Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Business Management

Learn how to become an organisation’s best asset by successfully coordinating people, projects and resources. While exploring management in the context of economics, marketing, entrepreneurship, sustainability and globalisation, you’ll get the chance to put theory into practice during consultancy projects and paid work placements. You can also opt to focus on a particular field and graduate with a specialist named degree, all helping give you the edge you’ll need to stand out.

UCAS tariff
240
UCAS course code
N203
Institution code
P60
Duration
3 years
(+ optional placement)
Start date
September 2014
Course type
Full-time
Location
Plymouth

Key features

  • Complete this Chartered Management Institute-accredited course and graduate with a full honours degree and a CMI Diploma in Leadership and Management.
  • Fulfil your potential by developing the skills, knowledge and experience needed to build your career in the competitive world of business.
  • Boost your employability with paid, real-world experience during an optional work placement year.
  • Choose to specialise in your preferred area of interest during your final year and graduate with a named degree in Business Management with: Marketing, Leadership and Human Resource Management, Leadership Practice, Operations Management, International Management, Entrepreneurship or Financial Management.
  • Benefit from learning within a supportive environment where you’ll be mentored by a community of experienced academics.
  • Focus on the practical aspects of management including strategy, ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, decision making and self-evaluation.
  • Sharpen your networking skills, take part in exclusive opportunities and international trips, by joining the Plymouth Management Society.
  • Study full-time over three years or choose the two-year, fast-track route to get ahead of the competition.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll gain a solid understanding of management in a business and enterprise context, focussing on areas such as organisational behaviour, economics, accounting, entrepreneurship and marketing. You’ll also look into the ethical and sustainability issues of business, get the chance to study a language and complete a consultancy project.
    Core modules
    • ABF107 Business Accounting

      Business Accounting introduces accounting as the measurement, recording and communication of financial information for the purpose of business decision making in the context of risk, sustainability and liquidity. Business Accounting exposes the practical application of a range of relevant accounting techniques which enable effective decision making process. On successful completion of the module students should be able to prepare report and analyse the key financial statements for decision making purposes.

    • ECN106 Economics for Business

      This module provides an introduction to economics in a business context. It explores some basic concepts and techniques involved in economic analysis at an introductory level, and considers the relevance of economics, and of the economic environment, to business decision-making.

    • BSO105 Entrepreneurial Thought and Action

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the themes of Being Enterprising, ethics and Education for Sustainable Development (EfSD). It will develop a range of academic and professional skills including: consulting, researching (multimedia); academic writing; feedback and reflection; professional presentation skills; team working, leadership and project management. The module has an action research focus and will explore entrepreneurship in a variety of organisational contexts (e.g. social enterprise, not for profit, SME's, public sector, private enterprise).

    • HRS101C Organisational Behaviour

      This module introduces students to the study of individuals and groups within the organisational context.

    • BSO104 World of Enterprise

      This module will introduce students to the key concept of enterprise. There will be a consideration enterprise in the form of organisations, entrepreneurial activity, initiative and resourcefulness and projects. The module will provide the foundation knowledge of how organisations work with a focus on people, process and outputs. The changing global context and digital nature of information will be covered as will emerging models of business. There will be an emphasis on people in organisations and sustainability.

    Optional modules
    • ELC101C English for Academic Purposes

      This module develops students' level of English in order to operate effectively in an academic context at stage one.

    • MKT102 Essentials of Marketing

      Aimed at Business students this module examines the philosophy and functional activities that comprise the business area known as of Marketing. It considers the application of this concept across a range of organisations and markets, focusing on achieving competitive advantage through the development of marketing mixes based around customer centrality.

    • FREX01 French 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • FREX02 French 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • FREX03 French 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • FREX400 French Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from French 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • GERX01 German 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • GERX02 German 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • BSO106 Information for Business Decisions

      This module introduce students to the key concepts of digital organisation, the interaction between the different roles of Information Management and business processes, especially problem-solving and decision-making at individual, work group, and organisation levels.

    • LNG100C International Communications

      This module helps students prepare for working life in the globalised world in which interaction with other cultures is crucial to success. It introduces theories of cultural difference and intercultural communication, and illustrates their application in business / professional situations, using examples from a range of significant countries.

    • MANX001 Mandarin Chinese 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • MATH186C Mathematics for Business

      The module aims to provide a foundation in the mathematical skills required to manipulate and interpret quantitative business data and to use quantitative techniques to aid business decision making. This module will enable all students to reach a suitable level of competency regardless of their mathematical background.

