AP3EX1-Food Business Group Project 2

Module Provider: Agr and Food Econ
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: AP2EX1 Food Business Group Project I (including Career Planning)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mr Nick Beard

Email: n.f.beard@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
The aim of this module is to provide an opportunity for students - working in groups - to participate in a consultancy project for a commercial client in the food industry in order to develop research and analytical skills, usually in relation to market research. In carrying out the project students will also acquire skills in team working, project management, and effective communication (report writing and oral presentation). The project is split into two parts with the first part (AP2EX1) taking place in Part 2 and this, the second part, largely in the Autumn Term of Part 3(AP3EX1).

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this part of the project students will have demonstrated their ability to carry out market research in order to address the research brief set by the client company or organisation. This includes the collection of appropriate quantitative and qualitative data through a variety of methods; the analysis of this data using relevant techniques and computer software; the writing of a project report in a business style; the production of a project poster summarising the key aspects of the project; and delivery of a presentation on the outcomes of the project.

Additional outcomes:
The ability to work in a team.

Outline content:
Execution of research plan including collection, entry, and analysis of appropriate market research data Writing of project report combining information gathered from both primary and secondary research to address the brief set by the client. Preparation and delivery of project presentation Design of research poster to highlight the aim, methods, key finding, conclusions and recommendations

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The projects will be conducted by students working in groups of 4 or 5. Groups are expected to meet at least weekly to progress the project and to keep minutes of these meetings on file. A supervisor is allocated to each project to provide academic guidance and groups should liaise with their supervisor at regular intervals (fortnightly is a suggested norm). Research skills development lectures also take place at intervals during the term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Seminars 4
Guided independent study 80
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:

  • Project report 70% of module mark
  • Presentation 30% of module mark

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    An overall mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-submission of project report.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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