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Master thesis in Business Administration, A2E - Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management

An independent project is a project where you will apply your in-depth knowledge, skills and approach to an issue in the field of the education. Often, the independent project is at the end of your education where you will plan, conduct and present an academic study. Your project will be published publicly.
2020-11-23
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EX0906 Master thesis in Business Administration, A2E - Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management, 30.0 Credits

Självständigt arbete i Företagsekonomi, A2E - Agronomprogrammet - ekonomi

Syllabus approved

2017-12-12

Subjects

Business Administration

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, includes independent project (degree project) for the degree of Master of Science (120 credits)(A2E)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

Swedish

Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 30 credits at second-cycle level in business administration. A Pass grade for the independent project at first-cycle level, or a Bachelor’s degree. The student must have completed at least one course relevant to the subject of the independent project before starting the project. Knowledge of English equivalent to English 6.

Objectives

The aim of the course is for the student, based on previously acquired knowledge, to independently plan, carry out and present an academic study within a given time frame. Through the independent project, the student will develop their skills in the academic work process and deepen their subject knowledge considerably.

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:

- independently and creatively identify and formulate scientific questions;
- independently search, compile, evaluate and critically interpret relevant information and literature;
- independently plan and, using adequate methods, carry out a scientific study within given time frames;
- analyse and evaluate data and/or findings on a scientific basis;
- discuss contents and conclusions in a scientific work critically, and reflect on how the choice of question and method relates to the scientific and practical basis of the subject;
- reflect on social and ethical aspects, sustainability aspects within the subject as well as ethical aspects of research and development;
- present a scientific work in accordance with the prevailing practice of the discipline, adapted to the intended audience and according to the instructions given;
- write a summary in English of a scientific report according to the instructions given;
- write a popular science summary of a scientific work according to the instructions given;
- present a scientific work orally and critically review and discuss, as well as give constructive criticism of, another student’s project, including method, conclusions and the context of the work in a wider perspective;
- identify their own skill and knowledge development needs in the subject of the project.

- relate the scientific questions to the agriculture sector’s complex system of resources and value-creating processes.

Content

The course involves carrying out an independent, academic project (degree project) under supervision. The project is to be carried out independently, using data collected by the student themselves, or equivalent data. The project should preferably be carried out individually, but the course coordinator can admit exceptions under certain circumstances. The set-up of the independent project should be documented in a work plan established in consultation with the supervisor before the project starts.

The project is to be presented orally and in writing, as seminars or an equivalent format, and according to the instructions given. The course also involves taking part in a public discussion of another student’s project in order to assess the ability to give constructive criticism.

Formats and requirements for examination

A Pass grade for the written report and the oral presentation, as well as a Pass grade for the critical review of another student’s project. If the work has been carried out in pairs, it must be made clear to the examiner what each individual has contributed; this applies to both the written report and the oral presentation. The work effort and the scope of the work should correspond to 30 credits for each student, and each student must fulfil all intended learning outcomes. - If the student has not received a Pass grade for a test, the examiner has the right to give a supplementary assignment, provided this is feasible and can be justified.

- If the student has been granted learning support due to a disability, the examiner has the right to offer an adapted test or let the student take the test in an alternative manner.
- If this course syllabus is changed, or if the course is discontinued, SLU shall decide on transition rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet completed the course.
- For the examination of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the submission date. For more information, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor’s and Master’s level.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Degree project courses for professional degrees have Swedish as the language of instruction but the degree project can be written in English.

Once the student has received a Pass grade for the written report, this must be published in the SLU system for electronic publication (Epsilon), and checked for plagiarism. To be admitted to the course, the student must have an agreement with the supervising department concerning supervisor and the subject of the project.

Students are recommended to take a course corresponding to at least 5 credits in scientific methodology before starting their independent project. This requirement is fulfilled by students who follow the syllabus for SLU degree programmes. Students who have not completed an undergraduate programme at SLU are urged to take the web-based teaching components provided for undergraduate-level independent projects. A course in scientific methodology is any course or course component that contributes to the student fulfilling the qualification requirement of advanced method knowledge in the main field of study. The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date the student has been admitted to and registered on.

Responsible department

Department of Economics

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)

Grading criteria for EX0904 Master thesis in Business Administration, A2E
EX0906 Master thesis in Business Administration, A2E
?Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management

In the table below, criteria are listed for each of the grading objectives identified in learning objectives identified in the course syllabi, by row, with relevant distinction of grade levels, 3, 4 and 5, by column. The achieved grade level for each objective is defined by the highest level for which required criteria have been met. Note that the criteria for each objective are cumulative, meaning that all of the minimum criteria for an underlying grading level must be met together with the additional criteria listed at the higher grade-level.

Objective

The student, through the independent project, should:

For grade level 3 for each objective, the following must be met

For grade level 4 for each objective, the following must be met

For grade level 5 for each objective, the following must be met

Objective 1

Show and justify the relevance, the actuality and the quality of the research question based on a background description.

All of the following sub-criteria:

?The student has demonstrated the ability to place his/her work in a larger context.

?The student has demonstrated advanced knowledge in the academic subject area of the work.

?The student has demonstrated insight into the current state of research the field.

?The student has demonstrated ability to relate the research question to the agricultural sector's complex system of resources and value creating processes (Only EX0906).

The following criterion:

?Through clearly identified issue(s) that are addressed, the student has demonstrated an advanced understanding of the field, which he/she can apply in original, novel, and/or critically reflective propositions/research questions.

