Research Project – Business Administration and Supply Chain Management

The details
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
26 June 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC N111 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management,
BSC N112 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N113 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N114 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N114CO Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module builds further on the knowledge and understanding of research philosophy, design and data analysis students gained in Business Research Methods module and gives an opportunity to final year students to carry out an independent research project to focus on a topic of their choice in relation to the degree course.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To give students an opportunity to manage a research project from beginning to the end, under the guidance of an individual supervisor.

  • To draw on appropriate literature to construct a research framework and theoretical context, explain the logic of research methodology, data collection and draw relevant empirical findings.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate evidence of a thorough and comprehensive understanding of relevant literature in the field of business administration and supply chain management.

  2. Locate and read relevant literature and produce summaries and critical analysis of the relevant literature.

  3. Demonstrate critical thinking involving the consideration of alternative approaches and research methods.

  4. Apply an appropriate design methodology to achieve aims and objectives of research project.

  5. Use Gantt charts and time management techniques to plan and manage a research project.

  6. Record plans, ideas, results, and reflections in a written journal.

  7. Work as an individual to specify and design research project under the guidance of a supervisor.

  8. Demonstrate written communication and analytical skills through the writing of the interim report and reflective journal, and final project report.

  9. Discuss ideas informally with academic supervisors.

Module information

This module is part of the Q-Step pathway. Q-Step is an award which you can gain simply by enrolling on specific modules and will signal to employers your capability in quantitative research. Learn more about the Q-Step pathway and enhance your degree now.

Undergraduate students at Essex Business School (Southend Campus) are expected to complete a research project in the final year of their degree. The project can take a variety of forms but unlike other assignments it involves you conducting and writing-up a piece of original research. This final research project will be supported by the knowledge and understanding of research methods, and use the framework for research skills and the boundaries of their research, identified in the Business Research Methods module.

The undergraduate Research Project is the equivalent of one term module in your degree course and is expected to be about 6000 to 7000 words in length. The project runs in parallel with your other third year modules. You will need to apply and be granted ethical approval by the University in order to undertake primary data collection (details and information on Ethical Approval process are available on Moodle).

The supervisor will be assigned by the SOE Group. Once the project has been accepted, the student is advised to meet with their supervisor on a regular basis. The student must undertake a considerable part of the basic research for the project during the Spring Term. In the Autumn Term (week 7), students must decide their research project topic.

The project can take a variety of forms, ranging from empirical research using methods such as surveys, questionnaires, interviews and content analysis to library based theoretical work. The students will find that this can be a most worthwhile learning experience, and a good project is a useful reference for a postgraduate study as well as outside employment.


Preparing your research project

  • Introduction

  • The ethical approval process and topic choice guidance

  • Choice of topic

  • Data collection – a refresher

  • Academic referencing and Q&A

  • Ethical approval form submission online

Implementing your research project

  • Analysing data

  • Writing the report

  • Q&A

  • Submission of full draft of report to supervisor

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • 1-2 hours lectures in weeks 2-6 in the Autumn Term and in weeks 16-22 in the Spring Term. The delivery mode will be twice weekly given embedded lectures on skills.
  • Individual project work; supervisory meetings; voluntary support classes for quantitative research (AQM path).

The supervisor will:

  • Provide guidance on the scope, nature and focus of the research topic.
  • Help to provide opportunities for critical discussion of the student’s work.
  • Monitor progress through meetings and encourage ownership by the student of the project (including form, style and content).
  • Provide formative assessment of the research project.
  • Assist the student in identifying appropriate literature and sources of information.
  • Make constructive criticisms as appropriate and suggest appropriate alternatives.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Research Project - Business Administration and Supply Chain Management    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Manuela Nocker, email:
Dr Manuela Nocker and allocated supervisors



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Essex Business School

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