University of the West of Scotland

Undergraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 25/05/2021 15:12:23

Named Award Title:BA (Hons) Business Management Single

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

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:Chartered Management Institute
Maximum Period of Registration:
Mode of Study:Full Time
Campus:Lanarkshire

School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Programme Leader:Gary Gillon

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

Year 1 Entry : equivalent of 88 UCAS credits.


or GCE


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.

Applicants must be in employment for the duration of the programme and have full supoort from their employer.


Further desirable skills pre-application


General Overview

General Description of the Programme

The Graduate Apprenticeship BA (Hons) Business Management offers an opportunity to study towards a business degree which has been developed to ensure its aims are aligned with the needs of the labour market in the UK, Europe and the wider international business community. 

The Graduate Apprenticeship BA (Hons) in Business Management helps develop the range and depth of knowledge and skills that are a prerequisite of Business Graduates entering employment in small, medium and large sized organisations.

The full-time, work-based Programme lasts 4 years (with a number of early exit points including 3 years for the Ordinary degree).

The degree of Graduate Apprenticeship BA (Hons) Business Management develops critical awareness of the world of business and facilitates, through the acquisition of generic and specialist transferable skills, capacity and capability building for the individual and the host firm.

The Graduate Apprenticeship BA (Hons) Business Management programme uses a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods which ensure the learning outcomes are achieved.

Apprentices are encouraged to become reflective learners and efforts are made to assist 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.

The GA programme is delivered through our pioneering Accelerated and Immersive Educational (AIE) approach. The AIE is a practical and digital approach designed to meet the changes and challenges faced by Higher Education currently and in the future. It utilises a cloud based platform to provide a teaching and learning environment that hosts and advances an accelerated, interactive and engaging M-learning approach that can be accessed via smart technologies. As such AIE is designed and speaks directly to the dynamism, mobility and immediacy of how we now live, work and learn.  Therefore, the AIE approach digitally and physically transforms the teaching and learning practice of educators and employers, providing an engaging, personalised and immersive educational experience for learners.

Given the AIE approach to delivery, teaching and learning, the Apprentice’s educational experience will be, predominately, delivered through the integrated use of digital, social and transformational technologies. Therefore, the Apprentice will have the opportunity to constantly and immediately engage with staff and fellow students, education, tasks and discussions will be completed outside traditional or formal contact. This is a central aspect and benefit of the GA programme as it allows the Apprentice to learn and engage with tasks in a personalised manner and will develop understanding in a convergent manner with feedback and interactions from staff, fellow students and their networks.

Aims and Objectives

  1. Acquire and demonstrate a critical understanding of the foundations, theoretical concepts and principles of practice that relate to the creation, growth and management of modern business and enterprise 
  2. Enable the students to develop a core skill sets that will provide the support to critically evaluate and practically respond to the challenges of the contemporary world of business and enterprise
  3. Develop and demonstrate a critical understanding of theory, practical knowledge and applied business practice in a digitally accelerating age 
  4. Understand and engage with the business and operations activities of the student's host organisation and contribute effectively to its development.

During First Year, Apprentices 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 the initial introduction to Business, Apprentices will enhance their knowledge of related and more specialised areas of Business and continue to build on and reflect upon their employability skills.

In Third Year, theoretical knowledge will continue to be built upon, with further study in areas of Business and Apprentices will be encouraged to become more independent learners, accepting more responsibility for identifying their own development needs.

This is strengthened at Honours level and is complemented by the Apprentice undertaking a Business based Work Based Learning Project.

By the end of the programme the Apprentice will have acquired a high level of competence in digital application and any relevant software.  All modules coursework submissions will be submitted electronically.

On completion of the degree, the Apprentice may choose to study at Post-Graduate or Masters Level at the facilitating or other Higher Education Institution. This may be either on a full time or part time, post experience basis (e.g. MBA). It is possible to pursue Professional Institute qualifications in a chosen specialist area of study (e.g. Chartered Management Institute).

 

 


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

Across the programme of study, the Personal Development Planning (PDP) process gives the opportunity for engagement of students with a set of core activities, which include:


• reflection on prior experience, personal attributes and goals;
• audits of skills and feedback on their development;
• opportunities and guidance on the recording of achievements;
• the identification/development of learning goals;
• opportunities to reflect on this material and to gain feedback;
• opportunities (and guidance) on presentation of evidence for different audiences and planning of future
• learning and career development (such as CVs);
• maintaining an effective PDP record.

