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UDBSNMGT - BA Business Management

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Arts Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Arts
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Business and Management
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time 4 YEARS 6 YEARS
Course leader Ann Kennedy

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The course will be taught through a mixture of interactive workshops, lectures and seminars. The lectures and workshops are designed to convey the broad outlines of knowledge pertinent to each module whilst the seminars are built around student activity in response to a set of prepared tasks that require students to apply knowledge, discuss and analyse business problems.

A Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach will be used in a number of workshops designed to foster student centred learning and engagement. This approach enables students to analyse and discuss core principles and provides opportunities for students to present their work and obtain formative feedback. Within the PBL context, task exercises will be used to focus on student centred learning requiring synthesis and analysis of key issues generated through student research.

Lectures will be designed to convey broad principles, concepts and knowledge, while the seminar sessions offer students the opportunity to analyse and apply knowledge. Students will also have the opportunity to practice and apply knowledge through field work and through business simulations focussing on business management scenarios.

Students will be issued with tasks and reading which they will be required to prepare for the workshop and tutorials using a variety of learning sources including, textbooks, standard and bespoke texts, module handouts, interactive WebLearn, on-line resources and databases.

The approach to the teaching and learning for the course is to help students develop an inquisitive, independent but supported level of study in which students are able to set personal goals and targets beyond those prescribed by their tutors. The course will also utilise industry expertise throughout with the inclusion of real world business problems and employer input. Students’ experiential learning will be encouraged throughout and action learning will be developed once confidence is boosted and students are fully aware of their learning environment.

Each student will experience an interactive and engaging induction to the university and their course. The induction will be designed to foster a sense of belonging from the first day and all students will be allocated to their seminar groups at this point so that they will begin to form immediate friendships and a sense of identity.

All students will be timetabled in an organised and student-centred way. This will require careful planning to ensure students’ time is maximised as efficiently as possible. A major characteristic of this course is the core requirement of work based and similar learning. In order for students to get the most out of this aspect of their course, they need to be able to engage with this type of learning fully and with sufficient time. A student-centred timetable will enable this aim to be achieved.

Course aims

The main aim of the Business Management course is to provide a contemporary and dynamic programme of study which gives students knowledge and understanding of fundamental subjects and prepares them for a wide range of careers in business management. This course aims to provide an integrated business management curriculum which will enable students to explore and examine key concepts and principles and link the multi-disciplinary subjects of business management coherently and in the context of the real business world. By doing this, it is specifically intended to engage the students fully in their studies, increase their motivation and raise their aspirations to be successful throughout their course and in the future.

The curriculum provides students with an understanding of business and the techniques, concepts and principles that make businesses successful and efficient. Students will learn about the decision making process of business organisations and the social, cultural and ethical environment in which they operate. The domestic and international influence on business will be thoroughly explored. Students will have to opportunity to engage with leading edge themes of business management including sustainability, leadership, globalisation, entrepreneurship, innovation and corporate social responsibility.

The Business Management course will develop students’ intellectual and practical skills and will promote the development of students’ ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate business management principles in a wide range of appropriate contexts. A central feature of this course is the development of students’ lifelong learning skills including self-evaluation and reflection with the aim of placing students in the best position to make informed decisions about their future professional career.

The Business Management course has a central all encapsulating theme of employability. Students will acquire business experience in their second and final year through the core modules Transferable Learning. These modules are designed flexibly to allow students to acquire a diverse range of business experience and give them crucial skills relevant for their future careers. This aspect of the course underpins the importance of the employability agenda and demonstrates a serious commitment to the professional development of students.

