BUS3143 : Independent International Business Research Project

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


This module is a research-led alternative to the dissertation. Drawing on student learning across their programme of study, the module aims to provide students with an opportunity to engage in depth with contemporary research in international business management.

Students will be introduced to the latest research in the core disciplines of their programme (international management, international marketing, international human resources, international business, international innovation and enterprise) through classes in Semester 1. They will select one topic for independent investigation in Semester 2 and:
•       undertake a systematic, literature review on the chosen topic;
•       critically assess and interpret these studies;
•       interpret the implications of these studies in relation to current business practice;
•       produce an individual, independent report considering the outcomes of their analysis and implications for practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

There is no set syllabus for this module because it will draw on contemporary issues affecting international business and cover the latest research advances in the field. The topics covered will include topics connected with the taught programme.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1186:00186:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision31:003:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module consists of a mix of lectures, small group teaching, drop-in surgeries and supervision sessions and is structured as follows:

Semester 1
•       The lectures introduce students to three different contemporary research topics relating to a range of disciplines covered in their degree programme.
•       Small group provides targeted refresher sessions on key resources and skills.

Semester 2
•       The drop-in surgeries and supervision sessions provide ongoing formative feedback and support for the development of the independent project report.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M1005000 word in-depth literature review
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MTo enable the module team to give formative feedback on key aspects of the in-depth literature review.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module provides students with the opportunity to apply their learning to a specific contemporary international business issue. The assessment enables students to produce a meaningful project that combines in-depth, advanced knowledge of a topic area with implications for practice.

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