Module: Work-Based Project

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Rita Walsh
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Prerequisites

  • Min study time

    450 hours
  • Contact hrs

    4 hours

Module content

The Work-Based Project encourages students to work together with the company to address a relevant topic, issue or problem in the workplace. As such, there is no predetermined content.


The placement will take place at the end of taught classes, from early June to September (approximately a 3 month period).


During this period, the student will, alongside the employer/company, develop a project to address a specific work-place issue.

The module leader will assess the suitability of the proposed project. To be considered suitable for assessment the project must:

  • be based upon an identified Business Management area of study
  • demonstrate the application of Business Management theory and professional practice to address an issue within the company.

Students will be allocated a supervisor from the RAU academic staff for the purpose of developing and progressing the project and will be required to attend 4 (virtual or face to face) meetings over the course of the placement

Module outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Plan, develop and justify a work-based project in line with degree discipline.
  2. Synthesise academic, commercial and research information in the development of the project.
  3. Assess the likely impact of project recommendations on the company.
  4. Communicate the results of the project as a written business report.
  5. Reflect critically on the business management practice experienced over the placement period relevant to the existing academic and professional literature.


Assessment Description Weighting
Report 10,000 word project report 80%
Report 2,000 word critical reflection 20%

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

Key texts

Essential resources:

  • Business research methods
  • Alan Bryman; Emma Bell  2015
  • Paul (2015)Personal and Professional Development for Business Students, Dowson,
  • Neugebauer, John; Evans-Brain, Jane  (2016)
  • Employability: making the most of your career development
  • Watson, Gillian; Reissner, Stefanie (2013)
  • Developing skills for business leadership

Additional resources:

  • Talis