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Business Research Project

Module titleBusiness Research Project
Module codeINT0050
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Felicia Anne Heard (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

The ability to carry out initial investigation into a specific business area is a key academic and business skill that will support you for your further studies.  This module will provide you with the opportunity to carry out a small-scale business focussed project. You will work in small groups to carry out some research and analysis and share your project findings with others.  You will be supported by our teacher/project supervisor throughout the process of preparing your project.

The knowledge and skills developed in this module will provide a very good foundation for undergraduate studies.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to prepare a small scale business project linked to their specific subject and business interests working in a small project team.

You will be taught how to carry out independent study and will identify and agree a relevant and appropriate business related focus for your study. You will be supported by your teacher/project supervisor who will meet with your group on a regular basis to discuss your project ideas.

You will be assessed by a group visual summary of your project findings and a Project Portfolio, that you will share with your peers and others.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Apply the knowledge, theories and concepts you have learnt from your studies to respond to new contexts
  • 2. Read widely about your subject going beyond the basic texts

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Analyse and evaluate information
  • 4. Demonstrate appropriate academic literacy practices using citation and providing bibliographies correctly

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. With support, take responsibility for your own learning and contribute to the group work
  • 6. Present your work to others communicating logically and effectively in written, oral and visual forms
  • 7. Reflect on own contribution to the group and learning from this experience
  • 8. Undertake straightforward research tasks within a given framework with guidance

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Topics covered in taught elements:

  • Formulating and clarifying a research topic
  • Development of research skills
  • Approaches to research
  • Ethical research planning
  • Effective academic reading
  • Managing time and project planning skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Analysing and evaluating information
  • Synthesis and project report writing skills
  • Presenting findings to others in visual format

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching (synchronous)30Weekly class and teacher led seminars
Presentation of findings (asynchronous)10Presenting information visually to others
Group Working (asynchronous)60Working on group research project and group meetings


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Project proposalMaximum 2 sides of A41, 2, 8Verbal and Written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group visual display of findings and portfolio75Academic poster, short video clip etc.1-6, 8Written feedback on formal submission
Group Reflective Statement25Each student writes 200 words as part of a group statement6, 7Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group visual display of findings and portfolioReworking of visual display of findings. Individual 'viva'1-8As soon as possible and before APAC
Group Reflective StatementReworking of visual display of findings. Individual 'viva'1-8As soon as possible and before APAC

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for reasons judged legitimate by the Mitigation Committee, the applicable assessment will normally be deferred. See ‘Details of reassessment’ for the form that assessment usually takes. When deferral occurs there is ordinarily no change to the overall weighting of that assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to take a re-sit exam. Only your performance in this exam will count towards your final module grade. A grade of 40% will be awarded if the examination is passed.


Note: Attendance of all group members at the Exhibition is compulsory in order for individuals to pass the ‘Visual Display of findings’ element of this module.


Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Bailey, S. (2011) Academic Writing, a handbook for International Students (3rd Edn). Abingdon, England: Routledge

Cottrell, S. (2013) The Study Skills Handbook (4th Edn). Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan

Greetham, B. (2016) Smart Thinking.  London, England: Palgrave Macmillan

Tissington & Orthodoxou (2014). Study Skills for Business and Management Sage

Key words search

Business project, reflective practice

Credit value10
Module ECTS


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