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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) International Business (2010 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)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc /BSc DPS/BSc DIntS
Programme title International Business
Programme code BSUB30
Length of programme The duration of the programme is six semesters, plus one academic year, and has four streams. Candidates following the Placement Stream are required to spend the third academic year undertaking professional training leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. Candidates following the Study Abroad stream or the Language Related Placement Stream are required to spend the third academic year at an approved academic institution. Candidates following the Split Stream are required to spend six months of the third academic year undertaking professional training, and the other half of the third academic year studying at an approved academic institution. The Study Abroad, the Language Related Placement and the Split Stream lead to the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. The third academic year (Part I) occurs between Part B and Part C.
UCAS code N110
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/business-economics/internationalbusiness/

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:36:18 BST

1. Programme Aims

The International Business degree programme aims to produce high quality graduates with the knowledge, skills and understanding for an effective and valued career in a wide range of management situations including those requiring international understanding and cultural competence.

 

Within this general aim the programme specifically seeks to encourage students

 

  • To develop knowledge, concepts and skills in the major academic disciplines of business and management as a sound basis for practice, study and training in the graduate’s chosen profession or management specialism. 
  • To develop a global outlook to face effectively the managerial and organisational challenges of a globalized economy. 
  • To develop the concepts, analytical approaches, evaluative thinking and numeracy skills necessary for management problem solving, including through individual experience on placement. 
  • To develop a deep understanding in areas of particular interest by pursuing them over an extended period and in considerable depth. 
  • To develop a positive attitude to change, a desire for excellence, a visionary and positive approach to future developments and an openness to new ideas.

 

Consequently the programme seeks

 

  • To provide a relevant, practical and constantly updated programme through close links with many large organisations and through vocational experience in a professional placement. 
  • To offer international perspectives on business and management through teaching and learning and through close links with international partner universities. 
  • To provide students with a flexible learning environment allowing students to explore and develop their own interests and strengths as they progress through the programme. 
  • To develop teaching and learning in response to advances in scholarship and the needs of the international business community. 
  • To enhance the employability of our graduates.

 

The School of Business and Economics at LoughboroughUniversity is distinctive amongst 'traditional' university business schools in incorporating a third year spent on professional placement. This is an integral element of the programme and something which we believe is of particular benefit in achieving these aims and offers graduates of our degrees additional and valuable opportunities to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills. 

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

  • The benchmark statement for General Business and Management (B&M)
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the areas shown below. These intended learning outcomes are set in the context of the QAA subject benchmark statement for Business and Management and those relating directly to this benchmark are marked (B&M) below.

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

  • the foundation disciplines of business and management including economics, mathematics and statistics sufficient to enable a clear understanding of the central aspects of the main business and management functions (B&M);
  • the economic, technological, financial, legal, cultural and political context within which business operates (B&M);
  • integration of concepts and from the various business disciplines to comprehend business situations and develop appropriate analysis and solutions (B&M);
  • the process of management and differing international styles of management (B&M);
  • concepts, analytical approaches, evaluative thinking and numeracy skills relevant to solving problems in both national and international business contexts;
  • the nature of organisations and the behaviour of people within them, both individually and working in groups (B&M);
  • pervasive issues which impact on international firms and international business, including: globalisation, diversity and cultural issues (B&M);
  • the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services including customer expectations, market orientation and the marketing mix (B&M);
  • the sources, uses and management of finance, the use of accounting and other information systems for managerial applications (B&M);
  • the management and development of people within organisations (B&M);
  • the management of operations in both the manufacturing and service industries (B&M);
  • the development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact upon organisations (B&M);
  • the key communication and information technologies used in business and management (B&M);
  • the development of appropriate policies and strategies at the corporate level within a changing national and international environment (B&M).

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to

  • Use critical thinking, analysis and synthesis to evaluate and apply concepts and insights from business disciplines, including comprehension of complex scenarios (B&M);
  • Formulate and solve both structured and unstructured business problems;
  • Advise on business decisions using appropriate qualitative and quantitative skills, including the ability to identify and evaluate a range of alternative solutions (B&M);
  • Relate theory to practice in business and management (B&M).     
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to

  • use effective communication, both oral and written, in a range of styles and media appropriate for management in different cultures (B&M);
  • make effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in a business context including word processing, storage and manipulation of data, generation of presentations, use of the internet and e-mail using appropriate software (B&M);
  • conduct research using a range of sources of business-related materials including books, journals, trade and financial press, official statistics and the internet (B&M);
  • create, evaluate and assess a range of options in a business situation, applying ideas and knowledge from a variety of sources (B&M);
  • use effective team-working skills, including leadership, team-building and project management (B&M).
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to

