What you will study
This 30-credit module is the final compulsory, personal and professional development component of your MBA. The high-level learning aims of the module include: to enable you to demonstrate the skills to make a real difference to organisational performance as a manager/leader; to continue to build on and demonstrate a capability for critical and self-directed learning; and to develop and demonstrate the capability to apply other masters-level theoretical and practical learning integratively to the problems and opportunities in your own management practice.
The teaching, learning and assessment is organised explicitly on developmental lines, with a clear focus on the processes of implementation in management. The first phase of the module is a critical reflection of your own experience, practice and context and learning from your MBA to date. In the second phase you will write a formal proposal for your management initiative and then in the third phase you will be responsible, for a largely self-directed and independently-managed programme of work and study, based on a specific initiative in your own organisation/context that you will identify and progress up to and beyond the design of an implementation plan.
You will be provided with guidance on how to choose, plan and undertake your initiative. Resources will be available for you to draw on in order to work through the different phases and dimensions of your initiative. There are specific requirements on the use of theory from a range of areas in the course of your initiative, along with a requirement to submit appropriate evidence to support your work and your learning. You will be directed to the sorts of resources you will need to identify and access for yourself as part of the initiative. You will be given clear guidance on how to draw up, for assessment purposes, a proposal and plan for your initiative and a report on its progress and outcomes.
There is a compulsory residential school, which will provide additional support and inputs, alongside the individual and group support you receive from your tutor, web-based resources, online and face-to-face tuition and collaboration. Throughout the module you will be expected to monitor your own learning and development; reflection on what you have learnt from the module will be an important part of the later assessment activities.