1 FOUNDATION DEGREE BUSINESS - UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON Programme Specification PART 1: COURSE SUMMARY INFORMATION Awarding body University of Brighton School Brighton Business School Faculty Brighton Business School Partner institution(s) City College Brighton and Hove East Surrey College of Technology, South Coast College Northbrook College Course status Franchise Host Department Business School Location of Study/campus Brighton, Crawley/Redhill, Hastings (UCH), Worthing Professional, Statutory and None Regulatory Body Award and titles Award Title Final award Foundation degree Business Intermediate award Foundation certificate Business Final award Foundation diploma Business Intermediate award Mode of study Duration of study Maximum registration period (standard) Full-time 2 years 4 years Sandwich Part Time 2-3 years 6 years Distance Start date for programme (month/session) Course codes/categories UCAS code QAA Subject Benchmark September/October 2008 Business and Management, Foundation degree CATS points for course 240 Admissions Agency UCAS X GTTR NMAS Direct to School/College X Admissions criteria
2 120 points from a minimum of one 12 unit or two 6 unit qualifications. Level 3 scores will count towards the tariff score. General studies will not count towards the tariff score. BTEC National Dip/Cert (level 3): Pass:Pass:Pass IB: 24 points; certificates considered. QAA approved access courses: Acceptable with subject specific units GCSE (Min grade C): At least 3 subjects including English language and mathematics or a science. Non GCSE English Language Requirement: IELTS 6 (with 6 in writing), CAE Grade C, OR TOEFL: 233 (computer), 575 (paper) or a minimum of 90/120 (with a minimum of 22 in writing) Internet Test Students with extensive work experience may substitute appropriate work experience against the entry criteria specified above. Contacts Course Leader (or Course Sue Greener Development Leader) Admissions Tutor College nominees Examination and Assessment External Examiner(s) TBC Examination Board(s) CEB (AEB/CEB) Approval/start dates Start date (month/session) September/October 2008 Approval date Review date Validation June 2008 Programme Specification June 2008, October
3 PART 2: COURSE DETAILS AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES Aims: The aims of the programme are: to provide an educational foundation for a range of administrative and management careers in business to provide specialised studies directly relevant to individual vocations and professions in which students are working or intend to seek employment to enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment to provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development to develop students ability in business through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life Learning outcomes The programme provides opportunities for students to achieve and demonstrate the following learning outcomes: ledge and Understanding: nts will have the ability to: Describe and define the internal structures, functions, operations and management of business, how they interrelate, and how they adapt to change. Relate how external factors such as customer and market requirements, competition, national, international, economic, political, sociological, legal and technical influences impact on business decisions. Utilise appropriate methods of measuring, analysing the financial and operational performance of business organisations. Demonstrate awareness of the approaches to managing and developing people within organisations. Demonstrate understanding of the role of strategy in the management of organisations. Recognise the importance and impact of a range of contemporary and pervasive issues such as e-commerce, creativity and enterprise. Skills 1. Intellectual skills The programme, at all levels, will enhance students intellectual skills, including the ability to: Study efficiently and effectively, both individually and in groups.
