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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, Metropolitan Education Foundation, Pakistan, QAHE Limited, Douglas Business School, Hong Kong, Stanfort Academy, Singapore, The Professional Learning Centre Ltd, Mauritius
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Business and Management
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS 6 YEARS
Part-time 4 YEARS 6 YEARS
Course leader Zainab Fakhr

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

This degree course provides a broad, analytical and integrated programme for those who wish to study Business Management. This course will apply for by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation which means that on completion of the course students receive the dual awards of: BA (Hons) Business Management Degree, and a CMI Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

This course provides students with an opportunity to develop both their understanding of theory as well as its application in a wide variety of situations, as well as developing their practical skills. There is an emphasis on knowledge and understanding of business organisations, the business environment in which they operate and their management and the management of the people in them. The course provides students with the opportunity to build skills and capabilities that will enable them to successfully compete in a wide range of fields that require management.

Students develop their understanding of the purposes, structures, size, scale, governance, operations and management of the functions and processes of business organisations, as well as the corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between different organisations. The course is designed to prepare students to deal with contemporary issues and challenges in the world of business. It reflects the breadth and depth of opportunities for learning, practice, placement and employability.

Teaching, study and assessment approaches help students to develop their understanding of management theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles, including the management of people and corporate social responsibility. Students can enhance their theoretical understanding and develop their practical management skills and decision-making through participation in on-line business simulations, which are embedded in the course. Managing a ‘virtual’ company is a powerful mechanism for providing feedback to students on their performance as well as enhancing their confidence as young managers.

The degree has a central all encapsulating theme of employability with the aim of providing students with the confidence and the transferable knowledge and skills required for their chosen careers. Students can acquire business experience in their second and final year through Work-Related modules, which 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 deep commitment to the professional development of students.

The course adopts a modular structure with modules delivered over 12 weeks across the three levels of study. These modules include core and elective choices. The programme creates an integrated approach to learning, by adopting a variety of teaching and learning strategies. These includes the traditional face-to-face classroom methods, such as: lecture/seminars. Each module is supported by Web Learn, our online platform, so as to facilitate and implement the faculty blended learning strategy, including virtual lectures, seminars and a range of multimedia. Students are provided with opportunities to analyse and discuss core principles and concepts and obtain peer and formative feedback. The delivery patterns are flexible and will be reviewed on an on-going basis to allow, where required, blended learning and direct delivery. This is to allow for changes in the current pandemic situation and any other uncertainties in future.


The course adopts a student centred learning approach, which requires synthesis and analysis of key issues generated through their own research. Lectures and seminars are designed to convey broad principles, concepts and knowledge, as well as offering students the opportunity to analyse and apply knowledge through field work, business simulations, and through case studies and business management scenarios.

The approach to teaching and learning on the course is to help students develop an inquisitive, analytical, and independent but supported level of scholarship in which they are able to set personal goals and targets beyond those prescribed by their tutors. Experiential learning is fostered, that is, students are encouraged to learn from their own current or previous experiences of work as well as those from their peers. The course also utilises industry expertise through the inclusion of business problems, current employers, and visiting professionals.

Students’ capabilities are assessed through a variety of methods such as: problem-based exercises presentations, team work, business reports, analysing case studies and presenting critical arguments through in-class and or online activities. Students on the course are encouraged to engage meaningfully with personal development planning (PDP) through the curriculum. This enables them to reflect on, plan, review and record their own personal and marketing/business skills development.

The requirements for the CMI’s Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership are embedded in the course modules, which means students’ do not have to engage in further study to attain the Level 6 Diploma. The purpose of CMI’s professional qualification is to provide the ground for further development of managerial competences.

Course aims

The course has been designed with reference to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education subject statement benchmark for Business and Management (2019).

The main aim of the course is to deliver a contemporary and dynamic programme of study which provides students with the knowledge and skills inherent in the subject to prepare them for a career in business management by increasing their understanding of organisations, their management, the economy and the business environment.

To enable students to explore and examine key concepts, principles and techniques that make businesses successful and efficient and to link the multi-disciplinary subjects of business management coherently in the context of the business world.

To develop student’s knowledge of the decision-making process, as well as the social, cultural and ethical environment in which businesses operate. Students are provided with opportunities to engage with leading edge themes of business management including sustainability, leadership, globalisation, entrepreneurship, innovation and corporate social responsibility.

To develop students’ academic, intellectual and practical skills and promote the development of their ability to critically 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 careers.

