BSc (Hons) Business Management (Full Degree)
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3 Years (Full-time)
University of Chichester
The final degree is awarded by the University of Chichester to successful student.
£6,165 per annum
The Business Management programme provides a combination of academic theory and practical application relevant to a wide range of business organisations in both the public and private sectors. From Operations Management, Business Law and Marketing, to Strategy, International Business and Leadership, the programme has been specifically designed to develop a range of cognitive and intellectual skills together with techniques specific to management practice in national and international contexts.
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Course Aims / Objectives
The course aims to:
- Develop knowledge and understanding of the main functional areas of organisations, their external environment and management practice.
- Provide knowledge, concepts and principles of business operations.
- Develop an understanding of the key roles of management with an ability to apply this understanding to work-based problems.
- Prepare students with the skills and competencies for a successful career in business management.
Entry to the degree programme is governed by the regulations of the University of Chichester and requires one of the following:
- A minimum of three ‘A Level’ passes at CCC (or High School Diploma to age 18 where it is deemed equivalent), or
- A Pearson/Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma, or
- An International Baccalaureate (28 points), or
- A recognised and relevant Foundation/Access to Higher Education course (the minimum pass mark for a UK-based programme is usually 55%).
Alternative entry routes are available for applicants aged 21 or over who do not possess the standard entry qualifications but have relevant skills and experience.
Mature students generally do well on degree programmes, particularly if they have taken an Access to Higher Education programme recognised by the QAA (the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education). Passing an Access programme is an excellent way of preparing for undergraduate study.
However, not all mature entrants need to have passed an Access to Higher Education programme or have traditional school qualifications. Non-standard entry arrangements are available for applicants who already have appropriate skills and subject knowledge. The process involves completing an assignment to help us assess your level of subject knowledge and study skills.
Please contact the Admissions Office to find out if your qualification is suitable. If you do not have a UK qualification or an International Baccalaureate we can use NARIC to find out how the qualifications you already have compare to UK qualifications. NARIC is the UK agency that provides information and advice about how qualifications and skills from overseas compare to UK qualifications.
All students whose first language is not English and have not done the last two years of their education in English may meet a minimum English language requirement before commencing their programme.
The structure of the BSc (Hons) Business Management programme is shown below:
Year One Award: Certificate in Higher Education
- Academic Skills Development (20 cr.)
- Personal and Professional Skills for Management (20 cr.)
- Organisation Theory (20 cr.)
- Operations Management (20 cr.)
- Business Economics (20 cr.)
- Business Law (20 cr.)
Year Two Award: Diploma in Higher Education
- Strategic Management (20 cr.)
- Strategic Human Resource Management (20 cr.)
- Marketing Management (20 cr.)
- International Business (20 cr.)
- Business Finance (20 cr.)
- Research Methodology (20 cr.)
Year Three Award: Honours Degree
- Leadership: Theory and Practice (20 cr.)
- Corporate Social Responsibility (20 cr.)
- Managing Risk (20 cr.)
- Managing Change (20 cr.)
- Research Project (40 cr.)
YEAR ONE (6 Compulsory Modules)
Academic Skills Development
The focus of the module is on developing the critical thinking and practical skills needed to make the transition into higher education. Such skills can make a significant difference to the achievement of undergraduate programme learning outcomes as well as to a future career in the field of business management. In particular, the module develops specific literacy and research skills relevant to academic study as well as the personal and inter-personal skills needed to be successful as part of a learning community.
Personal and Professional Skills for Management
The module examines the personal and professional skills needed to successfully manage individuals in a business context. People are critical to the maximisation of operational performance and therefore an understanding of how to effectively communicate and influence workplace behaviour is a core skill of management. Managers also need to understand how inter-personal conflict arises with an ability to coach and develop people in order to achieve a productive workforce.
Whether formal or informal, the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations has a major impact on innovation, employment and standards of living. After examining early theories of how organisations evolved, the module analyses different organisational structures in the context of their environment and how, over time, changes in the environment can change the nature and function of organisations. The module concludes by considering how technological advances are forcing organisations to become less hierarchical and more flexible.
Operations management is concerned with the process by which organisations transform a range of inputs into the outputs of goods and services purchased by customers. In particular, it focuses on the design and controlling of processes to ensure that operations are efficient in terms of minimising the use of resources, and effective in terms of meeting customer requirements. It is thus the core function of an organisation that can have a major impact on the long term sustainability of the business.
Understanding how market economies work is a key management skill. Even the not-for-profit and voluntary sectors are subject to profound economic forces that impact their operations. The module considers the two main branches of economics; how individual markets operate (microeconomics), and how economies operate at the aggregate level (macroeconomics). Many economic models and concepts are theoretical but nevertheless lead to insights that reduce uncertainty in a constantly changing business environment.
