Module title: MBA Practice Project

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: HRM11123
Module leader: Rowan Steele
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

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2019/0, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lesley McLean
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods and their alignment to LOs:
This module will provide the opportunity to apply new knowledge within the context of your professional experience, reflecting on and learning from your prior experience, and developing abilities to apply this to new situations. Students will be introduced to the content on research methods over a period of 10 weeks in semester 1 and will be supported in producing an MBA practice project through consultations with an individual supervisor. The sessions delivered by a team of specialist staff, will make use of short lectures, small and large group discussion, case studies, role play, class activities and discussions, and some independent learning. Learning will be supported by a range of supporting resources on Moodle to enhance independent learning opportunities.

Embedding employability/PDP/scholarship skills:
The module will help enhance the research, employability and scholarship skills of students through helping them see the links between theory and practice. Students will have the opportunity to collect and evaluate research and assess the credibility and validity of published research. They will have the opportunity to collect primary research and compile a practice-based project based upon the data collected.

Assessment:
This assessment is a major project based on a key business or management area in which you will be required to identify and analyse a specific problem/issue which requires investigation. Students will first need to complete a 3500 word proposal which will feed into the larger MBA practice project. Students will receive regular formative feedback on their work through meetings with their individual supervisor.



Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 26
Independent Learning Guided independent study 574
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 15 2,3 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Dissertation 85 1-6 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 140000
Component 1 subtotal: 15
Component 2 subtotal: 85
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lesley McLean
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods and their alignment to LOs:
This module will provide the opportunity to apply new knowledge within the context of your professional experience, reflecting on and learning from your prior experience, and developing abilities to apply this to new situations. Students will be introduced to the content on research methods over a period of 10 weeks in semester 1 and will be supported in producing an MBA practice project through consultations with an individual supervisor. The sessions delivered by a team of specialist staff, will make use of short lectures, small and large group discussion, case studies, role play, class activities and discussions, and some independent learning. Learning will be supported by a range of supporting resources on Moodle to enhance independent learning opportunities.

Embedding employability/PDP/scholarship skills:
The module will help enhance the research, employability and scholarship skills of students through helping them see the links between theory and practice. Students will have the opportunity to collect and evaluate research and assess the credibility and validity of published research. They will have the opportunity to collect primary research and compile a practice-based project based upon the data collected.

Assessment:
This assessment is a major project based on a key business or management area in which you will be required to identify and analyse a specific problem/issue which requires investigation. Students will first need to complete a 3500 word proposal which will feed into the larger MBA practice project. Students will receive regular formative feedback on their work through meetings with their individual supervisor.


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 26
Independent Learning Guided independent study 574
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 15 2,3 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Dissertation 85 1-6 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 140000
Component 1 subtotal: 15
Component 2 subtotal: 85
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The following content will be covered within the module:
• Conducting a Literature Review
• Research Philosophy
• Research Ethics
• Research Design
• Collecting and Recording Qualitative Data
• Analysing Qualitative Data
• Collecting and Recording Quantitative Data
• Analysing Quantitative Data
• Analysing Quantitative Data
• Making Conclusions and Recommendations

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Plan and design a MBA practice project in a relevant business and management area which has the potential to make a contribution to improvements in organisational performance.

LO2: Critically review and utilise existing research and scholarship to identify new or revised approaches to practise which may require investigation.

LO3: Evaluate the rigour and validity of published research and critically assess its relevance to business and management situations.

LO4: Evaluate research approaches and methods in the context of business and management to identify their appropriateness.

LO5: Present the MBA practice project in a clear, logical and systematic manner.

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