MMM154-Business and Management Project

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2023/4

Module Convenor: Prof Peter Scott

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This project module serves as a capstone module for the Master’s in Management programme. Students will have an opportunity to draw on knowledge and experience gained across the programme (i.e., nine months of classroom learning) and apply them to a contemporary business or management problem or issue. Projects can be developed in conjunction with specific organizations (upon availability) or can be student-led (i.e., students can choose a topic related to their chosen streams of specialisation.


The objective of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to define and execute an independent piece of research in business and management on an approved topic of their choice in the real world context (either in collaboration with an organisation/company, or through individual independent research). Students will also have an opportunity to cultivate critical thinking and develop their research, presentation, and writing skills by conducting a critical review of the literature and undertaking an original piece of research with help of real life data/context. Students will have face-to-face interaction with an academic supervisors that will provide personalized feedback throughout every stage of their research/project. This provides students with an opportunity to define and execute an independent piece of research in business and management on an approved topic of their choice, possibly in collaboration with an organisation/company. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students are expected to be able to:  

  1. identify and summarise the key issues of a business or management operation

  2. design, explain and justify the research approach adopted in response to a specific applied business problem or challenge

  3. identify, summarise and critically appraise relevant literature (where appropriate)  

  4. identify, analyse, and evaluate collecteddata (where appropriate) or other available sources of information and data (e.g. available by a business, or via desk research)

  5. make a thorough and succinct application and analysis of relevant theoretical and empirical literature 

  6. identify, analyse, and evaluate collected data (where appropriate) or other available sources of information and data (e.g. available by a business, or via desk research)

  7. state, explain and justify given conclusions/chosen solutions 

  8. organise, reflect on and present information clearly, succinctly and in the required format

Additional outcomes:

Students will learn about contemporary business/management problems/issues from a variety of perspectives in the real world context. Thus, they will be required to think outside of any one discipline or narrow area of specialization. The self-directed nature of study for this module will develop the student’s ability to work on their own initiative and learn to independently organise their work on a longer-term project within a tight schedule. Student will have a chance to develop generic skills for future employment and professional development such as critical thinking and analytical skills, commercial awareness, and communication skills required for international working. 

Outline content:

(If naming individual staff, a caveat is required ‘the staffing of modules is correct at the time of writing/publication’):

This module will include lectures/sessions that are designed to provide students with the essential guide to the project. The rest of the time will be spent in one-on-one instruction with an assigned supervisor — students will have supervisory meetings either in person or via online.

Global context:

Students will discuss contemporary international/global business and management issues from a variety of perspectives in the real world context. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6
Seminars 1
Project Supervision 1 2
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20 50
    Carry-out research project 30 90
Total hours by term 0 58 142
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 20
Project output other than dissertation 80

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

(1) Individual project proposal (20%) – 2000 words +/- 10%: Week7 

(2) Final Individual project (80%) – 8000 words +/-10%: Late August/early September 

Formative assessment methods:

Formative feedback will be provided by supervisors

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. 

Assessment requirements for a pass:

The pass mark is 50% or more 

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of a new written research project (8000 words +/- 10% on a different topic) within one year of original deadline 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):


Last updated: 30 March 2023


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