Core Module Information
Module title: MBA Capstone Project

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

Module code: SOE11149
Module leader: Mahinda Yapa Mudiyanselage
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management

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

Description of module content:

The Capstone Project provides you with the opportunity to apply the understanding, knowledge, analytical and conceptual tools and personal skills gained from the taught courses to an in-depth study of a selected company. It consolidates the learning, knowledge and skills that you have already taken place as well as developing your capability to undertake inductive or deductive case study analyses. It can thus be seen as the culmination of the entire MBA programme.
In groups, you will select a company and deploy the knowledge background acquired during your studies in a specialist area of business and management to conduct your research. Common specialisms are: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/sustainability, entrepreneurship, HRM, innovation, leadership, marketing, operations management/supply chains and strategy. The Capstone Project enables you to put into practice theories and concepts learned on the MBA programme and provides an opportunity to study a particular company and management specialism in detail.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of the module, students are expected to:

LO1: The ability to critically reflect on your team’s skills strengths and development needs, then plan and manage your team’s learning and professional development through use of a CPD system.
LO2: The ability to 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: The ability to evaluate research approaches and methods in the context of business and management to identify their appropriateness.
LO5: The ability to make practical recommendations, based on critical analysis, to the organisation on how the organisation can improve its performance.
LO6: Present the MBA Capstone Project in a clear, logical and systematic manner.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lesley Pender
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The first 3 weeks of the module will comprise of face-to-face, interactive lectures aimed at equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully complete the assessments, including how to work effectively in teams.

In Week 2, you will be asked to independently set up teams composed of 4-5 students each. Subsequently, the teams shall select a company and deploy the knowledge background acquired during the programme. In week 4, a 15 minute (i.e.10 minutes for delivering the presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A and verbal feedback). The Team Presentation will be instrumental in introducing: (1) the company you have selected and its historical development; (2) the problem that your research will address; (3) the management specialism that will be used to inform your analysis; (4) three key pieces of relevant literature; and (5) the Workplan that the team has set up to complete the Report. The Captsone Report will build on the work done for the Team Presentation and the continuous feedback received after its delivery.

Students will be supported by regular engagement with their supervisor, especially from the end of lectures in week 3.

The Capstone Project is a group-based project which is managed by the group and supported through supervision by a member of academic staff and guidance provided via the dedicated Moodle site.
The Capstone Project runs for MBA LP, MBA EM, and MBA SPM. Depending on the cohort, the module can last 2 trimesters or only 1. Specifically, in the 2-trimester delivery mode: the module will run in alternative weeks. For example, Week 1, Week 3, Week 5, Week 7, Week 9, Week 11, Week 13, Week 15 (Trimester 1) AND Week 1, Week 3, Week 5, Week 7, Week 9, Week 11, Week 13, Week 15 (Trimester 2). This ensures that there is no change to content, just the length.

Formative Assessment:
Students will receive formative assessment from their supervisor throughout the module on a regular basis.

Summative Assessment:
A 10,000 word Capstone Project Report of which 10% is peer assessment.

The following is a recommended format for the Report:

1. Executive Summary
2. Introduction
3. Capstone Company: A detailed Overview
4. Critical Literature Review
5. Critical discussion of secondary data analysis and alternative approaches
6. Findings
7. Recommendations and Conclusions
8. References
9. Appendices

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 388
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 75 LO 1-4 14/15 , WORDS= 10000
Reflective Log 15
Oral Presentation 10
Component 1 subtotal: 75
Component 2 subtotal: 25
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Contact your module leader