Programme description

This programme aims to:

• Provide students with a range of subjects which look at business and management issues analytically and critically.
• Offer an intellectually demanding programme in business and management.
• Provide a strong basis in social science.
• Provide an opportunity for critical and theoretical study.
• Give students a knowledge and understanding of a range of issues in international
• management, whilst allowing students to learn from issues and experiences relevant to
• their local environment.
• Provide students with a degree which will be valued by employers looking for people
• who can demonstrate logical and quantitative reasoning.

More specifically, the programme focuses on:

Organisations: this encompasses the internal aspects, functions and processes of organisations including their diverse nature, purposes, structures, governance, operations and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between organisations and their influence upon the external environment.

External environment: this encompasses a wide range of factors, including economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological, together with their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour, management and sustainability of organisations.

Management: this encompasses the various processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations. It includes theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management together with rational analysis and other processes of decision making within organisations and in relation to the external environment.

The learning outcomes of the programme are as follows:

1. Knowledge and understanding;
A student will be able to:
- analyse business and management issues from the perspective of a number of social science disciplines;
- formulate and develop arguments on management issues in a logical manner;
- critically evaluate claims made on a range of management issues;
- display skills relevant to managing organisations effectively;
- address both foundational and contemporary management issues, either public or private according to the courses chosen by the student;
- understand aspects of business and sociology management relevant to managing rganisations effectively.

2. Intellectual and cognitive skills;
Depending on the courses studied a student will be able to:
- locate, extract, analyse and draw reasoned conclusions from multiple sources (including electronic sources) of appropriate literature and relevant data and acknowledge and reference sources appropriately;
- critically analyse arguments;
- effective problem solving and decision making skills by applying theory and theoretical models In practical situations;
- assimilate and lucidly evaluate alternative views.

3. Transferable skills;
A student will be able to:
- communicate effectively in a written context;
- use information technology (spread-sheets, word-processing and on-line databases) appropriately;
- numeracy and quantitative skills including data analysis and interpretation;
- organize information, and assimilate and evaluate competing arguments;
- manage their own learning, including working effectively to deadlines;
- self-reflection and criticality including self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues. Have the capacity to handle ideas and scrutinize information in critical, evaluative and analytical ways.

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