The course has been developed in conjunction with the needs of the industry and professional bodies. The core modules on the course meet the requirements for the CMI Level 6 Diploma in Management and leadership, with the aim of helping students to develop personal management capabilities, make effective use of information in decision-making, operations and the development of skills in managing people.

The degree is organised across three levels with specific aims, as follows:

Level 4 aims to provide the underpinning business and management foundation, principles and approaches inherent in the discipline. It develops students’ intellectual, critical, analytical, and self-reflection skills.

Level 5 deepens the student’s specialist knowledge of the course in each of the main subjects, such as managing, leading, marketing and decision-making. The aim here is also to develop key intellectual skills such as understanding and problem solving and to promote their ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate business decisions.

Level 6 aims to utilise the skills and knowledge gained at previous levels, promote independent learning and challenge students intellectually through an individual consultancy project or dissertation. Students studying at this level see the broader implications of the theories studied, how they apply in practice and refine their personal development planning activities

In addition Business Management students are offered the opportunity to undertake a work placement year prior to completing their final year of study.

Course learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are based on the integration of the QAA Benchmark statement for Business and Management (2019) and the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) requirements for the Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to: demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and will act as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible professionals in their discipline .(ULO)

Thus, upon graduating with an honours degree in Business Management, students will typically:

  1. Have the confidence needed to take leadership decisions in challenging situations (LO1).
  2. Possess the necessary communication skills that will help them adopt a global and multicultural perspective in their professional context (LO2).
  3. Be cognisant of the effects of the social and environmental of their decisions and will remain active citizens of the places they live and work (LO3).
  4. Demonstrate application of creative thinking skills to practical problems, and possess the analytical and organizational skills to translate creative ideas to operational solutions (LO4)
  5. Have a wide knowledge and understanding of the broad range of areas of business and management and the detailed relationships between these and their application in practice (LO5).
  6. Consistently demonstrate a command of subject-specific skills as well as proficiency in generic skills and attributes (LO6).
  7. Have a view of business and management influenced by a wide range of learning sources, based on a proactive and independent approach to learning (LO7).
  8. Be distinguished from the basic standard (threshold) of achievement by their enhanced capacity to develop and apply their own perspectives to their studies, to deal with uncertainty and complexity, to explore alternative solutions, to demonstrate critical evaluation and to integrate theory and practice in a wide range of situations (LO8)

These undergraduate attributes will be delivered primarily through 15 credit core modules, supported by a choice of 15 credit elective modules, and independent learning.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

The QAA Benchmark statement for Business and Management Nov 2019

Assessment strategy

BA (Hons) Business Management offers both formative and summative assessment that take a variety of formats including, coursework, portfolios, blogs, essays, exams, group presentations, business reports, problem-based activities, practice-based projects, group research projects, videos, computer-based tests, business simulations and a final dissertation or consultancy project.

Feedback is provided on both formative and summative in keeping with the university guidelines. Students are encouraged to engage in a dialogue through feed forward activities with staff on assessments. The aim is to encourage engagement support & constructive guidance from academic staff. This is also to facilitate and to ensure that assessment have an effective developmental impact on student learning and allow the student to reflect on their learning.

The university operates a marking and moderation process that are both rigorous and transparent to quality assure that:

Student work is assessed on a fair basis
Students are provided with supportive and appropriate feedback
Academic standards in relation to student work and final awards are maintained

Where possible work will be marked anonymously. The marking process on the course involves first marker who has responsibility for giving formal feedback and making an initial assessment of the standard and a provisional mark.

A sample of students work is moderated by an internal 2nd marker. Marks and feedback may be adjusted if necessary. A sample of work is moderated by an external examiner who is independent of the university a subject specialist. External examiners are required to report back to the University and to the Chair of the Subject Standards Board that formally processes the marks. Following the regulatory framework of the marking process students are unable to appeal your final marks and/or grades on the grounds of academic judgement.

Assessment criteria for the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership are embedded within each individual module.

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

The course incorporates core employability modules including an optional 12-month professional work placement at Level 5. This sandwich placement module is undertaken as an additional 30 credits between Levels 5 and 6 and is for 12 months extending students' undergraduate course programme to four years. Level 3 students joining the Business Management including foundation Course are given full information about their eligibility and the impact it has on their funding and course progression. When circumstances (such as pandemic) do not permit to run the placement module, alternative arrangements will be made to ensure the safety of students, academic staff and those who are going to involve in the process.

