Business Management full-time top-up award BA (Hons)

Course length: 1 year full-time

Overview

Why Study Business?

The world of business will always provide a challenging and rewarding career for those who can apply their intelligence, skills and knowledge appropriately. This course provides a way for you to take your existing knowledge about business and management and develop real competence and critical judgement in a business context so that you can become a part of that world.

The course is structured to help you develop concepts and practice in leadership, strategic management and the global economy, and allows you to investigate emerging technologies for competitive advantage. You will work as part of a small cohort taking four taught modules between September and May, and either a supervised academic dissertation or a supervised critical business project which may be carried out off-campus.

How will I be assessed?

The course offers a variety of assessment to suit the experience of the module studied, and will range from presentations and productions to written work, reports, reviews and log books.

What is noteworthy about the course?

One of the main attractions for students on this course is the close personal attention you receive from tutors. As classes and workshops are held in small groups, the tutors can observe your development and help you to improve your skills on an individual basis. The lecturers have experience of both the academic and theoretical sides of business and its practice. In addition, Newman and its partner college have excellent links with local businesses who may provide a context for your study.

What careers can I consider after this degree?

This degree, because of its practical nature, offers you a wide variety of career possibilities. You could become an employee in a major international organisation or an entrepreneur in your own developing business. In addition, you will acquire a range of skills including developing ideas and constructing arguments, and the capacity to present them in appropriate ways.


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Entry requirements

All applicants will need to have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 in a relevant Foundation Degree or HND.

Fees

Fees for academic year: 2017/18 

UK Students £9,250*

International £11,100*

Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance  information

As a full time student, you will study a total of 120 credits each year. Credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits and dissertations are 40 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email registry@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules


FINAL BUSINESS PROJECT AND CRITICAL EVALUATION


MODULE TITLE : FINAL BUSINESS PROJECT AND CRITICAL EVALUATION

MODULE CODE : BEU601


MODULE SUMMARY :

The final project and critical evaluation will be structured to assess the knowledge and understanding by means appropriate to individual students, though all approaches will lead to the production of a significant piece of work that involves the demonstration of advanced practice in business management and/or original small research. All approaches will be accompanied by a critical self- evaluation of the outcomes achieved.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 12.00
Independent : 388.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Provide and integrative structure to enable student’s ability to identify, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence related to a selected area of business management
  • Provide students with a critical awareness of appropriate and ethically sound research methods in relation to identified research or operational purposes and justify their use
  • Embed a perceptive ability to work constructively with an advisory tutor, recognizing that the content and execution of the project belongs to the student
  • Provide an opportunity to further enhance the ability of the student to discover, analyse, evaluate, synthesise and present a solution to a business management problem or enquiry.

 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Formulate clearly a research question and/or an issue of advanced practice
  • Critically and rigorously interrogate the literature available to them around their focal problem and identify current key concepts and knowledge
  • Apply existing knowledge to a contextualized problem and identify gaps in current knowledge pertaining to that problem
  • Critically and rigorously interrogate the literature on potentially successful approaches to elicit knowledge comprising these gaps
  • Execute effectively and efficiently a chosen approach to data elicitation
  • Analyse and evaluate appropriately situated knowledge contained in outcomes of data elicitation
  • Propose further action to implement advanced practice supported by the outcomes of the enquiry, including consideration of risk involved and approaches to its management.
  • Reflect upon the learning process embedded in the completion of their final project and identify a strategy for further personal development and lifelong learning.

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 90% Dissertation, 10,000 words

Component 2 - 10% Viva-Voce examination, 15 minutes

LEADERSHIP IN CONTEXT


MODULE TITLE : LEADERSHIP IN CONTEXT

MODULE CODE : BEU603


MODULE SUMMARY :

Students will initially be encouraged to philosophically debate and deconstruct the applicability of a range of accepted leadership propositions, when applied to a range of diverse work place contexts.  This approach will then be explored in more depth to encourage a more integral view and approach to leadership, one that considers experiential, behavioural, cultural and social and systemic phenomena, in order to manage professional complexity and uncertainty.  A key component of this module involves the provision for students to lead and carry out a range of outdoor activities normally over a two to three day period.  

