MMM160-Business and Management Project

Module Provider: Henley Business School
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Yipeng Liu

Type of module:

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.

Summary module description:

The project serves as a capstone module for the Masters in Management (MIM) programme. Students are expected to draw on knowledge and experience gained across the programme, and to apply it to a contemporary management problem or issue. The projects are developed in conjunction with specific organisations, and they address a topic that is relevant to contemporary management practice. 


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 supervisor 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 it is expected that the student will be able to: 

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

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. Id entify, 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)

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

6. State, explain and justify given conclusions/chosen solutions 

7. Organise, reflect on and present information clearly, succinctly and in the requi red format

Additional outcomes:

Students will learn about contemporary business/management problems/issues from a variety of perspectives in the real world context. The self-directed nature of study for this module should develop the students’ ability to research, problem-solving and learn independently and to make effective use of their time and the resources available. Students working on projects designed in conjunction with organisations will gain valuable experience of working to meet the expectations of an external ‘client’. 

Outline content:

  1. Autumn and Spring term lectures will introduce students to the requirements of the project 

  2. Students will be allocated a supervisor and they will have three face-to-face meetings of up to one hour each with the students. 

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:

Lectures will be used to provide initial guidance. Students will also be allocated a tutor to act as supervisors. The supervisors will provide a minimum of three hours contact for consultation as necessary. Learning will largely be student-centred and unique to the student. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 4
Seminars 2 2
Project Supervision 1 2
Guided independent study:      
    Carry-out research project 24 259
Total hours by term 8 31 261
Total hours for module 300

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 25
Project output other than dissertation 60
Oral assessment and presentation 15

Summative assessment- Examinations:

No examination

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework One: Group Presentation. Carries 15% weight in module assessment. Submission Date: July.

Coursework Two: Group Report (5,000 words; 10 percent -/+ is permissible). Carries 25% weight in module assessment. Submission date: Early August


Coursework Three: Individual report (5,000 words; 10 percent -/+ is permissible). Carries 60% weight in module assessment. Submission date: Early August. 

An analysis of a) the underlying problem or challenge for this business which the team project focussed on and its importance for the future of this organisation in this country and region, and b) Critically analyse and reflect your own contribution to solve a particular aspect of the company challenge by using relevant management theories. It is recommended that the wordcount is split between the two questions, and each bears a fifty percent in the overall mark for this CW.


Note that it is a requirement of the award of MSc that students must pass this module. 

Formative assessment methods:


Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:  

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A module mark of 50%. Note that this is a module of special significance in the degree (pathway) and it is a requirement of the award of the MSc that students pass this module. 

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-assessment is by individual project only, supported by a 8000 words project report, where 10 percent -/+ is permissible (similar to combining cw2 and cw3 of the module). Students have one year to re-submit. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):


Last updated: 8 April 2021


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