BSc Information Technology Management for Business / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Academic and Professional Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code BMAN11030
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


Developing the ability to become independent, self-regulating learners are skills that will be essential for success in any chosen path. This course unit is made up of two distinct parts.
The first is designed to provide students with the academic knowledge and skills needed to support their transition to University with a focus on developing independent research and academic skills. The second is concerned with cultivating the skills designed expressly to enhance employability and aid professional career development with a focus on developing the skills that employers' value. The combination of workshops, seminars and self-directed online units have been designed to encourage students to with career planning and improve their ability to learn independently.


Only available to students on BSc ITMB.

Only available to students on BSc ITMB.


The course unit aims to:

  1. 1. Equip students with the appropriate academic study skills including digital literacy
    and academic writing support appropriate for successful undergraduate study;

    2. Emphasise the skills and understanding needed for effective teamwork and
    problem solving in social learning contexts;

    3. Develop transferable skills that are sought by employers including presentation skills,
    leadership skills and commercial awareness; and

    4. Provide students with the practical skills and experience that will increase their employability and embed awareness of the graduate job market.

Learning outcomes

1. Gather and analyse information from various sources.
2. Integrate data and ideas into a written assignment.
3. Develop arguments based on evidence.
4. Group projects and team dynamics
5. Make an effective presentation.
6. Appreciate issues of diversity and their relevance to group work and the world of
7. Understand the graduate recruitment process used by different organisations.
8. Develop a Curriculum Vitae (CV).
9. Recognise and avoid common mistakes made when applying for jobs, placements and internships.


1. Developing skills to support transition to academia
2. Communication skills
3. Locating information and search skills
4. Developing a critical approach
5. Reading and writing skills
6. Presentation skills
7. Teamwork skills
8. Career planning
9. Employability skills

Teaching and learning methods

  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Online Module
  • 1-2-1 Academic Advisor meeting (15 minutes) during each semester

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 10%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%
Oral assessment/presentation 40%


  • Formative Essay 


  • Online module activities which need to be completed (pass/fail)
  • Individual Essay (50%)
  • Group Presentation (40%)
  • Job application letter and supporting CV (10%)

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 and summative essay, the group presentation and the Curriculum Vitae (CV).
During 1-2-1 Academic Advisor meetings, students will also take the opportunity to discuss
their Personal and Career Development Plan, which they will complete throughout the
academic year.

Recommended reading

Stella Cottrell, Skills for Success – Personal Development and Employability, Third Edition, 2015.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 14
Seminars 7
Independent study hours
Independent study 79

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ali Owrak Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Programme restrictions: This course is only available to first year ITMB student

For Academic Year 2023/24

Updated: March 2023

Approved by: March UG Committee

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