This document aims at providing you with the necessary information on the formal
requirements of the BHMS4419 Integrated Study (IS) and setting out guidelines on how the
Integrated Study reports should be prepared, completed and presented.
The Integrated Study is a significant part of your Honours assessment, which accounts for 3
credits in the programme of Bachelor of (Honours) Scheme in Business.
This is a one-semester independent work for students to further develop their problem
solving skill and critical thinking. By working on an intellectually challenging theoretical
model or industrial issue, students will be able to show their ability to integrate knowledge
and skills with creativity and innovation from a range of subjects and past learning
experience to address a specific intellectually challenging issue or problem related to various
business disciplines. The students are expected to analyse the problem/issue rigorously and
present their arguments/findings in a logical and coherent way.
1.2. Scheme Intended Learning Outcomes (SILOs)
(a) Apply specific skills and business knowledge to analyse problems and make decisions
for different business functional units with global insight and local relevance;
(b) Apply knowledge and skills to undertake both individual tasks and teamwork with a
reflective and critical perspective;
(c) Communicate effectively and efficiently in English and Chinese in a business context;
(d) Demonstrate ability to acquire knowledge and improve skills through continuous
learning for personal and professional development;
(e) Identify key ethical issues and formulate strategies for organisational sustainability in an
ever-changing business environment;
(f) Evaluate various theories and practices of corporate social responsibility and global
citizenship in a business context.
1.3. Subject Intended Learning Outcomes (SILOs)
Upon successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
(a) identify an issue faced by an organisation or a theoretical model in various business
(b) analyse various business issues with the use of the theoretical models learnt in
(c) develop in-depth knowledge in related industry and business sector;
(d) present the analysis and recommendations in a rigorous, logical and coherent way.
2. Topic, Approach & Structure
2.1. Topic Originality and Relevance
The topic of the Integrated Study report should be original and relevant to study stream /
concentration / award (e.g., Finance; General Business; International Business; Health
Services Management; Human Resource Management or Operations & Supply Chain
Management) area. It is your responsibility to verify and ensure the title/topic of the
Integrated Study is original.
A good topic should fulfill the following criteria:
• Interesting and appealing to both scholars and practitioners of related business disciplines;
• Feasible and practicable implication for project investigation / implementation.
2.2. Report Structure
Assessment Work Length required (words)
Proposal 500 – 800
Progress Report 600 – 1,000
Final Report 3,000 – 4,000
The number of words excludes the title page, abstract, table of contents, lists of appendices
and tables, references and bibliography, and appendices. Supervisors/Markers are not
required to read beyond 4,000 words in assessing your final report. A penalty of 10% of the
total mark will be deducted for excessive length.
2.2.2. Key Sections
The following key sections could be included in the Reports. Headings and sub-headings are
indicative only and could be used as appropriate.
(I) Project Proposal
1) Title of the Study
2) Objectives of the Study
3) Approach of the Study
4) Background/Theoretical model/Company issues to be used for the study
5) Significance/Expected contribution of the study
6) Information to be collected (what and how)
7) References (not included in word count)
8) Working timeline (not included in word count)
(II) Progress Report
1) Title of the Study (if there is no update, this part could be omitted, please discuss with
2) Objectives of the Study (if there is no update, this part could be omitted, please discuss
with your Supervisor)
3) Literature review
4) Progress update and work accomplished (e.g. no. of journal articles or management
reports read, problems found & recommended solution, industry analysis, company
analysis & issues identified for case study, personal goal & career aspiration, etc)
5) References (if there is no update, this part could be omitted, please discuss with your
Supervisor) (not included in word count)
6) Working timeline (if there is no update, this part could be omitted, please discuss with
your Supervisor) (not included in word count)
(III) Final Report
Students may choose to adopt one of the following 5 approaches. These 5 approaches are
for reference only. If students have other approaches, please discuss with your own
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