The purpose of the course follows that set out in the QAA Benchmarks for Business and Management:

  • the study of organisations, their management and the changing external environment in which they operate;
  • preparation for and development of a career in business and management;
  • enhancement of lifelong learning sills and personal development to contribute to society at large.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Evaluate a wide range of theories and conceptual frameworks from the major disciplines relevant to Business Management
  2. Analyse general business management related areas of study as well as the more specialised and contemporary issues including entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, sustainability, governance, ethics, diversity and globalisation
  3. Explain how management procedures and processes allow for effective decision-making against different objectives
  4. Discuss and debate the impact of the external environment (domestic and international) in the context of business management, including economic, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological influences
  5. Analyse contemporary business management issues and formulate solutions to identified problems in a clear and coherent research plan

Subject specific skills

  1. Produce and analyse appropriate information from a variety of sources. Specifically, to use IT to access sources of information and to work with discipline based software programmes
  2. Conduct general business analysis using a variety of theoretical tools
  3. Search, handle and interpret relevant information in the analysis of the operations of modern business environments
  4. Communicate complex ideas and analysis through written and oral expositions
  5. Design, plan organise and deliver an individual research project and demonstrate knowledge of appropriate business research methodology
  6. Critically apply knowledge to comment on and evaluate real business world scenarios
  7. Gain real world business experience and apply developed skills for the purpose of future career planning

Transferable skills

  1. Communicate ideas, principles, theories and information effectively by oral, written and visual means
  2. Develop personal skills including skills in study, problem-solving, working with others, independent learning, self-awareness, self-management, self-presentation and decision-making
  3. Interpret and critically analyse business problems in order to produce solutions which demonstrate an evaluation of the impact of ethical issues and cultural diversity
  4. Evaluate the appropriateness of data for alternate purposes and handle complex data with ease
  5. Demonstrate development of personal and professional skills relevant for career and personal development planning

Intellectual skills

  1. Apply intellectual skills and critical faculties with particular emphasis on the development of the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation of concepts, ideas and theories that characterise the major disciplines of Business Management
  2. Develop intellectual discussion and awareness of contemporary debates in the business management related core disciplines
  3. Initiate and undertake independent and scholarly research and investigation, specifically to develop the ability to review critically relevant literature, retrieve data, to interpret and apply complex information
  4. Develop a capacity for critical reflection and judgement in the light of evidence and argument about business management issues
  5. Apply the skills of seeking, handling and interpreting business information as part of the process of addressing business problems and formulating new or alternative solutions through independent research

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Evaluate a wide range of theories and conceptual frameworks from the major disciplines relevant to Business Management:

All core modules

2. Analyse general business management related areas of study as well as the more specialised and contemporary issues including entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, sustainability, governance, ethics, diversity and globalisation:

Challenges for the 21st Century Manager
Understanding People and Organisations
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and
Leadership
Regulation and Management in the Global
Community

3. Explain how management procedures and processes allow for effective decision-making against different objectives:

Managing Information and Accounting
Understanding People and Organisations
Business Decision Making
Challenges for the 21st Century Manager
Strategy: choices & impact

4. Discuss and debate the impact of the external environment (domestic and international) in the context of business management, including economic, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological influences:

Global Business Environment
Serving Customers in Global Markets
Regulation and Management in the Global
Community

5. Analyse contemporary business management issuesn and formulate solutions to identified problems in a clear and coherent research plan:

Strategy: choices & impact
Management Investigation &Recruitment
Report

Subject specific skills

1. Produce and analyse appropriate information from a variety of sources. Specifically, to use IT to access sources of information and to work with discipline based software programmes:

Management Information and Accounting
Business Decision Making

2. Conduct general business analysis using a variety of theoretical tools:

All core modules

3. Search, handle and interpret relevant information in the analysis of the operations of modern business environments:

Global Business Environment
Challenges for 21st Century Manager
Serving Customers in Global Markets

4. Communicate complex ideas and analysis through written and oral expositions:

All core modules

5. Design, plan organise and deliver an individual research project and demonstrate knowledge of appropriate business research methodology:

Management Investigation &Recruitment
Report

6. Critically apply knowledge to comment on and evaluate real business world facts:

All core modules

7. Gain real world business experience and apply developed skills for the purpose of future career planning:

Work-related modules

Transferable skills

1. Communicate ideas, principles, theories and information effectively by oral, written and visual means:

All core modules

2. Develop personal skills including skills in study, problem-solving, working with others, independent learning, self-awareness, self-management, selfpresentation and decision-making:

All core modules

3. Interpret and critically analyse business problems in order to produce solutions which demonstrate an evaluation of the impact of ethical issues and cultural
diversity:

Global Business Environment
Understanding People and Organisations
Regulation and Management in the Global
Community

4. Evaluate the appropriateness of data for alternate purposes and handle complex data with ease:

Managing Information and Accounting
Business Decision Making

5. Demonstrate development of personal and professional skills relevant for career and personal development planning:

All core modules and
Work-related modules

Intellectual skills

1. Apply intellectual skills and critical faculties with particular emphasis on the development of the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation of concepts, ideas
and theories that characterise the major disciplines of Business Management:

Strategy: choices & impact
Regulation and Management in the Global
Community
Management Investigation &Recruitment
Report

2. Develop intellectual discussion and awareness of contemporary debates in the business management related core disciplines:

All core modules

3. Initiate and undertake independent and scholarly research and investigation, specifically to develop the ability to review critically relevant literature, retrieve data, to interpret and apply complex information Serving Customers in Global Markets Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership:

Strategy: choices & impact
Regulation and Management in the Global
Community

4. Develop a capacity for critical reflection and judgement in the light of evidence and argument about business management issues:

Challenges for 21st Century Manager
Understanding People and Organisations
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and
Leadership
Serving Customers in Global Markets
Work-related modules

5. Apply the skills of seeking, handling and interpreting business information as part of the process of addressing business problems and formulating new or alternative solutions through independent research:

All core modules

Principle QAA benchmark statements

General Business and Management Benchmarks

Assessment strategy

This course uses a wide variety of assessment methods to test students’ ability. These assessment methods have been mapped to ensure that they are evenly spread and allow the student to perform at their best.

The assessment methods include:

Course work
Problem Based Learning tasks
Business simulations
Group work
Presentations
Computer based tests
E-Portfolio
Video clips

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

As part of our Undergraduate Student Promise, every student will undertake accredited work-related learning (in either the form of a work placement or ‘live’ project with a partner organisation or planning to set up small business) for a minimum of 70 hours as a core, compulsory element within their course programme.

You will have the option of taking the “Learning Through Work” or “Create a Winning Business” 15 credit module in the second or third year of your course programme. Additionally you have the option of taking an additional 30 credit 12 month sandwich placement module (which would extend your course to four years).
Work-related learning provides students with:

  • the experience of a competitive recruitment process or pitching for an opportunity
  • a work-related experience or project which impacts a real organisation
  • assessment and feedback on their reflections on their experience of the work-related learning and planning for their future career.

Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities which can be either be a placement, part-time role or ’live’ project for an external organisation untaken within the University. We have dedicated placements and careers teams who will assist learners with all aspects of their job search and application. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Leader on an individual basis. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the relevant University personnel who to assist them in gaining a suitable role.

Learners may be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment (whether or not this relates to their subject area), providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader)

Modules required for interim awards

Level 3 Core Modules: Preparatory Diploma

Development for Success in Business

The Context of Business

Understanding and Dealing with Customers

Using and Managing Data and Information

Level 4 Core Modules: Certificate in Higher Education – 120 credits

Understanding People and Organisations

Challenges for the 21st Century Manager

Managing Information and Accounting

Global Business Environment

Level 5 Core Modules: Diploma in Higher Education – 240 credits

Level 4 modules plus

Business Decision Making

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership

Serving Customers in Global Markets

Transferable Learning (15 credit alternative core)

Plus 1 x optional 15 credit module

Level 6 Core Modules: - BA (Hons) 360 credits

Level 4&5 modules plus

Strategy: Choices and Impact

Regulation and Management in the Global Community

Management Investigation &Recruitment Report

Transferable Learning (15 credit alternative core)

Plus 1 x optional 15 credit module

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

You'll gain a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership on completing this degree.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), an internationally renowned professional body. While studying on this course you'll gain membership to CMI and will be able access its facilities, attend events, join a mentoring scheme and access over 200,000 live management job postings.

