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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 04/02/2021 16:39:27

Named Award Title:Grad Dip Business and Management Single

Award Title for Each Award: Grad Dip  Business and Management
Grad Cert  Business Studies

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:N/A
Maximum Period of Registration:6
Mode of Study:Full Time
Campus:Lanarkshire
Paisley

School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Programme Leader:Dr Shehzad Ahmed

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Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

SQA National Qualifications


or GCE


or SQA National Qualifications/Edexcel Foundation


Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Student with 14 years’ qualification from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and 15/16 years’ qualification but 45-50% marks or 3rd division (subject to pass all modules) all over the world. Also, the student with part qualified ACCA and ACMA (TBC).

English Language Requirement:

The programme follows the UWS English language requirement for admission in the undergraduate programme.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
• overall score of 6.0
• no sub-test less than 5.5

Pre-Sessional Courses:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
• 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
• 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
• English language for university study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with a score of 4.0 in all elements (10-month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7-month course).

Other English language test accepted by UWS are also acceptable such as TOFEL and Duolingo


Further desirable skills pre-application

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General Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Business and Management programme is designed to teach business and management concepts to the international students with a 2-year bachelor degree or for those who want to switch from other fields to business and management.

  1. Programme Aims and Objectives 

The overall aim of the new Graduate Diploma programme is to provide students with the relevant critical knowledge, understanding, and analytical skills that they need at this level, and to prepare them for the transition to master’s level. 

In order to meet this aim there are a number of objectives, which are: 

  • To provide teaching methods that require students to become co-creators, or collaborators, in their own learning through the use of a flipped-classroom approach that encourages peer-to-peer learning in a structured and supported environment. 
  • To engage in the analysis of real and realistic case study scenarios, with a view to developing critical managerial and strategic thinking and problem-solving skills. 
  • To encourage the development of research activity, either independently or in a work-based situation, that can contribute towards wider knowledge and research in their chosen.

 

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Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

Upon completion of the course, students will have attained SCQF level 10 skills in relation to employment and PDP. In knowledge and understanding and practice, cognitive skills, communication, ICT and numeracy, and in autonomy, accountability and working with others.

The processes of reflection and independent learning are strongly emphasised with the business and management discipline and this programme will endeavour to support student develop these skills.

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 postgraduate degree programme.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

N/A

Engagement

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

Where a programme has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:

In line with School of Business and Creative Industries Engagement policy

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

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Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. 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 NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


B. 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 NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


C. 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 NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


D. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Develop a critical understanding of the theoretical, practical and conceptual body of knowledge relating to the business and management
A2Demonstrate knowledge and deep understanding of research methods and approaches in the business and management
A3Describe and critically assess the impact of national and organisational cultures for some core areas of business and management

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Synthesize knowledge for the definition of problems and the development of creative solutions
B2Use a range of critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and transferable skills to prepare the student for potential master's programme
B3Demonstrate cross functional understanding on wider issues that influence the organisation’s success

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Use a range of advanced skills including academic writing and referencing skills, analysis and interpretation of complex information and make effective use of information and communication technologies for enhancing work activities
C2Communicate fluently and engage in discourse with lecturers, fellow students and external stakeholders, for example members of the business community and sector experts, and demonstrate the ability to convey complex ideas and concepts effectively
C3Effectively use communication and team skills through presentations, role play and group exercises

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues in business and management
D2Demonstrate effective approaches in critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of knowledge and information.
D3Critically review and consolidate knowledge relating to complex business and management situations

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Be self-directed and take responsibility for own study and using own initiative and develop time management skills to schedule and manage own and, where appropriate, others activities
E2Demonstrate reflective practice relating to personal development and business practice.
E3Use initiative to cooperate and share learning with fellow students and, where appropriate, demonstrate leadership in teams

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
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10BUSN10068Developing Performance Management Strategies20   
10BUSN10072Ethical Organisation Management20   
10ACCT10012Exploring Financial Management20   
10BUSN10073Exploring Management and Leadership20   
10BUSN10069Innovation and Organisations20   
10BUSN10070Operations Management in Context20   
10BUSN10074Organisation, Structures & Development20   
10BUSN10075Research Methods for Students20   
10BUSN10071Strategic Business and Management Project20   

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Or any other module at level 10 on the agreement of the Programme Leader

Criteria for Award

To progress from Diploma to Masters in this programme, students are normally required to obtain 180 credits at SCQF 10 from the above programme.

Students completing the Core modules named above and who meet the criteria above are eligible for the following exit award:
Graduate Certificate in Business Studies (60 Credits)
Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (120 Credits)
Graduate Diploma in Business and Management (180 Credits)


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Regulations of Assessment

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

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and 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 Chapter 3 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 Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.

Combined Studies

There may be instances where a student has been unsuccessful in meeting the award criteria for the named award and for other more generic named awards existing within the School. Provided that they have met the credit requirements in line with the SCQF credit minima (please see Regulation 1.21), they will be eligible for an exit award of CertHE / DipHE or BA / BSc in Combined Studies.

For students studying BA, BAcc, or BD awards the award will be BA Combined Studies.

For students studying BEng or BSc awards, the award will be BSc Combined Studies.

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