The aim of this industry based project is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake independent research in the field of business or management. It enables students to research a topic of their choosing that is related to a particular industry and/or organisation and/or their possible future career ambitions. The module provides students with opportunities to: (i) apply their learning from their Bachelor’s programme of study to analyse contemporary and ‘cutting edge’ problems and issues of relevance to practitioners; (ii) develop an ability to integrate concepts, theories and ideas from business or management literatures; (iii) build knowledge and understanding of a particular topic of interest to them and/or their host organisation; (iv) produce a piece of work from conception through to a final report; (v) develop independent research, analysis, problem definition, information collection, and report writing skills; (vi) enhance their intellectual, transferable and employability skills and, it follows, their career prospects, and (vii) build capacity for individual initiative and judgement. To successfully complete this module, students should identify, evaluate, and apply knowledge to investigate a particular management issue or problem and propose recommendations and solutions.
A Comment upon theory and practice that is of relevance to the research topic.
B Develop an ability to collect, evaluate and analyse a range of business data and sources of information, and to use that research for evidence-based decision-making.
C Show an ability to investigate issues, questions and problems through the design and implementation of a research project and methodology appropriate for the research topic.
D Acquire capabilities in the acquisition, organisation, analysis and presentation of conceptual and empirical materials obtained from primary and/or secondary sources
E Demonstrate skills in reflection on the relationship between theory and professional practice.
This module is carried out in three stages. Firstly, initial classroom teaching and learning, which usually takes place over three weeks at the start of the summer period on campus. This normally takes the form of 6 hours of seminars and 2 hours of tutorial during the three weeks. At the end of this phase, students typically complete their Project Proposal assessment. Secondly, an industrial Field Study Placement, which is full-time and usually lasts for four weeks. This takes place in a company normally immediately after the learning and teaching first stage. The companies are all approved by XJTLU in advance. Each company supplies a mentor and trainer for students on the Placement. Mentors and trainers provide structured input and industry-related training throughout the Placement, for a minimum of 15 hours of tutorial input. During the Placement, students keep regular learning and experience logs, which provide evidence for their assessment portfolio. Also during the Placement period, typically at the mid-point, student return to campus for a 2 hour tutorial to review and make any necessary adjustments to their Project Proposal, based upon their Placement experience to that point. The third stage follows the Placement and is when students complete their assessment portfolio.