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    Business Management (BA Hons) with specialist pathways

    This three-year degree programme allows students to build on a promising career that focuses on key management skills such as people management, marketing, decision-making and finance. It is specifically designed to prepare the students prepare with the essential skills required to compete in the advanced world of business and technology.

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    • Overview - Why Sign Up?

      The Business Management degree provides tremendous opportunities where students shall be equipped with both theoretical and practical exposures there by preparing them to join a highly professional, developed and advanced commercial environment.

      This degree has long been recognised to be one of the key elements for generating managerial expertise within both the public sector and the private sector internationally. Interestingly, for students seeking to become successful entrepreneurs and working for third sector organisations, this Business Management degree shall allow them to do so via offering a variety of economic and social business skills from its broad career options.

      Following the ongoing trend from the competitive business world and the top skills that employers are looking for within graduates, our programme has been built in such a way that it helps students to build on their critical thinking abilities and equip them to make sound decisions via evidence-based management. Supported by expert tutors who bring their long-term professional experience to their teaching practices, students shall be able to explore the key functions that underpin business success.

      Graduates of the degree programme shall be equipped with the professional, employable and marketable skills and attributes such as:

      • Complex problem-solving skills
      • Critical thinking skills
      • Creative thinking skills
      • Critical writing skills
      • People Management skills and Coordination skills via working effectively in teams
      • Effective communication skills
      • Effective presentation skills
      • Basic Statistical skills
      • Technical computing skills
      • Business coupled with information skills

      We offer exciting pathways that aim to provide students access to a range of career ambitions. After the first shared year of study, you can select your degree programme with one specialisation from:

    • Course Highlights

      • From the very first day of arrival, all new students from the Business School are formed into separate groups to participate in a variety of activities supported by student ambassadors or senior students. These activities such as team work and participation in quizzes allow students to get to know fellow students on their programme as well their programme coordinator, tutor and other staff in their subject area. A whole week induction aims to promote diversity among all local and international students. This week also allows the students to gain insights about their future academic and university life.
      • Students during their first year are exposed to different workshops in addition to their modules taught onto their programme. These workshops are conducted by a dedicated team from the Learning Resource Centre there by helping students to master good writing skills and research skills.
      • Students during different years of their study across the Business Programme are also given the opportunities to attend the workshops and job fair organised by the employability centre. From the very first year, students are taught to prepare and write good curriculum vitae and they are exposed to the job market and current trends. Students are also given the opportunity to voice out their career choice followed by a peer evaluation and a mentor.
      • Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 students across the Business School have several opportunities to take part in both local and international competitions supported and sponsored by our partners; local government authorities and reputed firms from the private sector.
      • Students across their programme are made to link theoretical underpinnings to real time scenarios via watching documentaries and recorded business reviews to gain better insights of the actual events taking place in the world of business. Case studies are also given for nearly all modules across all levels of study for students to undertake the role of managers and be exposed to the world of business.
      • Opportunities are granted to students to take their leadership roles during their very first year where students become part of students’ voice groups and therefore bring their opinion forward in regard to their academic issues as well as that of the campus facilities being offered to them.
      • Across the three levels of study under the BA (Hons) Business Management programme, students shall be introduced to the world of ethics and academic integrity there by leading them to become more responsible and ethical as the future citizens.

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    What will you study on the BA (Hons) Business Management?

    Companies and organisations from the world of business require graduates who have expert business knowledge and can also demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills, with the professional acumen to deal with challenges in a fast-paced corporate world. Students will have the opportunity to develop key business knowledge, skills and experience in order to excel in a management career.

    You will study the operations of organisations: their functions, structure, management, models and techniques used to achieve successful results.  As earlier highlighted, within the 2nd and 3rd year of study, you will take one of our specialist pathways, choosing from Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Finance, Project Management, Supply Chain and Logistics, or Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

    • Modules (Year 1)

      • Financial Concepts of Business (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to develop the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations so as to enable them to make effective decisions and to assess the cost, economic and financial implications of these decisions. It aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge as well as to provide an understanding of key economic principles that inform business thought and practice.

      • Quantitative Methods for Business (30 credits) – Compulsory

        The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the use of computer software to collect, analyse and present business data. Students will learn to solve business and management problems using Excel or other appropriate software with an emphasis on the application of methods to solve problems, and the interpretation and communication of results. The main aim is to enable the student to become a discerning user of quantitative methods and computers in business analysis, which can be built upon in further study.

      • Management Concepts (15 credits) – Compulsory

        The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of the management of organisations. It will introduce management concepts such as the business functions, organisational structure, work design, entrepreneurship, and business ethics. Students will develop the ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various management theories and their application in the management of organisations.

