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Module Code: MAN421
Module Title: Final Individual Project for IMBA
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 20.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: ACYR
Originating Department: International Business School Suzhou
Pre-requisites: N/A
The final individual project could have one of the following three formats:

1) A traditional dissertation

2) A business plan

3) An in-house project in a company

The aim of this project module is to enable students to undertake a significant piece of independent applied research in the field of management and its related disciplines. In many ways serving as the culmination of the International MBA programme, this module provides students with opportunities to: (i) apply and integrate their learning from other parts of the programme to analyse contemporary and ‘cutting edge’ problems and issues of relevance to scholars or practitioners (or both); (ii) deepen their knowledge and understanding of a particular work-related topic of interest to them; (iii) produce a paper combining theories and their work experience from conception through to a final thesis; (iv) augment their abilities of conducting independent research, including the skills of analysis, project management, writing and presenting; (v) make an original contribution to knowledge that could potentially serve as a basis for more advanced study or applications.
Learning outcomes 
A. Identify, critically evaluate and apply an appropriate methodology for investigating a an management issue or problem that is more than of day-to-day significance. that forms part of the MBA project.

B. Develop Locate, understand, and critically evaluate previous research (both academic and practice-based), theoretical frameworks and models a critical understanding of previous research that is of relevance to addressing the research topic.

C. Further develop the Demonstrate a rich and wide-ranging understanding of organisations and their management within an integrated conceptual and empirical framework.

D. Ability to a Acquire and apply data gathering and analysis skills and knowledge to perform problem diagnostics, identify root causes, and recommend appropriate solutions to a management issue or problem, and thus demonstrate an ability to conduct independent research.

E. Devise Design a learning experience that is relevant to personal needs and aspirations, and contributes to future career and professional development.

F. Successfully produce a scholarly, well-written, coherent and well-presented piece of work.

G. Accurately, coherently and persuasively communicate the project, methodology and findings in an oral presentation.

Method of teaching and learning 
The module runs during the second year of the IMBA and it covers two terms: the third and the fourth. The programme has two intakes per year and consequently also the module starts twice a year at the beginning of each semester.

There are several elements to the method of teaching and learning on this module.

First, independent research is undertaken by the student with the support and advice of a supervisor from IBSS faculty (allocated by the Programme Director) during regular meetings and consultations that begin in the third term of the Programme.

Second, students are expected to devote at least 590 hours of unsupervised time to private study during the entire second year of the study to complete this module.

Third, students are required to attend four seminars of 2 hours each that will be designed and delivered by the module leader. These seminars provide generic advice and guidance to students on how and issue or problem and produce a plan to address it; how to manage time efficiently and effectively to meet targets; how to locate and make use of information relevant to their project; how to design a solution to a substantial problem; how to analyse data, and how to present a dissertation and/or report.
Candidates should identify, define and explore a management or business issue of more than 'day to day' significance. This may be achieved either by means of an in-organisation project, or by surveys or other methods of obtaining primary data, or by a library based study. The project should demonstrate an analytical approach to problem definition, skill in developing and implementing an appropriate methodology to gather, analyse and interpret relevant data; knowledge of relevant management or business theory and the ability to apply it appropriately; and the ability to write up and present the project report in a way that combines academic depth with an appreciation of relevant practical and business or management issues.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   10        590  600 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark

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