Rautenbach

Email: ginar@uj.ac.za

Tel: 011 559 1732


Registration or examination Senior Faculty Officer: Postgraduate Affairs

Ms Dudu Kanyi,

Email: febehd@uj.ac.za

Tel: 011 559 2109


ULink module access problem ULink student helpdesk uhelp@uj.ac.za

011 559 3580 D Ring 3 APK

1.2 Lecture contact details

Academic contact Dr A Marnewick Email: amarnewick@uj.ac.za

If you use e-mail, please use the following as the first part of the subject line.

Engineering Management Dissertation > Your student number > Topic of email ".
Consultation Students consultation with the academic contact or supervisors must be arrangement
only by appointment. These consultations could be in person meeting or by means of
Skype calls.
Supervisor meetings Each student is responsible to contact assigned supervisor and or co-supervisor and
set-up individual meetings as required. Supervisors assigned will be published on ULink.
Head of the School Professor JHC Pretorius
Email: jhcpretorius@uj.ac.za

1.3 Contact time & lecturing times

Lecture venue UJ Bunting road (B RED 20)

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Number of contact sessions 7
Time of contact session 18:00 20:00
Contact sessions dates 13 February 2017
27 February 2017
13 March 2017
22 March 2017
15 May 2017
7 August 2017
21 August 2017

The Engineering Management degree carries a weighting of 180 credits of which the weight of dissertation is
50%. The minor dissertation carries a weighting of 90 credits, indicating that on average a student should
spend at least 900 hours to master the required skills.

1.4 Library Support

An Engineering Management library guide is available, which will introduce you to valuable information sources
related to Engineering Management, as well as library services and facilities offered to students, staff and
researchers in Engineering Management. For an Engineering Management customised library guide please
refer to the link below:
http://uj.ac.za.libguides.com/engineeringmanagement

Library training
Online module reference

1.5 Post Graduate Centre

The post graduate centre offer services accessible to all students such as:
Workshops (e.g. Masters Dissertation, Research Writing, Academic Writing Skills);
Training sessions (in collaboration with the Library and ADS);
Working space for postgraduate students, supported by 20 computers and a quiet atmosphere;

Please ensure you subscribe to the PGC Blackboard Community Module to receive notification on all
workshops, training sessions and funding opportunities. You subscribe via Blackboard to this community.

1.6 Academic Regulations

For all academic regulations including rules how to obtain the qualification with distinction please refer to the
University of Johannesburg Academic Regulations as well as the Faculty of Engineering and the Built
Environment Postgraduate Yearbook 2017 which is available on the UJ website.

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1.7 Supervisor and Student Contract

An individual supervisor and or co-supervisor will be assigned to each student.


Please refer to the Supervisor and student agreement on Ulink to understand the respective roles and
responsibilities of students and their supervisors.

1.8 Plagiarism

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The University and the Faculty view the issue of plagiarism in a serious light.
Evidence of plagiarism will be dealt with according to the Universitys and/or Facultys Regulations.

1.9 Research data gathering

Before any data gathering is started a student must obtain the approval from the Postgraduate School of
Engineering Management on the instrument utilised.

1.10 Minor Dissertation Examination

The minor dissertation is examined by external examiners. This is at least a six-eight week process. In order to
graduate in the March ceremonies of the following year the dissertation should be submitted to the faculty office
no later than end of October. The cut-of dates for hand in to ensure graduation at a specific ceremony is
published by the faculty office.

1.11 Student Responsibilities

Attendances of lectures days are compulsory.


Any form of dishonesty, including plagiarism, in relation to any assessment of this module will be dealt with
in accordance with the University of Johannesburg disciplinary code and/or criminal law.
Print and sign the Supervisor and student agreement and provide the signed copy to your supervisor.