Recent controversies, such as those involving workplace harassment, equal pay and gender issues, have emphasised the need for managers to understand the legal framework in which they operate. The module examines the nature and sources of law before considering the relevance and application of contract law and workplace legislation. The module finishes by examining the different types of business organisations, how they are formed and managed to comply with relevant legislation, and how and under what circumstances they are dissolved.
YEAR TWO (6 Compulsory Modules)
Strategic management is concerned with the actions organisations take to deal with the challenges, opportunities and threats in their external and internal environments. The module starts by examining how organisations analyse their operating environment in the light of their resources and capabilities. This leads to a review of how they determine their objectives, consider the circumstances and events that may affect outcomes, decide upon the actions they need to take to achieve their objectives, implement a strategy and evaluate progress.
Strategic Human Resource Management
Research has shown that organisations with strategic human resource policies have less absenteeism and lower staff turnover. Strategic human resource management aligns the human resource policies of an organisation to its strategic direction. Based on a belief that the skills, expertise and experience of all employees contributes to the achievement of goals, strategic human resource management takes functional human resource policies, such as recruitment, training and performance management into the sphere of strategy and business policy.
The module develops an appreciation of the role of marketing and the management of marketing functions by focusing on what ‘market oriented’ means in both commercial and public sector organisations. Using contemporary theories and case studies, the module examines marketing environments and strategic marketing alternatives involving the design and implementation of marketing programmes including decisions about products and services, pricing, distribution and promotion.
Technological and economic developments are reducing barriers to international trade and increasing global business opportunities. The module examines the forces shaping the international business environment including factors creating new market opportunities, and how these determine the strategy of international organisations. In particular, new forms of organisation are being created by multinationals which can create opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises to participate in the value chain of global players.
The prime objective of business organisations is sustainable profitability and the maximisation of shareholder wealth. Managers are more likely to make a positive contribution to achieving this objective if they understand, and can analyse, the factors affecting profitability and the creation of shareholder wealth in their part of the organisation. The module considers four main areas of management accounting; costing decisions as the basis of profitability, budgets and control mechanisms, investment decisions and financial performance appraisal.
The module lays the groundwork for undertaking a research project in the final year of the programme. In particular, it examines different research philosophies together with the basic elements of research design. Core skills that are developed include selecting an appropriate method of data collection and analysis, identifying relevant information sources, preparing and collecting data, analysing data using different approaches for qualitative and quantitative research, and writing the report once the project is completed.
YEAR THREE (5 Compulsory Modules)
Leadership: Theory and Practice
Views about the appropriate role of leadership reflect the economic, social and political context in which leaders operate. The module examines various theories of leadership with their application to modern day business situations. For example, the link between a successful change initiative and the role of leaders in building trust through the exercise of ‘responsible’ leadership. The module concludes with an analysis of effective leadership and personality traits, ‘followship’ leadership and transformational leadership.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is often described as the responsibility of enterprises for their economic, environmental and social impact on society. In practice, however, there is no consensus on how to address these issues. The module sets out the background to the growth of CSR including controversies surrounding its application and reporting. This leads to an examination of some of the major issues in CSR including taxation policy and investment, human rights and philanthropy, and environmental with sustainability policies.
The module examines the nature of risk and the processes for identifying and managing risk in a business enterprise. The characteristics of human error are explored as background to an appraisal of various risk assessment models. Once various risk factors have been identified, and an assessment completed, systems for managing risk can then be evaluated. The module concludes with an analysis of the relationship between risk and safety which leads to an examination of how a ‘just’ culture for balancing safety and accountability can be developed.
The aim of the module is to develop an understanding of the nature, process and management of organisational change. Highlighting various models and approaches to organisational change, the module uses case analysis to examine the interpersonal, group and organisational issues associated with change management in a range of situations. By analysing the usefulness and drawbacks of different models, the most suitable approach in a specific situation, and how to develop an implementation strategy, can be identified.
Research Project (Double Module)
The research project provides an opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge and understanding from the three years of the degree programme to a typical workplace situation, and to develop research skills and review management literature in a specialised area. The project is an original, detailed analysis of a topic selected in consultation with, and supervised by, a member of LSME’s academic staff.
The course will involve three years of full-time study.
Mode of Delivery and Assessment
Mode of Delivery
The BSc (Hons) Business Management programme is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and personal tuition requiring attendance at the College for two full days per week. Additional learning resources are available through the College’s virtual learning environment.
Various methods are used to assess each module including essays, reflective assignments, written reports, oral reports, case studies and projects. There are no time constrained examinations.
Students who are awarded a minimum of a 2(2) classification can progress to a range of University Masters programmes in a relevant subject area, including an MBA.
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