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 176.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to deal with professional complexity, whereby a more holistic approach to leadership is required; one that draws together paradigms that are notionally treated theoretically as separate into an interrelated network of approaches that aids graduates to innovatively deal with the wide ranging complexity and uncertainty they will be faced with once they leave university. 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Distinguish between differing models of leadership 
  • Contrast individualistic notions of leading with those of leadership
  • Evaluate a range of contexts in which leadership operates
  • Synthesise from differing models and behaviours an integral approach to ethical leadership practice
  • Evaluate their own leadership approach in a range of differing situations

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 20% Reflective Journal (1500 words)

Component 2 - 80% Essay (3500 words)

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT


MODULE TITLE : STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

MODULE CODE : BEU604


MODULE SUMMARY :

The management of strategy involves coping with uncertainty, change and complexity. This module will provide students with the necessary managerial tools and techniques required in order to undertake a strategic analysis & review of their organisational environment and develop a suitable plan to lead the organisation into the future. 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 176.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to: 

  • Identify and evaluate environmental factors and forces impacting upon organisational strategic development
  • Critically assess the opportunities and limitations of rational strategy development
  • Propose and justify selected plans and strategies
  • Design strategy implementation plans and critically evaluate the impact of selected strategies 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Critically assess organisational strategy within the current context and capabilities
  • Critically evaluate the organisational environment and assess its impact on strategic options 
  • Propose and justify an appropriate strategic plan and suitable strategies to support and market its intent
  • Critically evaluate planned outcomes against organisational strategic aims and objectives

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Strategy Paper (5000 words)

GLOBAL ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS


MODULE TITLE : GLOBAL ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS

MODULE CODE : BEU605


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module examines economic, financial and political policy making which have led to current problems with the Euro and to the world banking crisis of 2011, which caused a number of major banks to file for bankruptcy. These organisations which form the mainstay of global trade and finance have been bailed out by governments using taxpayers’ money which would otherwise have been spent on health, education and preventing crime. These events have had severe repercussions upon levels of unemployment in most western countries. They have left countries such as Greece, Italy and Portugal on the verge of bankruptcy, threatening their people with poverty.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 176.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module will provide students with: 

  • A critical insight into the roles and responsibilities of key global financial organisations
  • The comparisons between regional and globalised systems for economic and financial governance 
  • Practice in applying tools and techniques of international trade and commerce

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, on successful completion of this module will have the opportunity to:  

  • Synthesise a range of macro- and macro-economic instruments for managing national and international economies
  • Critically evaluate the roles of supra-national economic governing bodies
  • Critically appraise aspects of policy and practice which may contravene good practice and damage common wellbeing and security

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Examination (3 hours)

MANAGING TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION


MODULE TITLE : MANAGING TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION

MODULE CODE : BEU606


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module investigates how technological innovations can impact upon organisations, their employees and their customers. Through an examination of technological trends, and the ways in which new and emerging technologies can transform business processes, students will discuss how best to manage technology (both strategically and operationally) in a business context.

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 176.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Examine the role of technology within organisations in terms of the relationship between technology, people and processes.
  • Evaluate strategies for dealing with technological innovation in a workplace setting.
  • Identify the importance of innovation in a business context.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Critically examine technologies that can be used in a business context.
  • Apply appropriate strategies for developing responses to technological change.
  • Examine the opportunities and constraints brought about by innovative technologies.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 20% Report (1500 words)

Component 2 - 40% Report (2500 words)

Component 3 - 40% Presentation and Debate (10 minutes)

Course code


Single Honours: 100% Business Management full-time top-up award

UCAS code:

NN12

Applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS.

Applications for flexible learning courses are made via Newman.

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