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PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION


MSc Business Management Full
-
Time Programme

1

Awarding Institution / Body:


Birmingham City University

2

Teaching Institution:



Birmingham City University

3

Programme accredited by:

Birmingham City University

4

Final
Award:


MSc Business Management

5

Programme Title:

Master of Science

6

UCAS Code:




7

QAA Benchmarking Group:



Business & Management


8

Aims of the Programme


The programme aims to provide learners with:




At the Certificate stage, an introduction

to the study of business and management and to key aspects of
a variety of disciplines and areas of study relevant to the practice of management (most entrants to the
programme do not have first degrees in relevant subject areas or have not studied busine
ss
management in a British or Western context, though they are required to have some understanding of
business organisation.).




A progressively higher level of understanding and critical awareness of the main issues in strategic
management, and of concept
s, models and techniques associated with strategic decision making in
organisations, enabling graduates from the programme to be capable of appointment to management
positions in business or other organisations.




A global holistic perspective of managemen
t and business.




Management and business concepts, strategies and issues.




The opportunity to assess and evaluate the contribution of management to the success of a business and
to recognise the importance of integration of management activities with wid
er business strategy.




A range of intellectual skills and management competencies required for effective management practice
in an increasingly turbulent and uncertain global business environment.




For those whose first language is not English, the
opportunity to develop high levels of proficiency in the
international business language of English.




To provide opportunity for students to combines the theory and practice of management with the
completion of a substantial, in
-
depth dissertation in
their chosen pathway.




A means to progress to doctoral study.





9.
Intended learning outcomes and the means by which they are
achieved and demonstrated: the programme provides learners with
opportunities to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills and other attributes as follows:

Knowledge and U
nderstanding

A. Knowledge and understanding of:

Teaching, learnin
g and assessment methods used:

1.

Stage One (Postgraduate Certificate)

1.

The generic “functional” aspects of business and their management (marketing,
operations, finance and human resources).

2.

Contextual perspectives for examining how the environment
impacts on business
organisations and on organisational decision
-
making.

3.

The analytical and communication competencies necessary for the study of
business and management issues at postgraduate level, including academic and
business English (for students wh
ose first language is not English).

2.

Stage Two (Postgraduate Diploma)

1.

Strategic management concepts, models and practice; the development and
implementation of strategic with emphasis on issues that impact on organisational
development, change manageme
nt;

2.

Organisational Dynamics and Change in regard to both rational and non
-
rational
forces which underpin and inform managerial practice and general conduct and
implementation of business policy in contemporary organisational life.

3.

The manner in which the d
iversity of cultures affects the applicability of a western
business and management model which itself is hinged on particular images,
sentiments, values and ideals.

4.

The dominant impact of innovation and knowledge in a competitive economy; and
internationa
l business management integrating the concepts, models and practice
relevant for successful management decision making in a global economy.

5.

The key issues surrounding the management of: innovation, business planning, IT,
creativity and enterprise, knowledg
e management, and business ethics.

3.

Stage 3 (Masters)

1.

Research methodologies and how to develop a research proposal.

2.

Subject mastery of business management paradigms, conceptual bases, their
limitations and as well as relation to other subjects and
their contexts

in the field of
business management through literature review

3.

The implementation of a research methodology in the investigation and analysis of a
management, business or organisation issue or problem.



Knowledge and understanding are acquired

through lectures, workshops, case
studies are used to explore concepts applied to real life situations, directed
reading and research.



In term one, international students whose first language is not English need
time to adjust to the British higher educat
ion system, to the teaching/learning
methods used, and to the expectation that they become active participants in
the learning process. The pace and presentation of lectures within the context
of a workshop setting is designed to help students comprehend
difficult
academic and business English, in addition workshops are used to build
confidence and encourage students to contribute to discussions and challenge
ideas presented by lecturers or other students.



In terms two and three a similar mix of teaching/l
earning methods is used, but
the pace of delivery is increased and more is expected of students in terms of
the extent of research into subject related issues, critical evaluation of material,
application of theory to practice and integration and synthesis

of learning.



At the Diploma and Masters stages, the programme is increasingly student
driven, particularly the dissertation in terms three and four.



As with teaching and learning, the assessment strategy combines a variety of
approaches. These include bus
iness reports, academic papers, projects, case
studies, presentations and examinations (case
-
based, open
-
book and closed
-
book).













Skills and other attributes


B. Intellectual / cognitive skills:

Teaching, learning and assessment methods used:

1.

Stage One (Postgraduate Certificate)

1.

Conceptual thinking.

2.

Critical analysis, evaluation and application of critical judgement.

3.

Relating theory to practice and vice versa.

4.

Enquiry and research skills.


2.

Stage Two (Postgraduate Diploma)

1.

Problem definition

and solution, innovation in ideas generation.

2.

Reflection on personal practice and modification of strategy in response to
analysis and evaluation.

3.

Advanced enquiry and research skills.

4.

Holistic thinking, integration and synthesis.


3.

Stage Three (Masters
)

1.

Advanced enquiry and research.

2.

Integration of theory and practice in a variety of contexts.

3.

In
-
depth critical understanding of relevant theories, concepts and models.

4.

Ability to think strategically and reframe problems.

5.

Critical awareness of the limitati
ons of studies and conclusions.