4 Research and investigate issues using a variety of learning resources and methods, including the acknowledgement and referencing of sources. Apply numerical and statistical skills in a business context and be able to acquire, analyse and present quantitative information. Apply critical thinking, analysis and synthesis. 2. Professional/practical skills Throughout the programme there will be opportunities for students to develop a range of skills, which will be of particular value in their business careers. These include the ability to: Be able to work effectively in groups, negotiating, leading, and listening, where appropriate. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, incorporating a range of media. Apply information technology and project management skills, where appropriate. Work and communicate with people in a business environment. 3. Transferable skills In addition to the outcomes above, the course will also enhance personal development at all levels, including the ability to demonstrate: Self-management skills including time management, prioritising tasks, decision-making, assertiveness, coping with stress, working independently, learning from experience and self-assessment. Self-confidence, autonomy and independence of judgement. Self-motivation, initiative and enterprise. Self-awareness and self-reflection. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE This section includes an outline of the structure of the programme, course leaders may choose to add a structure diagram here, including any exit points. Where a course is accredited by a PSB, full detail should be included in this section
5 Level 1 (module codes) Status* Module Title Credit Level 4 HR186 C Understanding Organisations 10 EC184 C Business Environment 20 FA182 C Accounting for Business 20 HR187a C Personal development planning 1 10 HR188 C Human Resource Management 20 MK186 C Marketing 20 HR189 C Professional practice 20 Level 5 LW290 C Business Law 20 QN290 C Business Decision Making 20 ML230 C Business practice 40 HR187b C Personal development planning 2 10 Indicative electives OP290 O Environmental Management 20 ST290 O Managing Business Strategy 20 HR291 O Achieving Results through Effective 30 Leadership IT290 O e-business 10 *M = Mandatory C = Compulsory O = Optional
6 LEARNING, TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT Learning and teaching The Foundation Degree, whilst academically challenging, is a vocationally orientated course. It consists of 2400 learning hours. We aim to expose students to the rigours of working in a business-like environment, preparing them to enter employment straight from University. As a result we place great emphasis on professional and academic skills, and we expect students to adopt a professional approach to their work. The key to understanding our approach to teaching and learning is to appreciate that the question is not so much what we can teach but how much students want to learn. The work placement (which is part of the Professional Practice module) forms an integral part of the learning philosophy as it allows students to contextualise and reflect upon the applicability of their learning to the workplace. Assessment of this module is based on a work log of tasks undertaken within the work placement signed off by the immediate superior, a work based report considering how the placement relates to the theoretical aspects of their studies and a reflective statement which draws upon their experience in the workplace. Students will normally be required to arrange their own work placement which in itself is an educational experience. A variety of teaching and learning methods are employed on this course, ranging from the traditional lecture/tutorial approach to student centred learning approaches. This variety is encouraged to cope with the breadth of the curriculum and to give students a balanced experience in terms of both theoretical approaches to business and to practical approaches to prepare for employment. Assessment A variety of assessment methods will be used in order to ensure that the cognitive and subject based knowledge in the subject benchmark are met. Thus the course will have a mixture of research based project work, assessment under controlled conditions, individual and group assignments and reflective reports. Assessments under controlled conditions may be a traditional closed book examination; an open book examination, a case study based assessment where students are examined on a previously issued scenario or a specified set of exercises utilising IT software applications. The precise nature of the assessment will reflect the learning outcomes and the educational needs of the individual unit. REGULATIONS Regulations The course regulations are in accordance with the University's General Examination and Assessment Regulations (available from the school office or the Registry).
7 Course specific regulations In line with the Business School undergraduate programme the programme allows for limited compensation between pieces of assessment on an individual module providing an average in excess of a pass mark (40%) is achieved with a minimum of 35% in each component of assessment. Referral is allowed in up 40 CATS points of modules at each level without affecting progression/award. Failure in more than 50 CATS points of modules at either level will mean the student is normally required to leave the course. Exceptions to GEAR (these require the approval of the Chair of Academic Board) The exam board at level 1 may consider compensation for 20 CATS points of the 100 CATS points considered at the Level 1 examination board. Add here any exceptions eg. those required by PSRBs. None PROFESSIONAL AND STATUORY BODY DETAILS (optional) If a course is accredited by a PSB, full details of how the course meets those requirements, and what students are required to undertake should be included here LEARNING SUPPORT Central support: all students benefit from: Induction programme Student Handbook Course Handbook Extensive library facilities Computer pool rooms address Welfare service Personal tutor for advice and guidance Course specific: in addition, students on this course benefit from: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION More detailed information about the course can be found in a range of documents, including
8 Definitive Course Document Student Handbook Student central or equivalent College based VLE University Student Handbook General Examination and Assessment Regulations for Taught Courses Students who successfully complete the FdA Business and achieve the progression criteria specified in the prospectus will be guaranteed an offer of place on the BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up). QUALITY INDICATORS This section details external indicators of the quality of the provision QAA Subject Review outcome and date National student awards Professional accreditation: [full details of professional accreditation can be found under course structure]
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