There are 2 components which make up the MBA top-up course: The Research Methods and the Management Project.
The 20 credits Research Methods requires a 2,500 word assignment critically appraising quantitative research methods and a 3,000 word assignment on qualitative research methods where students collect and analyse qualitative data. USW will then assign an approved supervisor to guide each student to undertake the
Management Project which carries 40 credits and requires 12,000 words.
Students will first undertake a Research Methods component with USW to develop their understanding and skills of research in a management subject discipline. They will learn to critically review a range of research methodologies and select the most appropriate one to address a research need. It will equip students with the skills required for the practical aspects of planning, conducting and producing a Masters level work.
Students will then undertake the Management Project component to:
- ● explore the principles and practice of project management in business especially when analysing a complex business problem.
- ● evaluate selected management tools and techniques in project management and explore key consultancy skills and the ability to evaluate appropriate approaches to problem solving within a business context.
- ● examine and critically assess the organisational dynamics that provide the context for using selected approaches to managing business projects and problem solving.
- ● understand the necessity of true cause and effect analysis and the impact this analysis will have on cross functional and multi-organisational relationships.
- ● be able to communicate project content in a structured and coherent manner to a variety of organisational 'clients' (this was from the content summary)