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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 11/04/2021 14:37:40

Title of Module: Business Functions & Globalisation

Code: BUSN07051 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Katie  Mcquade

Summary of Module

In this module, students will examine the organisational and global contexts in which today's businesses operate.  This includes not only examining organisational types, liabilities, structures, goals and functions such as Marketing, HRM, Innovation and Operations, but the external influences which impact the successful operation of their business. Every organisation faces pressure from the advancement of technology, new legislation and political and environmental changes and they must understand these ever-changing influences in order to adapt if they are to succeed in the competitive environment in the 21st century.

Throughout this module students should advance their understanding of a multi-cultural, globalising world with increased connectivity and mobility which impact upon business. Students should also develop their global outlook comprising of an understanding of their own values and attributes, reflection on knowledge and information from a variety of perspectives, an ability to link own views and local issues to those of a broader community, finding sustainable options, justifying choices and communicating and interacting with diverse peers. They should be able to apply this outlook to global business issues.

It is therefore recommended that all 'business' students should have a good background knowledge and clear understanding of the nature of businesses today and the concept of globalisation. By doing so, this will provide an invaluable grounding and context for all other business-related modules you will undertake.



Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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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.

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

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.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Explain the nature and functions of business organisations

L2. Demonstrate an understanding of organisational structure and goals

L3. Discuss the impact of the external environment on business organisations

L4. Demonstrate an awareness of cultural and global contexts.

L5. Demonstrate an understanding of globalisation

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 7.

Understanding of globalisation and global issues. Knowledge of organisational types, structures, functions and operating environments.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Use case studies to apply, and demonstrate an understanding of, theoretical concepts. Research organisations' operating environments and use theoretical models to identify challenges, issues and reactions. Further, conduct a group presentation to demonstrate their understanding of globalisation.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Students will undertake evaluation and analysis of ideas, concepts and issues while reviewing and consolidating their knowledge in relation to the organisational internal and external environments. Students will further develop an understanding of the global context.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Use of university VLE, internet and online library for subject specific content.
Word processing in presentation of coursework and
presentation in assessment.
Oral and written work throughout module delivery

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Awareness of own and other students' roles and responsibilities within tutorials and on group work assessments. Treat others with respect and act with integrity.
Use initiative in managing own workload and completing coursework.
Awareness of standards and deadlines in the undertaking and completion of activities and coursework.
Responsibility for own actions.

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

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Asynchronous Class Activity52
Independent Study112
200 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:

Needle, D. (2019) Business in context: An introduction to business and its environment. 7th ed. Hampshire: Cengage Learning EMEA.

Further essential resources, including textbooks, journals and online resources will be identified at the beginning of each delivery in the module handbook and made available via Aula.

(**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)

Engagement Requirements

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. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
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 Aula, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorDr. Muzammal Khan
External ExaminerSeng Kok
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Written assignment (70%)
Group Presentation (30%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below 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.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 20 hours

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

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  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
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.
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)

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