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BSc International Business, Finance and Economics with Industrial/Professional Experience / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
Academic and Career Development
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Assignment 1 Formative Essay plan - 500 words Assignment 1 Essay 1,500 words 40%
Assignment 2: Group Presentation 30% - will be delivered in seminar 9
Assignment 3: Personal & Career Development Plan including Curriculum Vitae 30%
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.
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
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|Independent study hours|
|Lawrence Benson||Unit coordinator|
|Elaine Clark||Unit coordinator|
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.
Dependent courses: N/A
For Academic Year 2020/21
Updated: March 2020
Approved by: March UG Committee