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2 Coursework masters programme

The coursework Masters programme requiring a high-level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, and in some cases demonstration of the ability to
relate knowledge to a range of contexts for professional practice. In addition, this variant of a general Masters degree contains a research project of 90 credits at level
9.
The purpose of the programme is to develop an engineer with advanced abilities in applying fundamental engineering management sciences and/design and synthesis
and related principles to specific management systems problems of society at large. One of the main objectives in this process is to develop an advanced capability to
conduct fundamental systems engineering and management research independently. It also promotes a lifelong learning approach. Table 1 provides the alignment
between the HEQSF description, programme and module outcomes.

Table 1: Alignment between HEQSF masters purpose, exit level outcomes of programme and modules
Masters purpose and Exit level outcomes for programme Module
characteristics as per HEQSF coverage
Outcome 1: AEE
Identify, assess, formulate, interpret, analyse and solve engineering research and development problems creatively and innovatively ESM
by applying relevant fundamental knowledge of i.e. Mathematics, Basic Science and/or Engineering and Management Sciences in the RM
chosen field of research. PDM
Associated assessment criteria: EM
Interdisciplinary Engineering management research is identified, assessed, formulated, interpreted, analysed and completed MD
Ability to reflect critically on
effectively creatively and innovatively by applying relevant fundamental knowledge.
theory and its application
Outcome 11: PDM
Demonstrate, where applicable, cultural and aesthetic sensitivity across a range of social contexts in the execution of Engineering PM
Management research and development activities. EM
Associated assessment criteria: MD
Cultural and aesthetic sensitivity are shown where applicable across a range of social context in the execution of engineering
management research/development activities.

Ability to deal with complex Outcome 5: ESM


issues both systematically and Plan and conduct applicable levels of investigation, research and/or experiments by applying appropriate theories and methodologies, RM

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creatively and perform data analysis and interpretation. PM
Associated assessment criteria: EM
Advanced investigations, research and/or experiments are effectively planned and conducted by applying appropriate theories and MD
methodologies and suitable data analysis and interpretation are performed.
Outcome 8: ESM
Evaluate systems, works, products or processes as a set of related systems, and assess their social, legal, health, safety and PDM
environmental impact and benefits, where applicable, in the chosen field of research. PM
Associated assessment criteria: MD
Systems, works, products or processes are evaluated as a set of related systems and their social, legal, health, safety and
environmental impacts and benefits are assessed where applicable in the chosen field of research.
Outcome 13: PDM
Organise and develop entrepreneurial opportunities through engineering, technical research, development and/or managerial skills. MD
Associated assessment criteria:
Relevant entrepreneurial opportunities are organised and developed through engineering, technical research and/or managerial skills
acquired in the research.
Outcome 2: PM
Plan and manage Engineering Management research projects, demonstrating fundamental knowledge, understanding and insight into EM
the principles, methodologies and concepts that constitute socially responsible (to local and other communities) MD
research/development in the chosen field of research practice.
Associated assessment criteria:
Engineering management research projects are planned and managed so that an underlying fundamental knowledge, understanding
and insight into the principles, methodologies and concepts that constitute socially responsible (to local and other communities)
Ability to design and critically
appraise research research/development practice are demonstrated.
Outcome 7: AEE
Use and assess appropriate Engineering Management research methods, skills, tools and information technology effectively and PDM
critically in engineering research/development practice, and show an understanding and a willingness to accept responsibility for the PM
impact of research/development activities on society and the environment. EM
Associated assessment criteria: MD
Appropriate engineering management research methods, skills, tools, technology and information technology are effectively and
critically used and assessed in engineering research/development practice and an understanding and a willingness to accept