The following criterion:

?Through clearly identified issue(s) that are addressed, the student has demonstrated an advanced understanding of the field, which he/she can apply in propositions/research questions that advance the state of knowledge in the addressed fields.

Objective 2

Show theoretical knowledge within the business administration field including both general breadth and depth of theoretical knowledge concerning the theoretical parts that are relevant to the thesis.

All of the following sub-criteria:

?The student has demonstrated a breadth of knowledge of business administration in the development of the theoretical foundations of the project.

?The student has demonstrated advanced understanding in the choice and review of theory specifically relevant to the question(s) being addressed.

One of the following criteria:

?The student has demonstrated a breath of knowledge of business administration in the choice and positioning of theory specifically relevant to the question(s) being addressed in a broader theoretical context.

?The student has demonstrated a breath of knowledge of business administration by clearly discussing the theoretical implications of the study in a broader business administration context.

The following criterion:

?The student has demonstrated deep theoretical knowledge in the development of a clear and integrated theoretical foundation that includes critically reflective discussion of choices that have been made and their implications in the study.

Objective 3

Present and justify a chosen method, discuss the problems that can arise during the data collection, the analysis and the compilation of the results including ethical aspects of chosen method.

All of the following sub-criteria:

?The student has demonstrated ability to identify and motivate the choice of a suitable method to address the identified research question(s).

?The student has demonstrated methodological understanding in discussion of the merits and problems associated with the chosen method.

?The student has shown awareness of eventual relevant ethical aspects arising with the chosen method.

All of the following sub-criteria:

?The student has demonstrated good methodological understanding in the presentation and discussion of methodological choices – including, e.g., units of analysis, data collection method and data analysis techniques – and the consequences of the choices made for the outcome of the study.

?The student has demonstrated the ability to independently compile and analyse his/her data, including taking appropriate measure to assure quality in the research process.

All of the following sub-criteria:

?The student has demonstrated strong methodological competence through well-grounded discussion of methodological choices that clearly include epistemological and ontological considerations.

?The student has demonstrated strong methodological competence through a methodological design and execution of data collection and analysis characterized by high rigor and attention to detail.

Objective 4

In a structured and logical way, present the results of an analysis based on chosen theory/model(s), and discuss how achieved results relate to a study's aim and method.

All of the following sub-criteria:

?The student has demonstrated the ability to arrive at and present results, supported by a logically consistent study design (aim; research question(s); theoretical foundation; method; analysis and discussion/conclusions).

?The student has demonstrated understanding of the contributions and limits of the results in discussion of how the achieved results relate to the stated aim.

All of the following sub-criteria:

?The student has demonstrated a good ability to arrive at and present results with rhetorically coherent, rigorous and concise argumentation.

?The student has demonstrated a good ability to arrive at well-founded conclusions through a structured and logical presentation and discussion of their study results.

The following criterion:

?The student has demonstrated a very good ability to arrive at and present academically founded results that reflect and contribute to a deep and critical understanding of the topic being addressed.

Objective 5

Assess quality of the data and the generalizability and validity/the credibility in the results.

All of the following sub-criteria:

?The student has demonstrated the ability to assess the quality of the results attained in the study, including their transferability, credibility, trustworthiness, generalizability, validity, and/or reliability, as appropriate for the employed method.

?The student has demonstrated understanding of the implications of data quality and selected methods on the quality of end results.

?The student has demonstrated understanding of the limits of her/his own skills and knowledge related to the subject of the project.

The following criterion:

?The student has demonstrated a broader academic understanding of the value, quality, and implications of the study's results, including how the results relate to current understanding ("the state of the art") in the academic field, and how they hold societal (empirical) relevance.

?The student has demonstrated a critically reflective understanding of how her/his skills and knowledge have impacted the presented results.

Not possible for objective 5

Objective 6

Write a, in formal respects, academic report of high quality regarding structure, clarity and precision regarding details including precise and correct reference management.

The following criterion:

?The student has demonstrated acceptable competence in written communication through the presentation of a well-structured academic report, with clarity of exposition, and suitable attention to detail, including proper academic referencing and formatting, and style appropriate for the intended audience.

?The student has presented an acceptable summary/abstract in English of the academic report.

?The student has presented an acceptable popular scientific presentation of the study.

The following criterion:

?The student has demonstrated the ability to write an academic report that complies to defined standards[1] within a defined timeframe[2].

Not possible for objective 6

Objective 7

In a pedagogical and thorough way plan an oral presentation and the defence and carry out a constructive critical review of another thesis and give feedback to the authors of the thesis.

The following criterion:

?The student has demonstrated good communication skills in the oral presentation and defence of the study.

?The student has demonstrated good communication skills in the oral discussion/opposition of another study.

?The student has demonstrated ability of academic constructive criticism in the oral and written discussion/opposition of another study.

Not possible for objective 7

Not possible for objective 7


[1] Standards include title page, page and section numbering, Harvard referencing, as defined in the SLU Dept. of Econ. Independent Project Report in Business Administration template; and a maximum of 20000 words of number-chaptered text (Introduction through conclusions, excluding reference list).

[2] Timeframe is based on 20 weeks (30 credits) of fulltime work, with a time plan as set in the accepted project proposal.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management (270 hec) Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 52330 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Business Administration
Course code: EX0906 Application code: SLU-30188 Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Economics Pace: 100%