NBS8693 : Work Based Partnership Project (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1.To allow students to undertake a collaborative project to apply learning from the Postgraduate Certificate stage to a relevant workplace issue, and address ethical and sustainability issues associated with the project undertaken.

2.To develop research skills and enhance practical knowledge of the implications of selected ideas from the Postgraduate Certificate stage in relation to the workplace.

3.To enable students to work on a collaborative project and thereby develop skills of negotiation, collaborative working and team working.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will be largely determined by the focus and nature of the project undertaken and this will be agreed between the module leader and the group. Projects will look at a single ‘employee relations’ issue across the workplaces of group members and it is expected that the project will be linked to one of the thematic areas address in the Postgraduate Certificate stage of the programme (The Nature of the Workplace; Communication and Engagement; Influence in the Workplace; and Enacting Change) and will look at an issue from the perspectives addressed in the two co-requisite modules (Employee Relations: Principles and Practice and Leading in the Workplace). Employability skills of team working, project planning, negotiation, time-management and problem solving will also be addressed through the module’s studies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1164:00164:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops65:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module and its learning outcomes will be delivered largely through independent study. The student led activity will enable students to develop skills of negotiation, collaborative working and team working.
Students will work in small groups (two or three participants) on a comparative project looking at a common ‘employee relations’ issue in their own and others’ workplaces. The specific topic will have to be agreed with the module leader. This will require students to undertake a collaborative research project across theirs and other group members’ workplaces. As part of workshops undertaken in the Postgraduate Certificate stage of the programme students will have an introduction to key research issues including ethical concerns. They will have the opportunity for ongoing consultation on their project with the module leader on their project either face to face, or virtually and thereby gain oral and informal feedback upon their project. Directed study will provide guidance on research and project management skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302M30Group presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M70Group assignment of 4000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment is through two pieces of group coursework. Students will complete a group project report that will describe the research undertaken and its findings, focusing on the application of learning from the Postgraduate Certificate and looking comparatively across the workplaces considered. The second of these will a group presentation focusing on the project findings and group and personal learning obtained from the project undertaken. The programme of study will include an opportunity for students to give this presentation in front of their peers and the programme team. Together, these will address all the module learning outcomes and ensure students integrate their learning across the Postgraduate Certificate stage of study.

Reading Lists