Career opportunities

This course will give you the skills you need to pursue a career as an entrepreneur or to work in business management as part of a national or multinational organisation. Previous graduates have gone on to work at organisations such as Coca-Cola, the Royal Bank of Scotland and even London Metropolitan University.

The knowledge base, transferable skills and hands-on work experience you'll gain throughout the course will place you in an advantageous position once you enter the job market.

This course is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study or a graduate training scheme.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Extended degree

Applicants who do not fully meet the entry requirements may be eligible to start a Business Management BA extended degree.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes N200 (Management Studies): 100%
Route code BSNMGT

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BA4006 Understanding Business Information Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON AM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED AM
EC4009 The Corporate Environment Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM THU PM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
MN4001 Business and Enterprise Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR WED AM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
          CITY SPR+SUM WED AM
MN4002 Fundamentals of Management Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM FRI PM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON AM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED AM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE PM

Stage 1 Level 04 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BA4006 Understanding Business Information Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM THU AM
EC4009 The Corporate Environment Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM THU PM
MN4001 Business and Enterprise Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM WED AM
MN4002 Fundamentals of Management Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM FRI PM

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BA5002 Business Research and Decision Making Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR MON AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
MN5004 Leading Innovation and Entrepreneurship Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED AM
MN5006 Serving Customers in Global Markets Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR FRI AM
MN5W50 Creating a Winning Business 1 Alt Core 15 CITY SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT WED PM
MN5W55 Learning through Work Alt Core 15 CITY SPR WED AM
          CITY AUT WED AM
BL5053 The Regulation of Business Creations Option 15 CITY SPR MON AM
HR5053 Organisation Design and Management Option 15 CITY SPR WED PM
HR5057 People Management and Performance in Contempora... Option 15 CITY AUT TUE PM
          CITY SPR TUE PM
MC5051 Brand Management Option 15 CITY AUT TUE PM
          CITY AUT MON AM
MN5051 Managing and Leading Responsibly Option 15 CITY AUT MON AM
MN5054 Essential Psychology for Managers Option 15 CITY AUT WED PM

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BL6006 Managing within a Global Regulatory Framework Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR WED AM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED EV
MN6003 Strategy: Choices and Change Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU EV
          CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
MN6P00 Management Investigation and Dissertation Alt Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE PM
MN6P02 Management Investigation Project Alt Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
MN6W04 Professional Experience Year Placement Alt Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR    
MN6W50 Creating a Winning Business 2 Alt Core 15 CITY AUT THU AM
          CITY SPR THU PM
          CITY SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT THU PM
MN6W55 Learning through Work 2 Alt Core 15 CITY SPR WED AM
          CITY AUT WED AM
BA6052 Project Management Option 15 CITY AUT FRI AM
          CITY AUT FRI PM
          CITY SPR FRI AM
          CITY SPR FRI PM
EC6051 Economics of Multinational Business Option 15 CITY AUT WED AM
HR6055 Organising and Managing Across Cultures Option 15 CITY AUT WED PM
          CITY AUT WED AM
          CITY SPR WED PM
MC6050 Delivering Customer Value Option 15 CITY SPR TUE AM
          CITY AUT TUE AM
MC6061 Services Marketing Option 15 CITY AUT TUE AM
          CITY SPR TUE AM
MN6053 Critical Perspectives on Management and Leadership Option 15 CITY AUT MON PM
MN6054 Entrepreneurial Survival Option 15        
MN6055 Managing Corporate Reputation Option 15 CITY SPR MON PM
          CITY SPR MON AM