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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Geography and Management

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 Geography
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc (Hons)/ BSc (Hons) + DPS DIntS
Programme title Geography and Management
Programme code GYUB03
Length of programme The duration of the programme is six semesters (three years) or eight semesters (four years), which includes either industrial or professional training or study abroad or overseas placement in Part I.
UCAS code FN82 FN42
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/geography/geographyandmanagement/

Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:19:30 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • provide students with an intellectually-stimulating environment within which they can develop knowledge, understanding and skills in both geography and management;
  • to provide students with the opportunity to study a broad curriculum in both geography and in management;
  • to achieve, through the student learning process, a progressive improvement in the students’ academic performance over the degree programme;
  • to enhance students’ career and employment prospects on graduating by developing a range of transferable skills embedded in the programme.

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

The Benchmark Statements for Geography and General Business and Management

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the potential applications of concepts within a broader critical framework;
  • the main methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of data;
  • the idea of academic disciplines as dynamic, plural and contested; developed within the broader framework of  the sciences and humanities;

and within the Geography portion of the programme:

  • a range of environments, in the broadest sense, of environmental processes and the impacts of these processes on human activities and vice versa;
  • the ways in which representations and interpretations of the world are socially-constructed., and the forms of geographical difference;
  • the determinants of temporal and spatial variation in the physical, social, economic and political worlds;  and the significance of spatial and temporal scale on physical processes, human processes and on their interactions;
  • past patterns of environmental and social changes, and of the processes and conditions that have determined those changes, and the implications for the future;

and within the Management portion of the programme:

  • organisations; their internal structures and their management, including the management of human resources, financial resources and information systems;
  • the external environment within which organisations operate; the markets for goods, services and finance; customers and the implications for marketing;
  • analytical frameworks, techniques and processes; for the determination of appropriate courses of action in the context of business and the management of organisations;
  • business policy and strategy; development of policy and strategy; language of policy and strategy; current issues in strategic management.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  1. Develop a reflexive approach to learning.
  2. Abstract and synthesise information.
  3. Assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and arguments.
  4. Critically evaluate and interpret a range of evidence, including data and text.
  5. Undertake problem-solving and decision-making.
  6. Develop a reasoned argument.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

1. Combine and interpret different types of evidence.
2. Recognise and critically debate moral and ethical issues underpinning particular debates or enquiries.
3. Employ a range of survey skills for the collection of qualitative and quantitative data and to use appropriate methods for the analysis of these data.
4. Design and execute a piece of research and produce a report.

Additionally, within the Geography portion of the programme:

5. Prepare effective maps and diagrams using a range of appropriate technologies.

6. Undertake safe and effective field and laboratory work

Additionally, within the Management portion of the programme:

7. Apply quantitative skills including data analysis and interpretation; the use of business models.

8. Evaluate a variety of business scenarios.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should show competence in:

  1. Verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Numeracy and computational skills.
  3. Field and laboratory skills.
  4. Spatial awareness and observational skills.
  5. IT and information handling and retrieval.
  6. Independent study and group work.
  7. Time management.

4. Programme structure

 

Modules with a total modular weight of 60 must be studied in each academic year (Parts A, B and C) from both Geography and Management.

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.  Individual modules taught and assessed over both semesters with a modular weight of 10 may count against either semester 1 or semester 2, depending on the balance of other modular weights between semesters.

4.1       Part A - Introductory Modules

Semesters 1 and 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULE                          (total modular weight 10)

Geography

Code

Title

Modular Weight

GYA106

Tutorials

10

Semester 1

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                        (total modular weight 60)                    

Geography

GYA004

Geographies of Global Economic Change

10

GYA006

Practising Geography – Residential

 

 

Fieldcourse

10

GYA101

Earth System Science

10

Management

BSA505

Organisational Behaviour

10

BSA525

Introduction to Accounting

10

BSA570

Quantitative Methods for Business

10

 

 

 

Semester 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                        (total modular weight 50)

Geography

GYA104

Geographies of Identity

10

GYA110

Environmental Hazards: from mitigation to management

10

 

Management

BSA506

Management of Human Resources

10

BSA526

Accounting for Managers

10

BSA572

Statistics & Modelling for Management

10

4.2      Part B - Degree Modules

Semesters 1 and 2

(i)         OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose a combined modular weight of 60 from Geography modules over semesters 1 and 2, of which a minimum of 40 must be from Group 1 (20 if GYB327 is selected).  Fieldcourse modules GYB328 and GYB901 in Group 2 are mutually exclusive.  In addition, candidates must choose either BSB550 or BSB590 in semester 2. 

