Business Management

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Business Management

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: Agriculture
    Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
    Pre-requisites: AP1SB1 Introduction to Management
    Non-modular pre-requisites: Must take this module if want to take AP3EB1 Business Strategy
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Prof Richard Bennett
    Summary module description:
    The module, building on material given in AP1SB1, aims to consider: *Specification of management problems for selection of appropriate tools and techniques *Application of particular tools and techniques to management problems *Analytical skills applied to management problems using particular tools and techniques *Presentation of the application of management tools and techniques to business problems
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    At the end of the module you will have developed the following core skills: * Presentation skills - developing skills in discussion * Analytical thinking - developing numeric, literacy, reasoning and appraisal skills
    Additional outcomes:
    ? Interaction with other students
    Outline content:
    Subjects covered will include the following: o Classifications of management tools and techniques o Modelling o Network and systems analysis o Gant charts, scheduling, critical path analysis o Decision analysis ? risk and uncertainty, payoff matrices o SWOT, PEST and Porter?s Five Forces o Tools and techniques for people management ?negotiation skills o Stakeholder analysis o Tools for brainstorming. For some students this will provide pre-requisite knowledge for more advanced teaching in Part 3; for others, a grounding in business techniques.
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    Methods of delivery: * Lectures - incorporating in-class assignments and discussion * Directed learning - reflecting on your experience and assignments Lectures will include exercises to reinforce and apply management theory. Students will be expected to present their thoughts on selected aspects of the module through discussions, short written reports and other methods.
    Contact hours:
    Lectures 20
    Guided independent study 80
    Total hours by term 100.00
    Total hours for module 100.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 70
    Class test administered by School 30
    Other information on summative assessment:
    Class test is a short-answer paper.
    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    One hour examination paper to answer one question from a choice of two.
    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.
    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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