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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Business Studies with HRM (Singapore) (Aug 08-Jul 11 entry)

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) Loughborough University and PSB Corporation, Singapore
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc (Hons)
Programme title Business Studies with Human Resource Management
Programme code BSUB80
Length of programme 3-year, part-time programme, with each year comprising 3 semesters.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

The majority of students on the programme have followed the Singaporean education system. Therefore, the minimum admission requirements for the programme are based on this education system and, more specifically, the pre-university diploma qualifications awarded by PSB Corporation. Therefore, students will be considered for the programme if they have or exceed one of the following: 

a)    PSB Academy Diploma with average B grade AND work experience

b)    PSB Academy Advanced Diploma with average B/C grade

c)    A diploma from a recognised local/overseas polytechnic or professional institution with average B/C grade. 

Students with a PSB Academy Advanced Diploma in Business Studies, who have achieved at least a B/C average, may be exempted from Part A studies and be awarded direct entry onto Part B. 

Students are recruited by PSB Corporation. However, the Admissions Tutor at Loughborough University School of Business & Economics and the Singapore Programme Director are responsible for the admissions policy and for making the final decision about entry to the programme.

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:22:18 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • Produce high quality students with the knowledge, skills and understanding for an effective and valued career in management;
  • In addition to the above, produce high quality students with the knowledge, skills and understanding required for effective Human Resource Management within an organisation;
  • Develop knowledge, concepts and skills in the major academic disciplines of business and management and to develop the ability to integrate and apply them in a business context to provide a sound basis for practice, study and training in the graduates’ chosen profession or management specialism;
  • Recognise the importance of integration of HRM activities with the wider business strategy;
  • Provide a relevant, practical and constantly updated programme through close links with many large organisations and through enabling students to apply their learning to their workplace on a continuous basis;
  • Enable students to see ways in which theory can be applied in practice, both through taught content and through the students’ own work experience;
  • Develop teaching and learning in response to the needs of the business community;
  • Enhance the employability of our graduates through building on their prior studies and their experience in commerce and industry;
  • Attract well-qualified applicants from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds;
  • Encourage in our students hard work, enthusiasm and self-motivation, a positive attitude to change, a desire for excellence, a visionary and positive approach to future developments and openness to new ideas;
  • Enhance the learning framework of students by ensuring a transfer of practical, experiential knowledge amongst the students themselves 

The BSc Business Studies with HRM is a part-time programme and does not incorporate a professional placement period as all students on the programme are in employment and studying part-time. This implies that one of the main priorities of the programme is to integrate the daily work experiences of the students into their learning environment while at the same time ensuring that students receive the theoretical and academic knowledge to underpin and understand their working environment and that they are in a position to implement their learning in an effective manner.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • QAA: The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • Loughborough University Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • Loughborough University Mission Statement
  • School of Business and Economics Mission Statement and Statement of General Aims for Undergraduate Programmes
  • Loughborough University Academic Quality Procedures
  • Loughborough University Strategic Plan
  • QAA Audit of Overseas Collaborative Arrangements
  • Singapore Ministry of Education: Desired Outcomes of Education

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Foundation disciplines of business and management, including economics, finance, marketing, HRM and statistics sufficient to enable a clear understanding of the central aspects of the main business and management functions;
  • The behaviour, management, development, selection and remuneration of human resources within organisations
  • The economic, technological, financial, legal, cultural and political context within which business operates;
  • Integration of concepts from the various business disciplines to comprehend business situations and develop appropriate analysis, responses and solutions in both a national and international context;
  • The process of management and decision making in an international context;
  • The development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services;
  • The sources, uses and management of finance, the use of accounting and other information systems for managerial applications;
  • The relevance of entrepreneurship, innovation and the small business sector in national and international economies;
  • The development of appropriate policies and strategies at corporate level within a dynamic (international) environment;
  • The key communication and information technologies used in business and management;
  • A variety of working environments and the process of adapting and implementing taught elements of the programme into live work-place situations.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • Understand and apply the concepts within the specialised field of human resource management;
  • Reason numerically and have the ability to interpret numerical information;
  • Obtain, analyse and apply information from a variety of sources, including publicly available material;
  • Use critical thinking, analysis and synthesis to evaluate and apply concepts and insights from business disciplines, including comprehension of complex scenarios;
  • Effectively formulate and solve problems, both structured and unstructured, and take decisions using appropriate qualitative and quantitative skills, including the ability to identify and evaluate a range of analyses and solutions;
  • Relate theory to practice.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme students will be expected to have acquired the following subject-specific practical skills: 

