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This BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management degree will help you to develop the skills needed in business to recruit, manage and develop the most talented staff to compete in an ever-changing business environment.
Business is brought to life on this Business and Human Resource Management degree with focus on current real-world business and people management. You will work on live business projects and case studies to develop your confidence, business knowledge, HR knowledge, entrepreneurial mind-set and resilience.
You will explore a range of topics such as HRM, leadership, management, marketing, finance, operations management, entrepreneurship and market research to provide you with a strong foundation of both HR and business management needed by employers today.
Many of the jobs you will hold in the future don’t exist yet and this degree will teach you management fundamentals to deal with today’s complex and changing business landscape. It will also develop your people management focus should you decide to progress your career in HRM and extend your studies further to gain full Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) accreditation.
On this course you will:
- Explore various business and human resource management topics, tactics, opportunities, challenges and solutions.
- Specialise in human resource management.
- Complete projects with real business clients.
- Be able to complete a 1-year and/or 10-week placement providing valuable work experience.
- Develop valuable soft skills like teamwork, communication, time management and problem solving.
- Have the opportunity to take part in events and activates including trips, events and business forums.
We have recently obtained CMI accreditation for BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management which provides you with assurance that our degrees meet current employer requirements of aspiring managers.
In addition to your degree, you will be eligible to achieve the Level 5 Diploma or Certificate in Management on graduation at no extra cost or work, if you satisfactorily complete mapped modules. Research shows that CMI accreditation improves your employability within a graduate level job and if you are interested in a management career, this qualification can improve your potential of securing a first level management position. You can apply for ‘Chartered Manager’ status on graduation to improve your management career potential.
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
Throughout the degree, you will learn business and human resource management disciplines from industry experienced lecturers and business guest speakers. The majority of the course is taught by applying business, management and HR theory to practical scenarios where you can develop your problem solving, people management and business strategy skills. You will also be able to work with real clients and business on current commercial and business opportunities, challenges and projects. Some of these projects will provide the basis for assessment and enable you to apply your learning to authentic commercial situations and increase your work resilience.
To ensure we provide a ‘professional’ environment, the course is taught in small, interactive workshops of up to 30 students where you will discuss a specific business topic and provide opportunities for you to work on tasks, have group discussions and feedback your views in a supportive and stretching environment.
As a result of our teaching approach, you will develop confidence and interest in the business environment as well as a wide range of soft skills such as teamwork, communication, planning, organising and leadership.
Our assessments aim to reflect work-based scenarios and as a result there are minimal exams with more focus on action and problem-based assessments, with most assessments based on presentations, portfolio work or reports. Where there are exams, the majority are ‘timed assessments’ and ‘open-book’.
What you will study
You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.
Most of our business degrees share core modules during the first year, so you may choose to move from a joint honours degree to a single honours option at the end of year one if you find another subject of particular interest.
The first year focuses on understanding the fundamentals of business management, how decisions are made and affect other business areas. During this year, you will develop your employability, enterprise awareness and build a foundation of business knowledge for the rest of your degree through key subject areas such as HRM, employee development/relations, management, operations and leadership.
During year two, you will further develop knowledge in financial reporting and management in core modules and start to build your own specialism through optional modules. You will also start learning research skills that prepare you for your research dissertation in the final year. During this year, you will consider whether to go on a one-year placement or study exchange at the end of year two; or continue straight to year three.
In your final year, the research dissertation will be your main focus, where you research articles about a particular topic and issue, then carry out primary research to investigate further, analyse data and come up with some recommendations and conclusions. You will also have the opportunity to specialise further and select modules that most interest you and prepare for your career.
If you feel that you would like to gain more work experience specific to your career pathway, or, you went on the one-year placement and would like to gain further work experience, you could select the short work placement option in the final semester and carry out your research dissertation whilst on placement for the organisation.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
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Management and OrganisationsYou will explore business management theories, the role and position of a manager, and your ability to manage others. You are encouraged to develop your self-awareness as a potential manager and will investigate issues like the history of management, structures, functions, culture and sustainability of an organisation. You will also explore aspects of business psychology and how people are motivated, behave and discuss theories of leadership and conflict management techniques that can be used in effective management. You will be assessed through a report.
Business Information SystemsThis module will introduce you to business information systems and how business to uses them to support businesses effectively. You will be introduced to a wide range of enterprise systems covering, for example, supply chain management, knowledge management, customer relationship management, security and ethical issues around managing data. You will be assessed through an individual 2,500-word case study.
Introductory Law for ManagersThis module will introduce you to law in the commercial world. You will gain a sufficient understanding of the law as a manager and be able to recognise the existence and effects of the law in commercial activities and the key legislation organisations need to follow operationally and with customers. You will explore when you may need to seek appropriate professional assistance in business. You will be assessed through an online examination and 1 hour in-class test.