    • SPNX01 Spanish 1

      This module is designed for beginners in the language, or those whose previous qualification/experience is not equivalent to GCSE grade B. It develops communicative competence at a basic level, enabling students to establish and maintain adequate social relations with speakers of a foreign language, negotiate everyday needs in a foreign country, and communicate using spoken and simple written language in a limited social or work setting.

    • SPNX02 Spanish 2

      This module is designed for students whose previous qualification/experience in the language is at least equivalent to GCSE grade B, or as a progression from Basic. It develops communicative competence at an intermediate level, improving students' ability to establish social and working relations with speakers of the language, to understand key aspects of the target culture, and to handle useful routine writing and reading tasks.

    • SPNX03 Spanish 3

      This module is aimed at students whose previous experience in the language is equivalent to AS level, or as a progression from Intermediate 1. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language, and to understand key aspects of the target culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

    • HTM110C The Tourism Industry

      The module is intended to increase student awareness of commercial operations in tourism.

  • Year 2
  • In the second year, you’ll develop your employability skills further by focusing on the practical techniques for managing people, operations, resources and projects. You’ll also develop your understanding of professional development and employment planning, and hone vital decision making and research skills.
    Core modules
    • BSO205 Introduction to Operations Management

      Operations, the activity of producing, delivering and supporting goods and services, lies at the heart of businesses. This module introduces the major themes of how this can be done in practice, describing the challenges faced across the goods-services range of industries. It further develops an appreciation of organisational responses to operational issues and the decisions, techniques and technologies which are used to meet them.

    • BMG204 Management Decision Making

    • BMG202AY People Management

      This module provides an overview of organisational activities which are characterised as people management.

    • PDP200 Professional Development Planning

    • BMG205AY Project Management

    Optional modules
    • BSO208 An Introduction to International Business

    • BSO200 Business Ethics

    • BSO202 Enterprise and Innovation

      Enterprise and entrepreneurship; risk analysis and management; invention, innovation and diffusion; economics of innovation; market structure and innovation; innovation and competitive advantage; protecting innovation; the public sector innovation; innovation and economic growth; managing and developing innovation.

    • BSO210 Entrepreneurship

      The module aims to provide grounding in the quantitative techniques used for modelling and analysis in business, economics and finance. It introduces students to a range of mathematical methods and the application of those methods to the analysis of real-world issues.

    • ABF214 Management Accounting

      Students will study management accounting, including areas such as budgeting, costing and variance analysis.

    • EPIE200 Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who will be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their degree. It is designed to build on skills learned in Stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • MKT206 Professional Sales

      This module examines the key aspects of professional selling, based upon accepted sales practices. These include the identification of prospects, the use of consultative sales techniques to gain the order, and the use of post-sale service to engender good will amongst customers and to encourage repeat purchase. It provides participants with the basic skills to achieve each aspect of the selling process, while encouraging them to temper these abilities with strong ethical considerations.

    • BUS229 Shaping the Future: creating sustainable organisations

      This interdisciplinary module develops students' ability to assess how organisations can adapt, innovate and thrive in response to the macro social, economic and environmental forces impacting society and organisations. The module develops an awareness of the key physical, structural, social and moral challenges faced and encourages students to develop innovative systems thinking approaches to how organisations can adapt to, mitigate against and capitalise on this unprecedented period of intense and unpredictable change.

  • Year 3
  • Gain valuable on-the-job experience through an optional placement year. Supported by a dedicated team, you can undertake a paid position within a public or private sector organisation relevant to your interests. While following a training programme agreed with your employer, you’ll also be supervised by academic staff throughout the year. You may even decide to set up your own business. If you choose to undertake a placement, you can do so after either your first or final year.
    Core modules
    • EPIE300 Placement Year

      The placement year consists of an extended period of appropriate professional experience in a business or organisation. It allows the student to gain relevant experience to consolidate their studies and prepare for final stage study and employment after graduation. Students on BA International Business may also undertake a study placement at an approved partner institution.

    • EPIE301 The Placement Project

      This module requires students to produce a project relating to their placement experience.

  • Final year
  • By choosing from a range of modules covering topics such as innovation, entrepreneurship, human resources, leadership and ethics, in your final year, you can tailor your degree to your interests and graduate with a specialist named degree. You’ll also increase your understanding of strategic and topical management issues, completing a management-focused research or consultancy project. At the same time, you’ll continue exploring your professional development.
    Core modules
    • BMG301 Current Issues in Management

      This module exposes students to current debates within the field of business and management. The content will be fluid as it will draw on contemporary case studies, technological innovation, government legislation and philosophical, ethical or environmental debates.

