Business Management & HR Management BA (Hons)

This course will provide you with a foundation in Business Management in general, and Human Resource Management (HRM) in particular. The programme will introduce you to the concept of HRM through a range of specialist modules, which will enable you to develop an appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues relating to HRM from a strategic, functional and operational perspective.

UCAS course code
NN26 | With placement year NN27
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018
Study options
Available with integrated Foundation Year

Course overview

Studying Business Management and Human Resource Management is a great opportunity to gain a degree that is clearly focused on your long-term career prospects in a wide variety of contexts. Whether you are thinking of setting up your own business, working in a large corporation, the public sector or the ever growing tourist industry you will need to possess an understanding of how businesses operate and how skilled managers can contribute to their success.

But management is also about people, and we will enable you to develop your own skills as a team player, a group member and ultimately as a manager of other people.

There are also opportunities for you to study abroad for part of your degree; the University has connections with other institutions in various countries, including the USA, Australia and Europe.

Serge Koukpaki - Course Leader

Course structure

Through mixing theory and practical experience, this degree provides an excellent foundation if you are looking for a career in Human Resources (HR) or business management.

Specialist modules will develop an appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues relating to Human Resource Management (HRM) from strategic, functional and operational perspectives. Consider the key issues in HRM in a range of settings and the effects on performance, productivity and organisational reputation. You will also gain additional Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (subject to approval).

On successful completion of the programme students will also be awarded the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership.

Level 1

Preparing for Business

This module will give a broad awareness of the fundamentals in business from a financial, economic, marketing and organisational perspective. The skills learned can be applied to any business organisation but learning for this module will be likely to give greater emphasis to a small business environment with the aim to make the interdependencies of the above areas more apparent. The fundamentals will be delivered in the lecture with the aim of giving all learners a basic awareness of the various disciplines and the associated issues that may arise.

 

Responsible Business

This module examines the nature of business enterprise and its relationship with wider society, seeking answers to the question: what does it mean for businesses to behave responsibly? There is an ongoing debate regarding this question, with answers ranging from ‘just maximize shareholder value’ to ‘consider everyone who is affected, including unborn future generations’, with many variations in between. In this ongoing debate we encounter ideas regarding, for example, stakeholder theory, the triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the role of the state or of supra-national organizations, and so on. This module aligns well with the mission of the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) (PRME) initiative to inspire and champion responsible management education. The challenge in this module of applying ideas from a complex ongoing debate to contemporary business and societal issues will support students in the development of both academic and employability skills.

 

Organisational Behaviour

This module is designed to develop students’ knowledge, awareness and understanding of one of the most challenging focuses facing organisations today - the role, relations and relevance of people in the workplace. The purpose of this module is to examine and critically assess a number of key concepts and issues associated with behaviour in organisations. It is designed to develop students’ understanding of the key characteristics of work organisation, the context of organisational behaviour, and how a number of different organisational variables affect individual and organisational performance. Organisational Behaviour is interdisciplinary in its approach. During the module students will have the opportunity to apply different theoretical and disciplinary perspectives to understanding how the themes and tensions of OB relate to managers and workers, as well as society and culture more widely.

 

Ventures in Entrepreneurship

The aim of this module is to expose students to the exciting, challenging and increasingly complex work of entrepreneurship and business ‘start-ups’. Students will gain hands-on experience of planning, implementing and running their own business through the business simulation software SimVenture Evolution. This will give a sense of the challenges inherent in starting up and running a new enterprise. Students will also develop a critical understanding of contemporary discourses surrounding ‘entrepreneurs’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ as they are found in the wider culture and society at large.

 

The Politics of Business

Politics is a contested field of study and can link to a wide array of concepts including power, distribution, legitimacy and authority. The priorities and choices of political institutions and power structures that exist in society have a significant impact upon a range of social and economic activity. This module provides students with a broad understanding of the key concepts and principles of politics and how these affect both individuals and organisations in a way that critically underpins a student perspective on the wider hinterland of social sciences.

 

Managing Employee Performance

The module introduces the students to how organisations can drive sustained performance by creating a high-performance work organisation (HPWO).  It aims to introduce students to the key concepts and theories underlying Performance Management and how these relate to individual employee performance.  It will consider performance as a systematic and continuous process for enhancing organisational performance by developing the performance of individual and teams, taking account of different organisational contexts and environments.

 

Business Logics and Process Modelling

Business process management is fundamental to the operation of modern businesses. For existing and new businesses, a visualized model can provide insightful knowledge and understanding on whether the current business processes are working effectively and how they might be improved. This module therefore aims to introduce students to business process modelling, and provide them with an overview of one of the most widely accepted and used standards – UML (Unified Modelling Luggage). Additionally, how it is used in modern societies to document and analyse business processes.