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responsibility for the impact that research/development activities have on society and the environment is shown.
Outcome 1: AEE
Identify, assess, formulate, interpret, analyse and solve engineering research and development problems creatively and innovatively ESM
by applying relevant fundamental knowledge of i.e. Mathematics, Basic Science and/or Engineering and Management Sciences in the RM
chosen field of research. PDM
Associated assessment criteria: EM
Interdisciplinary Engineering management research is identified, assessed, formulated, interpreted, analysed and completed MD
effectively creatively and innovatively by applying relevant fundamental knowledge.
Outcome 6: AEE
Ability to make judgement using
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with engineering and specifically research audiences and the community at large, ESM
data and information at disposal
in so far as they are affected by the research, using appropriate structure, style and graphical support. RM
and communicate conclusions
Associated assessment criteria: PDM
clearly to specialist and non-
Communication is effectively carried out, both orally and in writing, with engineering and scientific research audiences and the PM
specialist audiences
community at large in so far as they are affected by the research using appropriate structure, style and graphical support. EM
A research dissertation is written on the chosen field displaying adequate appropriate literary and technical skills. MD
Outcome 3: AEE
Work effectively, individually or with others, as a member of a team, group, organisation and the community or in multi-disciplinary ESM
environments in the chosen field of research. RM
Associated assessment criteria: PDM
Participation as a member of a research team, group, organisation, and community or in multidisciplinary research/development PM
projects results in leadership and the performance of critical functions in the chosen field of research. MD
Outcome 9: AEE
Employ various learning strategies and skills to master outcomes required for preparing him/herself to engage in continuous learning, RM
to keep abreast of knowledge and skills required in the Engineering Management field. PM

Demonstrate self-direction and Associated assessment criteria: EM


originality in tackling and solving Applicable learning strategies and skills are employed to master outcomes in preparation to engage in continuous learning to keep MD
problems
abreast of knowledge and skills required in the engineering management research field.
Outcome 10: PDM
Participate as a responsible citizen in the life of local, national and global communities by acting professionally and ethically in the EM
chosen field of research. MD

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Associated assessment criteria:
Responsible citizenship is practised in terms of the local, national and global communities by acting professionally and ethically in the
application of chosen research.
Outcome 4: ESM
Organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly, effectively, professionally and ethically, accept responsibility RM
Act autonomously in planning
within his/her limits of competence, and exercise judgement based on knowledge and expertise, pertaining to the field of research. PM
and implementation tasks with a
theoretical underpinning Associated assessment criteria: EM
Activities are organised and managed responsibly, effectively, professionally and ethically, responsibility is taken within his/her own MD
limits of competence and judgement is exercised in commensuration with knowledge and expertise pertaining to the field of research.
Outcome 9: ESM
Employ various learning strategies and skills to master outcomes required for preparing him/herself to engage in continuous learning, AEE
to keep abreast of knowledge and skills required in the Engineering Management field. RM
Associated assessment criteria: PM
Continue to advance knowledge, Applicable learning strategies and skills are employed to master outcomes in preparation to engage in continuous learning to keep EM
understanding and skills abreast of knowledge and skills required in the engineering management research field. MD
Outcome 12: RM
Explore, where applicable, education and career opportunities in Engineering Management research/development. EM
Associated assessment criteria: MD
Education and career opportunities in engineering research/development are explored where applicable.
AEE Advance Engineering Economics; ESM Engineering Systems Management; RM Reliability Management; PDM Product Development and Marketing; PM Project Management; EM Engineering
Management; MD Minor-dissertation;

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SECTION B: MODULE DELIVERY

Module Engineering Management Minor Dissertation


Subject codes M6MMD19/ M6MMD29

3 Goals/Objectives of the module

The main objectives in the minor dissertation is to develop an advanced capability to conduct fundamental systems engineering and management research
independently.

3.1 Module Requirements

Table 2 provides the alignment between the exit level outcomes of the programme, the specific module outcomes and the SAQA level 9 descriptors. This mapping
provide an overview how this module build the skills required in order to complete the programme.

