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Business Management

Course overview

(MSc) Master of Science
Business Management
Inactive
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Masters
Part-time
Business Management - Masters
MSC N21024
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/pgt/assess-rules.aspx
25/07/2017
A 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in any discipline.
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

External Examiners

Mr Michael Paul Bernon
Senior Lecturer and Executive Development Director

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 Options year 1 Optional 0 Optional Optional

Year 2 - 2020/21

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 BE987-7-FY Dissertation Core 45 Optional Optional
02 Options year 2 Optional 0 Optional Optional

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The main aims and objectives of the programme are:

1) To equip students to think critically and formulate reasoned opinions based on complex information.
2) To integrate functional knowledge and apply strategic management skills at a junior level in changing business environments.
3) To equip students to understand organisations and their stakeholders.
4) To prepare students with knowledge of running business operations effectively in cross-cultural settings, understanding the nature of globalisation.
5) To equip students to understand the importance of business ethics in a global environment and act with integrity.
6) To equip students with quantitative skills to analyse complex data, understanding the financial implications of managerial decision-making.
7) To develop students’ a deep understanding of the analytical techniques applicable business management;
8) To equip students with skills to manage their own learning, learn to work in teams, and network and communicate with different stakeholders
9) To develop students’ knowledge on how to work effectively within a diverse team environment.
10) To enable students to develop a management career in different types of organisations in the private and public sector and a commitment to lifelong learning,
11) To help students to acquire the skills for successfully conducting independent research practice and help them gain foundation for pursuing further academic study (i.e. PhD degree).


Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Gain awareness about the increasing importance of strategic management in the competitive business environment.
A2 Establish a critical understanding of different classes of problems and strategies in international context.
A3 Develop analytical skills of financial analysis, and solve challenging and complex problems of the modern business world.
A4 A theoretical (i.e. research led) and practical understanding of marketing and its international dimensions, and marketing practices.
A5 A critical understanding of global supply chains and operations management, decision making methods and approaches
A6 Establish a critical understanding of organisations, their structure and processes, and decision making within new and complex structures.
A7 Developing essential knowledge and skills to acquire and analyse economic data, markets and information, to evaluate their relevance, reliability and validity, and to synthesise a range of data and information for different purposes in an organisation.
A8 Developing essential knowledge on creating and managing new and entrepreneurial organisations, and ability to deal with challenges of such organisations.
A9 Developing essential understanding and ability in conducting independent and original research in the area of business management, and skills in clearly communicating a research output to diverse types of audiences.
Learning Methods: Postgraduate Certificate stage, Postgraduate Diploma stage, and Masters stage:

Lectures, tutor-led seminars, and workshops;

Essential and recommended directed reading of textbooks, peer reviewed journal articles, business case studies, business newspapers and periodicals on different aspects of business management to develop students’ knowledge and understanding on the subject matter;

Lectures will introduce the key theoretical concepts of Financial Analysis and Decision Making, Managerial Economics, Organisations and Learning, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management. The lectures will also equip students with the critical understanding of the context and scopes of specific theories, models and techniques, directing them to the most appropriate approach demanded by a given managerial problem. Seminars will focus on real-world applications of the theoretical approaches taught in the lectures. For each subject, relevant managerial problems will be introduced, modelled and discussed. Seminar sessions will help students to acquire the analytical and communication skills for implementing and solving managerial problems.

Formal formative assessment which will consist of hands on practical coursework (e.g. application of financial analysis, operations and supply chain simulations); individual assignments, group work assignments and oral presentations. Related feedback, coupled with peer group interaction would enable students to augment their understanding of the topics;

Informal assessment will be made in seminars through peer group and in class discussions, and oral presentations to enable students to successfully comprehend the subject matters;

Discussions and interactions with industry invited as guest speakers; networking with external communities of practice to enhance practical knowledge and understanding of students;

Lectures and directed self-study for the identification of different research paradigms, techniques and methods used in academic dissertation, and those which can be used to inform and support practical scenarios; and
Self directed study with supervision.

Assessment Methods: Postgraduate Certificate stage, Postgraduate Diploma stage, and Masters stage:


Learning outcomes A1 to A6 and A8 will be formally assessed by individual and group coursework (i.e. reports), written dissertation proposal and written examinations andgroup presentations;

Learning outcomes A7 and A9 will be formally assessed via dissertation project;

Learning outcomes A1 to A6 and A8 will be informally assessed via lecture and seminar activities and discussions; and

Learning outcomes A1 to A9 will also be informally assessed by lab based exercises and one-to-one discussions with lecturers during consultation hours.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Critically reviewing and evaluating theories and empirical evidence in areas of strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, organisations, accounting and finance, operations and supply chain management, synthesising different ideas and perspectives, proposing new arguments and hypotheses, and communicating ideas, arguments and knowledge effectively, in a clear and coherent manner.
B2 Developing skills in analysing, evaluating and forecasting potential implications of internal and external environmental factors in the performance of diverse business operations and decisions.
B3 Planning, carrying out and managing independent and original research.
B4 Synthesising, analysing and evaluating different sources of information and data to most effectively solve complex real life problems, to undertake forward planning and to give sound business decisions.
B5 Analysing and solving operational and strategic level problems in an organisation systematically and creatively
Learning Methods: Postgraduate Certificate stage, Postgraduate Diploma stage, and Masters stage:

Lectures and seminars; active learning processes such as group discussions, preparation of individual and team-based analytical courseworks, presentations of assignments to assessment panel, written examinations and inclass discussions which will help students to develop their intellectual and cognitive skills such as critical, analytical, synthesising, problem solving and decision making skills;

Essential and recommended directed readings from different sources of information which will enable students to synthesise and evaluate divserse types of knowledge. They will also ensure students to develop a critical awareness of current issues in business management.

