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International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Southend Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Business and Management
BSC N124
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
19/06/2018

UK and EU applicants should have, or expect to have:

72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent.

Examples of the above tariff may include:

  • A-levels: DDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP

All applicants must also hold GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above.

Essex Pathways Department accepts a wide range of qualifications from applicants. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

Essex Pathways Department is unable to accept applications from international students. Foundation pathways for international students are available at the University of Essex International College and are delivered and awarded by Kaplan, in partnership with the University of Essex. Successful completion will enable you to progress to the relevant degree course at the University of Essex.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. Specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

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

Our Year 0 courses are only open to UK and EU applicants. If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to your chosen degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College.

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 2 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE217-5-FY The International Business Environment Compulsory 30
02 BE220-5-SP Strategic Entrepreneurship Compulsory 15
03 BE211-5-AU Managing Innovation Compulsory 15
04 BE216-5-SP International Business Strategies Compulsory 15
05 Option(s) from list Optional 30
06 BE218-5-SP Business Research Methods Compulsory 15
07 BE911-5-SP Successful Futures Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE441-6-FY Business Strategy Compulsory 30
02 BE443-6-AU International Human Resource Management Compulsory 15
03 BE934-6-FY Research Project - International Business and Entrepreneurship Compulsory 15
04 Option(s) from list Optional 30
05 Option(s) from list Optional 30

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 course aims are:

To provide students with an in-depth understanding of key concepts and issues surrounding the context, content and processes involved in business creation and growth, and how they apply to both domestic and international situations.

To equip students with the knowledge and skills required to develop and manage their businesses both at home and abroad.

To encourage students to think critically about processes of business development and internationalization, and to equip them with the knowledge, tools and environment within which to solve problems effectively.

To help students manage their own learning and personal development in the future.

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 Basic understanding of theories, policies and practices of business creation and growth (BM 3.4)
A2 Basic understanding of economic principles and theories of the firm (BM 3.2)
A3 Basic understanding of accounting concepts, the context in which accounting is situated, and its function in organisation management (BM 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, FINANCE)
A4 Basic understanding of the marketing concept, process and setting; application of strategic marketing planning and marketing mix for new ventures and small firms (BM 3.5, BM 3.7 MARKETS, CUSTOMERS)
A5 Clear understanding of the theoretical frameworks used to conceptualise the international business environment (BM 3.5, 3.7 MARKETS)
A6 Clear understanding of concepts, contexts and processes of innovation management (BM 3.6, 3.7 CONTEMPORARY & PERVASIVE ISSUES)
A7 Clear understanding of the value, purpose, nature and application of research methods in business studies (BM 3.3, 3.4).
A8 Clear understanding of core theoretical frameworks for digital business models and information management, structures, strategies and their implementation for new venture creation and in small firms (BM 3.7 COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, CONTEMPORARY & PERVASIVE ISSUES)
A9 Clear understanding of the organisational behaviour and management issues within dynamic organisations and its role in managing organisational change (BM 3.4, 3.6 3.7 ORGANISATIONS, MANAGEMENT, PEOPLE, OPERATIONS AND CONTEMPORARY AND PERVASIVE ISSUES)
A10 Clear understanding of the procedures for interpreting financial statements; and clear and effective understanding of business accounting principles and their importance for the dynamic organisations (BM 3.4, 3.7 FINANCE , BM 3.6 3.7 BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY)
A11 Clear understanding of concepts, contexts and theoretical frameworks of marketing communications and marketing channels, and stages of new service/product innovation , development and their marketing (BM 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7-MARKETS, CUSTOMERS, BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY)
A12 Critical understanding of core theoretical frameworks employed to explore and conceptualize business strategy and international business strategy (3.2, 3.7 BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY)
A13 Critical understanding of key concepts and tools in international human resource management (BM 3.2, 3.5, 3.7 PEOPLE).
A14 Critical understanding of concepts and theoretical frameworks of growth and development of entrepreneurial organisations, and new ventures creation under contemporary economy. (BM 3.6,3.7-PEOPLE, OPERATIONS, CONTEMPORARY & PERVASIVE ISSUES)
A15 Critical understanding of key concepts in multinational finance: marketplaces, concepts and tools (BM 3.2, 3.5, 3.7 FINANCE)
A16 Critical understanding of concepts, context and theories of business ethics (BM 3.4, 3.5, 3.7 MARKETS, CUSTOMERS, PEOPLE, CONTEMPORARY AND PERVASIVE ISSUES)
A17 Critical understanding of concepts and context and theories of the networked economy.(BM 3.4, 3.5, 3.7 CONTEMPORARY & PERVASIVE ISSUES, MARKET AND CUSTOMERS)
Learning Methods: Years 0, 1, 2 and 3:

Lectures and tutor-led seminars
Directed reading
Comparative case work in lectures and tutorials
Individual and group tasks
Assessment Methods: Years 0, 1, 2, and 3:

Written examinations
Assessed individual and group reports
Assessed individual essay
Assessed individual group presentations
Assessed individual essay
Individual reflective journal
Multiple choice class tests
Class test essay - Case study analysis

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Basic understanding of abstraction and synthesis of relevant data from a variety of sources (BM 4.1a, b, k)
B2 Basic understanding of contemporary theories and empirical evidence, use that understanding to develop an argument (both orally and in writing) and present ideas in a coherent and effective manner (BM 4.1a)
B3 Basic understanding of numerical analysis (including financial) data and appreciation of the nature and limitations of basic statistical concepts (BM 4.1b, d)
B4 Basic understanding of the ability to undertake independent research from a variety of sources (BM 4.1k)
B5 Effective use of abstraction and synthesis of relevant data from a variety of sources (BM 4.1a, b, k)
B6 Effective use of theories and empirical evidence to develop an argument (both orally and in writing) and present ideas in a coherent and effective manner (BM 4.1a)
B7 Effective use of numerical analysis (including financial) data and appreciation of the nature and limitations of basic statistical concepts (BM 4.1b, d)
B8 Effective use of independent research from a variety of sources (BM 4.1k)
B9 Critical understanding of abstraction and synthesis of relevant data from a variety of sources (BM 4.1a, b, k)
B10 Critical understanding of contemporary theories and empirical evidence, use to develop an argument (both orally and in writing) and present ideas in a coherent and effective manner (BM 4.1a)
B11 Critical understanding of numerical analysis (including financial) data and appreciation of the nature and limitations of basic statistical concepts (BM 4.1b, d)
B12 Critical understanding of the ability to undertake independent research from a variety of sources (BM 4.1k)
Learning Methods: Years 0, 1, 2 and 3:

Lectures and tutor-led seminars

Directed reading

Comparative case work in lectures and tutorials

Individual and group tasks
Assessment Methods: Years 0, 1, 2, and 3:

Written examinations

Assessed individual and group reports

Assessed individual essay

Assessed individual group presentations

Assessed individual essay

Individual reflective journal

Multiple choice class tests

Class test essay

Case study analysis

C: Practical skills

C1 Record and summarise transactions and other economic events (BM 4.1d)
C2 Identify and retrieve relevant data from a variety of sources (BM 4.1k)
C3 Present data using the appropriate form of communication (BM 4.1c, e)
C4 Forecast short, medium, and long term objectives, opportunities and threats (BM 4.1b, 4.1k)
C5 Prepare financial analysis and Projections; analyse, interpret and extrapolate data in relation to business problem and phenomena (BM 4.1d)
Learning Methods: Years 0, 1, 2 and 3:

Lectures and tutor-led seminars

Directed reading

Comparative case work in lectures and tutorials

Individual and group tasks
Assessment Methods: Years 0, 1, 2, and 3:

Written examinations

Assessed individual and group reports

Assessed individual essay

Assessed individual group presentations

Assessed individual essay

Individual reflective journal

Multiple choice class tests

Class test essay

Case study analysis

D: Key skills

D1 Communicating in oral and written formats to different audiences in a coherent, cogent and effective manner;
D2 Use of information technologies including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistical and web-based packages to read, download, analyse and evaluate different types of data and information
D3 Preparing, manipulating, and presenting numerical data.
D4 Using and applying analytical and 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 Improving time management, prioritising critical tasks, meeting deadlines, and evaluating self learning
Learning Methods: Years 0, 1, 2 and 3:

Lectures and tutor-led seminars

Directed reading -

Comparative case work in lectures and tutorials

Individual and group tasks
Assessment Methods: Years 0, 1, 2, and 3:

Written examinations

Assessed individual and group reports

Assessed individual essay

Assessed individual group presentations

Assessed individual essay

Individual reflective journal

Multiple choice class tests

Class test essay

Case study analysis


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