  • Use effective oral and written communication, using a range of media including business reports;
  • Make effective use of information and communication technologies in a business context including word processing, storage and manipulation of data, generation of presentations, use of Internet and e-mail using appropriate software;
  • Conduct research effectively and efficiently using a range of sources of business-related materials including books, journals, trade and financial press, official statistics and the Internet;
  • The ability to work together effectively, efficiently and co-operatively as a team member and, when appropriate, organise, guide and motivate other team members;
  • Create, exploit and apply quantitative models to business problems and phenomena;
  • Create, evaluate and/or assess a range of options in an HRM context, applying ideas and knowledge from a variety of sources.
c. Key transferable skills:

On completion of the programme, students will be expected to have acquired the following general and transferable skills:

  • Use of effective personal organisation including time management, self-direction, self-motivation, tenacity and pro-activeness;
  • Management of their own personal development;
  • Use of interpersonal skills effectively, including communication, listening, influencing and conflict resolution;
  • A positive attitude to change, with a desire for excellence and a visionary and positive approach to future developments;
  • Use of numerical reasoning, interpret numerical information and apply appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques;
  • Effective use of information and communication technologies;
  • Use of effective team-working skills;
  • A sensitive awareness and clear understanding of how people work individually, in groups and within organisations;

4. Programme structure

4.1       Part A - Introductory Modules


            COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 120)




Modular Weight


Organisational Behaviour and Management



Economic Environment



Personal Effectiveness



Introduction to Marketing



An Introduction to Accounting for Management



Business Mathematics and Statistics



Candidates holding the PSBAcademy / PSB-IPT Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management may elect to have a mark of 55% inserted as their module mark for “Organisational Behaviour and Management”, BSA650 without taking any form of assessment in that module. 

Candidates holding the PSB Academy / PSB-IPT Advanced Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management may elect to have a mark of 55% inserted as their module mark for “Introduction to Marketing”, BSA665, without taking any form of assessment in that module.


4.2       Part B - Degree Modules


            COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 100)



Modular Weight


Introduction to Human Resource Management



Financial Reporting and Corporate Finance



International Business Economics



Market Development      



The Dynamics of Employment Relations




            OPTION MODULES (Students to choose 1 from 2.  Total modular weight 20)



Modular Weight


Business Information Systems



Operations and Project Management





4.3       Part C - Degree Modules


            COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 120)



Modular Weight


International Business



Current Issues in Managing People at Work



Small Business Issues and Planning



Strategic Management



Resourcing, Recruitment and Selection



Human Resource Development


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also: 

- To progress from Part A to Part B, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits in Part A as well as achieving at least 30% in all modules taken in part A.

- To progress from Part B to Part C candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits in Part B as well as achieving at least 30% in all modules taken in Part B.

- To qualify for the award of a degree, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits in Part C as well as achieving at least 30% in all modules taken in Part C.

For the purposes of interpreting regulation XX sections on “Arrangements for Re-assessment”, candidates will be considered to be registered on a full-time programme rather than a part-time programme. 

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in any Part of the programme to undergo re-assessment in the Special Assessment period or when the assessment next takes place. Notwithstanding Regulation XX paragraph 47, unless otherwise stated by the Programme Board, part-time students may choose whether to take re-assessments either in the SAP, over the academic year, or where more than one re-assessment is to be taken, a combination of both.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates’ final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C, in accordance with the scheme set out in regulation XX.  The average percentage marks for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 25: Part C 75, to determine the final overall percentage mark for the Programme (the Programme Mark).

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