      • People Management (15 credits) – Compulsory

        The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of how people in organisations interact. It will introduce various people management concepts and human resource processes and practices. Students will develop the ability to compare and contrast a variety of organisational psychology and sociological theories and their application in the management of people.

      • Marketing Theory and Practice (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module is designed to provide you with an overview of key marketing concepts and techniques, as they apply in a variety of organisations and in both conventional and online environments. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the core role of marketing in determining the growth potential of an enterprise, including the value of the marketing mix in ensuring successful marketing implementation and the significance of external and internal operating environments for marketing practice

    • Modules (Year 2)

      • Operations Management (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of operations management within a variety of organisations. It examines different aspects of operations management relevant to the design, planning, control and improvement of business operations. Students will learn to evaluate, select and apply relevant operations management concepts, tools and techniques to solve problems, make informed decisions and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational processes.

      • Business Environment (15 credits) – Compulsory

        In this module, you will begin to acquire the knowledge and skills typically required for more advanced study of businesses and in managerial decision-making. You will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using techniques, models and frameworks that will also start to build higher level employability skills.

      • Management Information Systems (15 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to provide students with the ability to apply key skills in information systems to the business management domain. The module also aims to enable students to obtain important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as business intelligence (e.g. data analytics), digital technology solutions (e.g. smart environments) and modern forms of communication (e.g. social networks) to improve business processes.

      • Principles of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (15 credits) – Compulsory

        This module provides students with an introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship. It examines different forms of innovative and entrepreneurial practice including commercial and social enterprise. This includes an introduction into management issues faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners. The module will also introduce students to such concepts as opportunity recognition and the ability to act upon opportunities and problem solving.

      • Organisational Behaviour (15 credits) – Compulsory

        The aim of this module is to enable students to identify the multifaceted social processes that are imperative to organisational life. The module will cover a wide array of theories pertaining to organisational behaviour. Students will develop their own abilities to analyse these theories, build up their own views on how to think and feel about these emergent issues as well as empower themselves with the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.

      • Human Resource Management in Practice (30 credits) – Optional

        The aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the key areas of HRM and to develop their skills and competence in human resource management practice. Students will become familiar with a wide range of generalist HR policies and practices within the five key areas of the discipline: employee resourcing, employee reward, employee relations, performance management and employee training and development. They will also be provided with the opportunity to develop competencies in areas such as selection interviews, performance appraisals, managing conflict, and conducting grievance and disciplinary interviews.

      • Trade and International Business (30 credits) – Optional

        The aim of this module is to develop in-depth understanding of theories relating to trade and international business, their application to an increasingly interdependent world, the role of multinational enterprise in the world trade system, and practical issues, such as in co-terms, documentation, payment process and instruments, and trade compliance. Taken together these elements should equip students with comprehensive knowledge and a broader sense of running a business beyond the domestic market.

      • Business Law (30 credits) – Optional

        This module will examine the laws regulating the conduct of business and business organisations. The first part of the module sets the context and provides essential material on English Business law (English Legal system, Contract, Tort & Employment) whilst the second part covers Company law and Corporate Governance.

      • Accounting and Finance for Business (30 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to further develop and enhance the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations on the subject areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge and to train students to apply their accounting and finance knowledge and skills into a range of different business situations.

    • Modules (Year 3)

      • Workforce Management (15 credits) – Compulsory

        The aim of this module is to develop students' understanding and critical awareness of issues associated with managing contemporary workforce. Students will learn how increasingly diverse workforce composition and the changing nature of work and socioeconomic environment result in new and unique challenges that managers face today. Through using cutting edge research, case studies and self-reflexive exercises the module will encourage a critical re-evaluation of traditional management thinking and practices and explore alternative approaches and responses to the contemporary management issues.

      • Professional Communication (15 credits) – Compulsory

        This module enables students to develop an understanding of strategies commonly used in professional discourse. It integrates concepts and approaches from applied linguistics and social psychology into the management of professional communication in a range of business settings. By exploring and contextualising professional discourse strategies, students will develop systematic and explicit approaches to analysing, evaluating and constructing strategic communication.

      • Strategic Management (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations. It will outline and offer a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy and introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels. You will focus on a range of analytical models and concepts that can be applied in assessing the strategic capability of an organisation and the environment in which it operates.

      • Business Start-Up (30 credits) – Optional

        The aim of this module is to introduce to students the complexities of starting a business. It draws together a range of theories, concepts, and notions from several sources such as Finance, Marketing, and Strategy. The module utilises the development of a unique business plan through which students will learn, practice, and apply the necessary academic and practical knowledge and skill sets, including team working, required for the establishment of a new business, as well as an understanding of the complexities relating to the functioning of a small business.