Table 2: Alignment between exit level outcomes of programme, module outcomes and SAQA level 9 descriptors

Exit level programme outcome SAQA Level descriptors (NQF Level 9) Minor-dissertation outcomes

Outcome 1: Problem solving: Ability to analyse problem, and apply technical knowledge to
Identify, assess, formulate, interpret, analyse and solve An ability to use a wide range of specialised skills in select most appropriate method to address problem.
engineering research and development problems identifying, conceptualising, designing and Demonstrated the ability to apply a structured and analytical
creatively and innovatively by applying relevant implementing methods of enquiry to address complex approach to solving engineering problems.
fundamental knowledge of i.e. Mathematics, Basic and challenging problems within a field, discipline or Apply probability, statistical, quantitative/qualitative methods
Science and/or Engineering and Management practice; to research problem during analysis.
Sciences in the chosen field of research. An understanding of the consequences of any
solutions or insights generated within a specialised

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context.
Outcome 2: Scope of knowledge: Plan and define the tasks required to complete the research
Plan and manage Engineering Management research Specialist knowledge to enable engagement with and project.
projects, demonstrating fundamental knowledge, critique of current research or practices; Apply relevant knowledge using tools & techniques to develop
understanding and insight into the principles, An advanced scholarship or research in a particular a plan and demonstrate your ability to execute your research
methodologies and concepts that constitute socially field, discipline or practice. project successfully.
responsible (to local and other communities) Knowledge literacy: Develop personal goals and achieve results.
research/development in the chosen field of research An ability to evaluate current processes of knowledge
practice. production and to choose an appropriate process of
enquiry for the area of study or practice.
Outcome 3: Accountability: Develop relationships with your supervisor(s) and obtain
Work effectively, individually or with others, as a An ability to operate independently and take full agreement throughout the research process on work
member of a team, group, organisation and the responsibility for own work, and where appropriate completed.
community or in multi-disciplinary environments in the accountability for leading and initiating processes and
chosen field of research. implementing systems, ensuring good resource
management and governance practices.
Outcome 4: Ethics and professional practice: Ability to self-direct work over the research project life-time.
Organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities An ability to make autonomous ethical decisions Works independently and produce research results.
responsibly, effectively, professionally and ethically, which affect knowledge production, or complex Apply time management effectively to spend adequate time of
accept responsibility within his/her limits of organisational or professional issues; research to produce
competence, and exercise judgement based on An ability to critically contribute to the development of
knowledge and expertise, pertaining to the field of ethical standards in a specific context.
research.
Outcome 5: Method and procedure: Development of an appropriate design for research.
Plan and conduct applicable levels of investigation, A command of and ability to design, select and apply Design data collection instruments, collecting data
research and/or experiments by applying appropriate appropriate and creative methods, techniques, Apply relevant research methods to research problem.
theories and methodologies, and perform data analysis processes or technologies to complex practical and
and interpretation. theoretical problems.

Outcome 6: Producing and communicating information: Produce a written minor-dissertation to present research

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Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with An ability to use the resources of academic, conducted for examination purposes.
engineering and specifically research audiences and professional/occupational discourses to communicate Produce a written article summarising research conducted for
the community at large, in so far as they are affected and defend substantial ideas that are the products of publication purposes.
by the research, using appropriate structure, style and research or development in an area of specialisation; Present (verbal) a summary of the research problem and
graphical support. A range of advanced and specialised skills and results to panel to demonstrate the research process followed.
discourses appropriate to a field/discipline/practice,
to communicate to a range of audiences with
different levels of knowledge/expertise.
Outcome 7: Method and procedure: Apply existing knowledge to real-life problem and produces a
Use and assess appropriate Engineering Management A command of and ability to design, select and apply solution.
research methods, skills, tools and information appropriate and creative methods, techniques, Repeatable research process.
technology effectively and critically in engineering processes or technologies to complex practical and
research/development practice, and show an theoretical problems.
understanding and a willingness to accept
responsibility for the impact of research/development
activities on society and the environment.
Outcome 8: Context and systems: Generation of models, presentation of all information related
Evaluate systems, works, products or processes as a An ability to make interventions at an appropriate to research problem in order to derive a single understanding
set of related systems, and assess their social, legal, level within a system, based on an understanding of of problem.
health, safety and environmental impact and benefits, hierarchical relations within the system, and the
where applicable, in the chosen field of research. ability to address the intended and unintended
consequences of interventions.
Outcome 9: Management of learning: Ability to identify sources to generate knowledge from on
Employ various learning strategies and skills to master An ability to develop own learning strategies which research problem.
outcomes required for preparing him/herself to engage sustain independent learning and academic or The motivation to undertake self-directed learning that
in continuous learning, to keep abreast of knowledge professional development, and can interact contributes to personal development
and skills required in the Engineering Management effectively within the learning or professional group
field. as a means of enhancing learning.
Outcome 10: Ethics and professional practice: Consideration of the knowledge/solution impact on the
Participate as a responsible citizen in the life of local, An ability to make autonomous ethical decisions community.

