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Work Based Learning Project 2. Innovation Project

Module description

The Module is designed to enable Seniors Leaders (SL) to evaluate (Develop) element of the project lifecycle for the projects they created in the BEMM113DA module. As SL’s are responsible for developing and implementing strategic or organisation wide projects that contribute towards operational and strategic direction. This capstone module promotes consolidation of learning across the programme and offers and lays down the foundation for the End Point Assessment at the conclusion of the programme. SL’s will continue with their project developed in Work Based Project 1 (although this may change in exceptional circumstances) to provide a deeper understanding of their chosen subject area and address the selected work based issue. 

Full module specification

Module title:Work Based Learning Project 2. Innovation Project
Module code:BEMM213DA
Module level:M
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Oli Young - Lecturer
Module credit:30
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:

Can be in term 2 or 3, depends on Sept or Jan start.

Duration (weeks) - term 3:

Can be in term 2 or 3, depends on Sept or Jan start.

Module aims

The aim of the Work Based Project 2 (Innovation Project) module is to enable SL’s to conduct a self-managed work based 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 other taught management modules and build upon the knowledge and skills acquired from the Work Based Project 2 module to their organisational context. Thus, allowing the SL’s 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 senior leader standard references. Lastly the chosen area of interest must be approved by a suitable organisational representative (i.e. project sponsor or workplace mentor).


This module is one of two project modules (part 2) required by CMI (as evidenced in the CMI SLMDA standard), the module’s learning outcomes (ILOs) are related to evidence apprentices need to demonstrate in completing the programme and required to complete the EPA successfully.  

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. manage conflict, partnerships, people and resources effectively, and measures outcomes (B7/B8)
  • 2. oversee financial strategies/management, results and setting organisational budgets, and challenge financial assumptions underpinning strategies (D6/D7)
  • 3. be accountable for decisions based on relevant information e.g. Key Performance Indicators/scorecard (D8)
  • 4. enable an open and high performance working, and set goals and accountabilities for teams and individuals (F4/F5)

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. lead and influence people, building constructive working relationships across teams, using matrix management where required (F6/F7)
  • 6. ensure workforce skills are utilised, balancing people and technical skills and encouraging continual development (F8/F9)
  • 7. where needed as a Sponsor, championing projects and transformation of services across organisational boundaries (B9)

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. demonstrate flexibility and willingness to challenge when making decisions and solving problems (H2)
  • 9. advocate the use of good practice within and outside the organisation (H5)

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
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity21Faculty-led workshops and seminars
Guided Independent Study3Conversation with project advisor - Online action learning set facilitated by module lead.
Guided Independent Study276Time in 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 webinarsVaries1-7Interactive 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
Assessment 1 - Individual presentation on their work based project and review (link to relevant standard references)40Project Findings and evaluation presentation. Max 10 slides of content (excluding front sheet, references & appendices)1, 5, 6, 9Written
Assessment 2 - Detailed work based project report (link to relevant standard references). Applied element of this assignment will later be submitted in End Point Assessment Portfolio604,500 words2-4, 8Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Assessment 1 - Individual presentation (40%)Individual presentation (40%) (Max 10 slides)1, 5, 6, 9August Reassessment Period
Assessment 2 - Report (60%)Report (60%) (4,500 words)2-4, 8August Reassessment Period

Re-assessment notes

Defer – as first time

Refer – capped at 50%

Syllabus plan

Week 5 – Master class Project evaluation and EPA prep focused

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Maylor H., (2010). Project Management (4th Ed). Pearson Education Limited (e-resource in the University Library)

Costley, C., Elliott, G. C., & Gibbs, P. (2010). Doing work based research: Approaches to enquiry for insider-researchers. Sage.

Thomas, G. (2009). How to do your research project: A guide for students. Sage.

Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R., & Jackson, P. R. (2012). Management research. Sage.

Gill, J., & Johnson, P. (2010). Research methods for managers. Sage.

Whitehead, J., & McNiff, J. (2006). Action research: Living theory. Sage.

Saunders, M., Lewis, P. & Thonrhill, A. (2009). Doing Research in Business & Management: An Essential Guide to Planning Your Project.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


CMI link - Management Direct 


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