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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Information Management and Business Studies (2012 entry onwards)

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 Department of Information Science
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) 

Final award BSc/ BSc+DPS
Programme title Information Management and Business Studies
Programme code ISUB01
Length of programme The programme is available on a full-time basis. The duration of the programme is 6 semesters, or 8 semesters if students undertake a placement leading to the award of a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) which takes place between Part B and Part C.
UCAS code PN11 (three years) or PNC1 (four years)
Admissions criteria

See http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/

Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 27 Jul 2013 07:56:30 BST

1. Programme Aims

The programme aims to: 

  • Provide an environment in which students are encouraged to think independently and analytically.
  • Promote awareness of the fundamental importance of information management and the role that enhanced information literacy can play in facilitating effective information management and business decision making in organisations.
  • Build appreciation of the concepts, ideas and skills in the academic disciplines of information management and business studies.
  • Equip students with a balance of theoretical, practical and transferable skills that will enable them to meet the demands of future employment. 
  • Build capability in the use of independent research techniques and appropriate methodologies to enhance lifelong learning skills and personal development awareness.

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

  • QAA: Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

K1.   the cultural, ethical, political and social issues surrounding the use of information at an organisational level and within society and the external environment (LIM, GBM)

K2.   information systems - the development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact upon organisations (GBM)

K3.   the changing needs of users of existing and potential information services in a global technology rich environment (LIM)

K4.   the principles of strategic management, marketing and planning and development of people within organisations (GBM)

K5.   professional, legal, moral and ethical considerations in the computing and information industries including issues such as data protection, the valuation of intellectual property, freedom of information etc. (LIM and GBM)

K6.   a variety of sources of information through a range of physical and virtual channels, media and formats (LIM)

K7.   pervasive issues such as sustainability, globalisation, corporate social responsibility, diversity, business innovation, creativity, enterprise development, knowledge management and risk management (GBM) 

K8.   human information behaviour and information seeking processes and information retrieval systems (LIM)

K9.   appropriate frameworks, standards and systems for the description, classification and indexing of information and knowledge containers and content (LIM)

K10. organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed (GBM)

K11. the internal aspects, functions and processes of organisations and their purpose, structures, governance, operations and management (GBM)

K12. different types of organisations that produce, disseminate and store information and their place in the information chain (LIM)

K13. policies and procedures that apply to the creation, capture, storage, dissemination, retrieval and destruction of information to ensure compliance with regulatory frameworks (LIM)

K14. the design, development and delivery of information products, systems and services to match customer requirements (LIM)

K15. processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations (GBM)

K16. the concepts, principles and techniques underpinning key aspects of planning, managing and leading services, including financial management, human resource management, project management, marketing, service quality, customer relationship management and change management  (GBM)

K17. the principles and capacities of information and communication technologies and their application in professional practice.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

C1.    demonstrate a range of cognitive and intellectual skills together with techniques specific to business and management such as critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, including the ability to relate and marshal facts, ideas and theories in a well-structured argument (LIM)

C2.    self reflect critically, demonstrating self awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues; acquire the skills of learning to learn and developing a continuing appetite for learning; reflective, adaptive and collaborative learning (LIM)

C3.    apply subject knowledge and understanding critically and effectively to real world situations (LIM)

C4.    plan effective strategies for searching and handling information, in both printed and electronic formats

C5.    apply qualitative and quantitative research methods and their application in practice. (LIM)

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

P1.    demonstrate effective use of information and communication technologies and their application in the management  of information (LIM)

P2.     specify, design and construct information services and computer-based systems according to users’ needs including identifying, formulating and solving business problems (LIM and GBM)

P3.     carry out effective problem solving and decision making using appropriate quantitative and qualitative skills (LIM and GBM)

P4.     apply the concepts, principles and techniques of strategic management in real world situations (LIM)

P5.     use a range of electronic information resources and systems including databases, search engines and portals (LIM)

P6.     conduct research into business and information management issues (GBM)

c. Key transferable skills:

T1.     make effective use of communication and information technology, for example create and manipulate documents and databases using appropriate software (LIM and GBM)

T2.    use numeracy and quantitative skills including data analysis, interpretation and extrapolation and present information in numerical and statistical form using appropriate software (LIM and GBM)

T3.     apply critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, evaluation and manage and reflect on their own learning (LIM and GBM)

T4.     show interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation and communicate effectively orally and in writing using a range of media for different purposes and audiences (LIM and GBM)

