Module code: MANM350

Module Overview

The Applied Research Project is a core module to all MBus programmes and is the final element of the programme, providing an opportunity for the student to undertake substantial piece of independent research. It allows students to concentrate on a topic of particular interest to them and it draws upon a range of different aspects of the taught programme particularly the Research Methods (MANM386) module.  

It also gives an opportunity for students to work under close individual supervision with an academic member of staff.

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

SIRIPIS Maltika (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 4

Independent Learning Hours: 446

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Research Methods MANM386

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Students will identify a topic area of interest that they wish to develop further through their Applied Research Project. This must be relevant to their programme of study. On the basis of this topic, students will be assigned a supervisor who will guide their work. The module is, however, largely based on self-directed study and research, which takes place during the Spring semester.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 10,000-word Applied Research Project 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The student is assessed on the basis of a 9,300-word project report and a 700 word executive summary.  The assessment criteria are available in the Dissertation Handbook provided to all students. All projects are also checked for plagiarism using an electronic plagiarism detection system.

Formative feedback

Students receive feedback throughout the semester via face to face teaching which will support them to complete the assessments.

Module aims

  • Undertake an original piece of research
  • Demonstrate an ability to select and define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level
  • Develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; analyse the issue
  • Develop recommendations and logical conclusions, be aware of the limitations of research work
  • The students will also be expected to demonstrate an awareness of any ethical dilemmas that arise in research

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Developed an indepth understanding and insight of a relevant topic of specific interest KCPT
002 Demonstrated critical engagement with exsisting literature relevant to their topic KCPT
003 Demonstrated an ability to use appropriate methodologies and to justify their use KCPT
004 Demonstrated the ability to analyse and present their data, and to critically compare these with existing knowledge KCPT
005 Demonstrated an ability to critically evaluate results to produce sound and insightful conclusions KCPT
006 Shown an ability to identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks KCPT
007 Awareness of the limitations of their study, and be able to identify new areas for investigation/new problems/new or alternative applications or methodological approaches KCPT
008 Synthesised many of the elements covered in the taught part of the programme KCPT
009 Demonstrated the ability to present a major piece of coherent work based on self-directed research KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to develop the students’ ability to conduct and report independent research. It builds on the Research Methods module, allowing students to gain experience of applying some of the principles and methods learned. Included in the strategy is the development of a research proposal to help students crystallise their ideas.

The teaching and learning methods include regular supervision and support by an experienced tutor in more generic aspects of the process. Students will discuss initial ideas with the teaching team for their programme, and then will write a short research proposal outlining the problem, research objectives and their proposed research strategy – including approaches, and, as relevant, arrangements for fieldwork, development of instruments and sample. This is a summative assessment, and allows a fruitful discussion between student and supervisor about the proposed study. The proposal should be passed and agreed with the supervisor before proceeding with the applied research project. Subsequent meetings may include discussing details of methodological approaches, how to organise fieldwork and structuring and writing the project. Where necessary, students must obtain ethical approval prior to data collection. The supervisor will also comment and provide feedback on one complete draft of the student’s work.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.