UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD- Project Proposal- Portfolio, Industry Collaboration Project: Internship                                   


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Industry Collaboration Project: Internship 2.CRN:

54228 / 54229 / 54230 / 54231

54232 / 54233 / 54234 / 54235

54236 / 54237 / 54238 / 54239

3.University module code: 4.HESA/JACS subject area code[i]:



Level 7

6.Credit Value:


7.ECTS Value[ii]:


8.Length of module in semesters:


9.Month(s)in which to be offered[iii]:

As per delivery schedule

10.Module Status[iv]


11.Title of Module being replaced (if any):

Business Innovation Project (internship)

12.With effect from[v] (academic year):

September 2018

13.Originating School:

Salford Business School

14.Module Leader(s)

Dr Susantha Udagedara

15.Programme(s) in which to be offered[vi]:

MSc #Accounting and Finance

MSc #Financial Services Management

MSc #Global Management

MSc #Human Resource Management and Development

MSc #Information Systems Management

MSc #International Banking and Finance

MSc #International #Business

MSc International Business with #Law

MSc International Corporate Finance

MSc International Events Management

MSc #IslamicBanking and Finance

MSc #Leadership and #Management

MSc Management

MSc #Marketing

MSc #Procurement, #Logistics and #SupplyChainManagement

MSc #ProjectManagement


16.Pre-requisites (between levels):None

17.Co-requisites (within a level):None

18.Indicative learning hours (breakdown of hours required)[vii]







External visits



Work based learning

Project supervision


Guided independent study


Demonstration Practical classes and workshops



Supervised time in studio/workshop

Year abroad

Other – please specify[viii]

19.Percentage of module taught by School(s) other than originating School:

·       Robert Kennedy College, Zurich

·       Institute of Personal Management, Sri Lanka

The module will be coordinated by Salford Business School but will be delivered in its entirety (100%) by each College.

20.Aims of Module[ix]: (maximum of 5)

1.   To equip MSc students with the relevant practical skills to critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting organisations and their environments, either in the UK or overseas, identifying relationships and drawing elements together into coherent recognised frameworks

2.   To embed ethical and responsible thinking within a student’s academic and professional practice.

3.   To apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from the taught elements of the MSc programme and anyprior management experience to a current organisational issue.

4.   To deploy and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real work setting through critical self-reflection and systematic research.

5.   To develop and demonstrate critical analysis, rigorous enquiry, clear expression, independent judgement and reflection using relevant theory.

21.Intended Learning Outcomes[x]

Knowledge and Understanding

Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting upon organisations and their environments
  2. Develop a project proposal and plan based on a current organisational issue
  3. Synthesise new knowledge drawn from relevant academic and professional literature and its application to a current organisational issue
  4. Develop innovative, sustainable solutionsbased on documented evidence

Practical, Professional or Subject Specific Skills

On completion you will have had the opportunity to/will be able to:

5.     Select and apply appropriate analytical techniques both systematically and creatively

6.     Present analysis in a clear and persuasive manner

7.     Develop creative and realistic solutions to complex issues

8.     Apply knowledge to solvecurrent organisationalissuesand to manage change in the workplace. 

Transferable Skills and other attributes (maximum of 5)

On Completion you will have developed:

9.     Autonomy and personal responsibility in managing time and resources

10.  Critical data analysis skills to address a current organisational problem

11.  Information gathering and synthesis skills from multiple competing sources

12.  Creative responses to current organisational issues

13.  Verbal and written skills that effectively disseminate knowledge through appropriate media to different stakeholders

22.Module mark calculation: Method A
23.Assessment components (in chronological order of submission/examination date)

Denote final assessment component in box marked final assessment component (99)

Type of assessment Identify which ILO is met by number[xi] Weighting% Duration Word count


Component pass required[xii] E Submission Assessment organised by
Project Proposal 1,2


1500 No Yes School

Choose an item. Choose an item. Choose an item.
Final assessment

component (99)



3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ,10, 11,12


8500-10000 No Yes School

24.Is ethical approval for the module required?


