Term 2 – BA in Business Management (Top-Up) Degree

Term 2

Organisational Change Management

The best online management degrees should cover all aspects of an organisation, from the way in which all departments contribute to achieving business goals, how business challenges are overcome, to aspects such as the way in which changes within the organisation affects employees in an organisation. By studying this module of the online degree in business management, students will gain an understanding about how an organisation will try to achieve a high level of employee engagement by re-shaping their attitudes, and behaviour in conjunction with the changes taking place within the organisation.

Credits: 15
How to pass:  You should achieve a minimum overall mark of 40%
Projects:  Coursework

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the practices and leadership behaviours that are required to participate in and effectively respond to change and challenges in the workplace.
  2. Consider the practical difficulties and challenges arising from planned and unplanned change.
  3. Evidence heightened personal understanding of change in relation to workplace participation.
  4. Demonstrate critical analysis through engagement with practical difficulties of managing organisational change.

Strategic Management in Action

This module of the business top-up degree involves a detailed analysis of the strategic options available to major international corporate organisations and the implementation challenges associated with those strategic options. The module will focus on two central themes. Firstly, the organisation’s exploitation of competitive opportunities: here the module will review the techniques for identifying and evaluating the strategic options available to organisations, taking into account modern approaches to strategy formulation in a globalised environment. Secondly, the management of change: here the module will consider the various issues involved in the implementation of those strategic options selected, with particular emphasis on resources, people, and systems.

Credits: 15
How to pass:  You should achieve a minimum overall mark of 40%
Projects:  Coursework

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the strategic issues and choices facing business organisations; and the resource implications of the strategic management process, bearing in mind recent developments in strategic thinking.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the implementation issues facing business organisations; and the role of leadership and innovation in the management of change.
  3. Undertake a detailed analysis and evaluation of the strategic options available to a business organisation and then report and present those findings in an appropriate manner.

Sustainable Management Futures

This is a core module of the online BA in Business Management degree course. It is a capstone module that takes a futures perspective on management, organisations and the changing nature of business and enterprise models. It is both a forward-looking and integrative module that aims to bring together our students’ understanding of the evolving context of sustainable management. The module takes a dimension-based view of the notion of sustainable management futures by introducing the ‘people, planet and profit lenses’ for understanding sustainable management. We aim to introduce students to the idea and value of developing a ‘futures mindset’ from a number of perspectives, including ethical and entrepreneurial; tolerant and innovative; and responsible and responsive.

Credits: 15
How to pass:  You should achieve a minimum overall mark of 40%
Projects:  Coursework

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop an understanding of the complexity of the dynamics concerning sustainable management in its three dimensions: planet, people and profit.
  2. Critically evaluate individual and organisational actions and behaviour against a framework for sustainable management practices.
  3. Examine the various types of corporate ‘failures’ and evaluate the policy responses available together with the case for sustainable management.

Undergraduate Major Project

The Major Project module allows students to engage in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, as appropriate to their interests and background. It is the culmination of this accredited business top-up degree.

The project’s topic will be assessed for suitability to ensure sufficient academic challenge and satisfactory supervision by an academic member of staff. The chosen topic will require the student to identify/formulate problems and issues, conduct literature reviews, evaluate information, investigate and adopt suitable development methodologies, determine solutions, develop hardware, software and/or media artefacts as appropriate, process data, critically appraise and present their finding using a variety of media. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills.

Credits: 30
How to pass:  You should achieve a minimum overall mark of 40%
Projects:  Research Report

Learning Outcomes

  1. Choose and define the scope of an appropriate area for structured desk-based investigation/design/development.
  2. Collect, organise, understand and interpret information from a variety of appropriate resources, acting autonomously, with minimal supervision.
  3. Identify, select and justify the use of appropriate techniques, methods and development strategies.
  4. Critically evaluate evidence to justify and support conclusions/recommendations.
  5. Communicate effectively in a form appropriate to the topic chosen and audience identified and produce detailed and coherent work.
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