Business Practice and Analysis

Module description

Research published by High Fliers Research Limited (2013) into the UK graduate recruitment market reveals that over half of the top 100 graduate employers interviewed for the survey stated that it was either ‘not very likely’ or’ not likely at all’ that they would offer a job to anyone without work experience. This means that in order to put yourself in the best position for securing your preferred job post-graduation, you need to secure as much work experience as possible during your time at University. Business Practice and Analysis is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience to secure meaningful internships/work placements during your degree.

This module will teach you how to research, investigate and analyse the world of work. It will enable you to present your learning and yourself in the best possible light to attract employer’s interest. This introductory module to Business Practice will focus on the third sectors. It will explain how in a mixed economy this sector plays a vital role in innovation and service delivery, while at the same time enabling you to gain experience in fields you might not have traditionally considered for future employment. The insight and learning gained through this module will prove highly valuable to you as you progress throughout your undergraduate and post-graduation careers, providing you with insights other traditional commercial workplaces might not be able to offer.

Full module specification

Module title:Business Practice and Analysis
Module code:BEP1020
Module level:1
Academic year:2016/7
Module lecturers:
  • Mr Stephen Hickman - Lecturer
Module credit:15
ECTS value:

7.5

Pre-requisites:

None

Co-requisites:

None

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:

11

Module aims

The aim of this module is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience required to enable you to secure your preferred job post-graduation. Business Practice and Analysis I is designed as an introductory module which is a pre-requisite for Business Practice II in the second year of the Business BSc programme, which in turn leads onto the final module Practice Based Consultancy. The aim of these three modules is to educate you in the complexities of the world of work, across all three main sectors including: private, public and third. In a time where the traditional roles played by the private and public sectors are increasingly becoming blurred, the innovations created by this paradigm shift in service and commercial provision means there are increasing numbers of opportunities for graduates who wish to work in organisations with a sustainable outlook. This module will enable you to take advantage of these opportunities by teaching you both hard and soft skills associated with analysis and work place based learning.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. analyse the employment market place and identify opportunities for people with your knowledge and skills sets.
  • 2. analyse individual organisations and assess their suitability as an employer.
  • 3. audit your own skills set and secure opportunities which will make the most of them for the betterment of your own aspirations and those of your employer.
  • 4. develop a greater understanding of the voluntary and third sectors as a source of innovation and area of opportunities for the future.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. enhance your employability skills and opportunities
  • 6. develop your critical analysis skills
  • 7. test your academic learning in areas such as HR, Marketing, Accounting, Project Management and Sustainability and assess how applicable, or feasible it is to apply this learning to the world of work.
  • 8. practice your critical analysis skills within the world of work

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. cite specific examples of work based learning experiences on your applications for future employment.
  • 10. present yourself physically, your ideas, attitudes and skills in a professional manner in order to enhance potential career development opportunities.
  • 11. increase your own personal confidence in your ability to make sound judgements about your skills sets, the needs of potential employers and in turn apply successfully for jobs and roles where you will secure job satisfaction and high productivity levels for your employer, or your own future enterprise.

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
205080

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities10Introductory workshops and presentation workshop
Meetings / Workshops / Employability advice 10To agree placement and work project. Sign-off paperwork
Work placement80With host work placement
Independent study50Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
PDR - personal development review 1,000 words max1-11Written and verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
75025

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio of evidence506 elements1-8Written and verbal
Presentation2510 minutes plus notes1-11Written and verbal
Reflective learning paper251,000 words1-11Written and verbal
0
0
0
0

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio (70%) 1-8July/August
PresentationPresentation outline and accompanying commentary notes (30%)1-11July/August

Re-assessment notes

A student will be referred in all components of the student fails the module with a mark of below 40% overall.

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

Syllabus plan

  • Introductory Workshops – There will be several introductory workshops detailing: what the module involves; the relevant paperwork required and explanations of assessment. In addition to sessions looking at: the world of work, opportunities for the future, how to research jobs, how to research potential employers, designing CVs/applications, identifying your skills sets and interests, an introduction to the voluntary and third sector. Please note: The number of these and how they will be delivered will be dependent on the number of students taking the module and the staffing support available from Business School/Careers.
  • You will need to arrange personal meetings with the module lead and where necessary the employability support officer to ensure that the placement is acceptable to the university, the placement host and you.
  • The level of module co-ordinator contact time required will be determined by your project proposal and their employer’s requirements, and will be designed to meet both professional and academic needs.
  • You will produce a project outline plan and it will have to negotiated and agreed by you, the placement host and the module lead.
  • Presentation Workshop - You will give a presentation on the challenges of working in the third sector.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London, Routledge Falmer.

Rainbird, H, Fuller A and Munro A (2004) Work Place Learning in Context, Routledge

Taylor R (2010) ed  Third Sector Research, Springer

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=4892

as provided and recommended during classes and via ELE

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/fch/work-experience/reflective-writing-guidance.pdf

http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/about-third-sector - A monthly magazine for people working in the Third Sector

https://mycareerzone.exeter.ac.uk

Several resources from the University Careers Zone on interview techniques, designing cvs and completing applications

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

All students on the programme will have access to additional material in the form of a customised e-book

Origin date

01/09/2014

Last revision date

27/08/2015