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MBA S4 W17: The End Run Strategy

I’ve been doing a bit of thinking for myself and discussing the dissertation with fellow students and the business school in order to plan my end run strategy. There is an option, theoretically, for me to not do a dissertation, and instead do two more electives and a business report …

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MBA S4 W15: The Looming Dissertation

I’ve known since the beginning of the MBA that the dissertation was the elephant in the room. I say this because there was, and still is, a number of risks associated with it. The first is that I’d not be in an employment situation that stable and interesting enough to …

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MBA S4 W14: The Final ECA Revealed

There has been a bit of a drama over the Strategic Marketing ECA, namely that it has been revealed 1.5 weeks later than it should have been. This isn’t overly an issue for me as they have extended the deadline accordingly, but it is a bit worrying. It’s a bit …

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MBA S4 W13: An Initial ECA Appraisal

Without doubt, the ECAs are one of the core elements of the MBA. They are the core of the process in a number of ways. First, they account for 50% (core) or 100% (elective) of your final mark in any particular module. Second, they are the point at which you …

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MBA S4 W12: When Marks Go Bad. Allegedly.

So, I submitted my Tutor Assessed Assignments (also known as Formative Assessments) a couple of weeks ago. They are basically the ‘make sure you are studying and taking things in’ assignments. It’s good that they are there as a check, at times they can even be a useful dry run …

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MBA S4 W10: Between TAA’s and ECA’s

As the last days of February pass by, the end of the first phase of the semester is reached: the TAA deadline. A strange interlude then exists for two weeks before the ECA’s are released and the 3-month rush to hand in the examined papers begins. I completed two of …

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MBA S4 W4: An Essay in One Sitting

I usually spend a good while obsessing over MBA assignments. This is a good thing for the most part, especially on the marked assignments. It can also absorb a lot of time. Due to the existence of Facebook you get an idea of how other members of the MBA cohort …

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MBA S4 W2: The Formative Assessment Rush

After some random cursory reading of the various text books, I’ve come to the conclusion Small Business Management is going to be very intriguing; Strategic Marketing is a more detailed study of the topics covered in the core module, and that’s fine, as I tend to see a level of …

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MBA S4 W1: The Materials Arrive…Go!

The materials for semester four have arrived this week in two instalments. Thus the study process begins. In truth, it doesn’t begin until the first full week of January, but the mental preparation has started. I’ve already blocked out the study schedule in Excel. One of the unfortunate effects of …

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MBA S3 W11: Marks, Seminars and ECAs

In the last week I’ve had received two sets of marks, both my Management of Change TAA and my final results for Managing in the Competitive Environment and Managing Finance. All the marks are similar, solid results. They are in the official, very good range, representing a good understanding of …

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