Academic and Professional Skills (APS)This module will support your transition into a university undergraduate degree programme. You will focus on developing academic and professional skills and be encouraged to reflect on and plan you own personal development. You are provided with a range of topics to help you develop and you can choose those most beneficial to you. You will be assessed through a portfolio.
Social MediaThis module will introduce you to social media from a business and professional perspective. You will investigate tactical aspects of social media and the concept of digital consumers and engaging brand experiences. You will explore the history, development and future of social media and investigate tools to manage roles, teams and campaigns. You will be assessed through a discussion, presentation, and individual report.
Enterprise AwarenessThis module gives you a practical introduction to the commercial realities of organisations and how decision-making impacts different areas of the business. You will use a range of business models to explore the relationships between decisions in operations, sales, marketing and finance. You will also be introduced to basic creation and interpretation of key financial documents and ratios to assess performance. You will be assessed through an group assignment and individual financial portfolio accompanied with a short lecture discussion.
Entrepreneurial MindsetThis module aims to deepen your knowledge of being entrepreneurial by applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a live case study. You will usually work in small groups to develop a proposed ‘innovative’ solution to the problem or opportunity. In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, the ability to be entrepreneurial, particularly in creating innovative and viable ideas. This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of decision making in being more innovative. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a group presentation and an individual report on how the entrepreneur can be more innovative.
Marketing Principles and PracticeThis introductory module explores the role of marketing in the modern business environment. You will discover the core tools and concepts of marketing, and investigate the marketing principles of the extended services mix, buyer behaviour, segmentation and market research. You will explore business aspects such as contemporary society, digital innovations and disruptive business models. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a business report.
Operations ManagementOperations management means the way organisations produce goods and services, with a focus on the activities directly concerned with making and delivering products. Operations management uses a series of processes. Organisations use inputs (including materials, money and human resource) to perform operations such as manufacturing and service provision. These operations give outputs (the finished goods and services). This module explores how organisations effectively manage facilities, assets and resources for the efficient delivery of consistent quality goods and services. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed through a case study.
Key HR PracticesThis module aims to develop your understanding of key practices concerning human resource management. It outlines the theory and key principles and practices of recruitment, selection, retention of talent, performance management and reward; and reviews the skills that are needed to manage people within various types of work organisations. The workshop learning activities and literature provide a structure through which to locate these key HR practices within both the context of different organisations and the field of contemporary management from a national and international perspective. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed by case study HR portfolio and time constrained exam with question focus provided in advance.
LeadershipThis module invites you to explore the challenges of leadership in organisations through a critical examination of theory, practice and possible future directions. It encourages you to explore effective leadership and encourages you to expand your thinking on alternative strategies as you look forward to your future role as potential leaders in organisations. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed by individual presentation and report.
Professional GraduateThis practically-led module will support you to develop a critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace. You will plan your own development for graduate recruitment and/or your one-year internship placement. The module emphasises the importance of developing your own employability and encourages continuous reflection on personal and professional development (PDP). This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed through two assignments, a mock job/placement interview and PDP report with action plan.
Data Research for BusinessThis module introduces you to the concept of data and market research for decision making, with the dual aim of providing you with the necessary research skills to make informed decisions as business managers, and to prepare for your final year research dissertation, or equivalent study. The module takes you on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for the research processes required for business decisions. You will use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies specifically applied to your degree route or area of study. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed by market research analysis and recommendations report.
Project ManagementThis module introduces you to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective project, including the Prince2 and Agile methodologies. You will explore techniques for change management and version control. You will have the opportunity to explore Project planning and use Project Management software. You will be assessed through a 3,500-word portfolio.
Sustainable Business and Circular EconomyBusinesses are increasingly recognising the range of stakeholders who may be impacted by or have an influence over their business, increasing the need for greater social corporate responsibility. This module explores this principle and focuses on businesses and their environmental impact and sustainable development. You will explore the concepts of the ‘triple-bottom’ line and ‘circular economy’, where not only economic but also social and environment issues are regarded as important in business planning. You will critically explore the concept of sustainable business management by applying the topics to a range of case studies including tourism, events and the wider business environment, at a national and international level. You will be assessed by creating sustainability videos and presentations.
Employee DevelopmentThis module aims to develop your understanding of the principles of developing a skilled and talented workforce and benefits. It explores the factors which influence workforce development and reviews the scope of learning and development in organisations. It also considers different approaches and frameworks for measuring the impact of workforce development and management across different organisations from a national and international perspective. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. Assessment is by individual essay and case study report.
Employee RelationsThis module will explore unitary and pluralistic frames of reference, the role of the trade union, the history and development of trade unions, the main actors in industrial relations, industrial conflict and the resolution of collective disputes, the nature of industrial conflict. You will discuss different types of dispute, resolving conflict, collective bargaining and negotiation, employee participation, the shift from industrial relations to employee relations and the role of empowerment.