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national and global communities by acting which affect knowledge production, or complex Personal code of ethics.
professionally and ethically in the chosen field of organisational or professional issues;
research. An ability to critically contribute to the development of
ethical standards in a specific context.
Outcome 11: Context and systems: Identify all influence on problem and consideration taken into
Demonstrate, where applicable, cultural and aesthetic An ability to make interventions at an appropriate account during research.
sensitivity across a range of social contexts in the level within a system, based on an understanding of
execution of Engineering Management research and hierarchical relations within the system, and the
development activities. ability to address the intended and unintended
consequences of interventions.
Outcome 12: Management of learning: Ability to reflect and evaluate work, and use feedback to
Explore, where applicable, education and career An ability to develop own learning strategies which improve quality.
opportunities in Engineering Management sustain independent learning and academic or
research/development. professional development, and can interact
effectively within the learning or professional group
as a means of enhancing learning.
Outcome 13: Accessing, processing and managing information: Lead research to successful completion.
Organise and develop entrepreneurial opportunities An ability to design and implement a strategy for the
through engineering, technical research, development processing and management of information, in order
and/or managerial skills. to conduct a comprehensive review of leading and
current research in an area of specialisation to
produce significant insights.

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3.1.1 Suggested reading

Each student prescribe own academic resources required for the research. The table below list some
suggested reading on research methods.

Book Author Publisher


The Postgraduate's Companion HALL, G. & LONGMAN, J. (editors) Sage
Business Research Methods COOPER, D. R. & SCHINDLER, P. S. Mc-Graw Hill
Business Research Methods QUINLAN, C. Cengage Learning
How to do your research project Gary Thomas Sage
Business research methods : an Sreejesh, S Springer
applied orientation
How To Measure Anything Hubbard, D. W Wiley
Guide to the successful Thesis and Mouch, James; Birch, Jack W Marcel Dekker, Inc
Dissertation
Research minor-dissertations, UJ Digispace
dissertations and thesis ProQuest Dissertations &
Theses
* Please refer to the UJ library catalogue for many other Business Research Methods textbooks available for
reading.
Ensure academic accredit journals which follow a rigid peer-review process are used. For example Engineering
journals are available on databases such as:
IEEExplore
Wiley Online Library
ScienceDirect
ACMDL
ASME Digital Collection
This is only a few and you should use all available on UJ Databases.

Not all journals are accredit and follow a review process. A list of potential non-accredited journals can be found
at:
https://scholarlyoa.com/2016/01/05/bealls-list-of-predatory-publishers-2016/

4 Assessment

The purpose of the dissertation is to demonstrate that the student has a good understanding of the advanced
course material and can apply the theory to an appropriate industry problem of his/her own choice using sound
research methods. The difference between an exam and dissertation is during an exam, the examiner sets the

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questions and you must answer them. For a dissertation, you set the questions and then you must proceed to
answer those questions.

A research article, based on the minor dissertation, must be submitted with the minor dissertation. The
research article could be submitted by the School to a conference or an accredited journal under the names of
the candidate and the supervisor(s).

In addition to the University of Johannesburg academic regulations the following assessment requirements will
apply as per the following table.

