IA104-3-FY: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Department: International Academy
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
|Module is taught during the following terms
The module aims to provide students with a basic understanding of some of the core elements within this field. The module will in particular concentrate on the specific areas of Banking, Finance, Management and Accounting and will give students an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to key organisations, companies and institutions. The module will enable students to develop their analytical skills as well as aid them in developing their practical knowledge of this dynamic sector. The module draws extensively on the critical analysis of case-studies which students are introduced to during the seminar sessions. These are furthermore used to promote the development of group tasks and small scale research projects.
- to ensure that students obtain a broad understanding of basic business concepts and terminology
- to enable students to develop their analytical skills by applying theory to practice within the four areas
- to give students the opportunity to engage actively and critically with case-studies, balance sheets and other practical elements
- to provide opportunities for discussions of the taught material and enable students to engage with research tasks and projects
On successful completion of the module a student will demonstrate:
- an ability to couple key theoretical concepts to practical application
- an appreciation of how the areas of Banking, Finance, Management and Accounting are linked
- an ability to take an active part in group discussions and contribute to small scale group tasks
- an ability to undertake a basic analysis and justification of common conceptual and practical issues related to the areas of Banking, Finance, Management and Accounting.
- An ability to communicate ideas efficiently in both written and oral form.
The syllabus will cover the following:
The syllabus in term three will consist of three weeks of revision. This revision will include reviewing past exam papers and one to one tutorials with students, as required.
Coursework is comprised of:
One in-class test in week 7 (20%). Feedback provided in week 10.
One 1,500 word essay (35%). Titles will be available in week 4. Assignment handed in during week 11. Feedback provided in week 15.
One 1,000 word report (25%). Titles will be available in week 4. Assignment handed in during week 19. Feedback provided in week 22.
One 2,000 word essay (45%). Titles will be available in week 4. Assignment handed in during week 25. Feedback provided in week 28.
End-of-year three-hour exam.
Learning and Teaching Methods
The module will run for a period of 23 weeks. Students are expected to attend four hours of teaching per week.
Each weeks instruction consists of a 2 hour lecture and two 1 hour seminars.
The two-hour lecture will introduce the topics covered in the syllabus and will identify the key concepts and points for discussion.
The seminars are focused on furthering the students knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and provide opportunities for clarification. The seminars also provide a forum for group tasks and discussions. Students are expected to prepare the weekly set reading and / or tasks and be able to take an active part in the discussions.
In addition to the timetabled events, students are also expected to complete a range of continuous learning and formative assessment opportunities by means of the virtual learning environment (VLE) in their own time.
The three weeks in the summer term will focus on revision and exam preparation.
Lecture materials, notes and other module relevant materials such as cases provided for each lecture and are kept in the modules Moodle site. Cases for investigation will also be uploaded to the Moodle site.
50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark
Exam Duration and Period
3:00 hour exam during Summer Examination period.
- Atrill, P. and McLaney, E. (2013) Financial Accounting for Decision Makers with MyAccountingLab access card (7th Edition), Harlow, England: Pearson.
Introduction to Quantitative Methods and Finance [IQMF] Compiled by Andrew Wood Jerry Coakley and Anna Sarkisyan: Pearson 2011.
Boddy D. (2011) Management: An Introduction, 5th ed, Harlow: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall.