NBS8520 : MBA Individual Project
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Oliver Mallett
- Lecturer: Dr Michael Price, Dr Wubiao Zhou, Professor Alan McKinlay
- Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||5|
|Semester 3 Credit Value:||45|
This is a compulsory module designed to allow the students to demonstrate their understanding of a wide range of materials covered on the programme. The module includes three parts:
(1) Compulsory introductory research methods lectures that students must attend and utilise to develop a research proposal.
(2) Students will attend further compulsory research methods lectures and workshops to develop their proposals and their research skills.
(3) Students will be allocated an academic tutor and receive academic supervision to support independent study and to complete their Individual Project report.
The Individual Project can take the form of either an Individual Research Project on an approved topic of interest to the student, a Corporate Consultancy Project based on a corporate project sourced by NUBS, or an Entrepreneurial Business Plan for an idea identified by the student.
All projects will utilise research skills to answer a research question derived from the academic literature.
In the case of Individual Research Projects the identification of the topic and the development of the research question is by the student, subject to approval by the academic tutor.
For Corporate Consultancy Projects the topic is usually established by the external organisation but the precise scope and research questions will be developed by the student, in consultation with the external organisation and subject to approval by the academic tutor. A limited number of corporate projects may be available for MBA students and acceptance of any student to undertake a Corporate Consultancy Project will be at the discretion of the MBA Director.
For an Entrepreneurial Business Plan, the idea will have been identified by the student (typically during earlier modules on entrepreneurship) but its suitability for development as a Business Plan of sufficient complexity to justify it as the focus of the Individual Project will be subject to approval by the academic tutor or module leader.
The module aims to:
• Provide the opportunity for students to undertake independent research in which they apply appropriate tools of analysis.
• Enable students to sharpen critical and analytical skills in gathering and interpreting information and identify significant issues/themes themselves.
• Enable students to further enhance and develop subject-specific knowledge through conducting desk research and/or empirical work.
• Enable students to relate academic issues and concepts to real-world problems.
• Further enhance interpersonal and transferable skills through oral/written communication, negotiation, problem solving, time management, and self-motivation and creativity.
Outline Of Syllabus
The compulsory lectures will include the following topics:
• Introduction to MBA Individual Project and business research
• Using research to solve business problems and develop recommendations
• The role of literature in business research and formulating a research topic
• Qualitative research
• Quantitative research
• Developing a research proposal
• Research ethics and risk
• Writing your Individual Project Report
Compulsory research methods workshops will include:
• Introduction to qualitative analysis
• Introduction to quantitative anaylsis
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||3:00||30:00||Research Methods Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||2||2:00||4:00||Workshops on qualitative and quantitative tools|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||5||1:00||5:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||461:00||461:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The research methods workshops will provide students with essential research skills for carrying out independent research projects. The academic supervision will continuously support students and provide relevant guidance. The Individual Project is therefore an independent piece of work that will be supported through the academic tutorial system.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||10||Research Proposal (3000 words)|
|Report||3||M||90||Individual Project Report - 12,000 words.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
An in-depth Project Report allows the student to demonstrate their ability to undertake independent research.
All students will produce a final written Project Report on the independent research conducted, grounded in relevant academic literature.
For the Individual Research Project and Corporate Consultancy Project routes, the grounding in academic literature is expected to follow the form and standards required for a traditional Masters dissertation.
In the case of the Entrepreneurial Business Plan, and notwithstanding that the audience for business plans per se do not normally require the plan to be grounded in academic literature, the final report will be expected to locate the plan in relation to appropriate academic literature, for example on why similar sorts of entrepreneurial schemes succeed and fail, and to demonstrate how the plan has taken account of such issues.
Unless agreed otherwise in advance by the academic tutor or module leader, all final reports will include an Executive Summary and Recommendations. These two sections will be clearly derived from the research conducted and written for a non-academic audience.