University of the West of Scotland

Undergraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2020/21

Last modified: 20/09/2020 15:08:51

Named Award Title:BA (Hons) Business Single

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

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

School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Programme Leader:Robert Crammond

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

Grades B, B, B, C @ Higher including English. Mathematics at least at standard grade


or GCE

Year 1 Entry:

Grades C,C,C @ A level plus 3 GCSEs including English and Mathematics.

Irish leaving certificate, B,B,B,C.

International Baccalaureate (IB) 24 points to include 2 Higher subjects at 4 points.

Year 2 Entry:

Grades B,B,B @ A level in relevant subjects, plus 3 GCSEs including English and Mathematics.


or SQA National Qualifications/Edexcel Foundation

An appropriate HNC/HND award in a suitable subject area commensurate with the programme being followed, with the level of entry and/or credit being awarded being subject to the content of the HN programme

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

Direct Entry is possible to the business programme at SCQF Levels 8 and 9, with the necessary qualifications or pre-requisites. Support arrangements are in place to assist the integration of those students joining the programme in this way.


Other Required Qualifications/Experience


Further desirable skills pre-application

University Admissions criteria apply


General Overview

The BA (Hons) Business offers you, as a student, an opportunity to study towards a business degree and has been developed with a view to ensuring that its aims are in step with external labour market influences in the UK, Europe and the international business community. The BA (Hons) in Business helps develop your knowledge and skills to that required of Business Graduates entering employment in small, medium and large sized organisations in your own locality or across the globe.

You can study either full time or part time at one of our two campuses. The Full Time Programme lasts 4 years (with 3 years for the Ordinary degree). In Part Time mode, the Programme can be completed in 4.5 years (for the Ordinary degree) and 6 years for Honours. Part Time Provision Only: - There is flexibility in delivery for part time students and you can attend during the day, in the evening and on an infill basis where you can attend classes day and/or evening to suit your individual needs. Some modules may also be offered utilising our virtual campus delivery.

The degree of B.A. (Hons) Business seeks to promote your critical awareness of the world of business and facilitate the acquisition of generic and specialist transferable skills which are relevant to your chosen career paths. The standard Business areas, such as Business Management, Business Sectors, HRM, Marketing, Law and Finance, are included in the Programme.

On completion of your degree, you may choose to study at Post-Graduate or Masters Level both within the University and at other Higher Education Institutes. This may be either on a full time or part time, post experience basis (e.g. MBA). You can also pursue Professional Institute qualifications in your chosen specialist area of study (e.g. Institute of Marketing, Institute of Personnel and Development).

The BA (Hons) 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. There is a deliberate attempt to expose you to a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment methods in order to assist the development your wide range of skills including employability skills. You are encouraged to become reflective learners and efforts are made to assist you in recognising and developing transferable skills and personal capabilities alongside academic knowledge.

During First Year, you will begin to recognise and develop learning skills and personal capabilities alongside a general understanding of the Business Management environment. In Second Year, building on your initial introduction to Business, you will enhance your knowledge of related and more specialised areas of Business and continue to build on and reflect upon your employability skills. In Third Year, theoretical knowledge will continue to be built upon, with further study in areas of Business and you will be encouraged to become more independent learners, accepting more responsibility for identifying your own development needs. This is strengthened at Honours level and is complemented by you undertaking a Business based Honours dissertation.

The overall assessment strategy ensures that a coherent balance of assessment is in place and that assessment supports employability and other complex learning intentions. The additional resources to support learning skills and personal development have been allocated at each level enhance this. You will frequently be given tasks to complete outside your 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 you will undertake significant levels of self-learning through the various mediums such as Moodle, discussion boards, the Internet, databases, journals and reference books. It is implicit in the course that by the end of their studies, you will have acquired a high level of competence in the use of computers and the application of any relevant software.  The majority of modules require the use of computers for coursework submissions.

 


Graduate Attributes, Employability & 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 programmes have 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.

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 employability skills and attributes which Students will gain experience in developing, applying and reflecting upon during the workplace learning will be those identified by The Council For Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) (2006) as the key competencies which employers value.

Upon certification, graduates may wish to apply for potential part exemption with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), based on relevant, successfully completed modules if applicable. Please note that fees will apply, and the application process is subject to strict assessment and learning outcome criteria of modules undertaken.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

Aspects of Work Based Learning is acknowledged within module activities. This includes both core and optional modules. There are also opportunities for students to attend and engage in employability and careers events.

Engagement and Attendance

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance 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 Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

For the purposes of this programme, this equates to the following:

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance 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 Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

For the purposes of this programme, this equates to the following:

For the purposes of this programme, this equates to the following:

Attending taught sessions; engaging with class-based or online activities; collaborating on classwork, group work, and both formative and summative assessments; and, engaging in independent study.

