MMM155-International Applied Challenge

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Current from: 2023/4

Module Convenor: Dr Wahab Shahbaz

Module Co-convenor: Prof Jean- Anne Stewart

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This capstone module offers intensive experiential learning within an international context. It provides an opportunity for student groups to visit a particular country, its institutions and business communities. The objective is to explore business management practices, analyse the impact of various factors on businesses, and assess the challenges and opportunities that businesses encounter in an international context. This module aims to cultivate a network of proactive young professionals and students with a global perspective who actively engage in business initiatives and management studies. Partner institutions in the host country play a crucial role in arranging the itinerary and hosting the visit. Students collaborate in teams for 4-weeks to develop their international capabilities and build their global network. 


The module aims to provide students with a transformative international learning experience. Through an international study visit, students will explore diverse business and management practices, and gain a deep understanding of how various factors impact businesses in an international context. The students will get the opportunity to apply their entrepreneurial expertise within specific international settings. This module is designed to equip students with a robust set of professional skills, encompassing effective teamwork, articulate verbal and written communication, effective problem-solving, rigorous research and analysis capabilities, and advanced critical thinking abilities within an international framework.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students should have demonstrated an ability to: 

  • apply their entrepreneurial knowledge, skill, and experience within a particular international context /country; 

  • analyse the impact of economic, political, social, legal, environmental, and technological factors on business management practices in a specific country;

  • evaluate the challenges and opportunities associated with the adoption of sustainability oriented practices within businesses;

  • demonstrate professional skills including teamwork, verbal and written communication, problem solving, research and analysis, and critical thinking in an international context.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

  • Spring term classes will introduce students to the international applied challenge. In this term, the detailed programme of the international visit will be provided to the students based on institutional policy/decisions.

  • All students are required to attend the study visit abroad (subject to institutional decisions) and participate in all lectures, seminars and group tasks.

  • Students will have to sign a letter, stipulating some formalities in respect to the module. This may include approaches to study tasks during the time in a particular country, conditions of confidentiality of client and company information (in relation to company visits) and considerations of data protection. The outlined obligations extend to information contained in any documents, reports, spreadsheets or other materials produced by students regarding the placement in support of the module.

Global context:

The module is specifically designed to ensure that students have an opportunity to broaden and enrich their global perspective by studying and interacting with local firms/start-ups/organisations within an international context.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

A combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, and visits along with a group presentation and an individual written essay.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2 20
Seminars 2 10
Supervised time in studio/workshop 16
External visits 20
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 30
    Preparation for presentations 20
    Group study tasks 40
    Essay preparation 40
Total hours by term 0 4 196
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Oral assessment and presentation 60

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

  1. An oral group presentation which counts 60% of the overall module mark. To be submitted in person at the host institution during the final week of the study visit. 

  2. An individual written assignment (1500 words) which counts 40% of the overall module mark. Submission early September.

Formative assessment methods:

Formative feedback is given to the students by faculty during supervised time in seminars/workshops.

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:
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:

A weighted average of 50% or more required.

Reassessment arrangements:

A 4,000 words individual written project to be submitted by the following August/September. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 17 November 2023


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