COURSE SYLLABUS

Master Thesis, Business administration, international business 30 Credits

Examensarbete, master företagsekonomi, internationell affärsverksamhet
Second cycle, M7032N
Version
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2018 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 07 Feb 2011

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 16 Jun 2017

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG
Subject
Business Administration
Subject group (SCB)
Business Administration

Entry requirements

At least 60 credits from the master program International Business or equivalent including the course M7035N Market Research for Business Decisions or equivalent.


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on 20-285 credits



Course Aim
The aim of the course is for the student to practice, develop and show their ability to, in an adequate way, apply theory and method in order to solve unstructured problems relevant to professional activities in the field of international business.

Upon completion of the course the student shall be able to:
  • Develop and formulate a relevant research problem from a selected topic in the area of international business
  • Utilize scientific studies and judge their relevance for the selected problem
  • Manage different, and differences between, theoretical areas at an advanced level
  • Carry out a well motivated and relevant selection of theoretical foundation for the study
  • Select and motivate specific research methods for the study, showing a clear understanding of the impact on the final results of the study
  • Collect relevant information for the study with a clear connection to selected theory and method
  • In a relevant way present the collected information in written format
  • Based on selected theory and method, and in a scientifically correct way, analyze and draw conclusions concerning the selected research problem
  • Evaluate the scientific and practical relevance of the results
  • Perform written communication in a linguistically and scientifically correct manner
  • Orally communicate the results of the study
  • Explain and justify the results in a constructive and scientific manner
  • Critically evaluate other studies in a constructive and scientific manner

Contents
The thesis is a study written by one or two students. The total workload should equal 20 weeks full time work per student. The study shall utilize a scientific approach to a problem in the area of international business. The study shall be presented both as a written report and orally. Each student shall also evaluate and perform opposition on a thesis written by other students.

Realization
Teaching is performed in the form of seminars and individual supervision. Supervision is provided within a period of two semesters after first course registration.

Examination
In the written report the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • Develop and formulate a relevant research problem from a selected topic in the area of international business
  • Utilize scientific studies and judge their relevance for selected problem
  • Manage different, and differences between, theoretical areas at an advanced level
  • Demonstrate a well motivated and relevant selection of theoretical foundation for the study
  • Select and motivate specific research methods for the study, showing a clear understanding of the impact on the final result of the study
  • Collect relevant information for the study with a clear connection to selected theory and method
  • In a relevant way present the collected information in written format
  • Based an selected theory and method, and in a scientifically correct way, analyze and draw conclusions concerning the selected research problem
  • Evaluate the scientific and practical relevance of the results
  • Perform written communication in a linguistically and scientifically correct manner


In the oral presentation and opposition the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • Orally communicate the results of the study
  • Explain and justify the results in a constructive and scientific manner


In the opposition the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • Critically evaluate other studies in a constructive and scientific manner

To pass the course the student shall participate in compulsery meetings and seminars as well as register the thesis according to LTUs rules.I

Remarks
Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration eduets@ltu.se, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

The work should be written in English.  Supervisor will be appointed by the program director in consultation with the examiner.

Examiner
Maria Ek-Styvén

Literature. Valid from Spring 2017 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Literature will depend on the character and focus of the thesis. Course literature is selected by the student in consultation with the supervisor.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

Items/credits
NumberTypeCreditsGrade
0002Start of degree project0.0U G#
0003Public discussion of others degree project0.0U G#
0004Oral presentation0.0U G#
0005Accepted report30.0U G VG

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Guidelines
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