Module title: MBA Project

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: SOE11111
Module leader: Moira Hughes
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 2, 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: Moira Hughes
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods and their aligment to LOs
LO 1-6: This module will provide the opportunity to apply new knowledge within the context of students’ professional experience, reflecting on and learning from their prior experience, and developing abilities to apply this to new situations. A participative, blended learning approach to teaching and learning will be adopted in the 3 hour, two-weekly workshops. The workshops, 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 the Skills for Managers Toolkit which is available in hard copy and online via WebCT to ehance independant learning opportunites. In addition, all students are allocated a supervisor who provides regular support for the research project element of this module.

Embedding employability/PDP/scholarhsip skills
LO 1-6: The students will be engaging in PDP activites as an intergal part of this module and the overall programme. A PDP system, which is based on the Chartered Management Institutes management skills, is utilised by students in order to reflect on, plan and record their learning and development within and outwith the programme. This module also intergates practical workshops on core skills areas such as effective writing and presentations, team building, critical thinking, networking, and management research. The module includes workshops from the Confident Futures Team, the Napier Careers team and the Business School Academic Advisor, in addition to those delivered by the Module Leader. The three assessments within this module also allow students to practise their skills in key areas such as project planning, management research, and professional development planning.

Assessment (formative and summative)
LO1: The learning summary (summative) allows students to critically reflect on their lean

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 Lecture 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 384
Online Lecture 4
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1 - 6 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 14000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 004
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Moira Hughes
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods and their alignment to LOs
LO 1-5: Students will be allocated a supervisor who provides ongoing support for the research project. Peer support, in terms of methodology and methods will be provided via discussion forum on WebCT.
Students will be provided with materials which include a general introduction to the project and core academic material including texts and electronic sources such as e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources to support learning.
To support learning, students will have access to:
• Their supervisor (as appropriate) and the module leader will be available for synchronous contact.
• Module specific materials which will comprise of the undernoted:
o A module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key learning points.
o PPTs, covering key learning points.
o Podcasts/vodcasts of the student experience of completing a project.
o WebCT discussion instigated by students and moderated by the module leader.
o Project exemplars.
o A database of Frequently Asked Questions.

Embedding employability/PDP/scholarship skills
LO 1-5: The students will be engaging in PDP activites as an integral part of the overall programme and elements of these relate to the research methodologies delivered specifically in the underpinning module, Skills for Managers. The research skills utilised within this module are transferable outwith the programme and this is particularly relevant to two of the five core skills identified by the Chartered Institute of Management. The ability to critically analyse data and information is a major part of this module and an essential requirement of the MBA graduate. In addition students are required to develop skills to reflect on their personal and professional development, and research approach taken in their project.

Assessment (formative and summative)
LO1-4: The MBA Project (summative) is the final assessment of the MBA programme. This assessment is a

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 Lecture 26
Independent Learning Guided independent study 374
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1 - 6 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 14000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 005
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Moira Hughes
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods and their aligment to LOs
LO 1-6: This module will provide the opportunity to apply new knowledge within the context of students’ professional experience, reflecting on and learning from their prior experience, and developing abilities to apply this to new situations. A participative, blended learning approach to teaching and learning will be adopted in the 3 hour, two-weekly workshops. The workshops, 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 the Skills for Managers Toolkit which is available in hard copy and online via WebCT to ehance independant learning opportunites. In addition, all students are allocated a supervisor who provides regular support for the research project element of this module.

Embedding employability/PDP/scholarhsip skills
LO 1-6: The students will be engaging in PDP activites as an intergal part of this module and the overall programme. A PDP system, which is based on the Chartered Management Institutes management skills, is utilised by students in order to reflect on, plan and record their learning and development within and outwith the programme. This module also intergates practical workshops on core skills areas such as effective writing and presentations, team building, critical thinking, networking, and management research. The module includes workshops from the Confident Futures Team, the Napier Careers team and the Business School Academic Advisor, in addition to those delivered by the Module Leader. The three assessments within this module also allow students to practise their skills in key areas such as project planning, management research, and professional development planning.