 

Language

 

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which worth 60 credits.

Level 2

Management and Leadership

This module provides students with a broad understanding of the key concepts and principles of management and leadership. It considers the differences between management and leadership, through the development of theories and models, and the impact on organisations of different approaches. The module also allows students to analyse their own management and leadership skills and devise a personal plan which will allow them to develop these further.

 

Managing Finance

This module is built around key decisions that managers must make on a day to day basis; what to produce, how and how much, at what price, how to best use the resources available.  The focus is on costs; understanding costs, cost behaviour, and using this information for planning and control decisions.  The control aspect concerns the monitoring of results; making sure that all is going according to plan.  This information and knowledge is applicable to all sorts of organisations; non-profit, retail, wholesale, manufacturing.

 

Employee Resourcing

A fundamental part of the human resource management (HRM) role is employee resourcing. This module provides a broad understanding of the wider context of employee resourcing, including the importance of understanding the competitive business environment, changing labour markets and regulatory environments. It then explores Human Resource Planning (HRP) and job design, recruitment and selection models, processes and tools and how organisations go about positioning themselves within labour markets. The module also examines staff turnover, induction and retention, succession planning and retirement and dismissal processes. A key underpinning to the module is consideration of the ethical and business case for fair employee resourcing strategies and processes and examination of resourcing outcomes.    

 

Business and Commercial Law

The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business, recognising the need to seek further specialist legal advice where necessary. The module will also cover a range of specific legal areas relating of most concern to business professionals.

 

Study Abroad

This module is intended to accommodate flexibly the varying needs of exchange or study abroad students. For instance, this may be required when the modules offered by the host institution are sufficiently close to the modules that the student would be taking at YSJU. The module’s aim is to support students’ development in their subject knowledge while exposing them to the language and culture of the host country, whilst enhancing their foreign language skills. 

 

Research Methods and Project Management

Organisations frequently require both an understanding of how and why data is acquired, and an ability to collect, analyse and interpret it.  These skills are also important if students wish to progress to postgraduate study or careers in consultancy services.  This module considers the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods in subject contexts, and allows students to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data. In addition, this module will develop students’ project planning and management skills as a tool to manage the research process.

 

People Management

The module explores the changing nature of work and contemporary issues in people management.  This module will seek to encourage students to consider the various aspects of people management as part of the wider culture and managerial contexts in which they have been developed.  The module will consider the psychological and sociological issues related to the management of people and the issues around people management. To consider the development of people management strategies in the context of the Principles for Responsible Education (PRME).

 

Developing Talent in Organisations

Managing and developing talent is considered key to driving sustained organisational performance. This module examines the strategic nature of talent development in organisations as they compete with each other to secure and develop a competitive workforce. It provides a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development (L and D) activities within various organisational contexts. It details what is required to support the learning of individuals, groups and organisations to drive sustained performance. It also considers how different L and D delivery methods, such as formal, informal, action learning, coaching and mentoring, e-learning and blended learning can enhance inclusive learning within organisations and the impact of different learning interventions on social outcomes.     

 

Corporate Finance

The aim of this module is to create an understanding of the financial decisions that are made by corporations. Students will evaluate stakeholder theory and its relationship to a business’s objectives. Company valuation will be examined through various investment tools and their relative merits will be discussed. The sources of finance for a business will be studied and the implications these have for the company’s cost of capital. The interrelationship between capital structure, dividend policy and a company’s cost of capital will also be addressed.

 

Language

 

Study Abroad

This module is intended to accommodate flexibly the varying needs of exchange or study abroad students. For instance, this may be required when the modules offered by the host institution are sufficiently close to the modules that the student would be taking at YSJU. The module’s aim is to support students’ development in their subject knowledge while exposing them to the language and culture of the host country, whilst enhancing their foreign language skills. 

 

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which worth 60 credits.

Level 3

Dissertation

The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work.  This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards.  Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice.

 

Developing a Business Research Project

The aim of this module is to prepare students to undertake an independent enquiry through individual self-directed project work.  This module provides students with the skills and knowledge to design and plan a research project.   Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and critique literature.  Students will develop a project plan which they can undertake through their final semester.

 

Developing an Organisation Based Project

The aim of this module is to develop the student’s skills in conducting a research project in response to a brief from an organisation. This module acts as a bridge into the industry they research. Students develop their research skills and their ability to structure an influential document.

 

HR Policy and Practice

The rationale of this module is to explain to students the relevance and added-value of the Strategic Human Resource function of organisations. It is concerned with the policy and practice of the HR function in organisations. The module aims to critically evaluate how HR professionals deliver services to contemporary organisations including the challenges involved in maintaining and managing HR services and establishing appropriate standards to evaluate these functions. This will help students apply a range of relevant concepts, theories and models to analyse how SHRM policy and practice impact positively on organisational outcomes.

 

Operations and Project Management

This module seeks to develop an appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues relating to project management and operations management from a strategic and operations perspective. Students will develop a broad and critically understanding of the different aspects of organisations operations and the relationships between the various operational areas.

 

Organisational Strategy and Decision Making

The main focus of the delivery of this module will be based around lectures and seminars.  Lectures will develop the main concepts, theories and models related to the study of organisational strategy and decision making, and will enable students to apply the key literature related to the subject area with a focus on up to date research publication in relevant journals. Seminars will focus on the development, interpretation and application of theoretical models to the key themes of strategy, using organisational examples through case studies, practical examples and the interpretation of relevant data and the use of current news items. These will be drawn mainly from sector reports and other research material and will provide students with an opportunity to explore strategy as a process and a range of techniques that can be interpreted and evaluated in a contemporary context. Initially the seminars will be tutor led, but will gradually move towards student participation and involvement in strategic decision making and problem solving exercises.

 

Business Research Project

The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a small scale substantial piece of individual self-directed research work.  This module provides students with the opportunity to conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards.  Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice.

 

Organisation Based Project

The aim of the Organisation Based Project is to give students the opportunity to combine investigation into an authentic challenging business project with an in-depth research-based report. This offers links with potential employers and demonstrates understanding of the application of business principles in a real-world situation. Students will develop their research skills alongside techniques of reporting back on findings.

 

Globalisation and Contemporary HR

This module critically examines globalisation and the international dimensions of HRM within the context of an interconnected and changing global economy.  The module examines trends within the international context, including the globalisation and convergence-divergence debates, and changing global business strategies and people management, locating debates within contemporary theoretical frameworks. It analyses the global dimensions of management and the implications of globalisation for HRM and international HRM practices. The module addresses key areas, such as global integration, cultural differences, approaches to employment regulation, HRM and contextual pressures and responses, HRM policies and practices in different countries, the development of multinationals and expatriate employment, global employee relations and contemporary issues in the global economy, such as CSR, migration and outsourcing.

 

Managing Organisational Development

The purpose of organisational development is to produce planned and systematic approaches to enable sustained organisational performance through the improvement of its people. Organisational development then focuses on interventions designed to drive improvement and facilitate ways in which employees can be motivated to perform and be rewarded for performance. This also includes developing business decision making processes, improving knowledge transfer and communication, designing flexible and creative working across changing organisational environments and applying change management approaches to drive enhanced business performance and productivity. This module critically examines the concept, processes and practices of organisational development and its potential to enhance business performance.    

 

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which worth 60 credits.

Certificate in Management and Leadership

Modules may include:

  • Responsible Business
  • Management and Leadership
  • Dissertation
  • Business Research Project
  • Organisation Based Project

Teaching & Assessment

All modules are delivered utilising a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and learning activities.

You are supported initially in the use of guided learning strategies in Level 1 developing towards autonomous, well-judged use of collaborative and independent learning strategies in Levels 2 and 3.

Throughout the programme you will be introduced to a range of different teaching and learning strategies. For example in Level 1 you will undertake simulation based learning (Ventures in Entrepreneurship) in which we use a computer-based simulation to develop your business skills through developing your awareness of market forces and the decision-making process you may require as a HR Manager or Advisor. At Level 2 (for example) there will be evidence of practice based learning (Developing Talent in Organisations) in which you will be expected to engage in practical based activities as you develop your skills in developing people, while also developing skills in managing projects (Research Methods and Project Management). Finally at Level 3 you will demonstrate your skills through practice and enquiry-based learning giving you the opportunity to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems (through Managing Organisational Development and Globalisation and Contemporary HR).

You will undertake a variety of assessments which include the use of written assignments (often in the form of reports), individual and group presentations, exams and tests, and practical activities. An essential part of the assessment is to encourage both learning and the development of skills as well as preparing you for the requirements of the workplace. You will have opportunities for formative assessment and feedback to inform your work prior to submission and you will receive detailed feedback on assessments to help you develop and continuously improve your performance whilst on the programme. Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your knowledge of business and practice.

You will have the opportunity for study support including academic writing and research skills to enhance employability and career development in the field of human resources.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 -  112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying a business related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh award

Candidates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Study abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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