APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT (MASTERS) - 2022/3

Module code: MANM396

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 (MANM169) and International Business Investigation (MANM008) modules. It also gives an opportunity for students to work under close individual supervision with an academic member of staff.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

O'BRIEN Just (SBS)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: X210

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 430

Tutorial Hours: 10

Guided Learning: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Not required

Module content

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 pathway of study. On the basis of this topic, students will be assigned a supervisor who will guide their work. The module is, independent to the extent that it is based largely on self-directed study and research; it will take place during the Spring semester.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) 10,000-WORD APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

Assessment Strategy: The student is assessed entirely on the basis of their written research project. The assessment criteria will be available in the Applied Research Project Module Handbook which will be provided to all students. All Projects are checked for plagiarism using an electronic plagiarism detection system.

Module aims

  • The module is designed to allow students to:
    (1) Undertake substantial piece of independent research within their chosen pathway
    (2) Design, develop and apply relevant methodologies rigorously to collect and analyse data ethically
    (3) Draw on theoretical foundations to develop practical recommendations and logical conclusions, noting any limitations

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Identify, collect, and critically evaluate data and information from a variety of academic and industry sources ethically; KCPT
001 Select and critically apply an appropriate, systematic methodological approach to address a research question; KCPT
003 Deconstruct, evaluate and synthesise a problem from more than one perspective; KCPT
004 Critically apply and synthesise appropriate concepts, models, theories from the taught part of the programme; KCPT
005 Effectively communicate the results of an extended, self-directed research study. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module commences in the Spring Semester, and is completed by early June of the same year.

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to develop the students’ ability to conduct and report independent research within their chosen pathway. It builds on the Research Methods and Applied Research Methods International Business Investigation modules, 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 develop, articulate and operationalize 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 submit chapters to their supervisor and attend meetings to discuss the work and the tutor’s feedback.

The supervisor will comment and provide feedback on one complete draft of the student’s work prior to submission for examination.

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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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 2022/3 academic year.