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Professional Project
Handbook and Guidance

2011/12

The Professional Project

Handbook and Guidance Booklet - 2011/12

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The Professional Project
Foreword

Please may I extend a warm welcome to those students studying the Professional Project (PP). We intend the Project to be a rewarding experience and one which encourages and supports you in your time at Newcastle Business School. This is a demanding element of your programme but one which we hope you will find engaging and helps focus on your future career. Wishing you well in your studies. Regards

Dr. Simon Lillystone Module Tutor NX0315 – The Professional Project

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The Professional Project

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The Professional Project
CONTENTS PAGE Page

SECTION 1 - Introduction

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SECTION 2 - Section A of Project

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SECTION 3 - Section B of Project

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SECTION 4 - Reflective Statement

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SECTION 5 - Written Presentation Format

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SECTION 6 - Reference Specifications and Format

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SECTION 7 - Project Submission Information

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APPENDIX A - Specimen Title page

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APPENDIX B - Specimen Declarations Page

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APPENDIX C - Specimen Contents Page

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APPENDIX D - Ethics in Research & Consultancy (Guidelines & Procedures for Students Undertaking UG Projects)

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The Professional Project SECTION 1 - INTRODUCTION
Module Background Information The Professional Project is a 30 point module which will be taken by all direct entry final year students to an undergraduate programme of study at NBS. It counts for 25% of the marks on the final year of the Honours degree and its importance should not be underestimated. The module provides an opportunity to explore the key study competences required to achieve academic success and develop these into employment competences to promote career success. These competences will be developed, practised and written up as part of the Project and applied to an investigation of a business issue/problem. To support this individual investigation into an applied business problem or issue the student will be given a defined topic to research and relevant information relating to the topic. The information will be set in the context of an appropriate academic framework and the student will be expected to draw relevant conclusions, write up and submit the work in an approved format. The target length of the whole project will be 8,000 to 10,000 words. A workshop programme and eLearning Portal will support the process. Learning Outcomes This module is intended to be taken by direct entry final year students to an undergraduate programme of study at NBS. At the end of the module students will be able to: 1. Apply key intellectual competences at level six and critically appraise their employment competences to support continuing professional/career development 2. Conduct a literature review involving the critical evaluation of appropriate theories, models, frameworks and principles and apply those principles to a particular business problem or issue drawing appropriate inferences and conclusions. Aims The Professional Project promotes the development of key competences required to achieve academic and professional career success. These competences will be developed, practised, written up and applied to an investigation of a business issue/problem. The student will be supported in their learning by an eLearning Portal and a workshop programme. The student will be given guidance as to the nature of work to be undertaken in the workshop programme. The module will make use of current research activity related to the chosen subject and, where appropriate, to that specifically carried out by staff of Newcastle Business School. Formative assessment will...
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