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Part-time BSc (Hons) Business Studies

Summary

Study Business Studies at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This degree is aimed at helping you to develop your business management career in industry, commerce or the public sector. It focuses on the acquisition and application of knowledge relevant to the role of the manager in the rapidly changing environment and provides you with opportunities to develop an appropriate range of personal and interpersonal skills.

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About this course

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About

The course is designed to equip you with knowledge of a broad range of business and management subjects. These include the core business functions of: Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Accountancy, Operations and Management. Additionally students may elect to tailor the programme to their individual career aspirations or interests through the selection of specific optional modules or pathways.

Students complete a total of 360 credit points (note- some students may gain credit exemptions upon entry) and can complete up to 45 credits of study in any one semester. The programme structure consists of 120 credit points at level four (equivalent to year one within the full-time programme); 120 credit points at level five (equivalent to year two); and 120 credit points at level six (equivalent to final year).

Attendance

The programme can be completed in two to nine years, depending on level of entry. For example if you have completed a relevant sub degree programme such as a Foundation degree or an HND you may be eligible for up to 240 credit points of exemption and therefore could complete the final 6 modules within one and a half years. However if you are joining the programme at level 4 (year 1) entry with no exemptions then to complete all 18 modules (360 credit points) on the programme will take anything from four years to nine years, depending on your choice of pace of study.

Class-based modules – one three hour session per week per module across each 12 week semester.


Blended modules– normally ten online sessions and two class based sessions across the 12 week semester.

Start dates

  • September 2016
  • January 2017
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand.

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Year one

Introduction to Accounting for Business

Year: 1

Introduction to Business Accounting provides an introduction to financial and management accounting. The background to the requirement to produce, and the purpose of preparing accounting statements is examined. The module introduces the student to the study of accounting as it impacts on business and economic activity. In particular it considers the preparation of basic financial statements for sole-traders and introduces the student to terminology used in cost determination and pricing.

Management Skills

Year: 1

This module is designed to introduce students to the main skills required to produce academic work at university. It introduces students to university resources such as the library and highlights how these resources can be used in writing assignments. It also ensures students have a basic knowledge and usability of Microsoft?s office software which will be utilised widely during university studies.

Introduction to Management

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the study of management, and the role of the manager within the business organisation. The characteristics of organisations (the context for management work) are examined, and following on from this the module provides an introduction to the core functions of management. Topics studied include the functions of planning, organising, managing people and organisational control.

Fundamentals of Marketing

Year: 1

This module provides students with an appreciation of the nature, scope and breadth of the fundamental concepts and principles of marketing. It represents a key underpinning to subsequent marketing related modules within degree programmes.

Effective Communication

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module introduces students to the fundamentals of business communication from verbal and written communication to interpersonal communication skills such as questioning, listening and non-verbal communication. It is designed to encourage students to understand and reflect upon how to be more effective communicators in the workplace and at university. It also encourages students to understand others, their perceptions and how this effects a successful outcome.

Business and the Economy

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module will introduce the principles, implications and outcomes of economic behaviour as they relate to the built and business environments with an emphasis on demonstrating a real world application, where appropriate. The module provides a basis for the study of any second or third year modules with economic content.

Brands and Branding

Year: 1

This module is optional

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the burgeoning world of brands & branding. Many will come to the module with media-induced preconceptions of branding. This module intends to challenge, channel and change these preconceptions.

Business Awareness and Analysis

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module will enable students to understand the business environment by developing an integrated perspective of the political, legal, economic, social-cultural, demographic, technological and ethical environments. An overall picture of the organisation and their relationship with these environments will be formed.

Year two

Accounting for Business Decisions

Year: 2

The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to a plethora of potential issues that can arise in business, particularly those pertaining to investment, financing and costing decisions. The module aims, through a variety of teaching and learning mechanisms, to equip students with a knowledge of the main techniques used in accounting and business to competently assess and to understand the main issues and ramifications of decision making in business.

Operations Management

Year: 2

This module equips students to understand the issues concerned with managing an organisation's resources and to appreciate the complexity of problems related to monitoring and managing operational performance. The teaching and learning methods incorporate inherently practical activities that are representative of the subject. The module demonstrates the importance of operations management to every organisation's success.

Managing People

Year: 2

This module is about the various processes that can be utilised within an organisation to maximise an individual's motivation, abilities and performance, within the context of organisational goals, especially in maximising employee performance. To that end, the syllabus concentrates on potential transformation processes that might lead to 'commitment' rather than a reliance on 'compliance' in the workplace.

Assurance and Risk Management

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module introduces the student to the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of assurance and risk management combined with the processes surrounding risk management in both the private and public sector organisations. It identifies the skills that a professional accountant must have and how best to utilise those skills in today?s challenging business environment.

Organisation Design

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is concerned with exploring why differences in structure and design exist across organisations. It considers ways of describing, analysing, classifying and differentiating organisations and the factors that cause this differentiation.

Management Research Skills

Year: 2

This module is optional

The module seeks to expose students of business studies to the range of management research methods, consultancy skills, and project management techniques available.

