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Project C: Project with product
|Master programme in||
Business studies * / Business Administration and Leadership * / Business Administration and Leadership
|Type of activity||
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|Number of participants||
|Responsible for the activity||
Margit Neisig (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Head of study||
Margit Neisig (email@example.com)
ISE Studyadministration (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Overall objective Students write a project report based on a self-selected topic and research question. Students search and select the relevant academic literature and generate the empirical data needed to answer the research question. The project must address a topic that falls within one or more of the themes covered in the programme, and must produce clear, management-relevant knowledge. The project must provide students with in-depth insight into a defined topic, and result in reflective considerations on the relevant theory area, the project’s scientific-theoretical stance, methodological and analytical approach, and implications for management. The report should include a business plan, prototype, project plan, involvement plan, communication plan, and dissemination of the results to the public, or a similar product aimed at one or more of the project’s relevant stakeholders or the public. The project is supported by a group formation process, cluster seminars and guidance sessions.
|Detailed description of content||
The project focuses on the following activities: · Choose, justify and reflect upon an issue of relevance to the study programme · Considerations of the relevant problem and theory area, together with the project’s scientific-theoretical stance, its methodological, theoretical and analytical approach, and implications for management. · Develop and reflect upon problem-oriented analyses of business issues and translate the acquired knowledge into action-relevant conclusions. · Prepare empirical materials · Engage in problem-based project work on issues relating to the study programme in Business Administration and Leadership · Produce management-relevant knowledge/analysis, and translate the acquired knowledge into action-relevant conclusions · Reflect on the progression and course of the project work · Develop individual study portfolios on the basis of discussions in the group
Specifically for this project, a product must be developed that translates the project results into formats that are of practical relevance to stakeholders or the public. The product could take the form of an action plan for implementing organisational development, management development or employee skills enhancement, a business plan, a prototype, a project, a communication or involvement plan or the like. The point is that, on the basis of the project work, you perform further work on the project result and transform it into a product which corresponds to something that could be used in a company.
Guidance on the use of quantitative methods in projects and theses
If you and your group find quantitative analyses relevant to answer your research question, and your supervisor cannot help, here is an offer of assistance. We offer a workshop where a group of researchers will talk about how to use quantitative data in projects and theses. We will present an overview of publicly available data sets, as well as the your possibilities, if you wish to collect your own data. We expect you to have taken a course in basic quantitative methods (BC 8 or equivalent).
The workshop is held on September 28, 12:15-02:00 pm, in theory room 25.3-005
After the workshop you/your group will have the opportunity to book an appointment with a skilled student, who will help with downloading and preparing data for analysis and interpretation. If you need extra guidance on any particular issue, you will be referred to a relevant researcher. Contact Ditte Stage Kroman (email@example.com) to schedule an appointment.
|Course material and Reading list||
Students develop their own relevant theoretical frameworks
|Overall plan and expected work effort||
Through the application of scientific theories, methods and interdisciplinary skills, students contribute independent, critical analyses of relevant issues based on knowledge acquired during the Master’s programme in Business Administration and Leadership. Students work with the company’s problem in a 15 ECTS project corresponding to approximately 405 hours per student, and contribute on this basis solid analyses and relevant perspectives on an issue that concerns the company.
The approximately 405 hours for each student are distributed as follows:
Workshop with an introduction to the empirical issues and project/group formation: 14 hours, independent work in the project group with development of analyses: approx. 210 hours, supervision and preparation for supervision: approx. 15 hours, preparation for examination and examination: approx. 30 hours
Project and group formation The students participate in a process of project and group formation with the overall aim of forming project groups on the basis of convergence of academic interests. During project and group formation, students may encounter the following teaching methods: • Workshop introducing the work on issues relating to the study programme in Business Administration and Leadership in a problem-oriented perspective • Prepare individual study portfolios for discussion in the group • Group formation on the basis of issues relating to the study programme in Business Administration and Leadership • Field work – thematisation of relevant issues • Clarify the problem and the need for empirical access/materials, and methods to obtain these Group project work Once the students have formed groups, they work in project groups in which they collaborate on the project report. Students collaborate on the following: Literature searching, discussions of read literature, empirical materials collection, analysis, co-writing, feedback to project members and preparation of supervisor meetings. Supervision Students are assigned a project supervisor and must participate in supervisor meetings. Supervisor meetings are an opportunity to obtain feedback on the elements and process of the project work, as well as academic feedback on the content and methodology. Students must be able to lead supervisor meetings by sending materials for preparation and an agenda, so that the group’s aim with the supervisor meeting can be achieved.
Cluster seminar 1: Problem statement seminar
• Your group prepares about 1½ pages clarifying the field of the problem you are researching, and providing a clear problem statement • You are also expected to search for scientific literature in relation to your problem statement and prepare a preliminary reference list • You should also outline your preliminary ideas on how to investigate your problem statement • The cluster supervisor will draw up a peer feedback plan to help focus your project • You will also be expected to provide peer feedback to other project groups
Cluster seminar 2: Internal evaluation • This is held just before the intensive final project phase. • Here it is expected that you have done most of the work, and just need to write the final report. You are therefore able to write an extended abstract in which you outline: o The problem field o The problem statement o Method o Your empirical data o Your theory o Analysis/discussion o Expected conclusion • Size: approx. 5-6 pages • Once again, you will give and receive peer feedback, which will sharpen your final work.
|Evaluation and feedback||
The activity are evaluated regularly regarding the study board evaluation procedure. The activity responsible will be orientated about a potential evaluation of the activity at semesterstart. Se link to the study board evaluation praxis here https://intra.ruc.dk/nc/for-ansatte/organisering/raad-naevn-og-udvalg/oversigt-over-studienaevn/studienaevn-for-erhvervsoekonomi-og-virksomhedsstudier/arbejdet-med-kvalitet-i-uddannelserne/
Group/project formation, workshop and field work Project work and report writing Project guidance Cluster supervision Creation of product Preparation of study portfolio Examination
|Overall learning outcomes||
|Form of examination||
Oral project exam in groups with individual assessment.
Permitted group size: 2-6 students.
The character limits of the project report are:
For 2 students: 69,600-122,400 characters, including spaces.
For 3 students: 69,600-122,400 characters, including spaces.
For 4 students: 69,600-122,400 characters, including spaces.
For 5 students: 69,600-163,200 characters, including spaces.
For 6 students: 69,600-204,000 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, summary, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
The project report must include a summary in English, that is part of the assessment and a group based study portfolio.
Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment is for:
2 students: 60 minutes.
3 students: 75 minutes.
4 students: 90 minutes.
5 students: 105 minutes.
6 students: 120 minutes.
Writing and spelling skills in the project report are part of the assessment.
Permitted support and preparation materials at the oral exam: All
Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor.
|Form of Re-examination||
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
|Type of examination in special cases||
|Examination and assessment criteria||
The student can: • Demonstrate insight into the field • Choose, justify and reflect upon a self-selected management problem, methodological and theoretical approach, relevant literature and the scientific theoretical background • Prepare and justify a choice of empirical material. • Analyse and argue for the implications of the project for management
The following are also included: · Abstract in Danish or English · Writing and spelling skills
Individual study portfolio Individual study portfolio. At the end of the third semester, the student submits reflections on how the programme has influenced the student so far, and how the three semesters have played a role in the student’s understanding of the field of business administration. These may include particular methodological and analytical skills that the student has acquired, theory that has played a special role, or interests that will be of significance for the future thesis.
Oral presentation The same criteria as for the project, plus:
The student can: · Present and communicate · Engage in dialogue and discussion on the basis of the written project report
An overall assessment is given.