Business Administration (Including Foundation Year)

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Course overview
(BBA) Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration (Including Foundation Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree

Professional accreditation


Admission criteria

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

Course qualifiers


Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes


External examiners

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.


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

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 BE211-5-AU Compulsory 15
02 BE216-5-SP Compulsory 15
03 BE417-5-AU Compulsory 15
04 Option(s) from list Optional 30
05 Option(s) from list Optional 30
06 BE911-5-SP Compulsory 0
07 BE218-5-SP Compulsory 15

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE441-6-FY Compulsory 30
02 BE932-6-FY Compulsory 15
03 BE260-6-AU Compulsory 15
04 BE531-6-SP Compulsory 15
05 Option from list Optional 30
06 Option from list Optional 15

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:

1. To develop an essential understanding of business management principles and their application in different organisational contexts and to acquire analytical, problem-solving, creative and learning skills for managing business ventures.

2. To obtain a thorough understanding of the value of managing people and organisations and appreciation of different schools of management theories in relation to acquired appropriate skills and techniques for effective problem solving and in-depth investigation of key issues in enterprise management.

3. To develop a critical awareness of economic, social, technological and ethical context of enterprise management.

4. To enable students to learn to engage in reflective practice based on the use of analytical skills, diverse tools and techniques.

5. To develop their ability to lead different types of business ventures where innovation, networks, ethics and sustainability are the key drivers of change and effective performance in varied environment.

6. To manage their own learning and personal development in the future, to learn to work in teams, and to network with different stakeholders.

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 Studying the concept, purpose and practice of quantitative research, with a focus on the organization and analysis of statistical data (BM 3.6, 3.7. INFORMATION SYSTEMS, COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY)
A6 Clear understanding of conceptual issues of information and the practice of information management, including the meaning of working in an information society (BM 3.6, 3.7-INFORMATION SYSTEMS, COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY)
A7 Clear understanding of contexts and processes of innovation management (BM 3.6, 3.7 CONTEMPORARY & PERVASIVE ISSUES
A8 Critical understanding of the key concepts in international finance -marketplaces, concepts and tools (BM 3.2, 3.5, 3.7 FINANCE).
A9 Studying core theoretical frameworks employed in understanding theories of international business; and key characteristics of the international business environment with a focus on economic, political, socio-cultural and technological factors and conditions (BM 3.2, 3.5, 3.7 MARKETS)
A10 Clear understanding of the theoretical frameworks used to conceptualise the international business environment (BM 3.5, 3.7 MARKETS)
A11 Critical understanding of core theoretical frameworks employed to explore and conceptualize business strategy (3.2, 3.7 BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY)
A12 Studying fundamental and principles of business law and its application to the development of the firm, with a focus on the UK and the European Union (BM 3.4, 3.5)
A13 Critical understaning of concepts and context and theories of business ethics (BM 3.4, 3.5, 3.7 CONTEMPORARY & PERVASIVE ISSUES, MARKETS, CUSTOMERS AND PEOPLE)
A14 Clear 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 Year 2 - Studying concepts, contexts and theoretical frameworks of business-to-business marketing (BM 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7-MARKETS, CUSTOMERS, BUSINESS POLICY & STRATEGY
A16 Critical understanding of key concepts and tools in international human resource management (BM 3.2, 3.5, 3.7 PEOPLE).
A17 Critical understanding of the key concepts in international finance -marketplaces, concepts and tools (BM 3.2, 3.5, 3.7 FINANCE).
A18 Critical understanding of enterprise development in economically diverse contexts (BM 3.2, 3.5)
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

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:

C: Practical skills

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:

D: Key skills

Learning Methods:
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