Students will acquire appropriate knowledge and understanding of the various research and project management methodologies for the purposes of developing an applied management project proposal and project plan in preparation for undertaking an undergraduate management project.

Digital Enterprise

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of e-business and its applications in different organisations. On successful completion of this module students will have an in-depth knowledge of the e-business; understand and apply concepts and models underlying e-business; analyse how organisations apply e-business technologies to improve their operations and to create competitive advantage; and critically evaluate current practice on creating and managing e-business applications.

Behavioural Sciences

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is designed to enable students to acquire diagnostic knowledge and understanding of human behaviour in organisations. Additionally, students are required to become proficient in the practice of key management competencies. The module is taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and directed reading and is assessed by a combination of cumulative assessment and sessional examination.

Regional Economics: Understanding the Northern Ireland Economy

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is designed to address a common complaint of employers that contemporary knowledge of the Northern Ireland (NI) economy is limited amongst students. The module will enhance students understanding about the behaviour and operation of the NI economy and how it impacts upon businesses and society in general. The module offers more applied learning in a workplace style mode around contemporary issues with a focus on developing both professional (report writing, analysis and opinion forming) and transferable (IT, team working, communications and business knowledge) skills.
It will also introduce students to the structures and process in economic policy making and allow students to tailor their placement application to the type of instruction in which their skills will be best suited. It will utilise guest lectures to familiarise students with what potential employer?s value and it will hone presentation and interview skills. It will advance data skills to a commercial standard.

Marketing Management

Year: 2

This module is optional

Marketing Management is concerned with the company?s interface with its markets and therefore plays a key role in its success. This module provides knowledge and increases understanding of the important concepts, processes and frameworks of marketing management decision making, from both a strategic and operational perspective. It provides opportunities for students to acquire communication skills, problem solving skills, resource management and information technology skills. It provides students with an opportunity to develop an awareness of both the functional and operational role of marketing.

Marketing Communications

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module aims to address Marketing Communication theories and concepts from a management perspective. The module considers the importance of planning to ensure communication tools are used strategically to meet specified objectives.

Global Business Environment

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module will provide students with an overview of the major issues which affect global business activities.

Year four

Governance, Risk and Ethics

Year: 4

The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to the governance challenges organisations face today. The module aims to investigate the key components for securing the highest standards of effective corporate governance.

Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship

Year: 4

This module enables students to develop an understanding of business formation and development from an entrepreneur?s perspective. Students will develop an awareness of the role of the entrepreneur in the enterprise development process and will develop capabilities to recognise, plan and develop new venture opportunities. Students will understand the consequences of decision making in all aspects of enterprise development including sales and marketing, human resources, finance and operations.

Business Strategy

Year: 4

This integrative core module, which places particular emphasis on achieving a balanced understanding of strategic management theory and practice, introduces the concept of Business Strategy. It aims to develop students? awareness and understanding of the means by which viable business strategies can be developed and implemented in a complex and challenging competitive climate.

Leadership and Change

Year: 4

Managing change is an increasingly important aspect of the manager?s role. This module equips students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to recognise and understand the need for change and the nature of the change required, and to deploy a range of measures (tailored to the diagnosis) to ensure that the change process is managed and led effectively and efficiently.

Management of Business Finance

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is concerned with the study of business finance, with a distinctly corporate focus, examining issues mainly from the viewpoint of the corporate manager. The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to study at a more advanced level aspects of the management of business finance; investment, the balance between risk and return and the measurement and control of both, the operation of capital markets and the distribution of wealth between stakeholders.

Public Sector Accounting

Year: 4

This module is optional

Public sector accounting analyses organisational structures and management control in central government, local authorities and National Health Service. This module will introduce students to the financial accounting and management accounting techniques and methods within public sector. The module also provides an insight into the nature of recent managerial and accounting reforms within public sector organisations.

Personal and Business Taxation

Year: 4

This module is optional

Knowledge of taxation is essential to students intending to pursue a career in Accounting and is an essential part of most financial and economic decision making. This module provides a fundamental detailed study of the main aspects of the UK tax system covering personal and business taxation, as well as an introduction to capital gains tax and inheritance tax. The integration of the various personal tax elements will be integrated as the students will be engaged in personal tax planning. The module also requires a critical evaluation of modern issues/ethical dilemmas and key topics of academic and professional debate in this discipline.

Occupational Psychology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the principles of occupational psychology, and the contribution that they make to effective human resource management. Additionally students will be required to become proficient in the practice of key occupational psychology competencies. It is taught by a combination of lectures and seminars, and is assessed by a combination of cumulative assessment and sessional examination.

Effective Organisations and the Consultancy Process

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module seeks to provide the student with the opportunity to develop consultancy skills through the research and management of a consultancy project relating to organisational effectiveness. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in order to produce a range of acceptable solutions to problems faced by a case organisation.

Total Quality Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

Total Quality Management is a holistic approach to managing organisations, which focuses on continual improvement in all areas, achieved by the active involvement and participation of all employees. At its core are the processes involving customer/supplier chains, supported by the ?hard? elements of Teams, Systems, and Tools, interwoven with the ?soft? elements of Culture, Commitment, and Communication, all combined into an effective whole.