25.Is ethical approval for an assessment component required?[xiii]


26.Learning, teaching and assessment strategies:

After progressing from the taught element of the programme, students will spendthree monthswithan organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally, as agreed withSalford Business School.

The Business School will use the Student Hub and AskUS career staff to prepare and support students for this three month period. Salford Business School’s (SBS) Student Hub providesstudents support to work with organisations includingidentifying and securing placements and internships.. Students will have the opportunity to improve their skills in CV writing, professional networking, personal brand building, placement interviewsand project consultancy through extra-curricular workshops organised by the Student Hub and AskUS.   

The aims and intended learning outcomes of this module will be predominantly achieved through practice. This practice is supported by a preparatory series of lectures relating tostudy skills development, employability skills, project consultancy, research methodology, entrepreneurship, understanding business and business contexts that are delivered in parallel with the taught elements of the programme during the first two semesters of a student’s programme. The delivery of this preparatory material will be supported and enhanced through Blackboard and the use of COLLABORATE where appropriate.

All students are allocated a supervisor who will support the student throughout the process. The assigned supervisor plays an important role in the student’s projectand enables the student to develop, defend and justify their work. However, the student is expected to take personal responsibility for the final project  to support delivery of the agreed deliverable. The supervisor will  engage with the  organisation on at least two occasions. This employer engagement will ideally be  face-to-face but in certain circumstances Skype or similar messaging technology will be used.

Formative assessment and feedbackwill be provided by the supervisor as the project progresses, with the first summative assessment point being the complete project proposal. Feedback on the proposal then informs the final deliverables including the dissemination activity.

Specifically, the assessment will be:

Part One – Project proposal – 1,500 words – 10 %


During the first two semesters of their programme students are asked to develop their project proposal through a a process of collaboration with the chosen organisation and/orthe academic supervisor. The proposal highlights the rationale for the selection of an organisational issues that the project will address, will determine the specific deliverables produced during the project, the envisaged impact of the projectand the overall aims and objectives of the project. Students are also asked to identify key literature and themes that will support the interpretation and systematic analysis of the chosen problem. The project proposalwill also detail data collection activitieswhich will be conducted at the organisation. The project proposal will include a plan with a time-line and an outline of any perceived riskstogether with actions that will be taken to mitigate those risks. The project proposal will identify any university and/or organisational resources that they may need to complete the project.


Part Two – Portfolio – 8,500 to 10,000 words (80 % ) including dissemination activity (10%)- 90%

During the three months in which the student works with an organisation they will compile a portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. The composition of the portfolio will be agreed with the supervisor at the beginning of the project (and after the submission of the project proposal). Portfolio work will be exhibited through, for example, reflective diaries, , impact assessments, blog posts, organisational white papers, stakeholder interview transcriptions or other appropriate means.

An additional aspect of the portfolio will be a dissemination activity for key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

27.Syllabus outline:

The taught element of the module is delivered in the first two semesters of the programme to provide a broad programme of study, designed to encourage critical thinking and self-management of the research project. Material includes:

–        Study Skills

–        Employability Skills

–        Project Consultancy Skills

–        Research design and methodology

–        Business contexts  – large and small organisation perspectives

–        External and internal factors and their effects on the management and sustainability of organisations

–        Internal factorsand processes, structure and governance, operations and management

–        Deploying self-reflection and criticality

–        Developing skills for reflective, collaborative and adaptive learning

Lectures will include

–        Identifying suitable business problems

–        Literature searching – supporting a solution from previous literature

–        Methods used to collect and analyse data

–        Project planning

–        Academic style, referencing, plagiarism and ethical considerations

–        Building a CV, covering letter, Networking, LinkedIn

–        Project Consultancy; Approaches, skills and good practices

28.Indicative texts and/or other learning materials/resources[xiv]:

After initial approval, up to date reading lists can be accessed at

Note: This replaces the LaSU reading lists from September 2015 onwards.


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