Programme Specification: BA (Hons) Business Management (Level 6 Top-Up)

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Programme Specification: BA (Hons) Business Management (Level
6 Top
-
Up)


NOTE:

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the course
and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve
and demonstrate if s/he takes advantage of the learning opportunities that are prov
ided.
More detail on the specific learning outcomes, indicative content and the teaching, learning
and assessment methods of each module can be found (1) at
http://www.bcu.ac.uk/bcbs
,
(2) in the Module Specificatio
ns and (3) in the Student Handbook.

The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed by the University
and may be checked within independent review processes undertaken by the Quality
Assurance Agency.




Awarding Institution / Body:


Birmingham City University


Teaching Institution:



Birmingham City University


Interim Awards and Final Award:



BA (Hons) Business Management

Programme Titles:




Main fields of Study:

Business and Management


Modes of Study:


Online

Language of
Study:



English

UCAS Code:


TBC

JACS Code:


TBC



The following benchmark and other (external) reference points used to inform
programme outcomes:



The QAA’s award descriptors for Undergraduate level qualifications



The University’s award descriptors for Undergraduate level qualifications



The QAA’s Subject Benchmark statement for Business and Management (2007)
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/benchmark/statements/generalbusine
ssmanagement.asp




The QAA’s Distance Learning Guidelines (1999)
http:/
/www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/codeOfPractice/distanceLearning/cont
ents.asp





Programme philosophy and aims

The BA (Hons) Business Management (Level 6 Top Up) Programme is based on the
philosophy that management development should be incremental
and this course aims to
build on the grounding in the disciplines as studied prior to admission.

The course encourages students to develop the skills and competences of future
managers. To do this, students should be capable of making management decisions

at
both a strategic and at a tactical level, emphasising the complexity and dynamics of
business and management and taking cognisance of the integrative nature of the various
factors which impinge upon management decisions.
The programme incorporates
fram
eworks for reviewing, reflecting, analysing and critiquing existing individual and
organisational practices. The outcome of this process will be a critical appreciation, in
order to

make justified decisions; apply those decisions in a variety of contexts;
communicating the decisions and make integrative links between disciplines and across
organisations
in a context of change
.

The aims of the programmes are to:



Provide an intellectually challenging and vocationally relevant learning experience
where learner
s can develop and demonstrate a critical knowledge and
understanding of the theoretical concepts of business and management and their
utility in improving business and management practice.



Provide learners with the opportunity to focus on particular aspect
s of business and
management relevant to their backgrounds, interests and career aspirations
through a choice of final management project.



Facilitate the development and demonstration of learners’ intellectual skills of
information processing, analysis, sy
nthesis, critical appraisal, creativity and
innovation and the ability to manage and make decisions in situations of ambiguity
and uncertainty.



Enable learners to develop business and management competences and research
skills to enhance employability and
support career advancement.



Produce future managers who are able to improve the quality of management

decision
-
making, leadership and business practice across a range of organisations
and in a variety of contexts.

Intended learning outcomes and the
means by which they are achieved and
demonstrated:

Programme Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme the student should be able to:

1.

Apply knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and methods in relation
to the multi
-
faceted
aspects of business and management within their contextual
environments and their application to management practice.

2.

Examine and evaluate strategic and tactical business decisions in a variety of
contexts and within their discipline, whilst appreciating t
he complexity and
dynamics of business and management.

3.

Choose and apply relevant theories, conceptual models and techniques to the
solution of business and management problems.

4.

Exhibit the development and achievement of skills in relation to communication,

organisation and working with others from organizational and national cultures and
backgrounds in a professional manner.

5.

Demonstrate the ability to apply a range of academic and intellectual skills relevant
to undergraduate level study including, informat
ion gathering, critical analysis,
synthesis, problem solving, creativity, innovation and evaluation to aid business
decision making.

6.

Conduct research and enquiry to further their understanding and to inform business
decision making.

7.

Structure and communica
te ideas and arguments effectively in writing, and
reference source materials consistently and accurately using the Harvard
referencing system.


X = forms part of the
summative assessment and is integrated into the teaching and learning strategy.





Module


PLO 1

PLO 2

PLO 3

PLO 4

PLO 5

PLO 6

PLO 7

Managing Strategically


X

X

X

X

X


X

Contemporary Issues
in HRM


X

X

X

X

X


X

Critical Management Studies


X

X

X

X

X


X

Managing and Leading Change


X

X

X

X

X


X

Marketing Management


X

X

X

X

X


X

Management Project


X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Personal Development e
-
Portfolio




X


X

X

X

Learning teaching, and assessment methods used

The modules will utilise methods of learning, teaching and assessment which are
appropriate to Undergraduate level study, as
set out in the Framework for Higher
Education Qualification (FHEQ) and as outlined in principle in the QAA Benchmark
statement for Undergraduate programmes in Business & Management, including case
study analysis, group discussions and report writing. Spec
ifically, all of the teaching will be
done via online instruction and facilitation on an individual basis but group participation will
be used as a resource for learning. There will be online group discussions of practical
management situations and proble
ms, making use of case studies, problem situations and
scenarios and where relevant, the participants' own experiences.

Theoretical concepts will typically be explored in an online assignment submission and will
be supplemented with an online discussion f
orum. These discussions will encourage
students to critically examine key elements of business and management further in a
constructivist environment. In addition, students are expected to undertake considerable
independent study to prepare for and support

online class time.

Assessment on the programme is designed to be an integral part of the learning process
for students and to enhance and confirm their knowledge and practice. Summative
assessments will provide a measure of the extent to which students ha
ve achieved the
learning outcomes of the modules. Assessment within the modules will take various forms
including: coursework assignments, reports, participation in online forums and the
Management Project.