  • understand and be sensitive to different cultures, including the ability to work effectively in other cultures (B&M);
  • Organise themselves personally and independently to be a valued contributor through  time management, self-direction, self-motivation, tenacity and proactiveness (B&M);
  • Analyse and assess their own personality, needs and abilities and be proactive in managing their personal development (B&M);
  • Deploy appropriate interpersonal skills to achieve the best from others, including effective communication, listening, influencing and conflict resolution (B&M);
  • Display a positive attitude to change, with a desire for excellence and a visionary and positive approach to future developments;
  • Accept and analyse new ideas and assess alternatives when presented with a range of possible interpretations and/or solutions;
  • Learn and work independently (B&M);
  • Interpret numerical information, reason numerically and apply appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques (B&M);
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing (B&M);
  • Use information and communication technologies effectively and efficiently (ICT);
  • Work well in a team, using appropriate skills, including leadership, team-building and project management (B&M).

4. Programme structure

4.1       Part A - Introductory Modules

            Semester 1

i)       COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

BSA005

Organisational Behaviour

10

BSA055

Principles of Marketing

10

BSA060

Microeconomics for Business

10

BSA080

Quantitative Methods for Business A

10

 

Or

 

BSA085

Quantitative Methods for Business B

10

BSA100

IT for Professional Development

10

 

ii)      OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

One module from the BusinessSchool’s catalogue of Part A optional modules for this programme, or any University-Wide Language module at the appropriate level.

 

            Semester 2

i)       COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

BSA006

Personal Effectiveness

10

BSA057

The Marketing Mix

10

BSA070

Financial Framework

10

BSA110

Business Modelling A

20

 

Or

 

BSA115

Business Modelling B

20

 

ii)      OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

One module from the BusinessSchool’s catalogue of Part A optional modules for this programme, or any University-Wide Language module at the appropriate level.

 

 

4.2       Part B - Degree Modules

            Semester 1

i)       COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

BSB010

Business Information Management

10

BSB023

Macroeconomics for Business

10

BSB040

Human Resource Management

10

BSB050

International Business

10

BSB137

Data Analysis for Marketing Decisions

10

 

ii)      OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

One module from the BusinessSchool’s catalogue of Part B optional modules for this programme, or any University-Wide Language module subject to Departmental approval.

 

            Semester 2

i)       COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

BSB024

International Economics

10

BSB052

International Management

10

BSB070

Accounting for Management Decisions

10

BSB086

International Employment Relations

10

BSB105

Brand Management

10

 

ii)      OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

One module from the BusinessSchool’s catalogue of Part B optional modules for this programme, or any University-Wide Language module subject to Departmental approval.

 

Candidates may replace the modules required for Part B Semester Two with an approved course of study taught in English at a foreign University.  Candidates will undertake assessed work equivalent to 60 credits, as required by the School of Business and Economics.  Students who select this option must ensure that they have taken a total of 60 credits in Semester One. 

 

 

4.3       Part I

Candidates pursue one of the following streams:

i)       Placement Stream

Candidates will undertake industrial or professional training.

ii)      Study Abroad Stream

Candidates will study at one of the School of Business and Economicsapproved academic institutions.

iii)       Split Stream

         Candidates will undertake industrial or professional training for half the year and will study at one of the School of Business and Economics approved academic institutions for the other half of the academic year.

 (iv)    Language Related Placement

         Candidates will undertake a year abroad in employment, for example as an English language assistant in a school or other educational establishment,  approved by the School of Business and Economics.

 

 

4.4       Part C - Degree Modules

            Semester 1

i)       COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30) from:

Code

Title

Modular Weight

BSC051

International Corporate Governance and Firms

10

BSC105

International HRM

10

BSC115

International Marketing

10

 

ii)      OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Modules with a total modular weight of 30, from the Business catalogue of Part C optional modules for this programme, or any available EUL (level 9 or 11) module.

 

            Semester 2

i)       COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

BSC053

International Negotiations

10

BSC055

Strategic Management

20

 

ii)      OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Modules with a total modular weight of 30, from the Business catalogue of Part C optional modules for this programme, or any available EUL (level 10 or 12) module.

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 B to the period of professional training or study at an approved institution abroad, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits in Part B as well as achieving at least 30% in all modules taken in Part B.

Provision will be made in accordance with regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in Part A or Part B of the programme to undergo re-assessment in the University’s special assessment period.

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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