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    Business Management (BA Hons) - Human Resource Management

    This specialist management degree gives you the opportunity to learn about the theory and practice of how businesses operate and what their environments are like and provide you with human resource management specific skills as part of the specialised pathway. You’ll also study a variety of management styles, alongside the law and practices related to managing people.

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    • Overview - Why Sign Up?

      You will develop the essential skills and knowledge to succeed in business management, you will focus on modules such as human resource management, leadership, and people in organisations. You will build your key business skills with us, including workshops, role-plays and discussions as you analyse case studies and business management practices.

      We also ensure that you build your specialist knowledge and the ability to deal with stakeholders, business resourcing and process, as well as understanding strategy, production and distribution of products and services.

      You will be taught by experienced and diverse academics who have gained significant work and industrial experience in Human Management and have worked and contributed positively in the business sector. Under their experience and guidance, you shall gain exposure to a range of soft and hard skills for employability during the whole three years of your study programme.

    • 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 - Human Resource Management?

    You will develop essential skills and knowledge in business management and expand your knowledge of the behaviour of people in organisations, and the wider business environment. You’ll be exposed to various business management modules in your second year along with one specialised module. In your final year you will focus on strategic management and HRM modules that deal with services, leadership, and management development.

    • 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.

    • Modules (Year 3)

      • Leadership and Management Development (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module aims to provide grounding in the core competencies related to management and leadership in organisations, enabling you to apply theory to practice in management and leadership development. Alongside this, it will provide opportunities to develop personal skills through workshops in leadership and team building. This module is aligned to CIPD intermediate unit narratives.

      • Equality Diversity and Inclusion (30 credits) – Optional

        The aim of this module is to promote greater awareness and understanding of the importance of diversity issues from both a national and international perspective. This module also provides insight to the implications of diversity from a societal, organisational, and employee standpoint. A range of diversity debates, concepts and practices regarding equality, fairness and inclusion are also explored. This is used as a means for endorsing the significance of diversity management to careers and business sustainability and success. A variety of topics are covered including cross-cultural management, gender disparity, age perception, disability awareness, effective multicultural teamworking, and diversity legislation.

      • 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.

      • Research Project (30 credits) – Optional

        This module provides an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate high quality employability skills such as the ability to design and deliver a small research project, learn independently and through supervision, and undertake an extended, methodical piece of work. A well-executed research project will give you something to distinguish yourself from your peers as well as the opportunity to show why you might be a superior candidate for graduate employment.

      • Contemporary Issues in HRM (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module builds upon knowledge gained about general business functions, organisational behaviour and the broad scope of responsibilities covered by the human resources function in an organisation and explores, in more depth and on a critical basis, some recent trends and controversies in human resource management. This module is aligned to CIPD intermediate unit narratives. This module will also host the 3rd-year HR professional development workshop series.

      • Leading Change  (30 credits) – Optional

        This module aims to enable students to critically analyse approaches to organisational change and to develop the skills required to be effective change agents. To do this, the module will, firstly, explore organisational change including the need for change, triggers of change, response/barriers to change and approaches for overcoming resistance to change. Secondly, the module will explore the importance of business/HR strategy, communication, project management, and team work in managing change, as well as leadership as a key facilitator of change. Finally, the module will equip students with the knowledge, skills and competences to become effective change agents and will engage them in a reflection of their past career and life experiences in relation to individual and/or organisational change.

    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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    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 - Human Resource Management support your career?

    This course will leave you ideally placed to work in a wide range of business management roles in prestigious international organisations as a HR professional.

    Some of our past alumni currently work in known establishments such as: Amazon, Fenwick, Sekkingstad AS, Norway, Yodel Network Ltd, Greencore, Arla Foods, Air Mauritius, MCB and ASPEN Global.

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