    • BMG304AY Project (Management Report)

    • BMG303AY Strategic Management: Theory and Practice

    Optional modules
    • MKT308 Charity Fundraising Management

      The module will provide participants a detailed understanding of the principles and practice of fundraising. It is structured to mirror the process of fundraising management and by the end of the program participants will have developed a fundraising plan for a charity or non-profit organisation of their choice. We provide an introduction to both the non-profit sector and the concept of philanthropy before considering fundraising planning and each major form of fundraising in turn.

    • BMG310 Current Issues in Information Technology

      The module reviews the latest in IT practice and research and its relevance to the management discipline. It covers topics such as legislation, ethics, security, sustainability and corporate governance and the role IT plays in these.

    • BSO314 Enterprise Creation

      The module offers the opportunity to develop the skills and understanding necessary to write a professional business plan and bid for venture capital funding.

    • BSO315 Enterprise Portfolio

      The `Enterprise Portfolio¿ is an individual project- based assignment which aims to integrate a critical evaluation of the enterprise concept with active learning centred on an enterprising activity or initiative and a forward looking personal evaluation.

    • HRS309 Equality and Diversity in the Workplace

      The module provides a broad understanding of equality and diversity in the workplace. The module considers the perspectives and paradigms which underpin organisational choices in managing diversity effectively, exploring organisational equality and diversity at the levels of strategy and operational practice, and how group and individual identities are constructed in the workplace.

    • ABF301 Financial Management

      This module aims to develop the student's understanding of, and skills in, financial management and corporate finance. Topics covered in the module include working capital management, investment approval under uncertainty, risk management, efficient markets, cost of capital, company valuation and restructuring.

    • BSO302 Global Enterprise

      A module providing advanced study of contemporary international business and theory.

    • BSO312 Global Supply Chains

      This module deals with issues in the Global Supply Chain, this would typically involve, logistics, customer service, inventory management, transportation, materials handling, management of logistical information, inbound logistics and purchasing, the global logistics environment, supply chain strategy(ies), performance measurement.

    • HRS307 Human Resource Management

      Consideration of HR strategy and current developments in the management of human resources in modern organisations operating within complex environments.

    • HRS302 International and Comparative HRM

      Students are introduced to: the implications of globalisation for HRM and labour, the particular human resource management problems confronted by Multinational organisations; human resource management systems in a range of different national contexts; and the social dimension of the EU and its implications for HRM.

    • ABF310 International Financial Management

      In this module students will study the framework and operation of international money markets, and the operational and strategic management of international investment and financing. In addition, students will examine the constraints and competitive pressures faced by finance managers in international markets, and the range of financial instruments used to minimise exchange risk exposure and support international trade.

    • MKT303 International Marketing

      An integrative module acquainting the students with the international business environment, the international marketing planning process and issues in implementation of international marketing plans.

    • ECN317 International Trade and International Finance

      This module explores the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and capital markets. Students on the module will investigate major trends in international trade, why trade occurs and why governments intervene and the balance of payments, exchange rates and the international monetary system, and discuss the implications of the globalisation of economic activity.

    • HRS311 Leadership Practice

      Through study, reflection and exercises, this module seeks to explore the development of knowledge and embed the practice of doing leadership. The aim is to use theory and practice for effective leading at multi-levels: self, others, teams and workplaces. It enables the development of an understanding of what it is to be an effective leader.

    • HRS308 Learning and Development in the Workplace

      The module introduces students to the principles and practice of learning and development (L&D) in the workplace. It provides an understanding of the contribution of learning and development at both the strategic and operational levels of the business. Through seminar activities and assessment, students will have the opportunity to learn how to research, design and deliver learning and development programmes and strategies. The module is suitable for students wishing to work in: (1) an L&D function and (2) line-management position in any industry.

    • MKT305 Marketing Management

      The module is designed to provide business students with an understanding of the essential elements of the marketing management process. It explores the way in which marketing strategies can be developed and implemented in business organisations, and the relationship between marketing and other functional areas of management.

    • BMG302 Organisational Leadership

      A multi-layered perspective examines the role of leadership in relation to structural, social, political, cultural and psychological processes at individual, team, organisational and national levels. The ethical and moral responsibilities of corporate leaders are critiqued as is the inter-relationship between leadership, governance, decision-making and change.

    • HRS310 Women in Business

      This module is for anyone who is interested in women in the World of business. It aims to address the 'invisibility' of women in the mainstream business course literature by exploring gender perspectives in specific work contexts (e.g. large corporate, SME, micro, self- employed, informal economy). The module tackles contemporary issues, debating topics that are simultaneously enlightening and inspiring, as well as disconcerting and raw.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

  • A level/AS level: 240 points (including a minimum of 180 points from two A levels).
  • 14-19 Diplomas: accepted – please enquire. 

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.

Fees & funding

Home/EU £9,000 International £11,500

For further information please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

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