MO9628 - LSCM EPA Work Based Project

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What will I learn on this module?

This module provides an opportunity for you to investigate into a work-related issue, practicing research skills through engaging in a research project. Through studying this module you will develop a wide range of inter-personal, intellectual and practical (functional) skills. You will increase your awareness of the workplace as a learning environment and enhance your individual effectiveness and employability, whilst also contributing to the organisation’s development and effectiveness through change.

The project will draw upon your learning across the programme: to identify a business, management or leadership issue relevant to your organisation and design and conduct an appropriate investigation into this issue. The project will focus on a work-based issue and develop your skills in:

• the diagnosis of problems
• identifying project objectives
• project planning
• project management
• development of strategies to address problems
• data collection
• data analysis
• addressing ethical issues in research
• drawing supportable conclusions from data analysis
• outlining recommendations
• presentation techniques

You will be expected to demonstrate that appropriate ethical, commercial confidentiality and data protection issues are taken into consideration from an organisational, individual perspective by adhering to University Ethical Guidelines. Furthermore you will also engage in reflection on the learning derived from carrying out the project.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through workshops, tutor guidance and feedback and independent directed and self-directed learning. Importantly, you will also learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the module to your practice in the workplace. The workshops will introduce you to theories and concepts and allow you to discuss with the tutors and your peers how these relate to your own work based experiences and practice. The workplace provides an opportunity for you to put your own knowledge and skills into practice and review your learning with your manager/mentor and your guidance tutor.

Your learning is supported by a Teaching and Learning Plan, offering guidance on reading to prepare for workshops and help with the completion of the assessment. Within this plan there are also suggested learning activities, which guide you in your independent learning. These activities allow you to reflect and evaluate your knowledge and skills and in this area.

Adopting this learning and assessment strategy, you will develop your knowledge and skills and apply this to your own role as a logistics and supply chain professional, in order to think critically about your personal and organisational practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be allocated an individual work-based project supervisor with whom you will have access to face-to-face tutorial support alongside your workplace supervisor (where appropriate).

You will develop your knowledge of research methods and ability to manage projects and conduct research, through developing practical skills in data collection and analysis (both qualitative and quantitative), as well as the completion and write-up the projects. The project focus, its specific aim(s) and the research method adopted will be unique to how you design your project.

The Teaching and Learning plan will provide a number of prompts and guidance to support you academically. Support will also include opportunities to gain feedback from workshop tutors, your guidance tutor and peers.

Your module is also supported by an e-learning portal, which houses all the module learning materials, workshop resources, interactive activities, assessment details and various other support facilities which are provided by the University.

In addition, in order to assist you in developing knowledge, you will have access to the University’s library facilities, including extensive electronic resources, eBooks and electronic academic journal articles.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be expected to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding:
Your knowledge of digital marketing at least some of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of aspects of the discipline.
(MLO 1)

Your appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of the knowledge you produce through your research. (MLO 2)

Intellectual/Professional skills and abilities:
Your ability to apply your knowledge of digital marketing to appreciate the implications for organisational strategic performance (MLO 3)

Your ability to apply techniques of analysis and enquiry in the investigation of a business related issue. (MLO 4)

Personal Values attributes:
Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues associated with conducting research
(MLO 5)

How will I be assessed?

You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback both from tutors and within peer groups. Furthermore you will be supported by a personal supervisor throughout the year, who will discuss your work with you on an on-going basis providing you with feedback on your ideas, approaches and progress.

The summative assessment methods are aligned to the requirements of the SCLPIDA EPA and include the following components:

Component 1: 1,500 word project proposal, which will outline:
• aims and objectives,
• literature review,
• methodology,
• project plan
• ethics.

This is a EPA gateway requirement and will need to be approved by the employer and Independent Assessor before project proceeds through EPA Gateway.

Component 2 : Work based project report will:
• demonstrate the application of the knowledge, skills and behaviours mapped against this method
• be 9,000 words (plus or minus 10% at the apprentice’s discretion)
• set out the approach to planning and completion of the project
• set out the project brief, literature review, objectives, findings, conclusions and recommendations
• include a signed statement by the apprentice to confirm that the project and the project report is their own work
• feature the application of learning behaviours such as:
• - appropriate referencing
• - critical academic writing and thought
• - meeting deadlines and time management
• - reflective learning
• - research methods
• - written communication skills

Component 3: Presentation - A summarised version of report. This will take place only after the completion of the project work, submission of the written project report and once the report’s been reviewed by the independent assessor.

? The Panel will take place approximately four weeks after submission of the project or at the point in which marking of the project report is complete (typically 7 months after the start of end point assessment)
? last 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for follow-up questions (with a +10% tolerance at the discretion of the assessor to provide scope for the apprentice to demonstrate their full abilities)
? include 6 question areas asked by the independent assessor on key aspects of the project, to ensure that the apprentice clearly demonstrates an understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required
? be attended by the senior employer representative for context only and, to give validity to the information relied on about the apprentice and provide guidance to the Independent Assessor on the employer’s own policies and practices where requested
? be conducted face-to-face in a designated space, in a quiet room, free from distraction and influence, with reasonable presentational equipment/resources and that allows for the project outcomes to be demonstrated; this may be at the apprentice’s normal place of work or a venue sourced by the end-point assessment organisation

The independent assessor will grade the project report and the presentation holistically and recommend a mark to the university board of examiners.

(Addresses MLO’s 1-5)





Module abstract

This module is designed to help you achieve the End Point Assessment (EPA) requirements of the Supply Chain Leadership Professional Integrated Degree Apprenticeship (SCLPIDA) standard. The EPA includes a comprehensive report on a work based project and then a summary presentation of the report, followed by questions, conducted by an independent assessor and employer representative. This module will enable you to develop your research skills as well as increasing your awareness of the workplace as a learning environment. You will agree a project with your employer to investigate within your own organisational context, it is an opportunity for autonomy and examining a topic most relevant to your own interests and challenges faced by your organisation. Through this, you will gain insight into the organisational issue, whilst also developing an ability to critique and use evidence to further understand it. You will be expected to evidence the planning, execution, recommendations and evaluation of the project and the processes followed. Additionally, this process will allow you to demonstrate evidence of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the SCLPIDA standard.
This module has been designed to fit alongside your current role in your organisation and you will be encouraged to discuss this with your employer throughout the year. You will develop your employability and individual effectiveness, through developing your capacity for enquiry based research within a business setting, whilst also contributing to the organisation’s effectiveness.

Course info

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 Years Part-Time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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