In addition, the Course provides opportunities for a wide variety of work experience at Levels 5 and 6 in the Work-Related modules. These modules are designed to enable students to gain business experience in the widest possible sense. They are flexible in delivery and will enable students to capture and build on their existing work and other experience.

The course has a considerable tangible Alumni network and is visible on online platforms such as LinkedIn. Students have the opportunity to interact and work with graduates and practitioners and to be mentored by them

Course specific regulations

There are no specified part-time structures for this course. Students on a part-time mode of study are required to take between 30 and 90 credits per academic year to complete the degree programme within the maximum time length allowed (6 years for a three-year course).
Programme planning is therefore agreed between the student and course team, in accordance with regulations on progression and completion.

As part of our Undergraduate Student Promise, every student will benefit from accredited work-related learning (in either the form of a work placement or ‘live’ project with a partner organisation or practical small business planning) as a core, compulsory element within the study programme.

Modules required for interim awards

Standard University Regulations apply.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

PDP and Reflective learning are embedded throughout the curriculum commencing at Level 4. Reflective learning and personal development planning is central to the students’ academic and career development – it is linked to assessment throughout the curriculum and is a formal element of formative feedback in several modules for the development of this key skill. Students’ experiential learning is encouraged throughout, and action learning sets are a feature at levels five and six, which promote reflective and Peer to Peer learning.

All modules have formative and summative assessment requiring varying degrees of critical self- evaluation and reflection in the context of business management professional practice..

Other external links providing expertise and experience

FEHQ

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Employability and workplace skills are inherent in all modules throughout the course, commencing with the business simulation at Level 4. At Level 5 along with the business simulation there are two options for experiential learning, one is a Work Related Learning module where each student can do a short work placement, or alternatively students can take a taught module which focuses on developing their own business idea in partnership with the Londonmet’s Accelerator.

In addition, the course includes a number of business management related activities during the academic year as well as number of career oriented workshops which help students to identify and develop key employability skills. Presentations by industry experts are included and students are able to participate in workshops designed around identified self-development issues.

At all levels students can present their ideas to a variety of business people including those from London Metropolitan’s business incubator, the Accelerator. These initiatives are linked to improving the students’ employability prospects and their transferable skills.

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

You'll gain a Level 6 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 or above (or equivalent)

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Business Management (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

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

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AC4052 Financial Accounting Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
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FE4055 Understanding the Business and Economic Environ... Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
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HR4052 Managing People in Organisations Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
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MC4061 Principles of Marketing Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
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MN4057 Digital Business Management and Emerging Techno... Core 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
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MN4062 Principles of Management Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
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MN4063 Understanding and Managing Data Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
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MN4W50 Learning Through Organisations Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
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Stage 1 Level 04 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
AC4052 Financial Accounting Core 15        
FE4055 Understanding the Business and Economic Environ... Core 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
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HR4052 Managing People in Organisations Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
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MC4061 Principles of Marketing Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
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MN4057 Digital Business Management and Emerging Techno... Core 15        
MN4062 Principles of Management Core 15        
MN4063 Understanding and Managing Data Core 15        
MN4W50 Learning Through Organisations Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
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Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
HR5053 Organisation Design and Management Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
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MN5067 Leadership in Practice Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
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MN5072 International Selling and Negotiation Core 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
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MN5076 Fundamentals of Project Management Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
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FE5056 Problem Solving: Methods and Analysis Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
MN5070 The Practice of Consultancy Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
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MN5W50 Creating a Winning Business 1 Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
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MN5W55 Learning through Work Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
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AC5063 Principles of Finance Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE PM
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BL5055 Company and Business Law Option 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
CA5058 Risk and Crisis Management Option 15 NORTH SPR MON AM
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LT5078 Sustainability, Business and Responsibility Option 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
LT5088 Artist Management Option 15        
LT5094 Field Trip Option 15        
MC5080 Marketing Communications Option 15        
MN5073 Developing Inclusive Organisations Option 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
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Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MN6066 The Practice of Management Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
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MN6068 Financial Decision Making for Managers Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
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MN6071 Practising Business Strategy (with simulation) Core 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
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MN6076 Leading Innovation Core 15        
FE6P04 Dissertation Alt Core 30        
MN6P05 Consultancy Project Alt Core 30        
FE6052 Personal Finance Option 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
HR6055 Organising and Managing Across Cultures Option 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
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LT6086 Strategy in Tourism and Travel Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM
LT6091 Service Excellence for Creative industries Option 15        
LT6093 Creative Media Practice and Music Business Models Option 15        
MC6094 Marketing Communications in Practice (Context F... Option 15