Assessment Submission details Due date Outcome of submission


requirements
Proposal Research proposal must be 10 February 2017 Supervisors & co-
submitted on ULink. supervisors will be
assigned.
Panel review The completed minor Individually driven, Final modifications
session dissertation. mandatory step identified.
Research article based on prior to final
dissertation completed. submission.
An email/ letter from your
supervision noting that
he/she approve that you
present at the panel review.
Submit for external The completed minor 31 October 2017** Final mark.
examination dissertation.

** If student wants to graduate at the March ceremony of the following year. The student can still submit later in the year
but then graduation will only be at a later graduation ceremony. If the students does not complete by year end it imply that
student will register again for subject in the following year.

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Step 1: Submission of proposal
Deliverable Submission requirements Submission due Important notes
date
Research Submissions to be done on ULink 10 February 2017 Refer to the workshop notes on ULInk
proposal

Step 2: Panel review session


Prerequisites: Student and supervisor agree that the dissertation and research article is ready for examination at which point the student submit request to
present at panel review.
Deliverable Submission requirements Submission cut- Available panel review dates Important notes
off date to
present at panel
Panel review The completed minor dissertation. 13 January 2017 20 January 2017 Before the minor dissertation can be
Research article based on the 3 February 2017 10 February 2017 submitted for examination, a student is
minor-dissertation completed. 10 March 2017 17 March 2017 required to present a research article,
Authorisations from your 31 March 2017 7 April 2017 which must be based on the completed
supervisors approving that you can 12 May 2017 19 May 2017 dissertation at a panel review session.
present at panel review. 8 June 2017 15 June 2017 Only submission received by the
Submissions to be submitted on 21 July 2017 28 July 2017 Submission cut-off date will be placed
Ulink for specific Panel-review 11 August 2017 18 August 2017 on the agenda for the specific panel
date. 8 September 15 September 2017 review session.
2017 13 October 2017 You will receive a copy of the agenda if
6 October 2017 10 November 2017 you made the submission on-time by the
3 November 2017 30 November 2017 Monday before the panel review.
23 November
2017

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Step 3: Submit for external examination
Prerequisites: Student presented and a panel review session and addressed all concerns raised in minor dissertation.
Deliverable Submission requirements Important notes
Final The dissertation will follow the external examination When a student has successfully presented at a Panel review session and
examination process as per UJ regulations. made all suggested modifications to the completed minor dissertation and
Please contact the Senior Faculty Officer: Postgraduate article, the supervisor signs a form to formally release the minor dissertation
Affairs, Ms Dudu Kanyi, once ready for submission to obtain for final assessment purposes.
a list of required forms to be signed for submission.

Please note: One dissertation is required, the minor dissertation has two subject codes (each per semester for administrative purposes).

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5 Research Workshops

Monthly workshops will be held during the year in order to enable students to follow a structured approach in order to complete the research within the required time.
Each student will also be assigned a supervisor(s) which will provide guidance during the research process.
The following table detailing the workshops. Some of the topics could change based on the students needs.

Workshop date Workshop theme Output of the workshop Student responsibility

25 Nov 2016 The Research Understand how to plan your research project Generate a research proposal
proposal Know what is meant by research Generate a project plan for research project

Know what is expected in a Research proposal

Know how to define the research problem

Professional Communication

How to manage the challenges

13 February 2017 Research Design What type of study is best suited to answer your Generate a research design
research problem?

27 February 2017 Literature review Know how to do a literature review Generate a literature review

13 March 2017 Research methods What is the best research method to address the Selection of research methods
research problem?

22 March 2017 Data collection How to collect data to ensure valid research Selection of data collection methods

15 May 2017 Data analysis How and what is excepted of data analysis Selection of data analysis methods

7 August 2017 Quality minor- How do I validate the minor-dissertation quality Writing the minor-dissertation
dissertation

21 August 2017 Writing for How do I write an article? Writing the research article
publication

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