WORK-BASED PROJECT (BLENDED LEARNING) - 2021/2
Module code: MANM464
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The Work Based Project is a compulsory capstone project, which enables learners to demonstrate their ability to bring knowledge and skills acquired during the entire programme to practice in the workplace, a holistic way. The project topic/coverage will be agreed between the employer and learner and must be of benefit to the business. It can take two forms:
A business plan: learners may wish to start a new business idea within their current organisation (new product launch or new outlet in a new market for example). The business plan will have to be actionable and will be judged in how completing it makes the case for the organisation stakeholders, or potential venture capitalist.
A consultancy report: learners may prefer to work on a live business problem within their organisation or industry to find solutions. A consultancy report will have to be actionable by the organisation and will be judged on the added value that the customers received from the consultancy.
Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management
WATSON Jackie (Hosp & Tour)
Number of Credits: 60
ECTS Credits: 30
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: N120
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Completion of all taught modules on the MSc programme.
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 type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||INDIVIDUAL PRODUCTION OF FINAL RESEARCH PROPOSAL – 1,000 WORDS||10|
|Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation)||INDIVIDUAL PRODUCTION OF REPORT – 10,000 WORDS||90|
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 a Master’s level work-based project report 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 section – interpretation of findings with reference to relevant literature or established professional practice
- Recommendations – to demonstrate how the work-based project has addressed the issue, problem or opportunity
The production of a work-based project report, which bring together elements of the learning from different parts of the programme and show their accumulated knowledge and understanding of management and its application in their organisation.
Learners will be required to submit a draft version of their report for critical feedback and review from the supervisor three months before then end of the module.
Learners will receive feedback on both their final and their draft report.
- Enable learners to address real problems and propose valuable, actionable solutions.
- Improve learners’ ability to identify opportunities for their own organisations or their industry and present them in an actionable and compelling way.
- Provide learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, empirical investigation of a live business issue, problem or opportunity and showcase the learning acquired during the programme.
|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|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 7
Independent Study Hours: 56
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy for the Work-based Project Module, is designed to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and progress, developing further the skills they gained over the programme and think critically about their role as senior leaders, providers of solutions or enablers of opportunities for stakeholders in their organisation.
The University’s virtual learning environment (SurreyLearn) will be used to support learners by proving them with teaching materials and additional resources including links to web-based information.
The learning and teaching methods includes:
- Student-led virtual class discussions to discuss theory and the application of acquired knowledge into practice.
- One-on-one interactions between student and supervisor for formative feedback.
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 2021/2 academic year.