MMM127-International Study Challenge

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Kleio Akrivou


Summary module description:

The international study challenge serves as a final tacit capstone module for the Master’s in Management programme. It aims to expose students in a holistic institutional context abroad where local culture and values and educational, industry, international, legal and other institutions collectively create the cultural particulars the inform business and management in context.  Students are expected to reflect on and creatively integrate previously acquired knowledge received across core and optional modules with a focus on the core programme theme of sustainable and ethical management. 


To provide students with an opportunity to experience and critically inquire how the acquired theory and applications relevant to management studies acquired so far in the programme may be adapted appropriately to reflect the economic, social, cultural, political, and legal institutional contexts whilst maintaining a focus on the core programme theme of sustainable and ethical management opportunities/potentialities of a given geographical context.  To provide an experiential opportunity of a holistic context involving local and regional cultural diversity, businesses and broader international and government institutions for students to reflectively synthesize the experience from the international study visit with previously acquired knowledge and applications.

To enable students to cultivate ad hoc relationships with a variety of actors and institutions to help develop cognitive complexity of what is involved in sustainable management when operating in a real world to a real-world context and the relevant personal and broader learning challenges and adaptations this involves. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

1. Identify and critically evaluate the key dimensions of a local international context. Identify, summarise and critically analyse the wider (international /local) context particularities and potentialities that ensue relevant to sustainability management.

2. Develop team working skills in international context through experiential learning and the development of cognitive and relational skills within specific cultural, educational, industry, international, legal and other institutions

3. Critically reflect on and synthesize previously acquired knowledge and models and specific international dimensions, culture and particularities experienced in the context of the study visit. 

4. Critically evaluate how this context may inform and enable a holistic sustainable management in international context. 

5. Analyse, evaluate and reflect on personal and shared experience relevant to the formation of ad hoc relationships in a local context

6. Enhance further oral communication /presentation skills and confidence with cultural and international management and relations.

Additional outcomes:

The self-directed nature of study for this module should develop student’s ability to fully capture the richness of the intended learning outcomes. Students are encouraged to utilise the international study trip experience to learn independently and to making effective use of their time, relations and the resources/events available. Students will be encouraged to develop the skill and personal cognitive skill to be perceptive, reflective and appreciative about an international context. In a relatively short time they will be encouraged to analyse, synthesize and integrate a range of knowledge sources (via secondary research and personal direct experience) relevant to an international educational and institutional context and other organisations in the international study trip will gain valuable experience of working to meet the expectations of a novel socio-economic and cultural context. 

Outline content:

-Autumn and Spring term lectures and the applied project module will introduce students to general knowledge relevant to this trip.

-Students will be escorted and will have 3 face to face meetings of up to one hour with the student.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Customised academic and applied presentations by faculty experts in the receiving university and local institutional leaders and experts. Students will be exposed to a variety of customised and generic group visits to various businesses and broader institutions that altogether form the “local cultural context” and norms. Student teams will also be allocated a tutor to act as supervisor providing regular contact for consultation as necessary. Learning will largely be student team-centred but it will be uniquely responding to individual students’ queries and learning needs. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2 4 2
Seminars 2 2
Project Supervision 1
Fieldwork 30
Work-based learning 20
Guided independent study 37
Total hours by term 2.00 6.00 92.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Report 40

Other information on summative assessment:

Supervisors / Tutors will be reviewing one draft of the coursework’s group component. Note: CW is one project (of up to 1,000 words) on an approved topic related to the study visit activities and learning, and of one individual coursework (reflective and evaluative components). 10% excess is allowed.  If students exceed the word count, then the penalty needs to be enforced

Relative percentage of coursework (individual essay and  group presentation and report)

Both coursework will have a 100% weighting in the overall assessment. 

Note that it is a requirement of the award of MSc of exclusively the students of the MSc in Management and is not relevant or eligible for students of any other degree

Formative assessment methods:

• Groups and group members to work towards the preparation of the coursework (e.g. via a group wiki)

• Student groups will discuss their group report plan with the module convener in advance. The formative feedback will enable groups to reflectively adapt their group report and for individual group members to reflect on how to critically apply this feedback in their individual essay.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:


Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A weighted average of 50% or more.

Reassessment arrangements:

An individual essay (capped at 50 percent)

Alternative assessment: An essay of 3000 words (topic tbc by convenor) – non capped

Re-submission as part of the overall arrangements of the MSc programme. 


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