MMM141-International Business Project

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: ICM218 Research Project
Current from: 2020/1

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 international business problems/issues. Projects can be developed in conjunction with specific organizations (upon availability) or can be student-led (i.e., students choose a topic related to their chose streams of specialisation, e.g., International business, strategy, HR or Finance). 


The objective of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to think about Contemporary Issues in International Business, both from the perspective of the multinational enterprise (and its managers) and its external environment. 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/or undertaking an original piece of research with help of real life data/context. Students will have face-to-face interaction with academic supervisors that will provide personalized feedback throughout every stage of their research/project. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the literature relevant to a well-defined area of international business theory 

  2. draft a properly structured and coherent research proposal 

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

  4. dem onstrate originality in the presentation of the material, for example in bringing together the literature and information in a new way; deriving new lessons, insights or implications from the literature review, interpreting the literature in a novel manner 

Additional outcomes:

Students will learn about contemporary international business 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. Students will also develop the ability to work on their own initiative and learn to 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:

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 issues from a variety of perspectives in the real world context. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of International Business by researching and writing research project on an approved topic of their choice. 

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 30 190
Total hours by term 0
Total hours for module 300

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 25
Project output other than dissertation 75

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

(1) Individual project proposal (25%) – 2000 words +/- 10%: Week7 (summer term)

(2) Final Individual project (75%) – 8000 words +/-10%:  early September 

Formative assessment methods:

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: 4 April 2020


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