AHM010-Negotiated Learning

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: AHM006 Research Methods
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Adam Humphreys
Email: a.r.humphreys@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

AHEP Online Module

Summary module description:


This module is run by SPEIR.

To provide students with an opportunity to undertake a problem-based research project enabling them to analyse critically and in depth a specific topic, chosen by students, within the realm of their studies on Strategy and International Relations; to display the ability to carry out primary and secondary research. 


The aims of the dissertation or work-based project are to: 

• develop students’ capacity for independent research, engagement with core literature, self-reflection and critical analysis;  

• deepen their knowledge of a specialised topic within their programme of study;  

• develop their ability to produce an extended piece of analysis. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

The student will demonstrate their learning outcomes by: 

• formulating a relevant, coherent and clearly defined research project; 

• drawing on their knowledge of research methods appropriate to projects in Strategy and International Relations to analyse complex issues in a critical fashion; 

• generating sources of information and ideas; 

• collecting appropriate data; 

• providing a systematic and carefully structured analysis of the information collected; 

• drawing relevant conclusions from the analysis and relating these to the existing literature. 

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop the ability to research on their own initiative and learn to organise their work on a longer-term project within a tight schedule. The research project will also offer the ability to demonstrate originality in the chosen research sphere. 

Outline content:

A supervised, though largely independent problem-based research project of 8,000-10,000 words on a strategy and/or international relations-themed subject, preferably arising out of the student’s programme of study on the AHEP MSc programme or their professional role. In normal circumstances, the Extended Research project will be completed over a period of circa 18 months from first contact with an allocated supervisor to the delivery of the finished project.  

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This is an independent research project resulting in a dissertation or work-based project. Student support will vary based on the needs of the individual, but the following is indicative of what a student might expect:

  • Assess and give feedback on the student’s proposed research question.

  • Review a plan/skeleton and then one section up to the larger of 1,000 words or 10% of the final project length. 

  • Engage in skype cal ls across the piece every 3-4 months on average Respond to email queries within reason; with a guideline response within 72 hours during a Monday-Friday working week. 

  • Assessing the work as first marker.

Students will also have access to moderated chat rooms for peer-peer interaction and or posing and receiving general feedback from peers and moderators.

Contact Hours


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Year 2

Project Supervision



Guided independent study



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Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
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Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students are required to submit an 8,000-10,000-word work-based research project or dissertation by an agreed deadline. 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the arrangements as laid out in the programme guide.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Module pass mark of 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-submission of the project/dissertation by an agreed deadline, subject to fulfilling the pass criteria on other modules so that a re-assessed Negotiated Learning module submission, capped at 50% would still enable the student to achieve a pass overall. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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