Supply Chain Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module should assist students in the analysis of contemporary developments affecting the role of supply chain management and should enable them to develop and manage supply chain strategies to meet corporate objectives. Topics to be covered include the evolution of purchasing and supply management; supply chain strategies and achieving strategic fit; supply chain drivers; e-commerce and the supply chain; outsourcing; supply chain relationships and supply chain dynamics.

New Directions in Management and Leadership

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will give students the knowledge and the skills to be an effective leader. Students will consider the key theories of leadership and consider their application through the skills provided by Neurolinguistic Programmes.

Management & Leadership Project I

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is part one of the Management and Leadership Project in which students will be prepared to undertake their project. In doing so, students will be provided with a substantive work-based learning opportunity to acquire an understanding of the formation of business strategy and to actively participate in and indeed, drive, a project designed to assist a business organisation in meeting strategic objectives. This module allows students to negotiate entry into an organisation and equips them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of methodological concepts before implementing their desired project.

Management & Leadership Project II

Year: 4

This module is optional

The Management and Leadership Project (ii) provides a substantive opportunity for work-based learning and for students to develop essential employability skills. Students will acquire an understanding of the formation of business strategy and participate in a project designed to assist a business organisation in meeting strategic objectives. In addition it allows the student to engage with practitioners in industry, taking responsibility for building and maintaining a professional relationship through networking skills.

Strategic Human Resource Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module draws on the disciplines of business management and strategic understanding and is designed to equip students to understand an organisation?s need to manage its people within a rapidly changing environment. In particular, the module aims to analyse how human resource practitioners assist an organisation maintain its competitive sustainability within a rapidly changing and challenging trading environment.

Marketing Research

Year: 4

This module is optional

The objective of this module is to provide a detailed, thorough understanding of the nature, scope and importance of marketing research and its role in management decision making. The applied and practical nature of the module will be demonstrated by including contributions from experts in the marketing research industry and organisations which commission research on a regular basis.

Global Marketing

Year: 4

This module is optional

In an increasingly global environment this module seeks to develop students? understanding of the socio-cultural, economic, legal and political variables which will impact on the international decision making and planning processes of an organisation and influence international marketing mix strategies.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The traditional two ‘A’ levels are not normally a prerequisite for participation in this course.

If you are a mature applicant who lacks formal academic qualifications, you may be admitted to the course if you can satisfy the Course Committee of your ability to complete the course satisfactorily.

Exemptions may be granted from parts of the course where you already hold a higher academic or professional qualification providing evidence of relevant previous studies.

The Course Committee can consider exemption for up to 240 credit points within the programme at level four (equivalent to Year 1 of the full-time programme) or level five (equivalent to Year 2).

Exemption is granted on the basis of recent, relevant study.

The programme is fully compliant with the University’s Credit accumulation and transfer system (CATS) and students are eligible to transfer to other relevant programmes.


Exemptions- based on previous successfully completed accredited learning (completed within the previous 9 years) students can seek exemption from up to two-thirds of the programme. While an indication of likely exemptions can be given prior to entry, exemptions are confirmed during the Induction process at the time of entry.

GCSE

To apply for the part time programme you must satisfy the general entry conditions for the University, which requires that you hold a GCSE (or equivalent) at C or above in Maths and English and that you satisfy the Course Committee that you are capable of study at Higher Education Level.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Delivery is mainly on-site, but some modules are offered in blended format.

Assessment varies by module, and will involve coursework (e.g. essay, literature review) and/or examinations (e.g. 2hr).

Exemptions and transferability

The Course Committee can consider exemption for up to 240 credit points within the programme at level four (equivalent to Year 1 of the Honours degree) or level five (equivalent to Year 2). Exemption is granted on the basis of recent, relevant study. The programme is fully compliant with the University’s Credit accumulation and transfer system (CATS) and students are eligible to transfer to other relevant programmes.

What exemptions can I get?
Based on previous successfully completed accredited learning (completed within the previous 9 years) students can seek exemption from up to 2/3 of the programme. The Course Director of the programme can advise candidates as to the eligibility of their accredited course.

How do I apply for exemptions?
When accepted on the Course you are asked to complete an exemptions form, which is reviewed by the Course Director and exemptions are then agreed during the Induction process.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Experience over many years indicates that graduates in Business Studies possess a combination of knowledge and skills which is attractive to a wide range of potential employers. The career opportunities available include management level posts in finance, production, purchasing, personnel and marketing in industry and commerce, both in Northern Ireland and further afield. Many graduates are pursuing successful careers in the Civil Service, government agencies and other public sector organisations. Each year a number of graduates proceed to postgraduate studies at Ulster or elsewhere for the award of Diplomas, Masters Degrees or Doctorates in a variety of disciplines.

Apply

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

To apply you should register as a first time user and then choose the undergraduate taught programme option and then select the BSc Hons BUSINESS STUDIES programme.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016
  • January 2017

Contact

Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 8401

E: business@ulster.ac.uk