A coursework is a piece of academic writing that is characterized by many requirements which vary widely depending on the course you study, as well as on what your professor wants you to do. It can be in a form of essay, or some sort of project, or report, or even review. The coursework is performed with the goal of learning and covers a wide range of activities, such as practice, experimentation, research, writing, analyzing, summarizing and so on. In comparison to exams, a coursework has much more requirements because for its writing students usually have not hours, but several days or even weeks. This kind of research paper broadens knowledge, improves research and writing skills and shows the students' ability to undertake research tasks and complete them appropriately. Additionally, the coursework shows that the students can draw a conclusion out of learned theoretical knowledge and practical outcomes of their research.
As for MMU, this university has its own specificities regarding coursework papers. And again, it also depends on your research area.