MMM3MPR-Applied Management Project

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Lynn Thurloway


Summary module description:

This module represents the student’s major piece of independent work towards completion of the MA. The module aims to guide students through typical steps taken to address a work based issue or capitalise on a work based opportunity via a work based academically led project.

With the approval and guidance of tutors, students are required to undertake and complete a proposal for the work; present the proposal to demonstrate its value to the organisation, the intellectual credibility and practical applicability of its methodology; finally employing sound research methods to generate a 10,000 to 12,000 word research project report. The report will enable them to apply their understanding of management in their specific setting.

The project therefore strengthens both their conceptual development and their capacity to apply their learning in an organisational setting.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • Define an appropriate academic project proposal to address a work based issue or capitalise on a work based opportunity
  • Justify the commissioning of a project by presenting an intellectually credible rationale as to its value to an organisation
  • Identify areas of related academic learning, conduct a related literature search and develop an appropriate bibliography
  • Create and plan appropriate research and project methodologies for such a project
  • Conduct, analyse, use and present appropriate primary and secondary research within a project report
  • Analyse and evaluate the findings of a project in light of the research and academic learning and reading
  • Use evidence and cogent argument to present clear recommendations

Additional outcomes:
The attention to detail and nuance demanded in developing and executing a management project supports intellectual and conceptual development, as well as strengthening experiential learning. A range of related skills will be improved through undertaking this largely self directed project – skills such as: data gathering and information management, problem-solving and time management.

Outline content:
The focus of the project will be determined by the student, with guidance from the tutor.

The Student chooses either a work based problem requiring a solution or identifies an opportunity which could be capitalised upon. A description of the project is developed and formative feedback provided. Students are expected to engage with peers in critiquing ideas.

Academic learning (in the area of management) must inform and be applied to each element of the project module. The student must demonstrate a knowledge of any seminal articles, research, and contemporary thinking in the academic areas related to the project and can employ benchmarking against other organisations with leading edge practice to inform the project.

The student must present the rationale for the project and detailed methodology for the chosen project, justifying the research choices made by a general evaluation of the available options must be presented in both a presentation and written proposal. The presentation will occur before the written submission and will include both summative and formative assessment.

Finally the student completes a 10,000- 12,000 word final Project Report which outlines its aims, defines its objectives, presents its rationale, defines its methodology, presents its evidence, comes to a conclusion and makes effective recommendations against a background of academic learning. The project must be well presented, accurately referenced and strongly and appropriately structured

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students are provided with a project resource handbook on Blackboard which details what is required in each part of the module. There are 3 workshops associated with the delivery of this module, each is designed to present the key features of undertaking such a piece of work. Workshops are from 09.30 till 16.30. Blackboard discussion groups will be used during development of the project proposal.

(1)Introduction to the Project Module, scoping a proposal and writing the report
(2)Research methods I
(3)Research methods II

Individual, subject specialist, tutors will be allocated and individual tutorial time provided.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 6
Practicals classes and workshops 26
Work-based learning 84 94
Guided independent study 90 100
Total hours by term 200.00 200.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 25
Project output other than dissertation 65
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:
1. Proposal - one 1000 (maximum) words assignment 10% of module
2. Presentation - one 15 minute presentation with questions 10% of module
3. Research methods - one 2000 (maximum) words assignment 15% of module
4. Final report - one 12,000 (maximum) words 65% of module

Formative assessment methods:

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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment after confirmation of failure by external examiner.

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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