Introduction to Business and Management
This module is designed for first year accounting students looking for an introduction to business and management, and greater business insight.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)
This module considers how business and management can promote greater EDI within their own team, department, organisation and sector, as well as within wider society.
Differences relating to the international dimensions of business and management are covered, with a strong emphasis on the UK context to exemplify a variety of different business structures may be possible depending upon local context, and these in turn require alternative approaches for management.
Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability (ERS)
Consideration is given to the wider impact of business upon the environment, communities and society as a whole.
The focus of the module is not only to engage with core theories, concepts and empirical examples, but also to understand how institutions and managers perform in practice. Students engage with material sourced from academic as well as reputable business media references.
In addition, the module content meets the standards of the professional accountancy bodies (e.g. ICAEW, ACCA and CIMA) and is accredited by them.
This module assists recruitment preparation and enhances employability by developing practical student skills throughout the module. Students also become familiar with aspects of business management terminology, concepts, and organizational examples, thereby enabling them to speak with authority during interviews about the business environment and major trends.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Introduction to Business and Management|
This module is for students studying accountancy only.
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
The module aims to:
- Introduce students who have no prior academic study of business and management to the fundamental concepts of what a business is, what business does and an overview of how they are managed.
- Enhance the employability of students taking the module.
- Allow students to consider the impact of business and management on their own futures; as consumers, as employees, as managers and/or as entrepreneurs.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. explain major contemporary developments in the business and management environment.
- 2. explain what business organisations do and how their activities are structured and how they are managed.
- 3. explain interventions to improve and/or develop business strategy, stakeholder engagement and management of performance.
- 4. explain interventions designed to improve business ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
- 5. critically evaluate contemporary theory and practice within business and management.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 6. illustrate what is involved in the activities of businesses by discussing published literature.
- 7. explain and interpret the theory and practice of management by comparing published literature with organisational examples of practice
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 8. apply critical thinking and problem-solving by developing arguments and justifying effectively using published literature
- 9. write and verbally communicate proficiently
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||15||Lectures, workshops, group activities, analysis of case studies|
|Guided Independent Study||15||Preparatory reading prior to taught sessions|
|Guided Independent Study||30||Self-guided study on ELE|
|Guided Independent Study||30||Reflection and further reading: Guided reading & completion of exercises.|
|Guided Independent Study||60||Researching & preparing your assignment & revising for your exam|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Dragons den presentation outline||5 minutes||8-9||Oral feedback|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Business idea presentation||50||15 minutes||1-9||Oral and written feedback form|
|Exam||50||90 minutes||5-9||Feedback summary to group on ELE|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Business idea presentation||Business idea presentation (similar to Dragons Den)||1-9||August/September Reassessment Period|
|Exam||Exam||1-9||August/September Reassessment Period|
- The contemporary trends in the global business environment and their future implications for business and management.
- The business of managing: managing and organising a business
- The principles of business ethics and corporate social responsibility
- Managing individual and team performance at work
- Managing change
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Daft, R., Benson, A. & Henry, B. (2020). Management (2nd ed.). London Cengage.
- Flynn, P. (2019). Introduction to Business: A primer on Basic Business Operations. New York, Business Expert Press.
- Wetherly, P., & Otter, D. (Eds). (2018). The business environment: Themes and issues (4th ed.). Oxford University Press.
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