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Prepared by PhD and MBA Coordination Office 2012 KENYATTA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Postgraduate Dissertation Handbook (For Students and Supervisors)
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Prepared by PhD and MBA Coordination Office 2012 I NTRODUCTION TO THE GUIDELINE The school of business offers several postgraduate programs at M aster’s and Doctoral levels with a significant emphasis on research as one of the examinable areas. As part of the efforts of the school to facilitate research students timely completion of their required academic research, this guideline has been compiled in consultation with the requirements of the Graduate school of Kenyatta University to offer basic guidelines to postgraduate students on critical areas facilitating uniformity and standardization in academic research and thesis writing.
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Prepared by PhD and MBA Coordination Office 2012 SECTION ONE: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS OF RESEARCH PROJECT/THESIS 1.1 Introduction To ensure quality and timely completion of a research project, clear guidelines and procedures are necessary. Therefore, the main purpose of this handbook is to define the policies and procedures necessary for the preparation of research projects/theses in line with the requirements of the school of business, Kenyatta University. The first section of this handbook provides a summary of important general requirements to be met when preparing a research project/thesis and the format of the research proposal. 1.2 Quality Requirements of Research Projects/Theses For students seeking to complete postgraduate degrees at M aster’s and Doctoral levels, the school of business emphasizes quality of academic research. Quality is generally defined as conformance to requirements or fitness for purpose. The postgraduate level project demonstrates the student’s readiness to join the community of scholars and practitioners in advancing the knowledge and practice in the real world of business. Consequently, students are expected to produce quality research projects/thesis that: Make contribution to the knowledge in the discipline, Address current problems of interest to the practitioners, Demonstrate a mastery of a specialization area within the program of study Reflect the integration of practice and scholarship, and Are of publishable quality. The school assigns project /theses supervisors to research candidates to direct students to research areas that will satisfy these requirements; and ensure that research proposals and conceptual designs provide the foundations for high quality work. The research strategy, scope and academic rigor should be consistent with the highest level of research project that is expected in the discipline of study for each candidate. 1.3 Research Project / Thesis Prerequisite Postgraduate programs in the school of business are taught and examined through course work and research projects or thesis. The major pre-requisite for a candidate to embark on the research project is completion of the prescribed course work; and subsequent registration of
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  • Summer '12
  • MBA Coordination Office, MBA Coordination

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