Business Management Top-up BA(Hons)

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BUSINESS SCHOOL



BA Hons Business Management
Top
-
up Award


Student

Handbook



201
3
/201
4





STOKE CAMPUS




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BA (Hons) Business Management

Part
-
time Stoke Programme


New Students


Welcome


If there are any issues you would like to clarify please do not hesitate to contact me


my email
is the best option
john.mcmanus@staffs.ac.uk



Much of the course information is distributed over the web a
nd it is essential that you regularly
check your university email account


The university email system can now be set up to
redirect your inbox to a more used personal or work email address
-

If for some reason you do
not have web access it is your respon
sibility to contact Pam Stephenson to make sure that you
don’t miss important information (01782 294148 or
p.stephenson@staffs.ac.uk

.



All the best with your studies


Regards


John McManus


Dr John McMan
us


Award
Leader



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Welcome to the
BA Hons Business
Management Top
-
up

Award


This handbook gives you information about the
Top
-
up

Business award
. In it you will
find details on
key personnel,
the

award structure
, learning and teaching on the
award,
communication between the school and students plus links to other useful
information contained within the University student handbook
. .


This is for your reference and will be useful to you throughout your course.

The
award is delivered at SURF partner c
olleges in addition to the University. SURF
partner students should refer to their College handbook for information specific to
their institution.


I hope you have an enjoyable, rewarding and stimulating ti
m
e with us on
your
chosen
award.


Good luck and be
st wishes with your studies,


John McManus


Dr John McManus

Award Leader



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Key personnel


Award

Leader:




Dr John McManus







Room 286







Tel: +44 (0)1782 294
186







Email:
john.mcmanus@staffs.ac.uk



Teaching and Learning Manager:

Anni Hollings







Room B249







Tel: +44 (0)1782 294202







Email:
e.a.hollings@staffs.ac.uk


Student Experience Manager:


Jim Pugh







Room B358







Tel: +44
(0)1782 294349







Email:
j.pugh@staffs.ac.uk


Student Guidance Advisor


Lesley Mountford








Room B239







Tel: +44 (0)1782 294073







Email:
l.s.mountfo
rd@staffs.ac.uk


Award Administrator



Pam Stephenson







Room B227







Tel: +44 (0)1782 294148







Email:
p.stephenson@staffs.ac.uk



Undergraduate

Office Team


Room B227







Tel: +44 (0)1782 29406
0







Email:
bs4060@staffs.ac.uk



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Educational Aims of the
BA Hons Business Management
Top
-
up Award




Gain knowledge of many professional areas and be able to apply that
knowledge to new situations



Develop a range of higher order intellectual skills such as conceptual

understanding, analytic
al skills, research skills, synthesising skills and
application skills



Gain an understanding of how to learn effectively



Develop a range of personal, general and transferable skills such as
communication skills, problem solving skills, interpersonal skills

and information
skills


What is distinctive
about this programme?


Our aim is to produce employable Business Graduates who have an immediate
relevance within the working environment and the potential to make a significant
managerial contribution.


How you

will be taught and assessed


Teaching and Learning


The Business School’s commitment to promoting equality and valuing diversity
means that a range of teaching and learning methods are employed to suit the
various needs of diverse types of student learner
. Subject knowledge and
intellectual, practical and transferable skills are developed through the curriculum by
supporting every business student within an inclusive and student
-
centred learning
culture.


Typically, lead lectures will be utilised to intro
duce key theories and concepts.
Lectures are supported by
tutorials / seminars /
workshops, project and group
-
based
activities
,
which are co
-
ordinated and led by academic staff and/or visiting speakers
as well as being student
-
centred. The active participa
tion of students in the delivery
of the module content via these small group activities provides an excellent
opportunity to reflect upon underpinning theory and apply this to a variety of
business situations and contexts. This form of problem
-
based learni
ng helps
students to acquire employability skills such as crit
ical thinking, problem solving,

an

ability to work in teams, effective communication and enquiry skills.


