Surrey University Stag


Module code: MAN3116

Module Overview

The module provides the opportunity for students to undertake a substantial piece of work in the field of their study, using skills drawn from the undergraduate programme. The business research project is based on collecting appropriate data aiming at offering solutions to the identified business issue. 

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

SIAMPOS Anastasios (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: X200

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 138

Lecture Hours: 8

Guided Learning: 4

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Problem definition (academic & applied rationale)

  • Context & background (akin to traditional ‘literature review’)

  • Methodology (quantitative and qualitative)

  • Analysis & discussion (business data, case studies, critical appraisal of published research)

  • Applied evaluative conclusion (key findings of project)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) GROUP PROJECT REPORT (10,000 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment

4,000 individual project

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities of identifying a suitable research topic and conduct an independent business research based on academic literature and collected data.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a business project report (10,000 words).

Formative assessment and feedback

A supervisor will be allocated to the group by the module co-ordinator on the basis of the BRP group proposal. Each group is required to have up to 4 meetings with the supervisor, who will monitor the project progress and provide formative feedback during these meetings.

Module aims

  • The overall aim of the business research project is to analyse and critically evaluate existing research work in order to address a business problem. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate their capabilities of analysing business problems and critically evaluating potential solutions. Students will acquire and develop a number of skills including problem definition, data analysis, and systematic review of the existing material produced by researchers and practitioners. In addition, students will be assisted in presenting the project according to accepted academic conventions.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Formulate and justify a suitable business research topic relevant to their degree studies. KC
2 Review and analyse existing literature to identify key concepts. C
3 Evaluate information collected to draw appropriate conclusions. C
4 Communicate findings in a clear and effective manner in terms of a high quality and well-structured project according to conventions for academic reports. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to help students conduct a substantial piece of research work under the general guidance of module coordinator and area-specific supervision from assigned supervisors.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Whole cohort lectures (4 x 2 hours) and lab (1 x 1 hour) on business research related topics.

  • Team learning (group of 3 members) under the guidance of a supervisor, with students expected to make 4 meetings and attend progress meetings throughout the duration of the module

  • E-resources, including the BRP Handbook, available through the module’s SurreyLearn site.

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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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Business Management (Dual degree with SII-DUFE) BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Accounting and Finance (Dual degree with SII-DUFE ) BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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 2023/4 academic year.