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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Information Management and Business Studies (pre 2012 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 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 duration of the programme is normally either 6 semesters, or 8 semesters if students undertake a placement leading to the award of a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) which occurs between Part B and Part C.
UCAS code PN11 (three years) or PNC1 (four years)
Admissions criteria

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 27 Jul 2013 08:51:10 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

Candidates must take a total modular weight of 120 in each Part, with a minimum modular weight of 50 in each semester, taking into account both compulsory and optional modules.

4.1 Part A 
 
Semester 1 - COMPULSORY MODULES (total weight 60) 
 

 

Title

Credit Value

BSA505

Organisational Behaviour

10

BSA525

Financial Reporting

10

BSA060

Microeconomics for Business

10

ISA303

Management Problem Solving

10

ISA309

Studying Information Science

10

BSA570

Quantitative Methods for Business

10

Semester 1 - COMPULSORY MODULES (total weight 60) 

 

Title

Credit Value

BSA506

Management of Human Resources

10

BSA572

Statistics and Modelling for Management

10

BSA526

Accounting for Managers

10

ISA007

Retrieval and Organisation of Information

10

ISA307

Website Design

10

ISA310

The Information Society

10

 

4.2 Part B

Semester 1

 

Title

Credit Value

COMPULSORY MODULES (total weight 40)

 

BSB580

Operations Management

10

BSB560

Principles of Marketing

10

ISB404

People-Centred Information Service Design

10

ISB304

Information and Knowledge Management 1

10

OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 10 or 20)

ONE or TWO of the following:

 

ISB301

Informatics and Systems

10

BSB555

Organisation Studies

10

Semester 2

 

Title

Credit Value

COMPULSORY MODULES (total weight 40)

 

BSB572

Management Science Methods

10

BSB562

The Marketing Mix

10

ISB010

Research Methods

10

ISB025

Information Retrieval

10

ISB303

Database Design

10

 and ONE of the following:

 

BSB550

Company Finance

10

BSB590

The Contemporary Business Environment

10

OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 0 or 10)

 

ISB302

Systems Modelling

10

 

4.3 Part C          

 

COMPULSORY MODULE operating across both semesters: (weight 30)

 

ISC002 

Project

30

The modular weight of ISC002 may be split between semesters in the ratio of either 20:10 or 10:20 depending on the balance of other modular weights chosen.

Semester 1

 

Title

Credit Value

COMPULSORY MODULES (total weight 30)

 

BSC570

Strategic Management

20

ISC017

Legal and Professional Issues

10

OPTIONAL MODULES (10-20)

Modules to give a minimum weight of 50 and a maximum weight of 70 for the Semester from the following:

 

ISC025

Information and Knowledge Management in the NHS

10

ISC311

Gender and Information

10

ISC324

The Book Trade

10

ISC336

Social Informatics

10

ISC339

Business Information Systems

10

BSC105

International Human Resource Management

10

BSC110

Marketing Strategy and Planning

10

BSC115

International Marketing

10

BSC120

Risk Management

10

BSB580

Operations Management

10

BSC520

Business Systems

10

BSC522

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

10

 

Semester 2

 

Title

Credit Value

COMPULSORY MODULES (total weight 30)

 

BSC575

Leadership and Interpersonal Skills

10

ISC315

Electronic Information Use and Management

10

ISC318

Information and Knowledge Management 2

10

OPTIONAL MODULES (10-20)

Modules to give a total weight of 120 for the Part from the following:

 

ISC047

Consumer Health Information

10

ISC312

The Magazine Business

10

ISC330

Culture and Change Management

10

ISC334

Managing Projects: Managing Knowledge

10

BSC042

Corporate and Wholesale Banking

10

BSC140

Lean Operations

10

BSC524

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Planning

10

BSC124

Marketing Communications

10

BSC144

Project Management

10

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B, candidates must satisfy the minimum requirements as set out in Regulation XX of 100 credits and at least 30% in all modules.
 
5.1.2 In order to progress from Part B to Part C, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX of 100 credits and at least 30% in all modules.
 
5.1.3 To be eligible for the award of the Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX of 100 credits and at least 30% in all modules.
 
5.2 Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for eligible candidates in any part of the programme to undergo re-assessment within the University’s special assessment period, except where fewer than 60 credits have been achieved.

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 mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B: 40%, Part C: 60% to determine the Programme Mark.

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