PW41 Project Module with Personal Development (PDP) & Mentoring

Module Name
Project Module with Personal Development (PDP) & Mentoring
Module Code
Different IMBA Programme Teachers
Bachelor Degree or equivalent managerial working experience
This module is delivered in Semester 2, as 3 project weeks that span the full semester. The project week is linked directly to Personal Development and Tutoring (Mentoring) and students are expected to reflect on their personal development as part of their project week assignments. Note: although at Wittenborg the term class “tutor” is used, the role at postgraduate level in the IMBA is considered to be more focussed on mentoring students. Each of the Project Weeks each comprise of an interdisciplinary research project focusing on problem solving, instigated in cooperation with companies and organisations in the region. The 3 project weeks will include company visits and guest lectures, designed to give students a connection to the local business community and to assemble information relevant to their problem-solving assignments. The preparation starts in Semester 1, with the outline of a Personal Development Plan. The PDP is developed during mentoring sessions with the class tutor, and will focus on the personal development of the individual student. The mentoring sessions are planned in between the student and their Wittenborg tutor throughout the year, and in Semester 2 will be directly linked to the work completed in the Project Weeks. As the Tutor is also initially responsible to guide the student through the preparation of a research proposal, and integral approach is adopted that combine Personal Development, Project Weeks and preparation for the final project, with the curriculum as a backdrop for knowledge and understanding.
  • Critically explore an idea either from an entrepreneurial (start-up) or consultancy (ongoing) viewpoint
  • Develop an understanding of the issues, trends and managerial imperatives facing entrepreneurial organisations in different industries
  • Develop personal skills and competencies according to a plan based on self-reflection (a personal development plan)

Semester 1
Develop a Personal
Development Plan
(PDP) with Tutor

Semester 2
Complete 3 Project
Continue with
mentoring programme

Instruction / Study Load

Tutor contact hours: 18 hours
Mentoring is carried out in tutor sessions planned in during all timetabled weeks.
Personal Development Plan: 18 hours
3 Project Weeks (project work, reading, report preparation): 84 hours
Report writing: 20 hours
Total: 140 hours

IBA Final Qualification Mapping
Mapped with numbers: 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26. See the EEG for further reference.
Teaching Language
Teaching Methods
  • Mentoring by class tutor
  • Company visits
  • Group work
  • Feedback and presentation sessions
  • Video and film
  • Discussion sessions
  • Presentations
  • Research Papers
  • Collecting, organizing, reflecting upon the required portfolio
  • Collecting materials (artifacts/evidence) for the portfolio
Module / Lecture and seminar status
Testing and assessment
PDP Portfolio (type 5) that includes the Assignment / Report / Essay (type 2) relevant to the Project Weeks. See the EEG for further reference.
European Credits
Required literature

The Project Weeks in Semester 2 will be supported by chosen current literature that is relevant
to the project at hand. An example is shown in example of the Hospitality Speciation project
described at the end of this module guide.

For the Personal Development element of the project, the following two books are made
available to students:

  • Skills for Success; Stella Cottrell, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN-10: 1403911320 ; ISBN-13: 978- 1403911322