Equality and Diversity


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


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

A1Develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and skills appropriate for business
A2Demonstrate learning skills appropriate for business.
A3Understand the multidisciplinary nature of business including, accounting and finance, marketing, human resource management and business management in a global context
A4Recognise the evolving nature of business in a globalised society

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Use Information and communications technology as appropriate to business
B2Apply and practice relevant business and management information to a range of business situations
B3Apply knowledge to a range of concepts, values and principles of business

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Use appropriate communication, information technology and numeracy skills
C2Develop professional presentation and reporting techniques for working in industry
C3Utilise a wide range of skills for the gathering, basic analysis and presentation of routine information, ideas and concepts

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1List and use problem-solving approaches relevant to business
D2Implement basic evaluation techniques relevant to business.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise some initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities independently or as part of a team under guidance
E2Work with others to support development of active learning, reflective practice and personal development planning
E3Accept responsibility for learning and engage in self and peer reflection

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
7ACCT07014Exploring Finance10      
7ACCT07015Exploring Management Accounting10      
7ECON07006Global Economics20      
7HURM07001Introducing People Management20      
7MARK07006Introduction to Marketing20      
7BUSN07028Management Information10      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
7BUSN07031Business Functions10      
7LAWW07012Contract Law10      
7TOUR07004Discovering Events10      
7BUSN07032Entrepreneurial Opportunities10      
7BUSN07033Exploring Global Citizenship10      
7MARK07010Global Marketing Environment20      
7BUSN07029Leadership & Management Skills10      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Options may require travel to other campuses. Students may wish to choose a language Option, including Arabic, French, German, Mandarin & Spanish. Please pay attention to the Timetable before making a choice.

Criteria for Progression and Award

Progression is the transition from one level of a programme to the next.

For SCQF levels 7-9, a student who has not gained passes in some modules may be allowed to progress to the next level of study (“progression with deficit”) provided:

they have gained at least 80 credits in the current level; and
they undertake the re-assessment (or choose to retake the module while studying at the next level); and
they meet all prerequisites for core modules in the next level of study; and
they have undertaken the full set of modules as identified in the programme specification at their current level.

Students who achieve 120 credits at Level 7 or above will be eligible for the exit award of Certificate of Higher Education in Business. Where a student has met the credit requirements for progression at this level but has not fulfilled the core module requirements for the Business Programme, and can therefore not continue on the named programme, an exit award of Certificate of Higher Education in Combined Studies may awarded.


B. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Understand the contribution of government policies and initiatives on business, which may include legal framework and financial controls.
A2Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of types of business and their objectives, the impact on environmental factors on business, organisation structures and key business functions
A3Understand the main areas and features of study in related business disciplines which may include project planning, risk assessment, consumer behaviour, health and safety and contract management

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Determine and apply the appropriate market structures relevant to a business based upon the demand patterns, competition and barriers
B2Demonstrate understanding of the various organisational cultures appropriate for organisational sector and structure.
B3Demonstrate an ability to apply business concepts/functions which impact organisational success
B4Practice operational skills required in the business environment which may include business management, budgeting, marketing and HRM.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Use 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
C2Use a range of routine skills and techniques in more complex situations
C3Use interpersonal skills of effective listening, persuasion and presentation

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 business.
D3Select and use problem-solving techniques to critically investigate and evaluate the operation of a business

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, associated with the research and critical analysis of business.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
8BUSN08035Business Intelligence10      
8BUSN08040Operations Management20      
8HURM08001Organisational Behaviour20      
8BUSN08046Quantitative Data Analysis10      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
8BUSN08041Becoming A Global Citizen10      
8BUSN08042Business Acceleration10      
8BUSN08043Business Ethics10      
8LAWW08017Consumer Law10      
8MARK08009Contemporary Consumer Behaviour20      
8LAWW08022Corporate Law 120      
8LAWW08023Corporate Law 220      
8BUSN08032Creative Business Project20      
8BUSN08044Experiencing Enterprise10      
8HURM08006Facilitation Skills10      
8ECON08005Global Macroeconomic Policies20      
8BUSN08033Professional Development Experience 120      
8BUSN08045Scottish Diversity in a Global World10      
8HURM08003Talent Management20      
8HURM08005Workplace Health & Safety10      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Options may require travel to other campuses. Students may wish to choose a language option, including Arabic, French, German, Mandarin & Spanish. Please pay attention to the Timetable before making a choice.

Criteria for Progression and Award

Progression is the transition from one level of a programme to the next.

For SCQF levels 7-9, a student who has not gained passes in some modules may be allowed to progress to the next level of study (“progression with deficit”) provided:

they have gained at least 80 credits in the current level; and
they undertake the re-assessment (or choose to retake the module while studying at the next level); and
they meet all prerequisites for core modules in the next level of study; and
they have undertaken the full set of modules as identified in the programme specification at their current level.