A key feature of the learning experience is the application of modes of teaching and
le
arning which aim to develop, challenge and extend knowledge, and links theory to
practice and employability which helps facilitate independence. Students are
therefore provided with guided independent learning activities to further influence
their educatio
nal growth and development in order to achieve the learning outcomes
of each module. The independent learning is facilitated through activities such as
direct reading and practical activities, and is co
-
ordinated with the tutorial, seminar or
workshop exer
cises.



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Where appropriate, student learning is supported by materials, tasks and activities
provided online or via a virtual learning environment

(VLE)
.

Two of the modules
listed earlier are studied via the VLE and are an important part of the process of
managing your own learning and time.

B
usiness students are encouraged to
undertake their own personal development planning to enable them to reflect upon
their own progress and determine strategies to assist their learning.





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Assessment



A

range of asse
ssment methods are used to assess the programme aims and
award
-
specific outcomes. The variety and flexibility of the assessment strategy is
designed to offer the student the opportunity to develop a number of intellectual,
research, practical and employabi
lity skills. In developing the assessment strategy
consideration has been given to the overall assessment workload in order to ensure
this is fair. Students will also obtain formative assessment via peer and tutorial
review of a number of theoretical and p
ractical tasks. In order to provide formative
assessment and feedback award modules will employ one or more of the following
methods:




Multiple choice tests



Quizzes



Essays



Class presentations



Exercises



Peer assessment and/or discussions



Case study
discussions



Workshop activities



Self
-
assessment tests



Class tests



Please note:
you must attempt your
module
assessments,
as
you are not
guaranteed a resit if you do not

submit
.
T
his is v
ery important

and could affect
your ability to proceed on the award
.

If you have any exceptional circumstances
which affect your study or submission, then you should speak with your personal
tutor, or the Student Guidance Officer who may recommend that you follow the
Extenuating Circumstances procedure (see Section 4 of th
e University student
handbook


http://www.staffs.ac.uk/courses_and_study/student_life/student_handbook/

)


The same link contains guidance on what is considered to
be academic misconduct,
e.g. copying someone else’s work, colluding with another student and submitting
identical work, cutting & pasting extracts from articles / text books and not
acknowledging the source. Please familiarise yourself with these details.



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Communication: us to you, and you to us



Communication
--
the human connection
--
is the key to personal and career success.


Paul J. Meyer


Us to you


Y
our course tea
m

will be regularly contacting you regarding the course. This will be to
give you impor
tant information regarding the course, both in terms of teaching and
administration. This will mainly be in class announcements

(verbally and through
BlackB
oard (our VLE)
, through e
-
mails and on noticeboards.

Use M
y
P
ortal to keep
your contact details up to date


if you change address of phone number you must
indicate this via MyPortal (where you visited to enrol online). If you fail to keep you
personal details up to date, you may find that critical information, such as whether yo
u
have passed at the end of each academic year, does not reach you.


Feedback on any assessed work will be made available to you within 20 working days
of submission.


Please note that you can arrange to have your student emails directed to another email
a
ccount


you may find this easier for home access. This arrangement must be
actioned using a PC on campus in the first instance.


STUDENT TIP:
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CHECK NOTICE BOARDS AND YOUR
STUDENT E
-
MAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY.


My Portal


MyPortal

is your personalised web page, with extra windows opening onto many
of the systems and services you access in your job or studies. Using MyPortal
you can access:



Your university email account



Personal details


and amend them



Your library account details

including books you have previously had on
loan





e
-
resources



Links to help and advice



News, announcements and events that are specific to who you are



Important University announcements which affect you



Students can also check their personnel, module
and award details


To access the portal go to the

http://myportal.staffs.ac.uk

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You to us




T
he staff responsible for your award actively seek your input regarding the course. This
can be via student surveys (like the National Student Survey and Viewfinder), feedback
regarding the evaluation of the modules you study, and via student representation

on
course committees and the staff
-
student liaison meetings.



STUDENT TIP: GET INVOLVED


BECOME A STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE IT
LOOKS GOOD ON YOUR CV.



