DM2004-Work-Based Project: Exploring a Challenge

Module Provider: Henley Business School
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Mrs Andrea Tresidder


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is a research-based module that requires students to produce a proposal for their final project in a topic area chosen by them. Students will be introduced to key characteristics of the research process and gain an awareness of qualitative and quantitative research techniques to support their investigation.


The module aims to prepare students to:

  1. Develop the enquiry, research and presentation skills that students need when conducting enquiries

  2. Develop problem solving and decision-making techniques.

  3. Reflect critically of characteristics of evidence required to address a problem and reflect on the sufficiency of evidence for decision making.

  4. Prepare a project proposal for their final project in year 3

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module the student will be able:


  1. To identify and select sources of data and information about their organisation and its context

  2. To collect, analyse and present information to support decision making and conclusions

  3. To create a robust argument supporting conclusions

  4. To apply academic theory and current management models to inform analysis

  5. To communicate information developed through a workplace investigation


Additional outcomes:

Students should demonstrate how they have:

  1. Carried out a critical review of the literature in their chosen topic

  2. Evaluated and responded responsibly to the ethical implications of their research project

  3. Selected and developed an appropriate research design for their project

  4. Selected and justified an appropriate sampling strategy and sample for their project

  5. Selected and applied appropriate data collection techniques for their project

  6. Selected, justified and applied appropriate data analysis tools and techniques

Outline content:

The module will support students to develop an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research techniques to support their investigation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module content is delivered through a combination of taught sessions, supported by key reading from texts and other sources, practical activities for each topic with group and cohort discussion. In addition, on-line support material will also be provided.  The student will be required to prepare a reflective commentary on their personal learning and implications for future practice.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Supervised time in studio/workshop 14
Work-based learning 100
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 50
    Wider reading (directed) 90
    Essay preparation 46
Total hours by term 300 0 0
Total hours for module 300

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A project proposal for their final project to be submitted once module study is complete.

Formative assessment methods:

Will be embedded in the learning path and workshop activities.

Penalties for late submission:

Standard penalties will apply see here

Assessment requirements for a pass:

The assignment must achieve a minimum mark of 40% to achieve a pass.

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of the same assignment based on formative feedback.  One re-submission allowed, capped at 40%.  Resubmission period is in accordance with the arrangements laid out in the programme guide issued to each student.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 29 April 2020


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