Students who achieve 240 credits with at least 90 credits at L8 will be eligible for the exit award of Diploma of Higher Education in Business. Where a student has met the credit requirements for progression at this level but has not fulfilled the core module requirements for the Business Programme, and can therefore not continue on the named programme, an exit award of Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Studies may awarded.


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 business associated with business.
A2Demonstrate study in depth and in context of a broad range of areas of business related disciplines.
A3Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of personal development within the business context

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Apply knowledge and understanding of relevant and up-to-date theories and apply practice to undertake independent research.
B2Reflect critically on own learning

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Utilise and evaluate numerical information in a business context.
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 NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
9BUSN09042Enterprise Creation20      
9BUSN09054Knowledge Management Principles10      
9BUSN09055Leadership10      
9BUSN09056Project Mgt10      
9BUSN09057Strategy and Strategists20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
9HURM09003Coaching and Mentoring10      
9HURM09005Critical Employment Relations20      
9MARK09019Digital Project20      
9BUSN09053Emerging Business Issues10      
9HURM09001HRM in the Workplace20      
9LAWW09015Law of Employment20      
9ECON09008Managerial Economics20      
9HURM09002Managing Performance & Reward20      
9BUSN09021Managing Public Services20      
9MARK09016Marketing Communications Mix20      
9MARK09017Marketing Experiences10      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Options may require travel to other campuses. Students may wish to choose a language option, including Arabic, French, German, Mandarin & Spanish. Please pay attention to the Timetable before making a choice.

Criteria for Progression and Award

Progression is the transition from one level of a programme to the next.

For SCQF levels 7-9, a student who has not gained passes in some modules may be allowed to progress to the next level of study (“progression with deficit”) provided:

they have gained at least 80 credits in the current level; and
they undertake the re-assessment (or choose to retake the module while studying at the next level); and
they meet all prerequisites for core modules in the next level of study; and
they have undertaken the full set of modules as identified in the programme specification at their current level.

Students who achieve 360 credits with at least 90 credits at Level 9 will be eligible for the exit award of Bachelor of Arts in Business or to progress to level 10. Where a student has met the credit requirements for progression at this level but has not fulfilled the core module requirements for the Business Programme, and can therefore not continue on the named programme, an exit award of Bachelor of Arts in Combined Studies may awarded.


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, in current and new areas by making use of research and professional materials.
A2Demonstrate critical understanding of a defined business related research project or investigation.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Analyse problems in terms of business related concepts and apply appropriate principles to propose solutions
B2Interpret and explain complex business related conceptse
B3Retrieve, interpret and manipulate primary and secondary information from a variety of sources including electronic sources
B4Identify accurately the issues which require researching
B5Maintain 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 orally and in writing
C2Make use of and evaluate numerical and statistical information
C3Distinguish between alternative opinions on the basis of evidence presented in coherent and logical arguments
C4Make effective use of information retrieval systems and use information technology applications to present documents in an appropriate form

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
D2Engage in discourse in relation to Business related studies and associated ethical issues
D3Give reasons for opinions and identify flaws in arguments in relation to a business related discipline
D4Adopt an evaluative approach to the study of business subjects
D5Bring together information from a variety of sources, including research publications

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Work effectively together with others in groups or teams, taking a leadership role where appropriate
E2Systematically identify and address own learning needs both in current and in new areas, making use of research primary legal source materials as appropriate
E3Demonstrate the ability to learn independently with minimal guidance

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
10BUSN10043Business Dissertation40      
10BUSN10044Dissertation Research Skills10      
10HURM10003Organisational Culture & Development20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
The Business Dissertation module, commences from T1, with students submitting a dissertation at the end of T2.
Dissertation Research Skills module running during the first 6 weeks of T1.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
10MARK10010Brands and Branding20      
10BUSN10055Change Management10      
10LAWW10011Company Law20      
10MARK10007Contemporary and Cultural Issues in Marketing20      
10HURM10005Critical Issues in International HRM20      
10BUSN10052Enterprise and Creative Media10      
10LAWW10015Equality Law20      
10TOUR10012Heritage and Cultural Tourism20      
10ACCT10001International Finance20      
10TOUR10010International Tourism Perspectives20      
10HURM10004Managing Equality & Diversity20      
10BUSN10061Managing Organisational Relationships20      
10MARK10016Marketing Strategy Theory (MST)20      
10BUSN10028Organisational Transformation20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Options may require travel to other campuses.

Criteria for Award

Students with 480 credits with a minimum of 90 credits at SCQF Level 10 will be eligible for the award of BA (Hons) Business. When a student has met the credit requirements but has not fulfilled the core module requirements for the Business programme, an exit award of BA/BA(Hons) in Combined Studies may be awarded.


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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