      • Business Game (30 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to demonstrate to students the importance of integrated business functions to achieve business success. The module uses a business simulation to provide students with experience of how a firm can integrate key aspects of business and management in order to succeed in a competitive environment.

      • Research Project (30 credits) – Optional

        This module is designed to develop students’ skills and knowledge relevant to planning and conducting a small-scale research project. Students will learn how to do research, including define research aim and objectives, conduct literature review, collect primary data, analyse and interpret data, and organise and present research proposal and final dissertation document. The module requires students to consolidate learning from other modules to plan and complete a small business and management related research project.

      • Principles of Project Management (30 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to provide students with comprehensive understanding of the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of projects in a variety of sectors. Students will explore how projects are managed using up-to-date project management tools and technologies. The module also aims to develop awareness of the role of projects in the wider economy.

      • Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) – Optional

        This module introduces students to the theories and techniques relevant to the management of global demand and global supply within the parameters of corporate and business unit strategies. Students will develop critical insights in design, implementation and operation of global supply chains while employing these to develop their own case studies.

      • Innovation Management (30 credits) – Optional

        The aim of this module is to develop a systematic understanding of the role of innovation as a key factor in a dynamic business environment and to equip students with the knowledge, expertise and skills needed to manage the innovation process at both strategic and operational level. The module provides an up-to-date overview of the mainstream theories and models of innovation and illustrates successful organisational practices through case study analysis.

      • Consulting to Organisations (30 credits) – Optional

        This module introduces students to organisation consulting. It builds on learning from prior modules and provides students with a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. Students are required to undertake a live team-consulting project to identify solutions to real business issues. This module also provides students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice and to develop employability skills. These include team-building, communication, interpersonal, and reflective skills that can boost employment outcomes.

      • Leadership (15 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to further develop and enhance the leadership knowledge and understanding of students within business organisations on the subject areas of leadership styles and approaches, ethics, equality and diversity as well as personal leadership development. It aims to provide a more in-depth appreciation of the challenges faced by leaders in contemporary businesses who need to meet the needs of a range of stakeholders, assess the impact of leadership on organisational culture and behaviour as well as recognise when change is necessary.

      • Coaching and Mentoring (15 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to develop and enhance students’ understanding and knowledge of coaching and mentoring in different sectors and contexts. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of coaching and mentoring in supporting individuals and teams, in additional to providing an overview of coaching and mentoring programme design, implementation and evaluation.

      • Business Ethics (15 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to enhance students’ critical thinking skills by engaging in an in-depth exploration of ethics and social responsibility in business. It aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify, analyse, and develop effective responses to ethical issues and challenges in business. Students will develop an ability to assess issues from different points of view, including from individual, organisational and societal perspectives; and to apply and critically evaluate mechanisms and tools typically used to address ethical and social responsibility issues.

      • Sustainable Business (15 credits) – Optional

        This module focuses specifically on the development of the competences needed to develop sustainable business. The module aims to provide the knowledge and skills of sustainable business to enable students to make a strong contribution to society, economy and the environment. Students will be enabled through a competency-based approach that links real-world orientation, with personal development and coaching, to the development and management of sustainable business.

      • Strategic Management Accounting (15 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to build on students’ knowledge of management accounting by looking at the wider measures of performance and decision making and the techniques that can be applied to such situations. The module attempts to give a broad understanding and critical evaluation of performance measurement. This includes quality and innovation as well as financial measures. The techniques and theory covered lead to a wider understanding of strategic decision making as well as overall company performance.

      • Entrepreneurial Finance (15 credits) – Optional

        The module aims to provide students with an awareness and understanding of the mechanics, challenges and issues related to the different ways of financing an enterprise. The module includes an understanding of key financial statements, the financial planning process, sources of funding and the financial risks and rewards of entrepreneurship.

      • Organisational Change (15 credits) – Optional

        All contemporary organisations operate in an increasingly dynamic environment. This module aims to develop students critical understanding of organisational change and managing organisational change. It explores different theoretical frameworks, concepts, techniques and tools for managing change.

      • Business Analytics (15 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in business analytics. It examines the roles of data analytics in today’s business world using real world examples of businesses that have applied business analytics tools to solve critical problems. The module aims to equip students with a wide variety of data mining, visual and analytical techniques which can be applied to data generated from different markets, businesses, and business functions.

