University of the West of Scotland

Module Descriptor

Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 26/03/2021 16:35:51

Title of Module: Business Operations

Code: BUSN06003 SCQF Level: 6
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 30 ECTS: 15
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Selman  Tetik

Summary of Module

This module has been designed to introduce students to the financial and economic operational elements of a business.

The module will cover areas such as financial management, performance evaluation and the economic context of businesses.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance Learning (D/L) (ie.Virtual Campus): (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Hamilton:D/L Virtual Campus:Other:
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

At the end of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Analyse how the management of finance contributes to the effectiveness of organisations

L2. Prepare Final Accounts for a selection of organisations

L3. Evaluate the performance of a selection of organisations.

L4. Apply knowledge and understanding of basic economic problems to choices made by individuals, firms and governments

L5. Analyse market economics in relation to demand, supply, production and costs

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 6.

Appreciating the basic financial aspects of a business and the need for such activities within an organisation
Understanding the role of economics to a business.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 6.

Applying some of the basic, routine practices and or techniques to the understanding of finance and economics to organisations.
Planning how skills required will be used to address business situations and adapt these to given scenarios.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 6.

Presenting, evaluating and drawing conclusions from business finance and economics problems.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 6.

Selecting and using a range of communication methods and information technology

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 6.

Taking responsibility and working independently or in groups whilst carrying out independent research and information gathering.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Learning and Teaching
This module uses a series of lectures, workshops, and tutorials to provide you with information on the key operations aspects of business fiancé as well as examining the role economics play in a business and its operations.

Some case studies and real life examples are used in lectures and tutorials to build up knowledge and understanding of the theoretical aspects of the module. Tutorials are designed to help you apply the theory to actual business scenarios
In addition you are expected to search for relevant information to enhance your autonomy, information gathering skills and communication skills.

Assessment of this module is by on-line multiple choice tests and the submission of an individual typed coursework which requires you to investigate and organise resources to demonstrate knowledge of business organisational structures.

Support for this is provided by the provision of a dedicated website (within the University’s Virtual Learning Environment), PowerPoint slides, class discussions and a printed text which is available from a range of Professional publishing houses (often in a slightly different format).
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
CategoriesStudent Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content DeliveryScheduled24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support ActivityScheduled36
Asynchronous Class ActivityIndependent40
Independent StudyIndependent200
300 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

An Introduction to Accounting - AAT

Details of further resources, including textbooks, journals and online resources will be identified at the beginning of each delivery in the module handbook and made available via Moodle.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)
Attendance Requirements
It is expected that students will attend all scheduled classes or participate with all delivered elements as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Please refer to UWS Regulations

Course Reference Numbers (CRNs) (if known)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Hamilton:D/L Virtual Campus:Other:







Trimester(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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For Internal Use Only

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorPeter McGuire
External ExaminerA Colville
Accreditation Details
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Module Coordinator changed and moderator changed

Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids at end of document)
Assignment: Online test worth 60%
Assignment: Written assignment This will be in the form of an analysis of an organisations financial position. Worth 40%.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each main assessment category) can be found at the end of this descriptor which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Assessment Category 1
Assessment CategoryAssessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
AssignmentClass test (written)check markcheck mark check markcheck mark600

Assessment Category 2
Assessment CategoryAssessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
AssignmentCase study  check mark  400
Combined Total For All Assignment Categories100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In accordance with the University’s proposed Single Equality Scheme every effort will be made to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the school.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)