Master's Thesis Seminar

llsmd2094  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Master's Thesis Seminar
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
2 credits
30.0 h
Q1 and Q2
  • Defining the project (defining a problem, a research question, a hypothesis, an info to collect; detecting the type of research (exploratory / descriptive / explanatory); ...)
  • Collecting Information (using secondary data; conducting a literature review; referencing ...)
  • Planning the research (identifying its epistemological position; choosing adequate information collection methodology (observation / experimentation / ...); mastering data analysis methods (quali / quanti / ...)
  • Writing (writing in a scholarly way, ...)
  • Presenting (creating a visual support; presenting ...)
Teaching methods
For French speaking students

(a) E-learning via the Moodle platform (videos and readings followed by tests)

(b) Some face-to-face seminar sessions can be added

For English speaking students, the seminar on Moodle is replaced by an individual work of

(a) reading a methodology textbook

(b) writing a report on main personal learnings
Evaluation methods
Although the seminar is scheduled in the Master 2 program, it actually opens earlier, during Master 1, and remains accessible until the end of the second year. It contains "mandatory lessons and tests" and "optional lessons and tests".

For French-speaking students: the evaluation is based solely on the compulsory tests following each compulsory lesson (video, readings ...). These compulsory tests are gradually opened from February to June of Master 1 (every two weeks) and are closed after six weeks: the students must therefore actively follow the rhythm of the chapters. Compulsory courses, elective courses and optional tests remain open for two years to provide access to useful information throughout the writing of the dissertation.
For English-speaking students: the assessment is based on the paper written during the first year (deadline: around April)

There is no second chance during the summer, but the following year (February-June of Master 2 with the next cohort), which is always "on time" because the seminar is officially scheduled in second year.

The grades > or = 10/20 are definitively acquired and will be encoded in the transcripts when the students register for this seminar in the exam session.

The marks <10/20 must be represented the following year (second chance in February-June of master 2), otherwise the student will be considered absent. In the exceptional case where the student completes his program in January (eg he completes his thesis in Master 2 bis), without having had an additional opportunity (ie usually a third chance) to represent the failed seminar (which is opens in February), the previous grade will be kept for the January session (only).
Other information
  1. A mandatory information session on this seminar is given during the briefing of the annual master's thesis 1 of the master (integration week)
  2. The Moodle platform will contain all the necessary information for self-learning
  3. The seminar is given in French, but students who speak only English are allowed to replace it, by reading independently  a textbook methodology of the thesis
  4. This course is similar to MLSMM 2201- Seminar d'accompagnement du mémoire
Online resources
Moodle code LLSMG2094
  • CRESWELL, John W. (2012). Educational Research. Planning, Conducting, Quantitative and Qualitative Research. 4th Edition, Pearson.
  • GAVARD-PERRET, Marie-Laure, GOTTELAND, David, HAON, Christophe, & JOLIBERT, Alain (2012). Méthodologie de la Recherche - Réussir son mémoire ou sa thèse en sciences gestion. 2° édition. Pearson.
  • SAUNDERS, Mark N.K., LEWIS, Philip, & THORNHILL, Adrian (2016). Research Methods for Business Students, 7th Edition, Pearson.
  • THIÉTARD, Raymond-Alain (2014). Méthode de recherche en management. 4° Ed. Dunod.
Teaching materials
  • code LLSMG2094 : self learning
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [120] in Management