Written examinations and problem based, analytical exercises and group assessments which will help students to learn how to deal with complex issues and solve problems systematically and creatively. Independent coursework, research proposal and dissertation project which will be used to enhance intellectual skills related to specialist knowledge, understanding and practical skills of students. These assessment menthods will also ensure that students can evaluate and integrate theory and practice in a variety of situations. Such methods and strategies will be built into each module of the programme; and

Self-directed dissertation project with dedicated supervision which will help students to learn how to act autonomously in planning and implementing a research project, and develop an original and creative piece of work;

Assessment Methods: Postgraduate Certificate stage, Postgraduate Diploma stage, and Masters stage:


Learning outcomes B1 to B5 will be formally assessed by written individual and group coursework, and written examinations;

Learning outcomes B1 and B2 will be formally assessed by the presentations of group work;

Learning outcome B3 is assessed by the completion of a dissertation.

Learning outcomes B1, B2, B4 and B5 will also be informally assessed via lecture and seminar activities and discussions, informal feedback about lab based exercises, and one-to-one discussions with lecturers during consultation hours.

C: Practical skills

C1 Oral and written communication skills.
C2 Ability to acquire, organise, integrate, analyse and interpret data in order to generate valuable insights into business intelligence and decision making.
C3 Develop the ability to interpret theoretical solutions in a business context, particularly through multiple approaches.
C4 Use information technology, such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistical and web-based packages to read, synthesise data and information in order to support research practice, problem solving and decision making.
Learning Methods: Postgraduate Certificate stage, Postgraduate Diploma stage, and Masters stage:

Discussions of examples and cases from business practice during lectures and seminars which will help students to develop skills in applying theoretical knowledge to solve practice based problems;

Financial analysis, and operations and supply chain management exercises which will develop practical skills of students including ability to analyse, solve problems and make decisions on diverse business matters and enable students to demonstrate and communicate their results.

Written materials and case studies provided to students will help them to improve their knowledge and skills in using a range methods and approaches for analysis to address practice based problems;

Discussions and interactions with industry invited as guest speakers; networking with external communities of practice to enhance external awareness of students (e.g. knowledge of work, organizational cultures, business skills), to provide an informal means for the assessment of their practical skills and to enable them to reflect on their own problem solving and decision making practice;

One-to-one meetings with lecturers in their consultation hours and dissertation supervisors to discuss and receive feedback on a particular piece of work; and

Potential external visits which constitute field tripts outside the usual learning environments in order to enable students to observe the application of theory in practice.

Assessment Methods: Postgraduate Certificate stage, Postgraduate Diploma stage, and Masters stage:


Learning Outcomes C1 to C4will be formally assessed by via coursework assignments and written examinations;

Learning Outcome C1 will be formally assessed by group presentations;

Learning outcome C4 is assessed by the completion of a dissertation.

Learning Outcomes C1 to C4 will also be informally assessed through lectures and seminar activities and discussions, one-to-one discussions with lecturers during consultation hours and feedback received in lab based exercises

D: Key skills

D1 Oral and written communication to different audiences in a coherent, cogent and effective manner
D2 Use of information technologies including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, data analytics and optimization based technologies and tools, enterprise resource planning systems, statistical analysis software and web-based packages to read, synthesise, analyse and evaluate different types of data and information.
D3 Use and manipulate different types of numerical data, solve operations and finance based problems, apply and interpret statistical and visual data, formulate and solve complex managerial problems.
D4 Use and application of analytical, and other creative problem solving skills.
D5 Understanding and appreciation of different communities of interest, good spoken and written communication skills, empathy and resolution of conflict.
D6 Work as project management, including time management, critical task prioritisation, meeting deadlines, evaluating self- learning.
Learning Methods: Postgraduate Certificate stage, Postgraduate Diploma stage, and Masters stage:

Financial analysis tools and softwares, operations management and supply chain modelling and tools will help students to gain the required numeracy and problem solving skills which will be of value in their future work experience;

Formally assessed presentations, and informal presentations, peer group interactions and discussions in lectures and seminars will enable students to orally communicate and present their conclusions to a range of audiences;

Group coursework and presentations will develop students’ skills in operating effectively in a range of team roles and where applicable take on leadership roles;

Individual and group coursework, dissertation project, and written examinations to enhance writing communication skills of students;

Assessment Methods: Postgraduate Certificate stage, Postgraduate Diploma stage, and Masters stage:


Learning Outcomes D1, D2, D3 D4 and D6 will be formally assessed by individual assignment projects;

Learning Outcomes D1 to D6 will be formally assessed by group assignment projects;

Learning Outcomes D1, D5 and D6 will be formally assessed by group presentations;

Learning Outcomes D1, D2, D3, D4 and D6 will be formally assessed by a dissertation project;

Learning Outcomes D1, D2, D3 and D4 will be informally assessed by lab based exercises;

Learning Outcomes D1, D4 and D5 will be informally assessed by lecture and seminar activities and discussions (e.g. case study discussions); and

Learning Outcomes D1 will be assessed by one-to-one discussions with lecturers during consultation hours.


Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

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