Consumer Buyer BehaviourThis module will equip learners with the fundamentals of consumer behaviour. You will critically appreciate the importance of psychology to decision making and the field of marketing, as well as analyse and evaluate individual aspects of consumer behaviour and social and group aspects of consumer behaviour during your studies.
Financial ReportingThis module will enable you to describe and critically discuss how financial reporting can be regulated, including the system of international accounting standards. You will learn to prepare statutory accounts in the appropriate form for a single company. This is an ACCA accredited module. You will be assessed through an online examination and a one hour in- class test.
Finance for ManagersThis module will introduce you to several key financial concepts and tools necessary to the understanding and evaluation of business performance, from a primarily financial perspective. This module assumes minimal prior accounting knowledge and provides a practical understanding and conceptual awareness to students who typically are not planning to follow an Accounting and Finance degree pathway. This is an ACCA accredited module. You will be assessed through and essay or report and an exam.
Economics for BusinessThis module focuses on business decision-makers and the benefits of gaining a sound understanding of the subject of economics and the analyses of economic data. The module explores economic theories/concepts, their application to the real-world and their usefulness for explaining the changing mechanics of national and global markets and the processes of government policy formation. Assessment is by presentation and essay.
Research DissertationThe module is an opportunity for you to research a specific area that interests you within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. Your project will make a major contribution to your professional and intellectual development. Many students choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and work with the organisation for ten weeks during their final semester. Your findings must be generalisable and capable of broad application. You will be supported by a research supervisor during the different stages of creating a major piece of research work. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed by creating an individual report of 10,500 words.
Strategic Human Resource ManagementYou will consider practical and conceptual frameworks in a series of workshops. These interactive sessions will use learning methods including case studies, directed reading, presentations with feedback, self-reflection, guest speakers, workshop exercises and mini-discussion groups. You will take part in simulations and activities to reflect typical business scenarios as you analyse, problem solve and generate a justified solution to a problem. You will be assessed through an open book assessment, an individual report, a coaching session and an e-portfolio review.
Business StrategyThis module encourages you to critically consider business strategy. The module is designed for students who may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, and who may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. You will design business strategies based on specific tools and models to analyse strategic context. You will consider the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts, processes of strategy, and critical success factors in delivering competitive advantage and customer value. You will be assessed through a case study and an assignment presentation.
Corporate FinanceThis module will give you an insight into the practical impacts of key areas of corporate finance. You will cover an overview of the core concepts of corporate finance before focusing on specific related areas such as corporate valuation and merger and acquisition activity. You will be introduced to more complex aspects of finance theory including Portfolio Theory, the Capital Asset Pricing Model and Capital Structure Theory. You are encouraged to examine 'corporate finance in action' and to link your theoretical studies with practice. This is an ACCA accredited module. You will be assessed through an essay and an online exam.
Global BrandingYou will develop your understanding of global marketing alongside your problem solving and decision-making skills. You will be able to critically evaluate key issues associated with global marketing within the context of a dynamic cultural environment. You will appraise global marketing opportunities and threats and make decisions relating to an organisation’s ability to successfully enter and compete in international markets. The module uses a practical and analytical marketing perspective. You will be assessed through creating a brochure.
Work Placement (Short)Many of our students take this double module as it is an opportunity to gain valuable management experience of working in an organisation for 10-12 weeks during semester two. Typically, you would carry out your Research Dissertation during this placement and focus on the project areas you are working on and a research topic that the organisation will benefit from the most. This module allows you to gain work experience in an area of business and management that you are most interested in working in after graduating and enhance your employability skills. We are not aware of any other university that offers this opportunity, which we know is very attractive to employers. You will be assessed through a learning log submission and an individual presentation.
EntrepreneurshipThe module adopts a very practical focus. It concentrates on developing a small business idea and creating a one-year persuasive business plan. Sessions will focus on each aspect of the business that you need to consider in testing how it will be feasible and viable. Assessment is by presentation of business idea and creation of the business plan.
Business Ethics and Social ResponsibilityIn this module you will learn to raise awareness of the ethical considerations relevant to many business practices and issues, and raise awareness of corporate social responsibility. You will be introduced to the concepts, theories and techniques used to address ethical considerations as you develop your critical analysis and argument skills and critically discuss current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility. You will reflect on your own moral values, attitudes and behaviour and be assessed through an interview and a portfolio.
Global Business TodayThis module introduces you to current global issues that we are hearing about in the news today that are vital for organisations to react to in order to successfully compete and grow. Organisations are operating in an increasingly competitive international business environment and this module broadens your understanding of the challenges and opportunities they face in areas such as international trade during Brexit and political unrest, differences in national cultures, global inequality, operating sustainably and global consumer behaviour. You will be assessed through creating a conference paper and presentation.
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