MM310-Management with Information Technology Project

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Keiichi Nakata

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is a major project module for students on the BSc Management with Information Technology or BSc Business with Information Technology programme to work individually in their final year. 


This project is for students studying for BSc Management with Information Technology or BSc Business with Information Technology. The module aims to provide the framework for a student to manage a major piece of project work in the area and scope of the programme. Through completing a project, a student should be able to: 

  • demonstrate initiative and creativity in applying skills and knowledge in problem solving; 

  • further develop generic, project related skills of project management, written and verbal communication, and presentation; 

  • enhance the experience of carrying out research in an academic context with awareness of practical relevance. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that the student will be able to: 

  • Identify and elaborate a key issue or problem in management and information technology; 

  • Critically appraise ideas and contributions from theoretical, empirical and practice-based sources; 

  • Apply relevant techniques to systematically design a solution to a problem 

  • Develop and/or build a suitable solution - State, expl ain and justify lessons and conclusions; 

  • Critically appraise and reflect on their own work 

  • Demonstrate competence in producing professional standard project report, including organising and presenting information clearly, succinctly and in the required format. 

Additional outcomes:

Develop the ability to learn independently; design, develop and test a specified system (where applicable); project management, interpersonal skills, time management, ethical considerations in research. 

Outline content:

The project must be carried out individually and independently by each student guided by the supervisor. It may be part of a larger project carried out by multiple students, but the individual work and contribution must be discernible and of commensurate size expected of an individual project. The project is normally expected to address a research problem relevant to the issues and scope of BSc Management with Information Technology or BSc Business with Information Technology programme.   

The project is expected to involve the development of a project topic; 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. 

The content of the report will be usually illustrated by a practical component, which may be a design document, a specification, a technical solution, a software product, or any other deliverables. The research work must be conducted in an ethical and professional manner. The text of the report would not normally exceed 10,000 words but it may be supported by ancillary material. 


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students must produce a 500 word project outline proposal by the end of preceding Summer Term, based on which a supervisor is assigned. The supervisor will provide a minimum of five hours of contact per term and will be available for consultation as necessary. A workshop at the beginning of Autumn term covers research planning, project management and research methods. Briefing sessions at key milestones such as interim report submission, final report submission, and presentation are organised . 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 2 2
Project Supervision 5 5
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 80 10
    Wider reading (directed) 10
    Preparation for presentations 13
    Preparation of practical report 13
    Carry-out research project 90 90
    Dissertation writing 80
Total hours by term 200 200 0
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 10
Dissertation 70
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The assessment comprises:

Interim Report (10% - 20 pages of A4; due in Week 11 of the Autumn Term),

Final report (70% - 10,000 words; due in Week 1 of the Summer Term),

Presentation (20% - 10 minute oral followed by 10 minutes Q&A, and a poster; scheduled in Week 11 of the Spring Term). 


Formative assessment methods:

Students will receive feedback on the project outline proposal. There will be formal feedback through the Interim Report submitted at the end of Autumn term. Students will also receive feedback from their project supervisors during their regular meetings. 


Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
40% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
By resubmission of the report by the end of August in the same academic year.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Required text books: £50 - Bell, Bryman, and Harley (2018) Business Research Methods, Fifth Edition, ISBN: 9780198809876, OUP Press.

Last updated: 14 April 2021


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