Business Management BA (Hons)

The Business Management programme provides you with a critical understanding of the management of organisations.

The course develops your critical understanding of business management in a holistic way, providing a solid foundation for entry into a wide range of employment opportunities or further study. 

UCAS course code
N202 | With placement Year NN21
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
Accredited by
Chartered Management Institute
Study options
Available with integrated Foundation Year

Course overview

If you’ve set your sights on a career in management, studying Business Management provides an excellent starting point, offering the opportunity to develop your practical skills and build links with the business community.

Develop managerial skills and perspectives, whilst gaining valuable experience in management situations. Take the chance to study abroad and/or learn a language, without extending the length of your degree, or gain practical experience with a year in industry. On successful completion of the programme students will obtain the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

Gain a general grounding in Business Management in Year 1, then study specialist management topics in Years 2 and 3. A key aspect of the programme is the development of managerial skills to enhance employability. Alongside classes undertake a Continuing Professional Development framework, which will develop your practical skills and help you to build links with the business community.

Our students have taken part in business competitions, both in the UK and Europe, undertaken roles as student researchers and visited several organisations in and around the UK as part of their studies. You will be expected to undertake 140 hours of work placement during your course.

Kweku Adams - Course Leader

Course structure

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 is 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.

 

Strategic Marketing Planning

The aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge of marketing planning in a global context. With markets shifting and changing constantly it is crucial that businesses and other organizations are able to assimilate information and conduct effective marketing planning. This module provides knowledge and understanding of marketing in an applied context. Key marketing theories and principles are applied to the practical aspects of marketing planning. Students learn how to analyse marketing requirements as they affect a particular operation and work towards producing a workable marketing plan that covers all the relevant aspects of marketing. Students will use real life cases or work-based material.    

 

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.

 

Integrated Marketing Communications

This module aims to provide students with an overview of marketing communications from both theoretical and managerial perspectives. The role of Integrated Marketing Communications will be examined as an influence on buyer behaviour and as a major element in the marketing mix.

 

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 is 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.

 

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 requirement for effective strategic management is increasing due to the highly complex and turbulent environments in which most private and public sector organisations currently exist.  The study of organisational strategy encompasses theory and practice from a broad range of business sectors.  As such, this module draws on concepts introduced in earlier modules and furthers the critical understanding of these topics and their inter-relationships.  The module examines theories and models used in strategic management and decision making and reviews existing practice. 

 

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.

 

International Marketing

The purpose of this module is to provide students with a detailed knowledge and awareness of marketing theory and operations at an international level.  An understanding of international marketing is particularly important in bringing together a number of contemporary management issues such as cultural diversity and strategic decision-making as well as focusing on specific marketing problems as they are represented in the context of international marketing operations.  This module develops knowledge and understanding of the international context of marketing and particular issues that affect marketing decision-making and planning at this level.  Students will be exposed to the complexities and modalities of international marketing practice by analysing product development, branding and market entry strategies in a number of international contexts.  Students will also be introduced to the operational issues relating to marketing across national and world-regional boundaries and the challenges of operating across different cultures

 

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.

 

Corporate Governance

This module introduces corporate governance and explores its role in the regulation and direction of corporations. The role of Directors is considered alongside the role of other key stakeholders. Corporate governance in an integral part of everyday business so students will acquire an understanding of the development of corporate governance and also consider ways to improve the behaviour of those involved in corporate governance in the future.

 

Leadership, Innovation and Change

This module provides students with a detailed understanding of the key concepts and principles of leadership and how leadership may be used to influence innovation and change within organisations. It considers leadership as a fundamental and pivotal role within organisational development and in particular how the behaviour of a leader influences both individual and organisational performance and creativity.  The module also seeks to identify how leaders may interact with individuals to raise their performance.

 

Business Ethics and CSR

It is important to integrate questions of business ethics & CSR with broader concerns around corporate citizenship, globalisation and sustainability. Therefore, there is value in bringing together diverse perspectives in order to offer a comprehensive and holistic account of contemporary business ethics & CSR. Furthermore, this module aligns well with the mission of the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) initiative to inspire and champion responsible management education. This module will provide students with a critical understanding of business ethics & CSR and enable them to apply these concepts to the corporations’ major stakeholders.  It seeks to encourage students to draw upon concepts and principles so that they can critically explore issues associated with the ethical challenges facing organisations that cross different functions in a fast-changing global business environment.

 

Contemporary Issues in the Technological Era

Advances in IT have transformed the way in which people live, work, learn, communicate and conduct business. This module examines the issues arising from advances in IT, and the responsibility that business managers and technical developers have with regards to computer use. The module will serve to increase the understanding of issues related to ethics, professional conduct and social responsibility as they arise in the field of IT. The module provides students with an opportunity to develop skills of analysis and problem solving, enabling students to develop a critical awareness of responsible IT use. This enables them to deal with the problems, choices and constraints involved in the development of effective and sustainable strategies.

 

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

Diploma 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 manager. At Level 2 (for example) there will be evidence of practice based
learning (People Management) in which you will be expected to engage in practical based
activities as you develop your skills in managing 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 Operations and Project
Management, and Leadership, Innovation and Change.

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 Business Management.

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

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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 or sports teams, theatre groups etc.
  • Experience of work
  • 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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