Module: Applied project

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Laurence Smith
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Prerequisites

  • Min study time

    450 hours
  • Contact hrs

    10 hours

Module content

This module will enable the student to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and self-manage the planning and implementing of an applied project that integrates the business or policy knowledge and skills acquired during their programme of studies. It will provides an opportunity for students to develop solutions to a business or applied research problem and communicate the underpinning rationale to an audience of potential investors, peers, business professionals and academic mentors. Students should note that module M0 is a prerequisite for this module.

The applied research project will be based on a critical analysis of the study area, including; a review of previous studies, examination of context and theoretical frameworks underpinning the topic, identification or collection of data, analysis, reporting and discussion of findings. The module will develop students’ skills in the investigation of a specific problem, on how to identify an opportunity or knowledge gap and the synthesis of information to make substantiated recommendations for future action or research.

The applied project report will represent the culmination of the students study and their ability to relate the discipline based module content to practical management and policy making decisions.  The final, individual report of this self-managed and self-directed element of study will; articulate a critical discussion of the topic and the report’s aims and objectives, provide an analysis of the data that has been collected, present conclusions and recommendations and include a personal reflection on the research project process and experience.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Undertake a critical review of the context that underpins the topic of study and the theoretical framework that is to be studied.
  2. Identify and critically address relevant research problems or opportunities and the methodologies that are necessary to implement the proposed research.
  3. Work independently on developing the applied project report, deploying problem-solving techniques to address the study question and make substantiated recommendations.
  4. Critically evaluate and reflect upon the contribution of their programme of study to their applied project.


Assessment Description Weighting
First Sit Coursework: Applied project (13500 words) 90%
First Sit Coursework: Reflective report (1500 words) 10%
Referral (capped at 40%) Coursework: Applied project (13500 words) 90%
Referral (capped at 40%) Reflective report (1500 words) 10%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.