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Organisational Research Project

Module description

The Module is designed to enable apprentices to carry out the project delivery process (Do) and evaluate the delivery (Develop) elements of the project lifecycle. Apprentices will develop their own project to provide a deeper understanding of their chosen subject area and address a workbased issue that enables the apprentices to successfully address the required CMI standards for this module and their End Point Assessment showcase.

Full module specification

Module title:Organisational Research Project
Module code:BEM3018DA
Module level:3
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Oli Young - Lecturer
Module credit:30
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

The aim of the Organisation Research Project module is to enable apprentices to conduct a self-managed workbased project into a relevant area of their professional practice/workplace issue and in relation to the requirements of the CMI apprenticeship standard. This module provides the opportunity to apply the learning gained from the Project Management & Decision Making and other taught management modules to their organisational context. Thus, allowing the apprentices to identify the value derived in its application to their organisation/workplace context. The only restrictions on the selected area/issue is that it must relate to an area within their own organisation and must address the CMI standard references as the the CMDA standard. Lastly the chosen area of interest must be approved by a suitable organisational representative (i.e. project sponsor or workplace mentor).

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. identify key outcomes, develop and implement plans and monitor progress, and provide reports as required. Proactively identify risk and create plans for their mitigation (B4, B5)
  • 2. use widely recognised project management tools. (B7)
  • 3. plan, organise and manage resources in order to achieve organisational goals. How to manage time, set goals, prioritise activities and undertake forward planning in a business environment with a focus on outcomes. (B3, K1)
  • 4. undertake research, data analysis, problem solving and decision-making techniques. (L1)
  • 5. use evidence-based tools and ethical approaches to undertake problem solving and critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation to support decision making (L3)

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. initiate, lead and drive change within the organisation, identifying barriers/ challenges and how to overcome them. (B6)
  • 7. work collaboratively with internal and external customers and suppliers. (I6)

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. produce reports that clearly present information and data, using a range of interpretation and analytical processes. Gain wide support to deliver successful outcomes. (A5, B4)
  • 9. Different forms of communication (written, verbal non-verbal, digital) and how to apply them. Communicate clearly, effectively and regularly using oral, written and digital channels and platforms (F1, F4)

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Masterclass21Faculty-led workshops and seminars
Webinars11Online action learning set facilitated by module lead.
Professional development to underpin WBL project.40Guided independent study through online learning activities. Reading, case studies, professional practise forums.
Time at work228Time at work

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly activities including; online tests and exercises, peer discussions and tutor led webinarsvarious1-7Interactive and imbedded in a task

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation40Individual 20 minute presentation of selected organisational project1-3, 5, 9Written feedback and mark
Assignment604,500 word detailed project evaluation1,3,4,5,6,8Written feedback and mark

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Presentationndividual 20 minute presentation of selected organisational project1-3, 5, 9August
Assignment4,500 word detailed project evaluation1,3,4,5,6,8August

Re-assessment notes

All passed components of the module will be rolled forward and will not be reassessed in the event of module failure.

Defer – as first time

Refer – capped at 40%

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Costley, C. (2010). Doing Work Based Research: Approaches to Enquiry for Insider-Researchers (1st ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd.

Maylor, H. (2017). Project Management (4th ed.). Pearson Education.

Thomas, G. (2013). How to Do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences (Second ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd.

Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R., & Jackson, P. R. (2012). Management Research (Fourth ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd.

Gill, J., & Johnson, P. (2010). Research Methods for Managers (Fourth ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd.

Whitehead, J. A., & McNiff, J. (2006). Action Research: Living Theory (1st ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd.

Saunders, M., Lewis, P., & Thornhill, A. (2009). Research Methods for Business Students. Prentice Hall.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

CMI - Management Direct - an online management resource portal. Management Direct allows managers at any level to learn, research and think. It offers fast, 24-hour access to the latest digital content to help overcome hundreds of managerial challenges from absence to performance to change: 5 minute, 20 minute and extended briefings; Creative tools for problem solving; Hundreds of checklists and interactive scenarios to aid self-directed learning; Self-Assessments and automatic CPD recording/reporting; Document templates and best practice guides.

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