As holders of first degrees, entrants to the course are assumed to have the basic
intellectual and cognitive skills required to cope with and benefit from study at Masters
degree level. They are therefore likely to have so
me ability to think conceptually, but
may well be unfamiliar with the approach in British higher education in which students
are expected to challenge accepted theories and concepts, to compare and contrast
different conceptual models and to apply these to

practical business and management
situations in a critically evaluative way. In term one therefore these skills are developed
through lecturer exposition and through discussion and application of the ideas in
workshops. Assignment briefs are written to
explain what the student has to do, what
research is to be undertaken, and how the material collected is to be processed.
Students are then expected to undertake the necessary information collection, reading
and analysis, and to prepare draft assignments
in order to demonstrate that they have
the required intellectual and cognitive skills. Where it becomes evident only after
marking of assessments that students do not possess a sufficiently high level of ability
in these skills, individual tutorials are o
ffered to provide feedback on the reasons for
failing an assessment and guidance on how to prepare for re
-
assessment.



By the Diploma stage, most students have developed the basic intellectual and
cognitive skills required and, through individual and group
work both inside and outside
the classroom, further develop these skills through wider reading, information gathering,
and the preparation of assessments.




The development of intellectual and cognitive skills at the Masters level is achieved
through discus
sion and critical evaluation of ideas relating to the strategic importance of
Management.

Further intellectual development takes place through the dissertation
process where students have to develop and implement their individual research
methodology, sear
ch for relevant secondary data, undertake primary research, analyse
and synthesise the findings from these studies to present an individual written report
which is logical, coherent and insightful.









C. Practical, research and independent learning
skills:


Teaching, learning and assessment methods used:

1.

Enquiry and research skills, leading to the development and implementation of a
research methodology for a major individual project.

2.

Time management and prioritisation.

3.

Progressing from dependent to

interdependent relationships with tutors and
peers.

4.

Management of own learning; experiential learning.




The Research Methodology module acts as a firm basis for achieving an
understanding of research methodology and information management, and
conceptualises the study in relation to a relevant body of theory, national or
international context, and organisational context.



Independent learning and student self
-
directed study is achieved throughout the
programme via appropriately designed assignmen
t briefs, the availability of web
-
based resources, library resources and assessments both within the specialist
modules and in relation to the dissertation.



D. Transferable / key skills:


Teaching, learning and assessment methods used:


1.

Communication
skills


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10

Programme structure

and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards

The structure of the programme, the modules, levels and credit ratings, and the awards which can be gained
are shown below. Personal Development Planning is an integral part of the learning process.

S
tage 1

Module
number

Module name

Credit


Management of Resources and Operations

30 Level 7


External Environment and Market Process

30 Level 7






Award: Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits of which at least 30 at level 7)



Stage 2, Pathway:

Module
number

Module name

Credit


Strategic Management and Organisational
Dynamics


15 Level 7


Knowledge and Innovation Management


15 Level 7


Management and Organisational Development


15 Level 7


International Business Management


15 Level 7









Award: Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits at level 7)

Stage 3, MSc Business Management:

Module
number

Module name

Credit


Management Research Methods

24 Level 7


Dissertation

36 Level 7


Career Enhancement Tutorials

0

M

1


Award: MSc (Business
Management)

(180 credits at level 7)




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11

Support for Learning


Students are encouraged to identify and, with guidance, to reflect on their own learning
needs and are offered the following support as appropriate to those needs:



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12

Criteria for admission


Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the programme, which are as follows:


The admissions team wi
ll examine a range of criteria as an indication of the
capability of a student to benefit from and to complete the MSc programme
successfully.


a)

Prior Qualification:


An honours degree of a British university or equivalent institution;


or


An
equivalent graduate level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent
institution;


or

A graduate level professional qualification in an appropriate field of study;

or

An accredited programme approved by Senate.


or

A pre
-
m
asters programm
e approved by BCU


b)

Prior Experience


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understanding of business organisations and an awareness of real world management


challenges
.


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Direct entry to the PG Diploma stage of the programme is available to those holding a relevant PG Certificate
in Management from a UK university or overseas equivalent.


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13

Evaluation and improvement of quality and standards



Committees:

Board of Studies

Examination Board

Faculty Academic Planning and Development

Sub
-
Committee

Faculty Board



Mechanisms for review and evaluation:

Review and validation events

Annual Monitoring Report

Student feedback questionnaires

External Examiners’ Reports

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Regulation of assessment


Details of the mechanisms and criteria for assessment in individual modules, and the means of differentiating
awards, are published widely. Students are issued with copies of the University’s Standard Postgraduate
Assessment Regulations on commencing the

programme, and individual and collective guidance is given by
academic staff on their operation at appropriate times throughout the programme.

To qualify for a
Postgraduate Certificate

a student must successfully complete all required assessments and
ob
tain a minimum of 60 credits all of which must be at level 7. The pass
-
mark in all modules is 40%.

The award of Postgraduate Certificate is not differentiated.

To qualify for a
Postgraduate Diploma

a student must successfully complete all required assessme
nts and
obtain a minimum of 120 credits at level 7. The pass
-
mark in all modules is 40%.

The award of Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction is made to students who achieve an average mark of
70% at the first sitting in the marks awarded for Management and

Pathway modules equivalent to 120 credits.


The award of Postgraduate Diploma with Commendation is made to students who achieve an average mark of
between 60 and 69% at the first sitting in the marks awarded for Stage 2 modules equivalent to at least 60
c
redits.


To qualify for a
Master’s Degree

a student must successfully complete all required assessments and obtain a
minimum of 180 credits at level 7. The pass
-
mark in all modules is 40%.

The award of Master’s Degree with Distinction is made to students
who achieve an average mark of 70% at
the first sitting in the marks awarded for Stage 3 modules equivalent to at least 60 credits.

The award of Postgraduate Masters Degree with Commendation is made to students who achieve an average
mark of between 60 and

69% at the first sitting in the marks awarded for Stage 3 modules equivalent to at
least 60 credits.


External Examiners

are appointed. Their work includes:




approving coursework assignments and assessment criteria



approving examination papers



monitorin
g standards through moderation of completed assessments



attending Examination Boards