Module

Business Field Trip

Module description

The 21st century has so far combined labour market flexibility, knowledge work, digital networking, globalisation and innovation to create a dynamic context, which businesses have to navigate in order to survive. However, to fully appreciate and gain an understanding of the challenges which contemporary organisations face, it is important that students engage in learning outside of the lecture theatre

Building on existing knowledge of competitive business environments, the Business Field Trip (Cornwall) module will allow students to scrutinise aspects of strategic human resource management, economic behaviour, marketing, enterprise and planning in real time. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a number of national and international institutions. The module aims to integrate and focus prior learning through the practical experience of a business field trip, which will also allow students to network, carry-out primary research and meet fellow students while maintaining a strong employability focus by building on existing skills and knowledge.

The BEP3090 is an elective module with a value of 15 credits and will be assessed though a combination of presentations and assignments. It is research-led, and will enable you to critique organisational contexts, while linking theory to practice and enabling you to partake in international learning, research and experiences in line with the Business School’s overarching strategic aims.

A pre-requisite for this module is prior completion of BEP2030 Business Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project), which allows students to develop professionalism whilst working with external organisations and enables students to critically analyse a range of organisational issues. 

Full module specification

Module title:Business Field Trip
Module code:BEP3090
Module level:3
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
  • Miss Stef Foley - Lecturer
Module credit:15
ECTS value:

7.5

Pre-requisites:

BEP2030 Business Practice

Co-requisites:

None

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:

11

Module aims

The purpose of this module is to further develop your understanding of business operation in a national or international context. You will be immersed in the chosen business environment, and have the opportunity to observe a range of businesses from an insider perspective, with the opportunity to meet and interview key members.

The module aim is to enable students to:

Observe and critically reflect on the context, structure, culture and sustainability of an organisation (but may also cover other academic areas, subject to approval of the module leader)

The distinctive features of this module are:

a) An opportunity to study selected national or international organisations, and investigate aspects of their operation that are of interest to you and also relevant to your employment aspirations.
b) An opportunity to take assessment outside the normal study period in a variety of formats (e.g. business games, reports, website, video, reflective learning portfolio).
c) An opportunity to experience external factors such as changes in legislation, the environment, competition or new technology can have an impact on an organisation and/or a manager's performance
d) An opportunity to develop and practice interviewing, observational and critical reflection skills, whilst demonstrating cultural awareness during periods of study and socialisation.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Outline the external and internal factors that influence the operation of the chosen organisation.
  • 2. Apply appropriate methodologies, whilst demonstrating awareness of the relative. strengths and weaknesses of the approach.
  • 3. Manage a research project to completion.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Critically analyse and evaluate a business phenomenon, applying and consolidating previous knowledge.
  • 5. Identify and implement appropriate theoretical frameworks.
  • 6. Gain cultural experience with an external organisation.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Develop logical and reasoned arguments with sound, convincing conclusions and recommendations.
  • 8. Communicate coherent arguments, evidence and conclusions using a variety of formats/media in a manner appropriate to the intended audience.
  • 9. Collect, analyse and evaluate appropriate data and complete a range of research tasks.
  • 10. Evaluate own strengths and weaknesses in relation to graduate-level professional and practical skills, and act autonomously to develop new areas of skills as necessary.
  • 11. Critically reflect on a given situation, scenario or event.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
361140

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning & teaching activities30Field Trip
Scheduled learning & teaching activities6Pre-trip workshops
Guided independent study114Additional research, reading and preparation for module assessments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Participant Observation Activity½ hr individual participant observations, followed by 5 minute presentation to staff on findings1 to 11Verbal feedback to be utilised in the research assessment, following field trip observations.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
70030

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research Journey Poster30Interactive Poster narrating research question development3,6,7,8,10,11Written
Group Feed-Forward write up202000 words1, 3, 5Written
Research Report5025002-5, 7-9Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research Journey PosterInteractive Poster narrating research question development3,6,7,8,10,11August assessment period
Group Feed-Forward write upAnnotated Bibliography and Literature Review (1000 words)1, 3, 5August assessment period
Research ReportWritten submission (2500 words)2-5, 7-9August assessment period

Re-assessment notes

A student if deferred via a single component will be reassessed in that component only.

Syllabus plan

You will be part of a field trip and visit an organisation on location within, or outside the UK.

You will be required to keep a research journal, detailing your own research journey, including impressions, learning and observations of the context, which will contribute to the assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core texts:

Huczynski, A., Buchanan, D. A., & Huczynski, A. A. 2013. Organizational behaviour (p. 82). London: Pearson. 

O'Leary, Z., & Hunt, J. S. (2016). Workplace research: Conducting small-scale research in organizations. Sage.

Yin, R.K., 2013. Case study research: Design and methods. Sage publications.

Discussion texts:

Estey, K., 2011. Domestic workers and cooperatives: Beyondcare goes beyond capitalism, A Case Study in Brooklyn, New York.

Working USA: The Journal of Labour and Society, 14, pp.347-365.

Bloisi, W., 2007. An introduction to human resource management. McGraw-Hill. Handy, C., 1993. Understanding organizations. Penguin UK.

Muff, K. (2014) The Collaboratory: A Co-Creative Stakeholder Engagement Process for Solving Complex Problems.

 

Other resources: as provided and recommended during classes and via ELE.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Origin date

31/03/2017

Last revision date

03/09/2020