      • Equality Diversity and Inclusion (15 credits) – Optional

        The aim of this module is to promote greater awareness of the importance of diversity issues nationally and internationally. It provides insight to the implications of diversity from a societal, organisational, and employee standpoint, exploring diversity debates, concepts and practices regarding equality, fairness and inclusion. Subjects taught highlight the significance of diversity management to careers and business sustainability. A variety of topics are included such as cross-cultural management, gender disparity, unconscious bias, age disability, effective multicultural team-working, and diversity legislation.

    What will you gain?

    You will learn to work effectively in teams and be able to present and communicate business management ideas with confidence. We also ensure you develop specialist knowledge in:

    • Stakeholders: their expectations and behaviour
    • The environment of business and its impact on strategy
    • Design, production and distribution of products and services
    • Business resources: acquisition, application and control
    • Business process: planning, improvement and control.

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    Fees and Funding

    Course fees are subject to annual inflation. An international Admin Fee is also applicable for international students. For more details, see link to respective fees and payment plans below.

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    • Teaching and Learning

      You will be taught through a combination of Lectures, Seminars, and practical workshops and computer laboratory sessions. Lectures allow you to gain and develop knowledge in specific subjects. You can discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and practical’s in smaller seminar groups usually made up of 35 students. In addition, you can arrange one to one sessions with your personal tutor or module coordinator. You will also have access to and use resources to support your learning including; Student Learning Advisers, Graduate Academic Assistants, Learning Enhancement Team and Library Resources throughout your course.

      During your first year (level 4), your weekly timetable will typically consist of:

      • 4-5 hours of lectures
      • 3-4 hours of seminars
      • 1 hour of supervised practical computer laboratory work
      • 2 hours of practical workshops

      Independent Learning

      When not attending your teaching, sessions mentioned above, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework, presentations and examinations. Your independent learning is supported by the facilities available including the library, Study Rooms and online materials accessible via MyUniHub.

      Overall Workload

      Your overall workload will include the activities listed above, and with each credit being completed equating to 10 hours of study time (You will complete 120 credits per level of study, which are broken down into modules of typically 30 credits). While your actual hours may depend on the optional module that you choose (if available), the following information will give you an indication of how much time is allocated to teaching and independent study on your course:

      Level 4 - 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 266 hours
      • Independent Learning: 935 hours

      Level 5 - 25% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 294 hours
      • Independent Learning: 906 hours

      Level 6 - 19% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
      • Independent Learning: 972 hour

      Teaching Staff

      You will be taught by an experienced teaching team who possess the expertise, knowledge and experience closely aligned to the content of the modules on offer. The team includes academics, professional practitioners, and technical staff.

    • Assessment

      The programme will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. This will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment which will count towards your final marks. Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any grade you receive from formative assessment does not count towards your final marks.

      There is formal ‘summative’ assessment as part of the programme, usually in-between or towards the end of the programme. Assessment is generally by coursework only – this includes project reports, both individual and group presentations and other written work. The grades from the summative assessments count towards your final marks. Assessments are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based on feedback from an external examiner.

      Percentage of course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment will depend on the modules that you complete throughout your course. The approximate percentage of the course which is assessed by coursework is outlined below:

      Level 4

      24% coursework

      70% written exams

      6% practical exams

      Level 5

      40% coursework

      55% written exams

      5% practical exams

      Level 6

      44% coursework

      25% written exams

      31% practical exams

      Feedback

      You will receive feedback on the formative assessment and written summative assessments. Feedback on examination performance can be requested from respective module coordinators. Feedback is intended to help you learn and progress, and you are encouraged to review and discuss your feedback with your module coordinator or personal tutor.

      We will aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission.

      Details of progression and pass marks for assessment can be found in the university regulations.

      Academic Support

      You will have access to academic support services that you assist you in the following areas:

      • Study Skills, including academic writing, reading and numeracy skills
      • Employability, with workshops and tutorials on CV writing, interview and presentation skills
      • Library Support, including sessions on finding, and choosing the right resources and software and tutorials on referencing and plagiarism
      • Progression and Support Advisors to assist you with if you experience difficulties with your studies
      • Well-being Services.

      These services can be accessed through the Learning Resource Centre in the Library building.

    How can the BA (Hons) Business Management support your career?

    This degree will leave you ideally placed to start a career in a wide variety of roles including Operations Manager, HR Consultant, Trainee Manager, Investment Banker, Sales Manager, Analyst and other related opportunities dependent on your chosen specialization. You could be working in a range of reputed industrial, commercial and third sector organisations.

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    Thanks to Middlesex University, I’m independent and open to exciting challenges that I would never have encountered back home in Pakistan. Living here did more for me than making me bilingual; it allowed me to engage in new relationships, make new friends and learn about the real culture of the island.

    Aalaiya Sawani (Pakistan), Year 2, BA (Hons) Business Management

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