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  • BSc (Hons) Business Management

    Programme Specification Validation Event – September 2011

    University of the West of England

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    Contents

    Section 1: Basic Data .................................................................................................................. 3

    Section 2: Educational Aims of the Programme ....................................................................... 4

    Section 3: Learning outcomes of the programme .................................................................... 5

    Section 4: Programme structure ............................................................................................... 13

    Section 5: Standard Entry requirements .................................................................................. 13

    Section 6: Assessment Regulations ......................................................................................... 14

    Section 7: Student learning; distinctive features and support .............................................. 14

    Section 8: Reference points/benchmarks ................................................................................ 18

    Appendix 1 Registration process map

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    Section 1: Basic Data

    Awarding institution/body

    University of the West of England

    Teaching institution Delivery Locations(s)

    Management Development Partnership (MDP)

    Faculty responsible for programme

    Faculty of Business & Law

    Modular Scheme Title Professional Statutory or Regulatory Body Links

    N/A

    Highest award title

    BSc (Hons) Business Management

    Default award title

    Interim award title

    Mode(s) of Delivery UCAS code

    Taught and distance learning JACS code

    ISIS code HESA code Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s)

    General Business and Management

    On-going/valid until

    Valid from (insert date if appropriate)

    Original Validation Date: September 2011 Latest Committee Approval… Date:… Version Code 1

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    Section 2: Educational Aims of the Programme

    This is a top-up programme designed to build on the student’s general understanding of business and management gained on their successful completion of the Edexcel HND in Business Studies and, alongside the acquisition of specialist knowledge, to cultivate the critical and analytical skills that managers need in order to help organisations grow and develop. The student’s prior knowledge of business and management theories and concepts will be consolidated in order to further develop management skills with the aim of enabling students to apply that knowledge and those skills to their current and future business environments. To achieve this, a thematic approach of creative management has been adopted as regards the student experience on the programme. The programme initially focuses on examining the role of managers as initiators and leaders of organisational development. This is then correlated to an analysis of how organisations create strategies to manage and grow their business in an environment of constant change. The student’s understanding of the analytical tools necessary for managers will be developed through the examination in depth of organisation theory and the ability of management to introduce change together with the nature of leadership in effecting change and achieving strategic objectives. There is, therefore, a strong focus on the development of management skills and competencies, which reflect a commitment to both the development of practical management skills and the development of the theory of management which underpins these. The programme will provide students with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate business organisations and change management within these structures, examining and analysing how business problems are identified and how alternative solutions can be evaluated, formulated and implemented. This is a focused specialist programme of study for students who wish to pursue a management career, and develop the necessary skills and knowledge in that field of study. Further, students will complete a Research Project which will enable them to both develop research skills relevant to a practising manager, and integrate knowledge from across the Programme and prior study in examining in depth a particular business-related topic. The programme has been designed to achieve consistency with the QAA Subject Benchmark Statements for General Business and Management. The BSc (Hons) Business Management aims to enable students to:

     Study organisations, their management and the changing external environment in which they operate;

     Develop transferable skills in the field of business and management;  Develop their theoretical and critical knowledge of management as a discipline and

    display a critical understanding of the interactions between business strategy, culture, and leadership in effecting change and performance improvement in organisations;

     Identify and analyse business problems, and evaluate alternative solutions, taking into account the range of factors that influence implementation when formulating a business strategy;

     Study, analyse and critique theoretical debates, and apply these to case studies in order to appreciate the range of factors that underpin the effective management of social interactions in organisations;

     Take a systematic approach to selecting the most appropriate strategy for managing organisational change in a variety of situations;

     Demonstrate a range of intellectual and practical skills that will enhance their future employability, including undertaking a research-based project related to a business organisation.

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    Section 3: Learning outcomes of the programme (A) Knowledge and understanding

    Modules referred to below are: MITF: Managing into the Future OTCM: Organisational Theory and Change Management SM: Strategic Management LTP: Leadership: Theory and Practice

    Knowledge and understanding of:

    Teaching/learning methods and strategies

    On completion of the programme students will have knowledge and understanding of: 1. The importance of understanding how business

    cultures are formed and how they impact upon operational performance

    2. A grasp of how inter-personal dynamics impact

    upon the formation of an organisation’s culture

    3. Business organisations, how they are managed and the dynamic business environment in which they operate

    4. The nature of strategy and how successful

    strategies are designed and implemented

    5. Familiarity with a range of frameworks, techniques and analytical tools used to design and evaluate business strategies.

    6. The nature of organisations and the effective use

    of human resources by organisations in achieving organisational goals

    7. How social and personal interactions impact upon

    organisational performance

    8. The centrality of leadership in organisations, and the wide range of models and theories that underpin effective leadership

    9. How and why organisations change and

    frameworks for understanding and managing the change process

    10. Project-based business and management

    research techniques

    Knowledge and understanding is acquired through the programme at level 3. The primary contributions of the modules are identified below: Acquisition of 1 is through the MITF module Acquisition of 2 is through the OTCM module Acquisition of 3 is through the SM and LTP modules Acquisition of 4 is through the SM module Acquisition of 5 is through the SM module Acquisition of 6 is through the MITF and OTCM modules Acquisition of 7 is through the MITF module Acquisition of 8 is through the MITF and LTP modules Acquisition of 9 is through the OTCM and LTP module Acquisition of 10 is through the Research Project All taught modules use a range of learning approaches including lectures, workshops, group work, individual research, case studies and exercises.

    Assessment Testing of the knowledge base is through a range of formative and summative assessment

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    approaches including coursework (learning outcomes 1–9), tasks undertaken under examination conditions (learning outcomes 1–9), assignments (learning outcomes 1-9) and a Research Project (learning outcome 10).

    (B) Intellectual Skills

    Intellectual Skills

    Teaching/learning methods and strategies

    On completion of the programme students will be able to: 1. Apply appropriate concepts, business models and analytical techniques to problems and issues arising within organisations. 2. Gather, analyse and critically evaluate evidence and information from a range of sources. 3. Use both quantitative and qualitative data to assist with problem solving 4. Identify, consider and analyse business problems from a range of different stakeholder perspectives using appropriate concepts and frameworks 5. Apply skills of evaluating the business situation, identifying problems and recommending solutions for a range of routine and complex contexts

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