Business Project (MSc International Management)
This module is designed to give you the opportunity to combine investigation into an authentic business challenge with a more in-depth research report. You will be expected to tackle a real organisational problem using an applied research approach. The chosen area will be agreed between yourself and your business project supervisor. In association with the module lead you will engage with a business or organisation offering a research project and undertake an in-depth investigation using an appropriate research methodology, developing relevant conceptual and theoretical strands and demonstrate critical judgment. Your resulting business report will address the issue posed by the client, offering primary and secondary research into the issue and offering a set of recommendations and or a solution to the original research issue.
Included in this module are two days of lectures on management consultancy which is relevant across countries.
You will engage with a range of companies for the business projects.
You will gain valuable experience from the business projects which is highly beneficial for future employability.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Business Project (MSc International Management)|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
6Duration (weeks) - term 3:
The aim of the Business Project is to give you the opportunity to combine investigation into an authentic business challenge with a more in-depth research report. You will have the opportunity to select and explore a subject that is of interest to you and also relevant also relevant to your work placement and/or employment aspiration. The project will involve the production of a business consultancy report including suggestions for how to address the original research issue.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. critically evaluate and enhance specific business competence in core and optional areas of study, on the basis of the individuals research strength and interest and future career objectives
- 2. relate real-life situation to subject specific knowledge examined through previous and current modules
- 3. to be able to interpret protocols, expectations and outcomes by engaging with the clients internal strategies, policies and needs.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. construct and execute an extended research project
- 5. critically engage with a variety of research materials as well as primary research (through the chosen company), if appropriate
- 6. critically analyse a business problem using both practitioner and academic material
- 7. demonstrate effective relationship skills and professionalism
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 8. develop creative approaches to solving problems, and to managing in unpredictable situations and making sound judgment in the absence of complete data
- 9. effectively present information orally and in writing, and formulate and deliver logical and precise arguments
- 10. demonstrate self-direction, initiative and planning in the context of independent learning and the management of a major project
- 11. effectively apply reflective practice to explore and identify learning needs for own future development
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Contact hours||6||Lectures in term 2|
|Contact Hours||5||Supervision in term 3|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Client Assessment Students will receive feedback from the clients (ongoing and/or at the end of the project). This feedback should inform the Reflective Report||N/A||7-11||Verbal or written feedback|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Business Proposal (individual)||10||1000 words||4-5||Written feedback on proposal and grade|
|Business report and/or other agreed artefact (individual) including a reflective report (individual)||90||10,000 words total (9,000 words on business report and 1,000 words on the reflective report element)||1-3, 6 - 11||Written feedback on report and grade|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Business Proposal and Report||100% Revision of the business project based in the given feedback||1-11||August|
For mitigation purposes, students may be deferred in each component separately.
Topic area as agreed with supervisor.
Preparatory sessions will include:
- Reflective learning – What is reflective learning, how to reflect on learning, etc.
- Professionalism in the work place
- Introduction to Consultancy Skills
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Business Project vs dissertation
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Meridith, J.R & Mantel, S.J. (2011) Project Management: A Managerial Approach, 8th Edition, Wiley
Saunders, M, Lewis, P & Thornhill, A. (2012) Research Methods for Business Students, 6th Edition
Gill J & Johnson P (2010), Research Methods for Managers, Sage
Boud, D. & Garrick, J. Eds (1999) Understanding Learning at Work. London, Routledge
Eraut, M. (1994) Developing Professional Knowledge and Competence. Washington DC, Falmer Press
Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London, RoutledgeFalmer
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