BSc International Business, Finance and Economics with Industrial/Professional Experience

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Academic and Career Development

Unit code BMAN10780
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Academic and Career Development is designed to provide an opportunity for students to develop academic and transferable skills that will aid them in studying management at degree level, and preparing for their career beyond University.

Pre/co-requisites

BMAN10780 is core for BSc Mgt/Mgt Specialism, IMABS, IM and IBFE.

BMAN10780 is core for BSc Management/Management specialisms with/without Industrial/Professional Experience, BSc International Management with American Business Studies  BSc International Management, BSc Information Technology Management for Business with/without Industrial Experience and BSc  International Business Finance and Economics with/without Industrial/Professional Experience.

Aims

Academic and Career Development is designed to support students in their transition to University and to provide an opportunity for students to develop academic and transferable skills that will  assist them in studying management at degree level, and preparing for their career beyond University. To this end it has several aims:

  • To provide students with skills, and support, which will enable them to have a smooth in transition to higher education.
  • To provide students with a sense of identity as a University of Manchester and Alliance Manchester Business School student.
  • To provide students with the knowledge to help them monitor, review, plan and take    responsibility for their own learning and professional development.
  • To support students in developing the academic skills required to study management at university level.
  • To support students in developing a working relationship with their academic advisor

To provide students with an introduction to employability, and support them in developing and recognising transferable skills.

 

                      

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course unit, students should be able to:

Academic and transferable

  • Understand themselves, their key strengths and challenges and their preferred ways of working/learning.
  • Appreciate issues of diversity and their relevance to group work and the world of business.
  • Gather and analyse information from various sources
  • Integrate data and ideas into a written assignment
  • Develop arguments based on evidence
  • Understand academic malpractice and how to avoid it
  • Understand, and demonstrate the ability to successfully work with group dynamics
  • Have the confidence, and skills, to enable them to contribute to group discussions.
  • Make an effective presentation
  • Critically reflect on individual learning, performance and behaviour and demonstrate an understanding of how to manage their development in order to maximise potential
  • Evaluate and plan their study
  • Understand what is meant by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and how it relates to the University of Manchester and to contemporary organisations.

 

Employability

  •  Have developed skills recognised from the ‘My Future’ framework (Robertson; 2015) as important to employers:  ie skills in connecting with others, in reflecting, in communication, in resilience and in devising (and utilising) action plans.
  • Understand their potential for development and transferability of personal and professional skills between various contexts
  •  Understand current trends in the graduate labour market
  • Describe the graduate recruitment process used by different organisations
  •  Identify the different career paths available to graduates
  • Develop a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Recognise common mistakes in applying for jobs, placements and internships, and understand how to avoid them. 

Teaching and learning methods

Methods of delivery:

Blackboard:  Online material, quizzes and formative assessment.

Lecture hours: 17 x 1 hour lectures

Seminar hours: 9 x 1 hr seminars

An individual meeting with Academic Advisor in semester 2 to discuss semester 1 results

Options talk: 1 hour

Private Study: Individual and group work  74 hours (including completion of library modules)

Total study hours: 100

 

Assessment methods

Semester 1

Assignment 1 Formative Essay plan - 500 words Assignment 1 Essay 1,500 words  40%

Semester 2

Assignment 2: Group Presentation 30% - will be delivered in seminar 9

Assignment 3: Personal & Career Development Plan including Curriculum Vitae 30%

Feedback methods

Academic advisors will provide students with informal verbal feedback throughout the course during seminars.

Written feedback via Blackboard will be provided for the formative essay plan and assessed essay, the assessed group presentation and the Personal Career and Development Plan (PCDP) including Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Online support and quizzes will provide students with feedback.

 

Recommended reading

Cottrell, S (2013) The Study Skills Handbook London: Palgrave Macmillan

Clegg, S.R., Kornberger, M & Pitsis, T.S (2015)  Managing and Organisations:  An introduction to theory and practice (4th Edition)  London:  Sage

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 17
Seminars 9
Independent study hours
Independent study 74

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Lawrence Benson Unit coordinator
Elaine Clark Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Programme Restrictions:

Core for BSc Management/Management specialisms with/without Industrial/Professional Experience, BSc International Management with American Business Studies BSc International Management, BSc Information Technology Management for Business with/without Industrial Experience and BSc International Business Finance and Economics with/without Industrial/Professional Experience.

Pre-requisites: N/A
Co-requisites: N/A
Dependent courses: N/A

Timetable
https://ughandbook.portals.mbs.ac.uk/Myprogramme/Teachingtimetables.aspx

For Academic Year 2018/19

Updated: May 2018

Approved by: March UG Committee

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