Module description

The module is created as a result of the MBA’s recent accreditation by the Association of MBAs. It aims to provide MBA participants with opportunities to expand their skills portfolio by leading and taking part in group-based events and activities related to all aspects of the one planet MBA programme. Through experiential learning the module equips participants with the critical skills they will require in order to redirect their career direction and/or aim for more senior roles within their existing sector or organisation.

Internationalisation: students can opt to lead and/or take part in projects of an international nature, such as the annual Hult Prize competition and the annual Sustainability Challenge

Employability: The module transfers key employability skills such as leadership, effective team working, communication, planning skills – and others depending on the nature of the projects

External Engagement: All projects available within the White Space benefit from external engagement, e.g. MBA participants from other institutions and countries, corporate engagement, policy makers engagement

Full module specification

Module title:Whitespace
Module code:MBAM837
Module level:M
Academic year:2014/5
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Nicolas Forsans - Lecturer
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Module aims

The aim of the module is to enable you to:

  • Acquire and refine key interpersonal and professional skills
  • Develop yourself, personally and professionally to facilitate your return to work after completion of the programme
  • Work effectively in self-managed teams under supervision and guidance from a member of staff
  • Integrate feedback while applying for jobs
  • Network with external communities
  • Develop self-reflection ability on personal, competencies and experience

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Acquire, refine and demonstrate evidence of interpersonal and professional skills
  • 2. Act proactively and take responsibility for your own career and professional development, establishing good habits and practices for the future, as well as accessing and applying effective techniques during their MBA
  • 3. Integrate insights generated by the participant’s personal and professional development plan and peer feedback gathered across the programme

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Work effectively, as part of a team within a pressurised environment in terms of resources and time
  • 5. Acquire and evidence project management skills, from initial idea/conception to delivery

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Apply leadership, interpersonal and team working skills
  • 7. Plan, implement and monitor all components of the project
  • 8. Develop the ability to reflect on your skills, knowledge and competencies

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
Contact Hours16White Space sessions

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
On-going feedback and adviceOrally4, 5, 6, 7Oral feedback from White Space supervisor during scheduled White Space sessions

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
Reflective reportRefer to module descriptor for MBAM8052,000 words1-8Submitted as part of the reflective assessment in the MBAM805

Syllabus plan

The module is experiential in nature and includes the following activities in 2014/15

  • Helping Britain Prosper research project, in partnership with Lloyds
  • Hult prize competition
  • Annual sustainability Challenge, in partnership with WWF International
  • Other suitable activities as identified by the participants

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

All relevant
resources are located on the MBA Intranet

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