• Executive Diploma In Business Administration And Management

Business Project

Unit title: Business Project
Unit code:  
Level: Postgraduate Diploma – Level 7
Credits: 30


Main aims of the Unit

The main aims of this unit is to assess the students’ ability to bring together general and specialist areas of study as part of undertaking a pre-agreed research project

The unit also enables students to communicate the aims, process, findings and recommendations of the research in a precise format that addresses all the key issues of the research undertaken

The unit will enable students to:

  • Prepare a business report of 10,000-12,000 words with precise aims, processes, findings and recommendations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex problems of great significance to specific organisations or business sectors
  • Outline their investigative and analytical skills, standards of data collection and analysis
  • Present a postgraduate research-based report and a summary of the research suitable for a business audience

Learning Outcomes for the Unit

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Communicate the purpose, method, findings and recommendations of the research
  • Prepare a professional report based on research findings generated through their own primary or secondary research
  • Communicate complex ideas and analyses in their area of research to a professional standard
  • Analyse and evaluate aspects of a business issue in a defined context
  • Make precise realistic, affordable, theoretically sound, ethical and socially acceptable recommendations
  • Provide suggestions for further study or research to expand the work carried out as part of this Business Project

Learning and teaching methods/strategies used to enable the achievement of learning outcomes

The Business Project must reflect original research and/or creative activity. This document will demonstrate the student's ability to:

  • Select a topic which can be studied in terms of time, equipment needs and experimental population or information available.
  • Receive approval of a topic by the student's college or awarding body
  • Adequately search and review the literature for relevant studies and material on the topic of choice.
  • Obtain, organize and analyse data and information that are available, using logical and/or statistical analyses appropriate for the project.
  • Integrate in a meaningful way the findings into the greater body of existing knowledge and state its significance.
  • Present a manuscript in an accepted form to the satisfaction of the awarding body

Business Project Structure

  • Organizational situation (opportunities, threats, challenges)
  • Motives justifying the selection of the topic
  • Objective/s
  • Statement and diagnosis of the problem to solve or improvement to undertake
  • Identification of the causes
  • Evaluation of the causes
  • Implication/s of the causes identified
  • Proposed theoretical approach
  • Definition and logical articulation of the concepts
  • Identification of selection criteria to be applied
  • Development of a range of options
  • Preliminary recommendation of one or more options
  • Analysis of all factors associated with the options
  • Final decision
  • Logic and appropriateness of the proposed strategy to solve the problem.
  • Operational planning of the implementation of the action plan
  • Estimated costs of implementation and required resources
  • Mechanisms for evaluating the results

The final full report will include a reflective statement of personal learning and the contribution made to the student’s professional development

Assessment methods which enable student to demonstrate achieving the learning outcomes for the Unit:

Final Project 100%

Indicative Reading for this Unit:

Since the project will relate to the topics and units included in the Executive Diploma in Business Administration and Management, the recommended reading includes ALL the recommended texts and further reading texts


Student In addition to the recommended texts and further reading texts of the courses are expected to consult the appropriate journals in their own specialist area. These provide examples of the ways different research designs have been applied in empirical research.

Guideline for Teaching and learning time (10 hours per credit)

50 Hours - Project Supervision:

Meetings with Project Supervisor/s to obtain feedback on work completed and provide guidance for further work

150 Hours - Directed learning:

Advance reading and preparation / Background reading / Research

100 Hours - Self managed learning:

Working through the course texts and completing sections of the project as agreed with the project supervisor or as indicated in the Project Proposal In addition students are expected to undertake further reading using the web and/or libraries.