This unit aims to give you an opportunity to combine many facets of your acquired MBA skills into
the production of a high-quality research project.
Assignment 1 – the Topic Approval – is to ensure you have given sufficient thought to the topic you
are choosing to base your research project on. You will ideally work with a group consisting of 2 or
3 class-mates. Your respective contributions will be governed by the Team Charter, which is a
document you will produce at the same time as your Topic Approval submission. The Team Charter
is to indicate, essentially, what roles will be played by each member of the team.
Your lecturer will LEAD and FACILITATE you through the process, week by week. The learning will be
progressive, so for best results you will need to be in weekly contact with your lecturer during class
time at your campus.
trimester T1 2020
Unit Code HI6008
Unit Title Business Research Project
Assessment Type 1. Group Formation*, Topic Approval, Team Charter, (Presentation may be
Assessment Title Topic Approval
Purpose of the
assessment (with ULO
Clearly identify your chosen topic, having carried out some basic review of available
secondary data to secure your interest (at least 3 academic articles, plus a business
report, and a relevant current news item). Indicate the Research Problem, as you see it
so far, and at least ONE research question at this stage (additional questions may be
defined as you progress with this unit).
List the student numbers and names of your team members and complete the Team
Charter, indicating what role(s) each will contribute throughout the project.
A brief presentation in-class may be requested by your lecturer.
Matches to Unit Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 5
Weight 20 % of the total assessments
Total Marks 20
Word limit Not more than 1200 words for the Topic Approval [plus The Team Charter, which is to
Due Date Friday of Week 5
All work must be submitted on Blackboard by 12 midnight of the due date, along
with a completed Assignment Cover Page. [If no cover page your mark will be
The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm
margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings,
paragraphing, and page numbers.
Reference sources must be correctly cited in the text of the report, and listed
appropriately at the end in a reference list, all in Harvard referencing style.
*Note: Students are required to form groups of 3 or 2 students per group and notify their lecturer in writing,
indicating the students’ names and Holmes student numbers. You may request approval from your lecturer to
undertake this assignment individually, i.e. to form a group of 1. You will not be able to submit your assignment
unless you are OFFICIALLY ASSIGNED BY YOUR LECTURER into a designated group (whether 1, 2 or 3 persons)