BM7110: Business Case

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BM7110: Business Case

Module Title Business Case
Module Code BM7110
Module Tutor Jim Keane
School Business School
CAT Points 60
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The purpose of this module is to allow the student to carry out a self-managed piece of work that integrates the knowledge and skills acquired during the previous study within an employability and career development focused framework.  It provides students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge to the analysis and resolution of the kinds of business and management problems that are encountered in developing a viable and business case. It also provides the opportunity for students to communicate proposed solutions and the underpinning rationale to an audience of peers, business professionals and academic mentors.  Students will be able to choose from a number of potential scenarios, including: a proposal for the development of a new product or service within an employer organisation, proposal for an investment in new plant or equipment, product deletion or asset divestment and company acquisition.

Indicative Syllabus

The module consists of two elements: a taught element, which incorporates guidance on choice of topic choice and methods of investigation; and the development and  presentation of the business case through guided independent study.

 

The investigative methods element will include training in specific methods/techniques appropriate as preparation for professional practice.  Topics covered include; the purposes and process of research and consultancy in the management and business domain, planning an enquiry including problem definition, formulating and clarifying research objectives, negotiating access, the presentation of pitches/proposals: differing requirements of organizational and academic audiences, methods of data collection and data analysis and presentation of findings.

Learning Outcomes

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

 

1.    Evaluate and prepare a critical business case, business case for innovation, invention or change in accordance with the scenarios set out at the start of the module.

2.    Identify and evaluate a business problem/opportunity and prepare and defend and convincing business case.

3.    Undertake a review of previous research and publications and identify and critically evaluate appropriate conceptual frameworks relevant to the potential business case.

4.    Identify and critically appraise relevant methodologies and implement the research process to gather information concerning market research and other practical issues connected with the opportunity/problem.

5.    Work independently in designing, implementing and presenting the business case and show that he/she is able to formulate a business case that makes use of the knowledge gained during the programme.

6.    Demonstrate that he/she can prepare and present the results of his proposal in a convincing and persuasive manner.

Demonstrate that he/she can formulate a codified plan of action that is feasible and likely to lead to the success of the project .

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 31
Independent Learning Hours: 569
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 10% Coursework: Individual, standard written: Research Proposal 1,500 words
002: 80% Coursework: Individual, dissertation/major project: 15,000 words
003: 10% Coursework: Individual, standard written: Reflective Paper 1,500 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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