T5.     demonstrate effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour (LIM and GBM)

T6.     achieve effective performance, within a team environment, including leadership, team building, influencing and project management skills in various contexts (LIM and GBM)

T7.     appreciate the need for continuing professional development and manage their own lifelong learning (LIM and GBM)

T8.     demonstrate skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, including the ability to relate data, facts, ideas and theories into a well-structured argument (LIM and GBM)

4. Programme structure

4.1       Part A

Code

Module title

Wt

Sem

Modules from Information Science

   

ISA410

Knowledge, Data and Information in Society

20

1

ISA412

Web Design

10

1

ISA411

Knowledge, Data and Information in Organisations

10

2

ISA413

Information & Knowledge Organisation & Retrieval

20

2

Modules from the School of Business and Economics

   

BSA505

Organisational Behaviour

10

1

BSA525

Introduction to Accounting

10

1

BSA570

Quantitative Methods for Business

10

1

BSA506

Management of Human Resources

10

2

BSA572

Statistics and Modelling for Business

10

2

BSA526

Accounting for Managers

10

2

4.2       Part B

In the following table, ‘x’ indicates a compulsory module and ‘o’ indicates an optional module.

Code

Module title

Wt

Sem

 

Modules from Information Science

     

ISB411

Knowledge, Data and Information Systems

20

1

x

ISB410

People Centred Information Systems

10

1

x

ISB301

Informatics and Systems

10

1

o

ISB302

Systems Modelling

10

2

o

ISB413

Research Methods

10

2

x

ISB412

Records Management in Organisations

20

2

x

Modules from the School of Business and Economics

     

BSB580

Operations Management

10

1

x

BSB560

Principles of Marketing

10

1

x

BSB555

Organisation Studies

10

1

o

BSB572

Management Science Methods

10

2

x

BSB562

The Marketing Mix

10

2

x

BSB550

Company Finance

10

2

o

BSB590

The Contemporary Business Environment

10

2

o

Option restrictions:

Students must take optional modules with a total credit value of 20 credits. 

4.3       Part I - Placement (8 semester programme only)

Candidates on degree programmes which include professional training will be registered for module ISI001 Placement.  They will undertake a placement of minimum 48 weeks during the year between Part B and Part C which will lead to the qualification of Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) on successful completion of the required assessments for ISI001 and of the degree programme requirements.

2.4       Part C

In exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Teaching Coordinator or Head of Department of Information Science, candidates may be allowed to substitute an alternative Loughborough University Part C module for any of the optional modules below.

In the following table, ‘x’ indicates a compulsory module and ‘o’ indicates an optional module.

Code

Module title

Wt

Sem

 

Modules from Information Science

     

ISC002

Project

30

1&2

x

ISC410

Management of Information Systems and Services

10

1

x

ISC025

Information & Knowledge Management in the NHS

10

1

o

ISC311

Gender and Information

10

1

o

ISC324

The Book Trade

10

1

o

ISC336

Social Informatics

10

1

o

ISC339

Business Information Systems

10

1

o

ISC411

Business Intelligence and Analysis

10

2

x

ISC334

Managing Projects: Managing Knowledge

10

2

o

ISC047

Consumer Health Information

10

2

o

ISC312

The Magazine Business

10

2

o

ISC330

Culture and Change Management

10

2

o

Modules from the School of Business and Economics

     

BSC570

Strategic Management

20

1

x

BSC080

Analysing Careers

10

1

o

BSC105

International Human Resource Management

10

1

o

BSC110

Marketing Strategy and Planning

10

1

o

BSC115

International Marketing

10

1

o

BSC120

Risk Management

10

1

o

BSB580

Operations Management

10

1

o

BSC520

Management Information Systems

10

1

o

BSC522

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

10

1

o

BSC575

Leadership and Interpersonal Skills

10

2

x

BSC042

Corporate and Wholesale Banking

10

2

o

BSC140

Lean Operations

10

2

o

BSC524

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Planning

10

2

o

BSC124

Marketing Communications

10

2

o

BSC144

Project Management

10

2

o

Students must take ISC002 Project

Option restrictions: Students must take optional modules (excluding the project) with a total credit value of 40 credits. 

No more than 60 credits of modules (compulsory or optional), excluding the project, may be taken in either semester.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 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 satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

5.2 Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in Part A, Part B or Part C of the programmes to undergo re-assessment in the University’s special assessment period (unless modules not available for reassessment in the Special Assessment period are involved).

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. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40: Part C 60 to determine the final percentage mark.

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