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BUSINESS STUDIES

> Level 1
BU 1001
SUSTAINED STUDY IN BUSINESS 1.1: BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A J Sim

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): This course cannot be taken by any student registered for a Business School honours or designated degree programme.

2 one-hour lectures and 1 one-hour tutorial (to be arranged) per week.

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (40%). This is a report relating to a practical business project where students will have to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a business issue. The focus is on an individually created report which is designed to mitigate potential plagiarism issues.  There will be 1 two hour written examination (60%) which is designed to assess knowledge and practical abilities in considering typical business problems.  Note – there is no group work in the first sustained study course – this is developed later in the series of sustained study in business courses.

Resit: Continuous assessment (40%). This is a report relating to a practical business project where students will have to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a business issue. The focus is on an individually created report which is designed to mitigate potential plagiarism issues. There will be 1 two-hour written examination (60%) which is designed to assess knowledge and practical abilities in considering typical business problems. Note – there is no group work in the first sustained study course – this is developed later in the series of sustained study in business courses. A student may choose to retake only one part of the assessment in which case the first attempt part of the other part will be carried forward.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Multiple choice and self-assessed homeworks.

Students will get individual feedback on the coursework, and a final CAS mark for the exam. Further exam feedback will be in accordance with University policy.

BU 1501
SUSTAINED STUDY IN BUSINESS 1.2: BUSINESS ENTREPRISE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Ms L Hetherington

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): This course cannot be taken by students registered for a Business School honours or designated degree programme.

2 one-hour lectures and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (40%). This is an enterprise project linked to the local community that requires demonstration of an understanding of concepts underpinning entrepreneurship and successful venture creation. There will be 1 two-hour written examination (60%) which is designed to assess knowledge and practical abilities in considering typical business problems. There is group work within tutorials that are formatively assessed.

Resit: Continuous assessment (40%). This is an enterprise project linked to the local community that requires demonstration of an understanding of concepts underpinning entrepreneurship and successful venture creation. There will be 1 two-hour written examination (60%) which is designed to assess knowledge and practical abilities in considering typical business problems.

Students may choose to retake only one element of assessment, in which case their first attempt mark in the other element will be carried forward.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Multiple choice and homework exercises.

Self-assessment answers will be available for formative feedback plus generic feedback on tutorial performance.

Feedback on summative assessment includes comments and assessment against learning outcomes plus generic examination feedback.

 

> Level 2
BU 2001
SUSTAINED STUDY IN BUSINESS 2.1: BUSINESS AND SUSTAINABILITY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr B Davies

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): This course cannot be taken by students who are taking a Business School course as part of their curriculum (this includes courses with an AC/EC/MS/PO/BU code).

Business and Sustainability examines business within the context of concerns from local to global scales related to the environmental and social effects of business activities, moving beyond single bottom line analysis to consider the role of sustainable business, and addressing a range of public policy concerns. The course will consider business performance, environmental externalities, resource scarcity, social and societal influences, and auditing issues related to the theme of sustainability.

The course therefore considers business performance from a triple bottom line perspective ? examining the economic, environmental and social aspects of the conduct and performances of businesses. It will cover key aspects of public policy debates in environmental management and social justice, and develop an awareness of resource scarcity, sustainable development, green innovation, and the role of business in a world development context.

2 one-hour lectures per week, 1 one-hour tutorial every two weeks.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (70%); continuous assessment (30%) consisting of a piece of written work examining a sustainable company (2,000 words).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will work in small groups on a business sustainability assessment, with a formal group presentation in tutorial classes.

Assessment tasks related to sustainability will be set throughout the course, requiring individual and group report back at tutorials, in written and verbal formats.

Oral feedback and an evaluation form will be given on group tutorial presentations. Verbal feedback will be given during tutorial discussions throughout the course.

Written feedback will be given on summative coursework, and on written components of formative assessment when appropriate.

BU 2501
SUSTAINED STUDY IN BUSINESS 2.2: BUSINESS ETHICS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr B B Davies

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): This course cannot be taken by students who are taking a Business School course as part of their curriculum (this includes courses with an AC/EC/MS/PO/BU code).

Business Ethics considers the ethical choices facing business, both at the level of individual business management and in relation to the role of business in society more widely. The course will explore alternative justifications for ethical judgement based on competing moral theories, and apply these to specific issues and contexts that arise particularly in business situations. The emphasis is on a reasoned, critical exploration of the relationship between business and the wider philosophical concerns of justice, fairness, rights, responsibilities, duties and personal choice.

The course considers debates surrounding corporate social responsibility, shareholders and stakeholders, corporate governance, civil society, human resources and human rights. The scope of ethical consideration under study extends from internal management concerns to local business community engagement and through to global perspectives on development and economic progress. The nature of ethical choices that arise throughout this range of interests will be explored, with a particular focus on the role of business and business behaviours in social and environmental contexts.

2 one-hour lectures per week, 1 one-hour tutorial every two weeks.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (70%); continuous assessment (30%) consisting of a piece of written work exploring an ethical challenge in business of 2,000 words in length.

1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will work in small groups on an ethical dilemma in business, with a formal group presentation in tutorial classes.

Assessment tasks related to ethical dilemmas will be set throughout the course, requiring individual and group report back at tutorials, in written and verbal formats.

Oral feedback and an evaluation form will be given on group tutorial presentations. Verbal feedback will be given during tutorial discussions throughout the course.