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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

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

Academic Year: 2014/15

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

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) 

Final award BSc/BSc + DPS
Programme title Information Management and Business Studies
Programme code BSUB25
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


Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:13:28 GMT

1. Programme Aims

The Information Management and 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, especially those requiring sophisticated management of knowledge and information.

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 deep understanding of the importance of information management and its role in effective decision making in organisations.
  • To develop the concepts, analytical approaches, evaluative thinking and numeracy skills necessary for management problem solving, including through individual experience and optionally on placement.
  • 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 a wide variety of business organisations.
  • To demonstrate the importance of information management and information literacy to a wide variety of business organisations.
  • 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 a wide variety of business organisations.
  • To enhance the employability of our graduates.



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

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

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:

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

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:

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

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) 



Modular weight


Organisational Behaviour



Financial Reporting



Microeconomics for Business



Management Problem Solving



Studying Information Science



Quantitative Methods for Business


Semester 2 - COMPULSORY MODULES (total weight 60) 



Modular weight


Management of Human Resources



Statistics and Modelling for Management



Accounting for Managers



Retrieval and Organisation of Information



Website Design



The Information Society



4.2 Part B

Semester 1



Modular weight

COMPULSORY MODULES (total weight 40)



Operations Management



Principles of Marketing



People-Centred Information Service Design



Information and Knowledge Management 1


OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 10 or 20)

ONE or TWO of the following:



Informatics and Systems



Organisation Studies


Semester 2



Modular weight

COMPULSORY MODULES (total weight 40)



Management Science Methods



The Marketing Mix



Research Methods



Information Retrieval



Database Design


 and ONE of the following:



Company Finance



The Contemporary Business Environment


OPTIONAL MODULES (total weight 0 or 10)



Systems Modelling



4.3 Part I - Placement (8 semester programme only)

Candidates on degree programmes which include professional training will be registered for module BSI001 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 BSI001 and of the degree programme.

4.4 Part C - Degree modules

      Semester 1

i) COMPULSORY MODULE (modular weight 20)




Modular weight


Strategic Management



Modules with a total credit rating of 40 over BOTH semesters from Group 1 of the Business catalogue of Part C optional modules for this programme (typically information management modules).

Modules with a total credit weighting of 20 from Group 2 of the Business catalogue of Part C optional modules for this programme (typically management modules).

Semester 2

ii) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 20)



Modular weight


Leadership and Interpersonal Skills



Strategic Information Management



Modules with a total credit rating of 40 over BOTH semesters from Group 1 of the Business catalogue of Part C optional modules for this programme (typically information management modules).

Modules with a total credit weighting of 20 from Group 2 of the Business catalogue of Part C optional modules for this programme(typically management modules).


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to Part C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements as 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 40: Part C 60, to determine the final overall percentage mark for the Programme (the Programme Mark).

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