PDP in the programme


The timetabled PDP sessions will be associated with the work based learning modules. PDP will be aligned with the apprentices workplace requirements and clearly identified in their Individual Learning Plan (ILP) as agreed by their academic and industrial mentor. 

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) (2008) as the key competencies which employers value.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

One of the most important aspects of the Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) programme is the mode of learning being Work-Based. GA combines academic learning with real-time practical experience in the workplace, the GA programme will deliver industry-relevant skills and qualifications. GAs are developed in partnership with employers to ensure that the learning is relevant to industry and that you as apprentices can apply your learning in the workplace immediately and could contribute towards career progression within their organisation.

There are 4 Work Based Learning Modules (WBL) at L 7, 8, 9 and 10 respectively. The WBL modules ensure that the content being delivered is contextualised in the workplace in order to maximise the impact of learning for the benefit of both the company and the student. Moreover, students will be encouraged to think about their learning in the context of the workplace throughout the programme. An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which supports the PDP (Personal Development Plan) of the apprentice's role within their organisation will be agreed at the outset of the programme between the programme leader/academic mentor, industry mentor, and GA project manager.

A significant part of the programme is delivered through WBL-mode where the learning is dictated by the work activities of the Apprentice. The programme is delivered using the AIM approach (detailed above) which enables mobile, immediate and interactive engagement via personal smart technologies.

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:

Engagement with materials and discussions on the learning platform. Students will also be required to keep in regular contract with their appointed Link Tutor

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

A1Demonstrate a broad integrated knowledge and understanding of factors impacting on business and business responses to change in the environment


A2Explain the socio-cultural phenomenon and strategic drivers that inform, impact and shape the national policy agendas to local practices of 21st century business
A3Develop knowledge and understanding of how business uses and manages resources
A4Apply knowledge and understanding of the theoretical foundations, concepts and principles of business practice in your host organisation

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.
D2Develop core skills that will enable students to critically evaluate and practically respond to the challenges of the contemporary world of business and enterprise
D3Apply understanding and practical knowledge of the underpinning theory and concepts to a live business and enterprise project within the host organisation.

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 NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
7BUSN07039Creativity, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship20check mark  
7ECON07008Economic Foundations of Business20   
7BUSN07037Graduate Apprenticeship Work Based Learning 160check markcheck markcheck mark
7BUSN07038Leadership and Management:Process to Practice20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* 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.

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

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


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 specialized 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 NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
8ACCT08014Data Analysis for Business20check mark  
8BUSN08048Graduate Apprenticeship Work Based Learning 260check markcheck markcheck mark
8MARK08013Marketing a Business20  check mark
8HURM08008People in Business20   

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
*Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

To progress from SCQF8 to SCQF9 in this programme, students are normally required to obtain at least 240 credits.

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

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


C. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a critical knowledge of a substantial range of major concepts, values and principles of business.
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 and critique independent research
B2Reflect critically on own learning

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Critical application and evaluation 0f numerical information in certain subject
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
9BUSN09068Business Research20  check mark
9BUSN09069Graduate Apprenticeship Work Based Learning 360check markcheck markcheck mark
9BUSN09070Management Decision Making20check mark  
9MARK09020The Digital Business20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

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 Business Management.

The award of distinction can be made to a student obtaining a pass degree as stated in the 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, including academic literature in order to identify, define and conceptualise and analyse complex business problems and issues in order to arrive at conclusions

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Analyse problems in terms of business concepts and apply management principles to propose solutions
B2Interpret and explain complex business concepts
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 in speech and writing
C2Read complex primary materials and find the key statements from them
C3Critically use and evaluate numerical and statistical information
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
D2Critically engage in discourse in relation to business studies and ethical issues
D3Give critical evaluations of opinions and identify flaws in arguments in relation to the Business discipline
D4Adopt an evaluative approach to the study of business subjects
D5Bring together information from a variety of sources, including academic research publications

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

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
10BUSN10060Business in the Age of Acceleration20 check mark 
10BUSN10058Graduate Apprenticeship Work Based Learning 480check markcheck markcheck mark
10BUSN10059Organisational Change in Practice20check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award

Students obtaining 480 credits with a minimum of 200 in the subject at SCQF9 and SCQF10, of which a minimum of at least 100 at SCQF level 10, are eligible for the exit award of BA (Hons) Business Management. (As per Regulations)

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


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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