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Group Sustainable Business Project - ENV00096M

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Matthew Archer
  • Credit value: 10 ECTS
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module summary

In this module students will undertake a group sustainable business project in collaboration with a business partner. Broad project ideas will be defined by business partners and then developed and implemented by student groups. All projects will challenge student groups to mobilise their skills, knowledge and values to lead on a change towards more sustainable business practice in a real-world setting.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

The aim of the module is to give students the opportunity to mobilise their skills and knowledge to develop and design a group sustainable business change project linked to a business partner.

Module learning outcomes

Students who complete this module successfully will able to:

  • Conduct advanced research and critically apply appropriate methods to analyse a complex sustainability problem as part of a group to inform and guide the development of a real-world change management project;

  • Work as a team to identify areas of focus for change towards sustainability which consider the context in which they are working;

  • Design and implement effective change management and innovation strategies as part of a group, and communicate this in a written plan;

  • Collaborate effectively and professionally both face-to-face and online with group members and external business partners;

  • Work as a group to design innovative and resilient solutions to a real-world sustainability problem;

  • Communicate effectively and professionally during group meetings and in writing.

Module content

At the start of the module students will select a broad project idea from a list compiled in collaboration with business partners. Project development and implementation will be supported in 2 hour workshops held over the first two weeks of the module and separate 1 hour weekly meetings with business partners.

Teaching programme/organisation of learning

  • Lectures: 0

  • Workshops: 14 hours

  • Meetings with business partners: 7 hours

  • Assessment: Group project proposal (30%), individual report (50%), teamworking (20%)

  • Private Study: 279 hours

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay : Individual Project Report
N/A 50
Groupwork
Essay plan : Group Project Proposal
N/A 30
Groupwork
Report : Team Work Assessment
N/A 20

Special assessment rules

Non-compensatable

Additional assessment information

Summative assessment consists of:

• Group project proposal (30%) plus team working component (peer assessment) (20%)

• Individual report (50%)

This is a module delivered in partnership with Maastricht University: York-Maastricht Partnership rules apply.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay : Individual Project Report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Summative feedback will be provided on written feedback sheets.

Indicative reading

Cameron, E. and Green, M. 2015. Making Sense of Change Management: A Complete Guide to the Models, Tools and Techniques of Technical Change. Kogan Page.

Chesebro, J. L. 2014. Professional Communication at Work: Interpersonal Strategies for Career Success. London: Taylor and Francis.

Madsen, S. 2015. The Power of Project Leadership: 7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader. Kogan Page.

Thomas, D. and Hodges, I. D. 2010. Designing and Managing Your Research Project: Core Skills for Social and Health Research. London: Sage Publications.



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