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University of Exeter Business School

Introduction to Business and Management

Module titleIntroduction to Business and Management
Module codeBEM1028
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Mrs Fiona Smith (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module is designed for first year accounting students looking for an introduction to business and management, and greater business insight.


Additional information:


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.


External Engagement

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.

Module aims - intentions of the module

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.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. apply critical thinking and problem-solving by developing arguments and justifying effectively using published literature
  • 9. write and verbally communicate proficiently

Syllabus plan

  • 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

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities15Lectures, workshops, group activities, analysis of case studies
Guided Independent Study15Preparatory reading prior to taught sessions
Guided Independent Study30Self-guided study on ELE
Guided Independent Study30Reflection and further reading: Guided reading & completion of exercises.
Guided Independent Study60Researching & preparing your assignment & revising for your exam

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dragons den presentation outline5 minutes8-9Oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Business idea presentation5015 minutes1-9Oral and written feedback form
Exam5090 minutes5-9Feedback summary to group on ELE

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Business idea presentationBusiness idea presentation (similar to Dragons Den)1-9August/September Reassessment Period
Exam Exam 1-9August/September Reassessment Period

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. 

Key words search

Business, Management.

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

This module is for students studying accountancy only. 

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