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Overview

This course is designed for those practising or aspiring managers wishing to update their skills and competencies and achieve a primary degree.

Summary

The degree is offered on a part-time basis to facilitate busy managers and ensure that there is appropriate transfer of theory into practice.

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About this course

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About

The degree is offered on a part-time basis to facilitate busy managers and ensure that there is appropriate transfer of theory into practice. This programme of study is about learning for business. It is intended that participants will use their learning to enhance not just their own personal and professional development but to stimulate business improvement in their own organisation.

Attendance

Normally two full-day workshops per module. 80% attendance is required on all modules.

Start dates

  • October 2017
  • February 2018
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. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Managing Effectively

Year: 1

This module enables students to identify, develop and apply personal, team and organisational management knowledge and skills and to present evidence of how they can apply this to their own working experience.

Managing Resources

Year: 1

This module enables students to understand principles for managing resources within their own sphere of influence and to make recommendations for improvement.

Management Project

Year: 1

This module provides students with the underpinning knowledge and skills to undertake an independent investigation of a management issue or opportunity within an organisational context. Students are required to plan and implement the research under the support of a supervisor and write a report on the results of the investigation.

Introduction to Finance

Year: 1

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 non-profit making entities, and cost determination and pricing.

Business Environment

Year: 1

This module will enable students to understand the business environment by developing and integrated perspective of the political, legal, social-cultural, technological and ethical environments. An overall picture of the organisations and their relationships with these environments will be formed. The ethical aspects of the module will address ethics as a concept; professional ethics; conflict of loyalty and `whistleblowing'; corporate social responsibility; social responsible investment; sustainability; social and environmental reporting.

Organisations in Context

Year: 1

The module has the overall aim of introducing students to the study of organisations and their role in the work environment. It also introduces the concept of organisational behaviour and provides students with an overview of the role of management practice and the impact of individual differences and individual behaviour on organisational performance.

Year two

Finance

Year: 2

This module is optional

Organisations need to obtain, manage and plan for the resources required to achieve their objectives. Accounting is a system which assists them in doing this and is seen in the context of a financial representation of the organisation; an economic model. This module enables participants to critically evaluate and appraise the performance of the organisation as it attempts to achieve its objectives. It also considers and reviews the accounting approaches to decision-making and planning and control.

Leadership Practice

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity for managers and leaders to develop their understanding of, and practice in, effective leadership and teamm working through building up an in-depth knowledge of the needs of people they will encounter within their organisation. It provides a conceptual underpinning for individuals whose duties and roles involve supporting and guiding the leadership development of others.

Personal Effectiveness

Year: 2

This module is optional

In an ever changing business environment locally, natiionally and internationally, professionals at all levels and across all sectors need to be mindful of their skill-sets and continued employability.

With reference to the underpinning literature, and utilising a range of perspectives, academically valid self-assessment approaches and respected instruments, this module encourages students to identify, reflect on, and plan to address their current and future development needs to enhance their personal effectiveness.

Improving Organisational Performance

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module covers the range of planning and quality systems available to organisations to ensure that they maintain and sustain competitive advantage. Or in the case of not for profit organisations, it covers the need to demonstrate high levels of efficiency and fitness for purpose.

Management project

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module gives the students an opportunity to carry out a piece of investigative research of benefit to the organisation in which they work. Analytical skills are developed through concentrating on personal performance as well as the management issue investigated.

Strategy

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module places particular emphasis on achieving a balanced understanding of strategic management theory and practice, introducing 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 that is todays customer contact industry.

Organisational Development Project

Year: 2

This module is optional

The Organisational Development Project will be work focused - a problem to be investigated; a model to be tested; an issue to be addressed; an improvement to be championed; or questions that need to be answered. Individuals/Groups have the opportunity to produce a unique piece of work and to develop their investigative skills, create new networks, increase their visibility, enhance their professional reputations and work collaboratively with peers.

Managing in the 21st Century

Year: 2

This module is optional

Companies are more global and employee groups more diverse than ever before. Organisational structures are less hierarchical and more collaborative. As companies become less hierarchical, the effective use of online networks will be crucial to success. Web 2.0 technologies present a vast array of opportunities for companies which can make use of the Web 2.0 technology as a smart way to manage client and employee relations, marketing and finances in cost effective ways, improve productivity and project management and foster their creativity and innovation.

Communications

Year: 2

This module is optional

Effective managers regularly revise personal, interpersonal and organisational communications strategies. The 21st century manager needs to be aware of and use appropriate web-based communications tools and techniques. Evaluating and selecting communication mechanisms with best fit enhances organisational performance. Managing virtual teams is increasing. This module provides the underpinning academic frameworks and paradigms to support improvement by means of effective communications.

Change Management

Year: 2

This module is optional

Change is always with us. People, not organisations, bring about change. The people element of change management is core. Managing people effectively through change is critical to success. This module examines some tools and techniques, models, frameworks and concepts related to change management. Resistance to change is common. Sources of resistance and ways to address resistance are examined. The ultimate goal of the module is to enhance personal, professional and organisational change management.

The Future of Work

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module examines the nature of change in the workplace and enables students to explore key factors to which they will need to respond as they plan and manage their career development

Management Practice Visit

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module enables students to gain an increased and practical understanding of best practice in a range of organisations that are acknowledged as leaders in their field. It is designed to supplement the knowledge and understanding provided in complementary programme modules.

Business Coaching and Mentoring in Practice

Year: 2

This module is optional

This introductory module in business coaching and mentoring in practice affords participants the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of coaching and mentoring principles as well as practical tools and techniques for managers in a coaching/ mentoring role. Participants will also be guided in a process of exploring themselves and their motivations and in creating a personal development agenda to assist them to become reflective coach/mentor practitioners.

