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    Business Management (BA Hons) - Finance

    This course provides students with practical data in problem solving to learn business and finance as it happens in the real world. This programme will provide you with the same skills as our London campus with due consideration to companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Your will also learn about portfolio analysis allowing you to be part of several diverse units in the finance world, such as, portfolio investment, treasury and exchange rates.

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    • Overview - Why Sign Up?

      Joining our BA in Business Management (Finance) will allow you to develop key business skills to help you in a management or financial career. Focusing on topics such as human resource management, leadership, business finance and analysis, you’ll be able to work effectively as part of a team. Presenting and communicating your ideas will give you confidence in a fast paced business environment, and you’ll have specialist knowledge in business strategy and process.

      It is our priority to help you succeed in your dreams and we are committed to provide you the support you need to succeed as a student. While you are an undergraduate student, you will be provided with every support with academic writing, numeracy and library skills from the Learning Enhancement Unit.

      On completion of this course, you’ll be ideally placed to begin working across a range of business management and finance specific roles. It is important to have a solid foundation in finance and business management if you want a fulfilling career in this industry, and we can help you feel confident to take on this challenge.

    • Course Highlights

        • 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.
        • Across the three years of study under the BA (Hons) Business Management pathways  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 - Finance?

    You will develop key business skills, knowledge and experience in order to excel in a management career. Companies and organisations require graduates who have expert business knowledge, who can also demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills, with the professional acumen to deal with challenges in a fast-paced business environment. You will develop essential skills and knowledge in business management and broaden your knowledge by focusing on key topics, such as the behaviour of people within organisations, and resource management. You will build on your financial knowledge and skills and learn the role of accounting within organisations.

    • 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.

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

        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)

      • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to provide you with the tools for the analysis of financial information, in particular for the purpose of business valuation. In doing so, you will become familiar with how investors and corporate financiers utilise financial and non-financial information in corporate reports

      • Business Finance (30 credits) – Compulsory

        The primary objective of this module is to provide you with solid understanding of contemporary corporate finance and the tools to solve the financial problems confronting business today. The module will explain the main aspects of corporate finance, including investment decision, working capital management, and financing decision. It will enable a critical appreciation of the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour. You will be able to apply your financial skills in practical problems solving, case studies and coursework to develop your understanding of business environments and prepare for a future career.

      • 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.

      • Corporate Accountability (30 credits) – Optional

        The module provides students with an understanding of the concepts and key issues in corporate governance and corporate accountability. Students will also get an overview of the high profile cases of corporate failure and analyse them from corporate governance perspective. By extending the traditional corporate governance theoretical framework to address broader corporate social responsibility issues students will understand the significance of corporate transparency and accountability in modern corporations.

      • Investment Analysis (30 credits) – Optional

        The module aims to equip students with knowledge sufficient in depth to critically engage with modern investment theory and practice. It incorporates a study of portfolio theory as the basis for contextualising challenges in investment decision-making, especially those related to asset price determination, understanding risks, asset management practice, the merits of rival investment philosophies, financial market liquidity and information disclosure. It investigates how these challenges drive institutional, product, regulatory and technological innovation in financial markets

      • Work Internship (30 credits) – Optional

        The primary aim of the internship module is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience for a minimum of 30 days. This will facilitate you in gaining an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work, as well as the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both your development and the link between theory and practice. You will also develop an understanding of the organisation, sector and the environment in which it operates.

      • 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.

    What will you gain?

    Upon graduating, you will be able to work effectively in teams and be able to present and communicate business management ideas with confidence. You will understand topics related to managerial decision-making management strategy, managerial leadership, business finance and financial statement analysis. In addition, you will acquire skills of group dynamics and team work, as well as demonstrating numerical, communication and analytical expertise. 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.

    About the MDX Mauritius Campus

    Our new campus demonstrates what can be achieved when all stakeholders share a clear vision. The concept was developed by a London architect, Graham Wilson, who also is credited for developing many of Middlesex buildings in Hendon.

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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 - Finance support your career?

    This course will leave you ideally placed to begin working in a wide range of business management roles in prestigious international banks and financial institutions as well as the private or public sector. Previous graduates have gone on to work in roles with local and international banks and financial institutions such as the Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB), State Bank of Mauritius (SBM), PwC and Deloitte.

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