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International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Business and Management

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.


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 0 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 IA104-3-PS Introduction to Business Management Core 30
02 IA106-3-PS Introduction to Economics Core 30
03 IA124-3-PS Mathematics and Statistics Core 30
04 IA191-3-PS Research and Academic Development Skills Core 30

Year 1 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE200-4-AU Compulsory 15
02 BE201-4-FY Compulsory 30
03 BE101-4-SP Compulsory 15
04 BE500-4-FY Compulsory 30
05 BE202-4-AU Compulsory 15
06 BE301-4-SP Compulsory 15
07 BE902-4-AU Compulsory 0
08 BE904-4-FY Compulsory 0
09 BE918-4-FY Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE217-5-FY Compulsory 30
02 BE220-5-SP Compulsory 15
03 BE211-5-AU Compulsory 15
04 BE216-5-SP Compulsory 15
05 Option(s) from list Optional 30
06 BE218-5-SP Compulsory 15
07 BE911-5-SP Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE441-6-FY Compulsory 30
02 BE443-6-AU Compulsory 15
03 BE934-6-FY 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

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C: Practical skills

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D: Key skills

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