Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 26/09/2014
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. International Business Full-time
Programme Code 7909
Delivery Location Totally Taught Abroad
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 2 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme Introduction
The programme aims to develop the intellectual, analytical 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 throughout the course and do not become overly specialised. This generalist approach follows the approach that has always underpinned the UK Business Management suite of programmes, and has been used successfully in marketing these programmes in the past. In consultations with employers we are told that they value the broad based knowledge that our graduates bring to their graduate trainee schemes.

Given the fact that business is conducted today in a global environment and that it is necessary to be able to interact with other markets and cultures, an international underpinning is to be found in most modules. In addition, an appreciation of other contemporary issues such as ecommerce, entrepreneurship and knowledge management is provided throughout the programme, which will also endeavour to impart a sense of corporate social responsibility.

This International Business programme, offering a further 120 credits through work or study abroad, has been designed for students who wish to specialize in an international career.

Entry to the suite of BSc programmes in Singapore will be direct to stage two.

All students have completed Diplomas that require them to achieve the learning outcomes that would have been achieved had they studied Stage One in Birmingham.

In Stage Two we adopt a generalist approach; Students must take at least 10 credits from each of the five key themes. The modules on the programme mirror those modules offered in the UK based programme. The modules have been chosen as the most appropriate modules for the coherence of the programme, and the most suitable for the Singapore market.

Although still broad-based in year two, modules begin to become more focused and specialised.

The international study / Industrial Placement element of this programme comprises two blocks of 15 weeks each: Study A will take place after stage 2 and before stage 3; Study B after stage 3.

Stage Three features modules that are increasingly focused, allowing students more specialisation. The year is underpinned by a compulsory 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 (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
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 pervasive issues and the broader international business environment
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, online assignments and quizzes, presentations, self-directed study, study/work year, Work placement, experiential learning
Exam, coursework, presentations, dissertation, overseas exams, essays and other assignments, international study year essay or reflective log and international placement essay
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 effective problem solving and decision making using appropriate qualitative and quantitative skills
An understanding of how to produce convincing arguments, both oral and in writing
The ability to interpret numerical data; knowledge of how to conduct commonly-used statistical analyses
Effective use of communication and IT
Effective self management
Reflective, adaptive and collaborative learning
self awareness, opennes and sensitivity to diversity
Teamwork, including leadership, team building influencing and project management skills
Effective listening, negotiation persuasion and presentation
Ability to conduct research in business and management issues, individually and as part of a team
Lectures, classes, case study work, online assignments and quizzes, presentations, self directed study, overseas study or work experience
1: coursework and exam, international study/placement essay.

2: coursework and exam, international study/placement essay.

3: group presentations, written essays.

4: coursework and exam.

5: presentations, coursework essays, international study/placement essay.

6: dissertation, coursework, international study/placement.

7: group work, reflective log and international placement essay.

8: group work, reflective log and international placement essay.

9: group work, reflective log and international placement essay.

10: group work.

11: dissertation, coursework, reflective log and international placement essay.