University of the West of Scotland

Programme Specification

Session: 2019/20

Last modified: 10/07/2018 14:28:18

Named Award Title:BA (Hons) International Business Single

Award Title for Each Award: BA (Hons)  International Business
BA  International Business
Dip HE  International Business
Cert HE  International Business

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:Chartered Management Institute (To be Confirmed)
Mode of Study:Full Time
Campus:London

School:School of Business & Creative Industries

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Section 6 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

SQA National Qualifications


or GCE

Year 1 Entry

CCD (A level)or Equivalent
SCQG Level 6 International Foundation Programme
Appropriate International Qualifications

Year 2 Entry

BBB (A level)
CC (A level) plus successful completion of Introduction to business - 4 week intensive course, and work experience in a relevant business area.


or SQA National Qualifications/Edexcel Foundation


Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

The University Admission team will advise on the list and grading of international qualifications


Further desirable skills pre-application

Refer to University Regulations


General Overview

The BA (Hons) International Business offers students an opportunity to study towards a business degree that has been developed to contribute to the impact of external labour market influences in the UK, Europe and the international business community. The BA (Hons) International Business helps students to develop knowledge and skills that are required of Business Graduates entering employment in small, medium and large sized organisations locality or across the globe.

The degree has been designed to deliver up to date practical and professional skills, underpinned by appropriate academic theory which will support the development of 21st century graduates who are ready for the workplace; or who have ambitions of extending their education into post graduate studies.

The standard Business areas, such as Business Management, Business Sectors, HRM, Marketing, and Economics, are included in the Programme.

This programme is designed to challenge the students' intellectual and imaginative understanding and judgement; their ability to resolve problems effectively and their ability to recognise the relevance of a wide variety of approaches fundamental problem solving in a variety of business situations.   The programme will engender an analytical and creative approach, encourage independent judgement and critical self-awareness all directed towards continual improvement in the business sector. 

On completion of an Honours degree, graduates may follow a variety of routes at post-graduate level both within the University and elsewhere. Many may pursue professional qualifications in their chosen specialist area of study.

The BA (Hons) International Business programme uses a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods in order to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved. Individual modules use different mixes of teaching, learning and assessment methods as appropriate to the learning outcomes of that module.

Throughout the programme there are deliberate strategies to expose students to a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment methods in order to assist the development of a wide range of skills, specifically employability skills valued by employers.

Students are encouraged to become reflective learners and efforts being made to assist them in recognising and developing transferable skills and personal capabilities alongside academic knowledge.

The overall assessment strategy ensures that a coherent balance of assessment is in place and that assessment supports employability and other complex learning intentions.

Students will frequently be given tasks to complete outside formal contact hours. These tasks are not necessarily assessable but will help you develop your understanding and knowledge from the feedback that you receive.

In addition to formal learning students will undertake significant levels of self-learning through the various mediums such as VLE, discussion boards, the Internet, databases, journals and reference books.

It is implicit in the course that by the end of their studies, students will have acquired a high level of competence in the learning technologies and the application of relevant software.  The majority of modules require the use of computers for coursework submissions.


Employability Skills & Personal Development Planning

Learning outcomes throughout the programme have been designed to ensure that, in addition to the development of knowledge and understanding of the business and its components, students will have the opportunity to develop these skills and attributes that are most valued by employers. The programme has  employability embedded into the core curriculum, thereby ensuring that all students are exposed to the development of their key skills and have the opportunity to reflect on their own personal development. Employability skills development is continually reinforced throughout the programme.

Although the general policy is that PDP should be embedded into the curriculum, it is also proposed that Personal Development Planning should be supported by students' reflection on key points within the programme. A diagnostic on-line toolkit will be used to enable students to self diagnose abilities in areas such as numeracy, languages, study skills, writing skills, time management skills etc.

Embedded into the programme will be the UWS graduate attributes.

As a graduate from UWS you will be:

  • Universal - globally relevant with comprehensively applicable abilities, skills and behaviours
  • Work ready - dynamic and prepared for employment in complex, ever-changing environments which require lifelong learning and resilience
  • Successful - as a UWS graduate with a solid foundation on which to continue succeeding and realising your potential, across various contexts

Through studying and graduating from UWS, you will develop attributes across three dimensions:

  • Academic – knowledge, skills and abilities related to high-level academic study
  • Personal – qualities and characteristics of well-rounded, developed, responsible individuals
  • Professional – skills, aptitudes and attitudes required for professional working life in the 21st Century

The underpinning attributes are developed through the key skills and competencies you will learn as part of your undergraduate programme:

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

N/A


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, trimester, module name and code, credits and awards (Link to Regulation 5.2.9)

A. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a broad integrated knowledge and understanding of factors impacting on business
A2Develop a broad knowledge of business responses to change in the environment
A3Develop knowledge of how business uses and manages resources

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Present documentation in an acceptable manner
B2Gather information from a variety of sources
B3Identify the most appropriate course of action in given business situations

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Utilise a wide range of skills for the gathering and basic analysis of data and the presentation of management ideas and concepts. This will include the use of information and communications technology.
C2Convey ideas in a well-structured and coherent form
C3Use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and new contexts

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Develop the ability to exercise some initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities independently or as part of a team under guidance

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Effective self-management in terms of time, meeting deadlines, motivation and commitment.
E2Engage in reflective learning

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
7ACCT07013Accounting for Business20check markcheck markcheck mark
7BUSN07023Business in the 21st Century20check markcheck markcheck mark
7BUSN07036Foundations of HRM (2018) * 20check markcheck markcheck mark
7MARK07008Fundamentals of Marketing (2018)20check markcheck markcheck mark
7BUSN07025The Economic Environment20check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
7ENGL07003Business English 1.120check markcheck markcheck mark
7BUSN07032Entrepreneurial Opportunities10check markcheck markcheck mark
7BUSN07033Exploring Global Citizenship10check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

To progress from SCQF7 to SCQF8 in this programme, students are normally required to obtain at least 120 credits of which a minimum of 100 are at least SCQF level 7. (As per University Regulations)

Students obtaining 120 credits at SCQF7 or above from the programme are eligible for the exit award of the Certificate of Higher Education in International Business.

For information on progression with credit deficit please refer to University Regulations


B. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of core business operations
A2Understand how different areas of business integrate.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Demonstrate an ability to apply theoretical frameworks to organisational settings

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Use a range of routine skills and techniques in more complex situations
C2Use a range of communication skills and some advanced and specialised skills to convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Develop an outline knowledge and understanding of management research and academic processes
D2Undertake analysis, evaluation and synthesis of basic business concepts, information and arguments relevant to the subjects studied
D3Evaluate evidence based solutions/responses to defined and/or routine general and people management problems

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities with appropriate guidance
E2Take continuing account of own and others’ roles, responsibilities and contributions in carrying out and evaluating tasks
E3Systematically identify and address own learning needs in current areas

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
8BUSN08040Operations Management20check markcheck markcheck mark
8BUSN08036Organisational Behaviour20check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
8ECON08005Global Macroeconomic Policies20check markcheck markcheck mark
8MARK08006International Marketing * 20check markcheck markcheck mark
8BUSN08030Learning and Development20check markcheck markcheck mark
8BUSN08033Professional Development Experience 120check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Not all option module may be available on all campuses

Criteria for Progression and Award

Students obtaining 240 credits of which 100 are at SCQF8 are eligible for the exit award of the Diploma of Higher Education in International Business.

For information on progression with credit deficit please refer to University Regulations.

For information on Grade Point Average please refer to University Regulations


C. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate knowledge of a substantial range of major concepts, values and principles of Busines
A2Demonstrate study in depth and in context of a broad range of areas of Business.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Develop the required underpinning to undertake independent research
B2Reflect critically on own learning and development

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Make use of and evaluate numerical information in certain subjects
C2Make formal and informal presentations on standard/mainstream general business topics to a range of audiences

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Use knowledge, understanding and skills to critically evaluate and formulate evidence-based arguments and identify solutions to clearly define problems of a generally routine nature
D2Identify and address own learning needs within defined contexts and to undertake independent learning with limited guidance

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Work in groups or teams as a participant in a way that contributes effectively to the group’s tasks
E2Interact effectively with tutors and peers

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
9BUSN09050Business Research Skills20check markcheck markcheck mark
9BUSN09044Strategic Management * 20check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
9MARK09011Consumer Behaviour20check markcheck markcheck mark
9MARK09015Digital Marketing * 20check markcheck markcheck mark
9BUSN09042Enterprise Creation20check markcheck markcheck mark
9BUSN09039Managing Performance & Reward20check markcheck markcheck mark
9BUSN09052OD and Change Management20check markcheck markcheck mark
9BUSN09049Professional Development Experience 220check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Not all option module may be available on all campuses

Criteria for Progression and Award

Students obtaining 360 credits with 200 in the subject area, of which a minimum of 100 credits are at SCQF9, are eligible for the exit award of BA International Business.

The award of distinction can be made to a student obtaining a pass degree as stated in the University Regulations. For information on the award of distinction please refer to University Regulations

For information on Grade Point Average please refer to University Regulations


D. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Systematically identify and address own learning needs both in current and new areas, making use of research, development and professional materials, including those related to the forefront of Business developments
A2Execute a defined Business project of research or investigation involving the evaluation and synthesis of data from a variety of sources.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Analyse problems in terms of Business concepts and apply management principles to propose solutions
B2Retrieve, interpret and manipulate primary and secondary information from a variety of sources including electronic sources
B3Maintain the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and judgement necessary to undertake a sustained piece of individual research on a chosen topic with minimal guidance

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate effectively and appropriately in speech and writing
C2Make effective use of information retrieval systems and use information technology applications to present documents in an appropriate form
C3Read complex primary materials and find the key statements from them
C4Distinguish between alternative opinions on the basis of evidence presented in coherent and logical arguments

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Maintain expertise in the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and judgement necessary to undertake a sustained piece of individual research on a chosen topic
D2Give reasons for opinions and identify flaws in arguments in relation to the Business discipline
D3Bring together information from a variety of sources, including academic research publications
D4Engage in discourse in relation to Business Studies and ethical issues

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Work effectively together with others in groups or teams, taking a leadership role where appropriate
E2Demonstrate the ability to learn independently with minimal guidance
E3Systematically identify and address own learning needs both in current and in new areas, making use of research primary legal source materials as appropriate

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
10BUSN10038Aspiring Futures20check markcheck markcheck mark
10BUSN10001Honours Dissertation (Business)40check markcheck markcheck mark
10BUSN10028Making it Happen - Leadership & Change20check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
10MARK10010Brands and Branding20check markcheck markcheck mark
10BUSN10009Critical Issues in International HRM20check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

Students obtaining 480 credits, with a minimum of 200 in the subject at SCQF 9 and SCQF 10, of which a minimum of at least 100 are at SCQF level 10, are eligible for the exit award of BA (Hons) International Business.

For information on the award of Honours classification please refer to University Regulations

For information on Grade Point Average please refer to University Regulations


Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in section 7 of the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and full details of the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Section 7 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Section 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

(Regulation 7)

(Assessment Policy)