Meetings

with your personal tutor
and module lecturers
are

also an opportunity for a
two
-
way discussion

regarding your progress.



There is also a formal complaints procedure
.


Details are here

but in the first instance you should try to resolve any issues with
either the module staff or anyone from the key personn
el list earlier in the handbook
(award lea
der, administration staff), or finally the School’s Director of Teaching and
Learning. The full ‘
Student Complaints Procedure
’ is available at
:


http://www.staffs.ac.uk/assets/complaints_procedure_tcm44
-
26818.pdf


Further important information
which you should read and become familiar with
is
available in t
he University student handbook, at:


http://www.staffs.ac.uk/courses_and_study/student_life/student_handbook/




This includes details about the library and its resources, IT services, student office
functi
ons (like careers,
employability opportunities,
counselling), ot
her services
(catering, finance etc
).

There are also full details of the academic regulations and
marking /grading schemes applied.


Some of the most useful web pages you will make use of duri
ng your academic life will
be those developed by Information Services relating to the Library and Study Skills (see


http://www.
staffs.ac.uk/support_depts/infoservices/learning_support/academic_s
kills/study_skills/resources.jsp
)



There is much information and support available to help you. Please get in touch with
someone as soon as you need more information or assistance.





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Week
commencing

201
3
-
201
4

Academic Calendar


23
-
Sep
-
1
3

Induction Week

30
-
Sep
-
13

Teaching Block 1 12 weeks

07
-
Oct
-
1
3

14
-
Oct
-
1
3

21
-
Oct
-
1
3

2
8
-
Oct
-
1
3

04
-
Nov
-
13


11
-
Nov
-
1
3


1
8
-
Nov
-
1
3


25
-
Nov
-
1
3


02
-
Dec
-
1
3


0
9
-
Dec
-
1
3


16
-
Dec
-
1
3


23
-
Dec
-
1
3

Non
-
Teaching Time 3 weeks


30
-
Dec
-
1
3


0
6
-
Jan
-
1
4


13
-
Jan
-
1
4

Assessment


20
-
Jan
-
1
4

Teaching Block 2 10 weeks


27
-
Jan
-
1
4


03
-
Feb
-
1
4


10
-
Feb
-
1
4


17
-
Feb
-
1
4


24
-
Feb
-
1
4


03
-
Mar
-
1
4


10
-
Mar
-
1
4


1
7
-
Mar
-
1
4


24
-
Mar
-
1
4


31
-
Mar
-
14


07
-
Apri
-
14


14
-
Apri
-
14

Easter Vacation


21
-
April
-
14

Easter Vacation


28
-
Apri
-
14

Revision Week


05
-
May
-
14

Assessment


12
-
May
-
14

Assessment


19
-
May
-
14

Assessment


26
-
May
-
14

Assessment Processing


02
-
Jun
-
14

Assessment Processing


09
-
Jun
-
14

Assessment Processing


16
-
Jun14

Assessment Processing


23
-
Jun
-
14

Assessment Processing


30
-
Jun
-
1
4

Results Counselling


0
7
-
Jul
-
1
4



14
-
Jul
-
1
4

Award Ceremonies


21
-
Jul
-
1
4



28
-
Jul
-
1
4



04
-
Aug
-
14



11
-
Aug
-
1
4



1
8
-
Aug
-
1
4

Resit week


25
-
Aug
-
1
4



01
-
Sep
-
14

Completion of Marking Process


08
-
Sep
-
14

Results Counselling


15
-
Sep
-
14









Top
-
up BA (Hons) Business Management


Remember:




Make the time to meet with

your personal tutor (me)

room

B28
6




You must change via your MyPortal any details of address, email or phone
numbers




It is essential that you check your
student email account regularly




Switch off mobile phones before all classes




Get involved


become a student representative




I
t is your responsibility to ensure that you submit assignments on time and at
the appropriate place




There are no extensions to
deadlines




Plagiarism carries a heavy penalty




Your attendance may be required in any of the revision, assessment, or resit
weeks so arrange holidays accordingly




Some assessments may take place in teaching weeks




Re
-
sit week is always in August