Geography - Group 1

GYB210

Globalization

20

GYB220

Geographies of Social Difference

20

GYB230

Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

20

GYB240

Environmental Systems and Resource Management

20

                    

Geography - Group 2

GYB327

Geographical Research: Design and Practice (pre-requisite for the dissertation)

20

Semester 1

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                        (total modular weight 30)

Management

BSB555

Organisation Studies

10

BSB560

Principles of Marketing

10

BSB580

Operations Management

10

(ii)        OPTIONAL MODULES

Geography - Group 2

GYB113

Geographies of Culture, Media and

 

 

Representation

10

GYB311

River Ecology

10

GYB322

Lake System Dynamics

10

GYB328

Physical Geography Fieldcourse

20

GYB901

Human Geography Fieldcourse – Paris

20

Semester 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                        (total modular weight 20)

Management

BSB562

The Marketing Mix

10

BSB572

Management Science Methods

10

 (ii)        OPTIONAL MODULES

Management (either BSB550 or BSB590)

BSB550

Company Finance

10

BSB590

The Contemporary Business Environment

10

 

Geography - Group 2

GYB110

Sustainable Urban Geographies

10

GYB201

Remote Sensing & GIS

10

GYB308

Forest Ecology

10

GYB320

Global Migration

10

GYB400

Exploring the Ice Ages

10

4.3       Part I - Degree Modules

Four-year programme – Candidates registered on the four-year sandwich programme must undertake industrial or professional training and register for module BSI001.  Arrangements for this will be made by the IPS Office within the School of Business and Economics.

Alternatively, candidates may undertake either (i) an approved overseas placement as specified by, and subject to the approval of, the Department of Geography (GYI002); or (ii) an approved programme of study abroad as specified by, and subject to the approval of, the Department of Geography (GYI003).

4.4       Part C - Degree Modules

Semesters 1 and 2

(i)         OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose a combined modular weight of 60 from Geography modules over semesters 1 and 2.  GYC400 and GYC401 (instances 1 & 2) are mutually exclusive, as are fieldcourse modules GYC308, GYC903 and GYC908.  In addition to BSC570, candidates must also choose a modular weight of 40 from Management modules over semesters 1 and 2.

Geography

GYC400

Dissertation

30

The modular weight of GYC400 may be split between semesters in the ratio of either 20:10 or 10:20 depending on the balance of other modular weights selected.

Semester 1

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULE                          (total modular weight 20)

Management

BSC570

Strategic Management

20

(ii)        OPTIONAL MODULES

Geography

GYC104

Quaternary Environments

10

GYC107

Regional Geography of the UK

20

GYC208

Aeolian Processes and Landforms

20

GYC211

Snow, Ice and Environment

10

GYC212

Globalised Urbanisation

20

GYC214

Geographies of Children and Youth

10

GYC309

Feminist Geographies of Home

10

GYC401

Independent Geographical Essay (instance 1)

20

GYC903

Alpine Studies Fieldcourse

20                                

                                   

Management

 

 

 

BSC085

The Changing Work Organisation     

10

BSC110

Marketing Strategy and Planning

10

BSC120

Risk Management

10

BSC165

Business Forecasting

10

BSC520

Business Systems

10

BSC522

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

10

Semester 2

(i)            OPTIONAL MODULES

Geography

GYC110

GIS, Modelling and Flood Risk Management

10

GYC200

Conservation: Principles and Practice

10

GYC205

Central America: Dependency and Development

10

GYC300

River Dynamics and the Environment

10

GYC308

Global Cities Fieldcourse – New York

20

GYC315

Environmental Change and Ecological Response

10

GYC325 Geographies of Transnational Mobility and Diaspora 20

GYC401

Independent Geographical Essay (instance 2)

20

GYC908

Mediterranean Rural Spaces Fieldcourse

20

 

Management

 

 

BSC042

Corporate and Wholesale Banking

10

BSC124

Marketing Communications

10

BSC144

Project Management

10

BSC524

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Planning

10

BSC575

Leadership & Interpersonal Skills

10

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, 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 

Candidates who successfully complete Part I (BSI001) on industrial placement or professional training will be eligible for the additional award of Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in accordance with Regulation XI.

Candidates who successfully complete Part I (GYI002) on an approved overseas placement will be eligible for the additional award of Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in accordance with Regulation XI.

Candidates who successfully complete Part I (GYI003) on an approved programme of study abroad will be eligible for the additional award of Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) in accordance with Regulation XI.

Subject to the exception specified below, 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 University's Special Assessment Period (SAP). 

Candidates who have accumulated fewer than 60 credits in any Part of the programme may not undergo re-assessment in the University’s SAP.  Re-assessment in the SAP will also not be available for certain modules and this is indicated in individual module specifications.

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 programme percentage mark.

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