Assessment (formative and summative)
LO1: The learning summary (summative) allows students to critically reflect on their lean

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 Lecture 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 384
Online Lecture 4
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1 - 6 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 14000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 3, 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: Moira Hughes
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods and their aligment to LOs
LO 1-6: This module will provide the opportunity to apply new knowledge within the context of students’ professional experience, reflecting on and learning from their prior experience, and developing abilities to apply this to new situations. A participative, blended learning approach to teaching and learning will be adopted in the 3 hour, two-weekly workshops. The workshops, 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 the Skills for Managers Toolkit which is available in hard copy and online via WebCT to ehance independant learning opportunites. In addition, all students are allocated a supervisor who provides regular support for the research project element of this module.

Embedding employability/PDP/scholarhsip skills
LO 1-6: The students will be engaging in PDP activites as an intergal part of this module and the overall programme. A PDP system, which is based on the Chartered Management Institutes management skills, is utilised by students in order to reflect on, plan and record their learning and development within and outwith the programme. This module also intergates practical workshops on core skills areas such as effective writing and presentations, team building, critical thinking, networking, and management research. The module includes workshops from the Confident Futures Team, the Napier Careers team and the Business School Academic Advisor, in addition to those delivered by the Module Leader. The three assessments within this module also allow students to practise their skills in key areas such as project planning, management research, and professional development planning.

Assessment (formative and summative)
LO1: The learning summary (summative) allows students to critically reflect on their lean

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 Lecture 26
Independent Learning Guided independent study 374
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 14000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 3, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 005
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Moira Hughes
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods and their aligment to LOs
LO 1-6: This module will provide the opportunity to apply new knowledge within the context of students’ professional experience, reflecting on and learning from their prior experience, and developing abilities to apply this to new situations. A participative, blended learning approach to teaching and learning will be adopted in the 3 hour, two-weekly workshops. The workshops, 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 the Skills for Managers Toolkit which is available in hard copy and online via WebCT to ehance independant learning opportunites. In addition, all students are allocated a supervisor who provides regular support for the research project element of this module.

Embedding employability/PDP/scholarhsip skills
LO 1-6: The students will be engaging in PDP activites as an intergal part of this module and the overall programme. A PDP system, which is based on the Chartered Management Institutes management skills, is utilised by students in order to reflect on, plan and record their learning and development within and outwith the programme. This module also intergates practical workshops on core skills areas such as effective writing and presentations, team building, critical thinking, networking, and management research. The module includes workshops from the Confident Futures Team, the Napier Careers team and the Business School Academic Advisor, in addition to those delivered by the Module Leader. The three assessments within this module also allow students to practise their skills in key areas such as project planning, management research, and professional development planning.

Assessment (formative and summative)
LO1: The learning summary (summative) allows students to critically reflect on their lean

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 Lecture 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 384
Online Lecture 4
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1 - 6 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 14000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module focuses on student professional development through working with students to develop their understanding of the practise of continuous professional development (CPD) for managers/leaders. A CPD system, informed by the Chartered Management Institute’s ‘Chartered Manager Skills’, is used as a core development tool throughout the programme. In addition, the key generic skills areas which underpin effective managers/leaders performance, are covered in practical workshops – personal and professional development, team building, oral and written presentation, networking, critical thinking, problem solving and defending ideas. The practicalities of undertaking a research project in the field of business and management at postgraduate level is also a core part of this module – a range of research approaches, qualitative and quantitative methods and data analysis techniques are included. There is also emphasis on placed on maximising the impact of research results in the practical business environment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: The ability to critically reflect on own skills strengths and development needs, then plan and manage own learning and professional development through use of a CPD system.
LO2: Plan and design a MBA research project in a relevant business and management area which has the potential to make a contribution to improvements in organisational performance.
LO3: The ability to critically review and utilise existing research and scholarship to identify new or revised approaches to practise which may require investigation.
LO4: Evaluate the rigour and validity of published research and critically assess its relevance to business and management situations.
LO5: The ability to evaluate research approaches and methods in the context of business and management to identify their appropriateness.
LO6: Present the MBA Research project in a clear, logical and systematic manner.

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