Module code: MANM363

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 15

Workshop Hours: 22

Independent Study Hours: 263

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) INTEGRATIVE APPLIED PROJECT (10,000 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This is a capstone project, which enables students to demonstrate their ability to bring the knowledge and skills acquired during the entire programme to practice in a holistic way. The project can take two forms:

A business plan – students may want to start their own business and this project can be the first step on that journey. The business plan will have to be actionable and will be judged on how compelling it makes the case for the entrepreneur or the venture capitalist.;
A consultancy report –  students may prefer to work on live business problems to find solutions. A consultancy will have to be actionable by the client and will be judged on the added value that the customer receives from the consultancy. The client can be corporate, public or third sector;
Traditional Dissertation – Focusing on a wider issue practical or theoretical issue in a specific industry and investigating the research problem rooted in theoretical frameworks and concepts.

Module aims

Enable students to address real problems and propose valuable, actionable solutions

Improve students' ability to identify opportunities for corporate, public or third sector organisations and present them in an actionable and compelling way

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Design and deliver structured plans of applied research to address an applied management problem based upon theoretically informed choices about the research designs, techniques and procedures to be followed (C, T) CT
2 Recognise the importance of undertaking research ethically KPT
3 Make informed decisions in the choice of analytical tools and managerial models to evaluate situations and propose solutions KCT
4 Make informed decisions in the choice of analytical tools and managerial models to identify opportunities and propose ways of leveraging them KCT
5 Undertake a critical review of academic and applied literatures to inform an applied management problem KCT
6 Conduct applied research in a systematic, rigorous, critically reflective manner using appropriate primary and secondary data collection methods and quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques effectively PT
7 Report solutions and plans of action in a format that is appropriate to the intended audience PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Methodology and methods
Management evaluation techniques
Scenario analysis
Client added value

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy for the Management Research component of the module is designed to encourage students to think critically about their role as providers of solutions or enablers of opportunities for stakeholders in the corporate, public or third sectors.. The University’s virtual learning environment (SurreyLearn) will be used to support student learning by providing them with, alongside teaching materials, formative materials and additional resources and links to useful websites. The teaching and learning strategy for the project component is designed to allow the students to take responsibility for their own learning and progress, supported by individual supervision during which students will be able to explain, discuss and refine their particular ideas (including organisation specific research problems) with their supervisor through regular supervision.


The learning and teaching methods include:

1.    Compulsory workshop and surgeries designed to develop report writing skills

2.    Student-led class discussions and research scenarios are used to put theory into application and transform the acquired knowledge into practice3.    One-on-one supervision


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and skills developed during the MBA to real scenarios

Thus, the summative assessment, due by Monday of week 55 (FT and PT), consists of:

The Integrative Research Project which should be no more than 10,000 words.

Formative assessment

There is an ongoing process of formative assessment through the one-to-one interactions between student and supervisor.


There is an ongoing process of feedback through the one-to-one interactions between student and supervisor.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business Administration MBA 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.