Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 19/07/2018
College College Social Sciences
School Birmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.Sc. Business Management (with Year in Industry) Full-time
Programme Code 6430
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme This programme aims to develop the intellectual, analytical, problem-solving and communication skills of students by providing them with a breadth of knowledge of business management, together with the transferable skills (for example in group and team working) that are necessary to apply this knowledge in new and challenging contexts. The underlying philosophy of the programme is that students study all aspects of business management and whilst they have some flexibility to follow their own interests, they do not become overly specialised in one business related theme. However, the programme develops a thorough understanding of Business Management as a broad discipline and develops an appreciation of research relevant to that discipline. In consultations with employers we are told that they value the broad-based knowledge that our graduates have gained tThe fact that business is conducted today in a global environment and the necessity to interact with other markets and cultures, means an international underpinning is to be found in most modules. In addition, the programme progresses an understanding of the role of individuals and business in society. It develops effective problem-solving skills and an ability to communicate well using a range of media. The programme recognises the increasing role of business in society and so develops knowledge of ethical issues and practices across the discipline whilst evolving awareness of individual and collective citizenship as a part of responsible business. An appreciation of other contemporary issues such as entrepreneurship and knowledge management is provided throughout the programme. Year One is a foundation year and therefore is compulsory. In this year all the key themes of the programme, i.e. Organisations and Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Communications Business Economics, Accounting and Finance, are introduced, and students are given a thorough grounding in the subject areas they are to continue in later years. Year 1 also contains a key skills module for personal and academic development, and a choice of study outside the main discipline, allowing wider interests to be pursued in the foundation year. In Year Two students continue to develop a deeper understanding of responsible business and the relevancy of discipline relevant research. They are required to choose 80 credits from the options available. Although still broad based, modules begin to become more focused and specialised within programme themes. The Year in Industry allows students to see the application of theory is about praxis. Students spend at least 33 weeks on an industrial placement. The main purpose of this year will be to gain an understanding of how theoretical models can be applied in the real world and can be challenged and revised through practice, and to develop the transferable skills that employers today, and indeed students, are increasingly seeking. Year Four features modules that are increasingly advanced allowing students more specialisation along with an increased degree of choice, whilst maintaining a relatively broad spectrum across the discipline. The year is underpinned by a compulsory extended essay or dissertation which allows the student to investigate in depth an area of personal interest.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
A broad and analytical integrated study of business and management
Relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations including the role of individuals in organisations (internal aspects, functions and processes including diverse nature, purposes, structures, governance, operations and management).
Relevant knowledge and understanding of the external environment in which organisations operate, including the role of business and individuals in society.
Relevant knowledge and understanding of management (processes, procedures , theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles, together with rational analysis and other processes of decision making)
Within these 3 frameworks ( 2 - 4) an understanding of markets, customers, finance, people, operation, information systems, communication and IT, business policy and strategy, contemporary and pervasive issues.
The interrelationships among organisations and the external environment and the integration of these areas (economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological - at local national and international levels)
Lectures, classes, case study work, webct online assignments and quizzes, presentations,self directed study, re 5 and 6: experiential learning in workplace
Exam, coursework, presentations, dissertation; re 5 and 6: year in industry essay and reflective diary
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The ability to think critically in relation to the knowledge base outlined above, the ability to analyse issues using differing theoretical viewpoints and synthesis these viewpoints
An understanding of how to approach and instigate effective discipline related problem solving and decision making using appropriate qualitative and quantitative skills.
An understanding of how to produce and communicate convincing arguments, individually and in groups, across a range of channels, including orally and in writing.
The ability to interpret numerical data; knowledge of how to conduct commonly-used statistical analyses
Effective use of communication and IT across a range of relevant channels.
Effective self- management and ethical citizenship (demonstration of awareness of ethical practice in business, academic study, research, and communication and develop awareness of individual and collective citizenship.
Reflective, adaptive and collaborative learning
Self awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity
Teamwork, including leadership, team building, influencing, adaptive and collaborative learning and project management skills.
Effective communication including listening, negotiation, persuasion and presentation. across a range of contemporary media.
Expertise in the broad discipline of Business Management, A including an appreciation of discipline relevant research and an ability to conduct research in business and management issues, individually and as part of a team.
The ability to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first two years of study to problem solve, communicate and think critically within a work environment.
Understand and analyse organisational goals and to pro-actively contribute to those specific goals as an individual and as part of a team during an industrial placement.
In depth analytical skills relating to the contribution of the organisation, its practices and processes, to society.
Lectures, classes, case study work, webct online assignments and quizzes, presentations, self directed study, experiential learning; preparatory classes, canvas online assignments, self-directed study and experiential and reflective learning.
Coursework and exam, group presentations, written essays, group work, dissertation, experiential learning