Current 2013/14 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
Module Provider:
Surrey Business School
Number of Credits:
Module Title:
Module Co-ordinator:
ECTS Credits

Module Availability

Semester 2

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Semester 2
Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
Project (Group/Individual)/Dissertation7000-10,000 Word Group Project100

Module Overview

Critical study should be encouraged and supported at all levels of undergraduate work. However, by the time an undergraduate has reached FHEQ 6 the opportunity should be provided for them to further develop these skills and to demonstrate that they have been achieved by being given the opportunity to engage in a sustained period of study. The project provides the opportunity for students to undertake an extended piece of work in a chosen area of interest in the field of their study, related to their degree, working as a team with individual supervision.  It will enable them to use skills drawn from the undergraduate programme. The project is based upon secondary data sources taken from the public domain.  Sources may include: books, journals, corporate websites, reviews, abstracts and reports from government and other agencies.  Both qualitative and quantitative research approaches are acceptable, such as case study, critical evaluation, and empirical data analysis.



Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide an opportunity for students to engage in a period of sustained study of their choice on a business topic. The research must be pursued within the context of the student's programme of study. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate their academic expertise in terms of their capability to analyse and critically evaluate business information by acquiring and developing a number of skills including problem definition, data analysis, and systematic review of the existing material produced by researchers, scholars and practitioners in a chosen area of work.  In addition, they will be assisted to develop skills in the presentation of the project report according to accepted academic conventions.

Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this module, at threshold level, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate and justify a suitable business research topic relevant to their degree studies;
  2. Review and analyse existing literature to identify key concepts
  3. Evaluate information collected to draw appropriate conclusions

Communicate findings in a clear and effective manner in terms of a high quality and well-structured project according to normal conventions for academic reports

Module Content


The nature of the module dictates that students will develop their own topic and problem for study.  The project report will consist of five sections which are mapped onto the learning outcomes, assessment criteria as follows:

  • Problem definition (academic & applied rationale, LO 1, 2, 4)
  • Context & background (akin to traditional ‘literature review’, LO 2, 3, 4)
  • Analysis & discussion (business data, case studies, critical appraisal of published research etc., LO 3, 4)
  • Methodology (LO 2, 3)

Applied Evaluative Conclusion (key findings of project, LO 3, 4)

Methods of Teaching/Learning



The learning and teaching strategy is threefold:

  • Whole cohort lectures/tutorials on business research related topics
  • Team learning (group of 2-3 members) under the guidance of a supervisor, with students expected to make regular contact and attend progress meetings throughout the duration of the module
  • E-resources available through the module SurreyLearn site including video-podcast tutorials, web links and lecture materials.


The total contact time include:

  • 3 x 2 hour lectures (weeks 1, 2, and 6).
  • 2 x 1 hour tutorial / computer laboratory (weeks 2, and 6).
  • 4 group-based supervision meetings (e.g. weeks 4, 6, 8 and 10)
  • Drop-in sessions with supervisors as and when required


In addition, students will be provided with a Project Handbook for guidance (incorporating the marking criteria for the project).


Assessment Strategy:

The module learning outcomes are assessed through the completion of the project. All students will be asked to form groups (remaining students will be assigned randomly to a group). Detailed assessment criteria for the group work are provided in the handbook.


Reading List


Last Updated

09 April 2013 by SPEDICATO B Miss (FBEL Reg)