Assessment
Grid


Module



Assignment


Participation


Project


Portfolio

Managing Strategically


X

X



Contemporary Issues in HRM


X

X



Critical Management Studies


X

X



Managing and Leading Change


X

X



Marketing Management


X

X



Management Project




X


Personal Development e
-
Portfolio


X



X

Programme structure and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards












Module:
MANAGING STRATEGICALLY

.

Credits:


15

Tutor:


Tony Birch

Duration: 9 Weeks

Module:
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES





IN HRM

Credits:


15

Tutor:


John Kimberley

Duration
: 8

Weeks

Module:
CRITICAL
MANAGEMENT

.........


STUDI
ES

Credits:


15

Tutor:


Martin Hipkiss

Duration
: 8

Weeks

Module:
MANAGING AND LEADING
……………


CHANGE

Credits:


15

Tutor:


Geoff
Stanley

Duration
: 8

Weeks

Module:
MARKETING
MANAGEMENT

Credits:


15

Tutor:


Richard Frost

Duration
: 8

Weeks

Module:
MANAGEMENT PROJECT

Credits:


30

Tutor:


Steve McCabe/All

Duration
: 20

Weeks

Module:
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Credits:
15

Duration
: Programme



e
-
PORTFOLIO
Tutor: Tony Birch




Delivery Model
















MODULE TITLE
15 credits
On-line discussion
Mar/Apr
8 weeks
Tony Birch
15 credits
On-line discussion
May/Jun
8 weeks
John Kimberley
15 credits
On-line discussion
Jul/Aug
8 weeks
Martin Hipkiss
15 credits
On-line discussion
Sep/Oct
8 weeks
Geoff Stanley
15 credits
On-line discussion
Nov/Dec
8 weeks
Richard Frost
30 credits
On-line supervision
Jan/Aug
20 weeks
All/VL
15 credits
On-line portfolio
Programme duration
Tony Birch
Personal Development e-Portfolio
Mar/Aug
Managing Strategically
Contemporary Issues in HRM
Critical Management Studies
Managing and Leading Change
Marketing Management
Management Project

BA (Hons) Business Management


Online Level 6 Top Up


Module Learning Outcomes Mapped to QAA Subject Benchmarks









Knowledge and understanding


Cognitive abilities & generic skills








Benchmark
Statement Criterion

Markets

Customers

Finance

People

Operations

Information

Systems

Communication & IT

Business policy & strategy

Pervasi
ve issues


Critical thinking, analysis
& synthesis

Effective problem
solving/decision making

Effective communication

Numeracy & quantitative
skills

Use of communication and
IT

Effective self
-
management

Effective performance
within a team

Interpersonal
skills

Research skills

Self reflection and
awareness


Level 6






















Critical Management
Studies



x


x



x


x




x


x


x



x


x


x




x


x


x


x


x


Managing & Leading
Change



x


x



x





x


x


x



x


x


x



x


x



x


x


x


Contemporary Issues
in HRM



x


x



x


x




x


x


x



x


x


x



x


x


x


x


x


x


Marketing Strategy



x


x



x


x


x


x


x


x



x


x


x



x


x



x


x


x


Managing Strategically



x


x


x


x


x


x


x


x


x



x


x


x


x


x


x



x


x


x


Management
Project



x





x





x


x


x



x


x


x


x


x


x


x


x


x


x


Personal Development
e
-
Portfolio











x


x


x


x



x


x


x


x


x


x


x


x


x


x





Support for Learning including Personal Development Planning (PDP)

Students are encouraged to identify

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



A one
-
week online induction programme within the Moodle VLE. This will mimic the
module approach and will deal with
orientation and the dissemination of essential
information. The week will be added to the first module studied and will involve
interactive discussions on library access, academic integrity, and online learning.



Within modules, further support provided in
relation to assignment submission,
problem solving and assessment techniques.



A Student Handbook, containing information relating to the University, the Business
School, the course and the modules.



Access to academic and administrative staff at reasonable
times via email, Skype
or telephone.



Access to online resources and access to the services of the Faculty librarian via
the Library Website, email, Skype or telephone.



Assistance and support for learning skills provided centrally by the University via
emai
l or telephone.



Personal Development Planning will be facilitated by the online e
-
portfolio, Mahara.
This provides the opportunity to build a portable learning portfolio to showcase the
work completed on the module.



Criteria for admission


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

Prior Qualification
:

The equivalent of 240 UG credits from a British University or college in a Business
Management discipline (e.g. HND or Foundation Degree)

or

An equivalent level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent institution.

Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.


English Language

International students must be able to furnish satisfactory evidence of a level of
attainment
in English Language commensurate with study at Undergraduate level in the University. In
most cases, this will be a minimum TOEFL score of 575 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0
average.


Methods for evaluation and enhancement of quality and stan
dards including listening
and responding to views of students



Committees:



Board of Studies


via an online forum (Moodle or Skype).



Examination Board.



Faculty Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement Committee.



Faculty Learning and Teaching and Student

Experience Committee.



Faculty Board.



Senate.


Mechanisms for review and evaluation:



Individual module evaluation by students, staff and, where appropriate,
stakeholders.



Regular review of VLE content and usage.



Review of teaching support (texts, cases etc
.).Annual review of modules by module
leaders.



Annual course evaluation reports and action plans.



Annual monitoring process.



External examiners’ comments and formal reports.



Student representatives’ feedback to Boards of Studies.



Consideration of the minut
es of Boards of Studies by Academic Standards and
Quality Enhancement Committee.



Approval and review and re
-
approval events.



National Student Survey.