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AKU-KE | Executive Masters in Media Leadership and Innovation: Capstone Project

Capstone Project

This is the capstone course providing learners with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and experiences gleaned during the entire programme of study. In this course, individuals undertake instruction and independent research into a leadership challenge they are facing in their workplace or across their industry. At the conclusion of the semester-long project, each will present their analysis and action plan in a 20,000-word report, which can be directly implemented in their workplace. This course aims at enhancing all six leadership competencies, namely, thinking and acting strategically, resource planning and process management, accountability for performance and results, change and innovation, development and communication.

Core reading material 
Kuiper, S. and Clippinger, D. (2012). Contemporary business reports, 5th ed. Cengage Learning.

Colorado State University. (2012). Business writing: an introduction. [Website]. Retrieved from:

University of Leicester. Learning Development. (2009). Writing reports. [Website]. Retrieved from:


Recommended Reference Material
Booth, W.C. and Gregory G.C. (2016). The craft of research, 4th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Q 180.55.M4 .B66 2016

Eco, U. How to write a thesis. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015. LB 2369 .E36 2015

Weston, A. (2017). A rulebook for arguments, 4th ed. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. DS 79.764.A63 .W55 2017

Online Video

Hendrikz, D. (2014, Apr 3). How to write a business report, [Video file; 4 min 41 sec].  YouTube. Retrieved from:



Charles Darwin University. Academic Language and Learning Success Program. (2016, May 4). Report writing for business students, [Video file; 8 min]. YouTube. Retrieved from: 

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