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Unit information: Applied Work-based Project in 2021/22

Unit name Applied Work-based Project
Unit code MGRCM0008
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Ms. Ballard
Open unit status Not open

The taught element of the programme



School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The Applied Work-based Project (dissertation) is designed to allow students to pursue a major piece of research into an area of personal interest. Students will be allowed a very wide choice in the dissertation topic as long as it clearly relates to some aspect of strategy, change or leadership in organisations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, students will be able to:

1. Understand the importance of achieving proficiency as researchers so that they can both undertake research in an organisational setting and be better consumers of research they commission or encounter in their jobs.

2. Undertake a piece of research using primary and/or secondary data sources.

3. Research and construct a literature review using a range of scholarly materials.

4. Outline and justify methodological choices made in the research process including research ethics process and considerations.

5. Use a wide range of evidence including the discipline literature to inform their study findings.

6. Develop robust conclusions and recommendations.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, seminars, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Information

Dissertation of 10,000 to 15,000 words (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.