Marketing

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module introduces the principal concepts, theories and techniques of marketing, and examines their practical application to organisations.

Customer Service Management

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module enables students to understand principles for analysing customer needs for the services provided by their organisation and to make recommendations for improvement

Year three

Managing in Practice

Year: 3

As a rule of thumb, training is formal and linear, it's to do with learning how to do something specific, relating to skill and competence. Training can be as simple as using a PC application and as complex as learning how to be a pilot.

Development however is often less structured and has a wider application, giving the individual the tools to do a range of things that relate to capability and competency, in this case across the range of management practices. It involves progression to a more advanced, mature or complex understanding, establishing a process that helps a student manage their development on an ongoing basis.

Accounting For Non-Accountants

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module will introduce non-accounting students to the basic concept of both financial and management accounting and give them an overview of the role played by accountants. Having passed this module they will have a greater understanding of the both the importance of accounting information and financial management to an organisation. As well as learning the theory behind the main financial statements they will also be taught how to apply some basic computational techniques. They will also be able to carry out some fundamental accounting practices such as budgeting and project appraisal.

Entrepreneurship in Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

The development of enterprising and entrepreneurial competence, skills and attitudes has never been more important for the individual, organisations and wider society. Entrepreneurship is explored as a concept in the context of a rapidly changing work environment. Entrepreneurial competences are developed through participation in the processes required for creativity, innovation and the planning of a business venture.

Research Methods for Management Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module is presented as preparation for the final module of the BSc Hons Management Practice, the Dissertation. It provides an introduction to research methods in preparation for undertaking the research journey. As an outcome of this module, students will have conceptualised their research idea in the form of a research proposal and action plan, commenced their literature review and outlined the context for the research.

Human Resource Management in Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

The world of work is changing dramtically. New organisational structures and the imapct of technology have changed the way Human Capital is managed and developed. Changes in the workforce also creates new challenges in engaging staff and ensuring they contribute to organisational objectives. This introductory module in Human Resource Management will develop knowledge and understanding of the new approaches to Human Resource Management and the changing role of the HR practitioner and the line manager. Relevant literature and case studies will be used to support group discussions leading to recommendations for sustaining and improving individual, group and organisational performance.

Managing Across Cultures

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module enables students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of cultural issues in management in the workplace by developing critical understanding of the impact of increased internationalisation of business on the theory and practice of management

Management in Practice Dissertation

Year: 3

This module is optional

The Dissertation module provides an opportunity to assimilate the knowledge and learning through their supervised study. The study will result in a bespoke piece of individualised research to add to their overall body of knowledge. The process involved will include investigation, analysis of an identified area and recommendations for identified stakeholders.

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

There is no A Level requirement for this course. Please refer to the additional entry requirements for further information.

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.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applications must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements or demonstrate their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). The initial offer standard may vary from year to year. In addition, all applicants must:

(a) be in employment and be working in, or aspiring to work in, a supervisory/ management role;

or

(b) if unemployed, have previously been employed in a supervisory/management role normally within the last three years.

Teaching and learning assessment

A primary degree is comprised of modules amounting to 360 credit points. It will be made up of modules from different levels, i.e. at levels 4, 5 and 6. The BSc Hons Management Practice comprises levels 4, 5 and 6 modules. Those who have completed the AdvDiploma in Management Practice will "cash in" their qualification for the higher award. Where no level 4 modules have been studied, a portfolio of evidence may be submitted and used. Students must undertake modules amounting to 120 credit points at level 6, ie, there are no exemptions in the final year.

The course is structured into modules and typically there are 6 x 20 credit point modules at each level.

Year 1 includes topics such as Managing Effectively, Managing Resources and Project Management.

Year 2 includes modules relating to leadership, marketing, change management, finance and business improvement.

Year 3 focuses on entrepreneurship in practice, management in practice, accounting for non-accountants and human resource management. The final year includes a research dissertation.

Accreditation of Prior Learning may be used to meet the learning outcomes of level 4 and level 5 modules.

All modules are assessed by coursework only.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of an approved programme provided that they shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level. There are no exemptions in the final year.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Graduates of the programme will be equipped to progress to more advanced programmes of study. In addition, they will be in a better position to progress within their organisation, or indeed, within another organisation/sector. Academic progression may largely depend on the individual’s previous experience as well as their accumulated studies. Future study may include programmes such as the MSc in Business Improvement or MSc in Executive Leadership.

Students who exit with the award of Associate Bachelor’s Degree will have a secure platform from which to further their careers by pursuing appropriate academic or professional qualifications and/or by developing their skills within the context of their current role, their organisation or another organisation/sector.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Please complete the University's online application form

Start dates

  • October 2017
  • February 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

To find out more about fees related to this course please visit
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/price-on-application

Additional mandatory costs

As this degree may include completion of two separate portfolios of evidence, please contact the Course Director for information on the cost of this programme.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

For further information on this programme, please contact:

Course Director: Dr Joy Taylor

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8317

M: +44 (0)77 0297 1441

E: j.taylor@ulster.ac.uk

Or

Mrs Lee Hutchinson

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8077

E: l.hutchinson@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

"I am so glad I did this. I was absolutely terrified at the start and wasn't at all sure I could work at the level required, let alone fit it all in with work and home and family. With each module my confidence grew, I feel like a different person and am much more confident in my abilities and what I have to offer. I am developing new career plans and feel like I can achieve in a way I never did before. This has been a brilliant opportunity and worth every penny and every sleepless night."

"The course focussed my thoughts and allowed us (the business) to widen our perspective. We have developed two new product lines which I don't think would have happened without us looking at the bigger picture."