Module code: MANM464

Module Overview

The Work Based Project is a compulsory element to this programme and plays the same role as a dissertation in our full-time taught MSc programmes. The Work Based Project is the final element of the programme, providing an opportunity for a sustained period of independent study, research and application of learning in the workplace. It allows learners to concentrate on topics that are of particular interest to them and it draws upon a range of different aspects of the taught programme particularly the Research Methods module. It also gives an opportunity for learners to work independently with individual supervision.

The Work Based Project is an applied dissertation. This form of dissertation can either:

a) Start with an emerging business problem or issue the learners’ employer is experiencing and seek to provide a research based solution to or exploration of the problem or issue.

b) Be a business plan dissertation. This form of dissertation starts with a business idea, arising from the learner, and provides an opportunity to develop this idea, through a process of research, into a clearly defined business plan

Both forms of the dissertation seek to develop the same learning outcomes and follow the same assessment criteria.

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

WATSON Jacqueline (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N120

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of all taught modules on the MSc programme.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

This is not a taught module and is based on the learner’s independent research. There is, therefore, no indicative content for this module.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) PRODUCTION OF DISSERTATION – 10,000 WORDS 90

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to draw together the knowledge, skills and behaviours they have developed throughout the course of their studies. The Work Based Project gives learners the opportunity to prove their ability to identify a viable topic for research and to then undertake the relevant work to address their issue, problem or opportunity.

We would expect an academic Master’s level dissertation to cover the following key areas:

  • Introduction – setting the issue, problem or opportunity in context

  • Literature review – to define a strategy to address the issue, problem or opportunity

  • Research method – outlining the rationale for and approach to the research methodology

  • Results and discussion section – interpretation of findings with reference to relevant theories, relevant literature or established professional practice

  • Recommendations – to demonstrate how the research has addressed the issue, problem or opportunity

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • The production of a research proposal to be agreed with the supervisor

  • Production of an applied dissertation to demonstrate the value of the research approach to the identified issue

Formative assessment

Learners will be required to submit a draft version of the final dissertation for critical feedback and review from the supervisor.


Learners will receive feedback on both their research proposal and their first draft of the dissertation. Learners will also receive feedback on the final submission of their dissertation.

Module aims

  • Provide learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, empirical investigation of a live business issue, problem or opportunity. The process of preparing and writing a dissertation provides the learner with the opportunity to pursue in depth a topic of his or her own choice. It should allow them to apply and develop research skills acquired during the MSc program and to demonstrate a reflective understanding of the research endeavour through their own work.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Identify a viable research issue or question pertinent to the learner’s own organisation. The issues could be a problem or an opportunity and be formulated within the context of the relevant theories and literature C
002 Conduct and present a comprehensive, critical literature review K
003 Design a strategy for investigation (design, procedure, methods of data collection) that will address the research question that can then be logically defended CP
004 Evaluate and Conduct appropriate statistical analysis or apply relevant qualitative analytical tools to address the research question C
005 Critically interpret findings with reference to relevant theory and /or previous research in an informed way and acknowledging their own role in the analytical process C
006 Coherently argue the benefits and limitations of research and their research methodology C
007 Identify implications and opportunities for further research and identify practical implications with due recognition of the scope and boundaries of these implications C
008 Self-organisation, project planning, scheduling and time management and initiative by being able to balance the demands of their operational roles with the demands of their project PT
009 Communication with the supervisor in a constructive manner about the project and project progress PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 10

Independent Study Hours: 590

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to develop the learners’ ability to conduct, apply and report independent research. It builds on all the taught modules, and especially the Research Methods and Reflective Practice module, allowing learners 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 learners crystallise their ideas.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Teaching and learning methods include regular supervision and support by an experience tutor in more generic aspects of the process. Learners will discuss initial ideas with the teaching team and Programme Manager to develop a short research proposal outlining the problem or opportunituy, research objectives and their proposed research strategy. This is a summative assessment to enable deeper discussions between the learner and supervisors about the proposed study. The proposal needs to be passed and agreed with the supervisor before proceeding with the dissertation.

Subsequent supervision meetings may include discussing details of methodological approaches, how to organise the data collection and structuring and writing the final report. Where necessary learners will need to obtain permission for data collection and provide evidence of this approval before collecting the data. All learners will be required to adhere to the relevant code of ethics in terms of handling data as set out by the University and their employer.

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.