Surrey University Stag


Module code: MANM482

Module Overview

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.

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

WATSON Jackie (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code:

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

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

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

Assessment pattern

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

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 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



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

The production of a work-based project report, which bring together elements of the learning from different part of the programme and show their accumulated knowledge and understanding of management and its application in their organisation.


Formative assessment

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.

Module aims

  • 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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
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

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The hours listed within the overall student workload section represent off-the-job 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:

  1. 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.

Reading list
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Other information

The planning of this module is underpinned by the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship Standard. Learners who are studying this module as part of an apprenticeship should also refer to the Senior Leader Standards. Studying this module will support learners to produce suitable evidence for their e-portfolio to fully or partially meet specific Senior Leader standards listed below:


Organisational Performance – delivering a long-term purpose



  • Able to manage conflict. Manages partnerships, people and resources effectively, and measures outcomes. (S2)
  • Able to undertake research, and critically analyse and integrate complex information. (S3)


Innovation and Change

  • Knowledge of systems thinking, knowledge/data management, and programme management. (K5)
  • Able to manage conflict. Manages partnerships, people and resources effectively, and measures outcomes. (S5)
  • Acts where needed as a Sponsor, championing projects and transformation of services across organisational boundaries. (S6)


Enterprise and Risk

  • Understands competitive strategies and entrepreneurialism, approaches to effective decision making, and the use of big data and insight to implement and manage change. (K7)



  • Oversees financial strategies/management, results and setting organisational budgets, and challenges financial assumptions underpinning strategies. (S9)
  • Is accountable for decisions based on relevant information e.g. Key Performance Indicators/scorecard. (S10)
  • Uses financial data to allocate resources. (S11)


Interpersonal Excellence Leading people and developing collaborative relationships:


Leading & Developing People

  • Enables an open and high performance working and sets goals and accountabilities for teams and individuals. (S16)
  • Leads and influences people, building constructive working relationships across teams, using matrix management where required. (S17)
  • Ensures workforce skills are utilised, balancing people and technical skills and encouraging continual development. (S18)


Developing/ Building Collaborative Relationships

  • Understands large scale and inter-organisational influencing and negotiation strategies. (K12)


Personal and interpersonal effectiveness


Judgement and Challenge


  • Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to challenge when making decisions and solving problems. (B4)


Courage & Curiosity


  • Manages complexity and ambiguity, comfortable in uncertainty, and is pragmatic. (B6)




  • Advocates the use of good practice within and outside the organisation. (B10)


K – Knowledge S – Skills B - Behaviours

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.