MM357-Management Project

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Chris Woodrow


Summary module description:
This module allows students to engage in guided, independent study over two terms in their final year. The objective is to produce a long piece of written research (a ‘Project’), which engages in-depth with a chosen topic in business and management.

To demonstrate the ability to complete an independent analysis of a topic or issue in management.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
1. Identify and summarise a key management issue / problem.
2. Engage in a significant piece of theoretical, empirical or practice-based research.
3. Critically appraise ideas / contributions from theoretical, empirical and practice-based sources.
4. Organise and evaluate different types of data or information.
5. State, explain and justify lessons and conclusions.
6. Organise and present information clearly, succinctly and in the required format.

Additional outcomes:
1. Develop the ability to learn independently.
2. Making effective use of time and resources available.

Outline content:
- Development of a management project topic proposal.
- Searching for, and organisation of, source material.
- Framing the study and consideration of appropriate methods.
- Collection and analysis of material.
- Evaluation of data.
- Interpretation of meaning and discussion of findings.
- Referencing sources.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be an introductory session given by the module convenor. Students taking the module will meet individually with the module convenor at the beginning of autumn term to discuss their topic and allocate a supervisor. The supervisor will provide a minimum of three hours contact over the autumn and spring terms and will be available for consultation as necessary. All students will be required to read the Project Handbook. Further information, support materials and guidance will be provided through Blackboard. Learning will be student-centred and unique to the student.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 2
Project Supervision 2 2
Guided independent study 194
Total hours by term 198.00 2.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
One project proposal: maximum 500 words in length. Submitted by the Friday of the 5th week of autumn term. The proposal will be assessed on a pass / fail basis. Failed proposals can be resubmitted once by the Friday of 7th week of autumn term. Progression on the module will be conditional on achieving a pass on the proposal.

One management project: maximum 8000 words in length. Submitted by the Friday of the final week of spring term. The project will have 100% weighting in the overall assessment of the module.

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:
    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:
    A final mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination: students will have the opportunity to resubmit a revised version of the project by 31 August. Marks will be capped at 40%.

    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: 21 December 2016

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