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The Group Project is a group research project, undertaken for an external organisation, with the aim of investigating and proposing a solution to a real problem or challenge for the organisation. The Group Project provides an opportunity for students to work in teams, to apply and extend their knowledge acquired in the EMA coursework modules, and to further their experiential learning in a specific professional context. Integral to this learning experience are team work, understanding the needs of the organisation and engaging with the organisation to define the problem to be solved, the scope of the project, and the nature of the final product. Students in the Group Project will be supervised by the Subject Coordinator in collaboration with a Designated Supervisor at the external host organisation. The student teams will have the opportunity to be co-located with the external organisation, to extend their professional networks, and to acquire appropriate professional work experience. Students will deliver the results of their project to the organisation in both written format and in a formal presentation. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on their experience.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- help to define and solve a real problem identified by an external organisation;
- apply and extend knowledge obtained through prior completion of EMA subjects in a professional setting;
- learn to work effectively as part of a small team in a professional setting;
- develop project planning and management skills; and
- effectively communicate results to client groups and an academic audience.
At the completion of this subjects, students should gain the following generic skills:
- advanced communication skills (written and verbal) appropriate to professional contexts;
- project management skills, including scoping projects, developing timelines and meeting deadlines;
- team work and task management;
- research and critical thinking in application to a real world problem; and
- interpersonal skills, including the capacity to work effectively in teams and to develop relationships with clients.
Last updated: 5 November 2021