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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Business Studies (Singapore) (Aug 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 entry)

Academic Year: 2018/19

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) Loughborough University and PSB Academy, Singapore
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc (Hons)
Programme title Business Studies
Programme code BSUB70
Length of programme 3-year, part-time programme, with each year comprising 3 semesters.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Most students on the programme have followed the Singaporean education system. Therefore, the minimum admission requirements for the programme are based on this and, more specifically, the pre-university diploma qualifications awarded by PSB Academy. Students will be considered for the programme if they have or exceed one of the following:

a) PSB Academy Diploma (pre Oct 2013 Full Time or pre Jan 2014 Part Time) with average B grade AND work experience

b) PSB Academy Advanced Diploma (pre Oct 2013 FT or pre Jan 2014 PT) with average B/C grade

c) PSB Academy Diploma (post Oct 2013 FT or post Jan 2014 PT) with average B/C grade

d) A diploma from a recognised local/overseas polytechnic or professional institution with average B/C grade.

e) 3 GCE 'A' Levels (excluding General Studies) / 3 H2 passes with minimum aggregate of 10 points PLUS evidence of GCE Maths and English Grade B.

Students with a PSB Academy Advanced Diploma (pre Oct 2013 FT or pre Jan 2014 PT) in Business Administration; Business Studies, Business Studies (Logistics) or Commerce or a PSB Academy Diploma (post Oct 2013 FT or post Jan 2014 PT) in Business Administration; Business Studies, Business Studies (Logistics) or Commerce who have achieved at least a B/C average, may be exempted from Part A studies and be awarded direct entry onto Part B.

Students are recruited by PSB Academy. However, the Admissions Tutor at Loughborough University School of Business & Economics and the Singapore Programme Director are responsible for the admissions policy and for making the final decision about entry to the programme. Applicants from outside the Singaporean education system and/or applicants with other education qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 24 Jul 2018 13:19:32 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • Produce high quality employable graduates with the knowledge, skills and understanding for an effective and valued career in a wide range of management situations;
  • Develop knowledge, concepts and skills in the major academic disciplines of business and management and to develop the ability to integrate and apply them in a business context to provide a sound basis for practice, study and training in the graduates’ chosen profession or management specialism;
  • Provide a relevant, practical and constantly updated programme through close links with many large organisations and through enabling students to apply their learning to their workplace on a continuous basis;
  • Enable students to see ways in which theory can be applied in practice, both through taught content and through the students’ own work experience;


The BSc Business Studies programme is a part-time programme and does not incorporate a professional placement period as all students on the programme are in employment and studying part-time. This implies that one of the main priorities of the programme is to integrate the daily work experiences of the students into their learning environment while at the same time ensuring that students receive the theoretical and academic knowledge to underpin and understand their working environment and that they are in a position to implement their learning in an effective manner.


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

  • QAA: The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • Loughborough University Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • Loughborough University Mission Statement
  • School of Business and Economics Mission Statement and Statement of General Aims for Undergraduate Programmes
  • Loughborough University Academic Quality Procedures
  • Loughborough University Strategic Plan
  • QAA Audit of Overseas Collaborative Arrangements
  • Singapore Ministry of Education: Desired Outcomes of Education

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Foundation disciplines of business and management, including economics, finance, marketing, human resources and statistics sufficient to enable a clear understanding of the central aspects of the main business and management functions;
  • The economic, technological, financial, legal, cultural and political context within which business operates;
  • Integration of concepts from the various business disciplines to comprehend business situations and develop appropriate analysis, responses and solutions in both a national and international context;
  • The development of appropriate policies and strategies at corporate level within a dynamic (international) environment;
  • The key communication and information technologies used in business and management;
  • A variety of working environments and the process of adapting and implementing taught elements of the programme into live work-place situations.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • Reason numerically and have the ability to interpret numerical information;
  • Obtain, analyse and apply information from a variety of sources, including publicly available material;
  • Use critical thinking, analysis and synthesis to evaluate and apply concepts and insights from business disciplines, including comprehension of complex scenarios;
  • Effectively formulate and solve problems, both structured and unstructured, and take decisions using appropriate qualitative and quantitative skills, including the ability to identify and evaluate a range of analyses and solutions;
  • Relate theory to practice.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme students will be expected to have acquired the following subject-specific practical skills: 

  • Conduct research effectively and efficiently using a range of sources of business-related materials including books, journals, trade and financial press, official statistics and the Internet;
  • The ability to work together effectively, efficiently and co-operatively as a team member and, when appropriate, organise, guide and motivate other team members;
  • Create, evaluate and/or assess a range of options in a business situation, applying ideas and knowledge from a variety of sources;
  • Create, exploit and apply quantitative models to business problems and phenomena.
c. Key transferable skills:

On completion of the programme, students will be expected to have acquired the following general and transferable skills: 

  • Use of effective oral and written communication using a range of media, including business reports;
  • Use of effective personal organisation including time management, self-direction, self-motivation, tenacity and pro-activeness;
  • Use of interpersonal skills effectively, including communication, listening, influencing and conflict resolution;
  • A positive attitude to change, with a desire for excellence and a visionary and positive approach to future developments;
  • Use of numerical reasoning, interpret numerical information and apply appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques;
  • Use of effective team-working skills;
  • A sensitive awareness and clear understanding of how people work individually, in groups and within organisations;

4. Programme structure

4.1 Part A - Introductory Modules


            COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 120)




Modular Weight


Organisational Behaviour and Management



Economic Environment



Personal Effectiveness



Introduction to Marketing



An Introduction to Accounting for Management



Business Mathematics and Statistics



4.2       Part B - Degree Modules


            COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 120)



Modular Weight


Introduction to Human Resource Management



Business Information Systems



Corporate Finance



International Business 



Market Development and Buyer Behaviour



Operations and Project Management





4.3       Part C - Degree Modules


            COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 80)



Modular Weight


Work Based Learning



Marketing Strategy and Planning



Small Business Issues and Planning



Strategic Management




OPTION MODULES (Students to choose 2 from 3.  Total modular weight 40)



Modular Weight


Information Management and Strategy



Current Issues in Managing People at Work



Resourcing, Recruitment and Selection


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 satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.


For the purposes of interpreting regulation XX sections on “Arrangements for Re-assessment”, candidates will be considered to be registered on a full-time programme rather than a part-time programme.


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 Special Assessment period or when the assessment next takes place. Notwithstanding Regulation XX paragraph 47, unless otherwise stated by the Programme Board, part-time students may choose whether to take re-assessments either in the SAP, over the academic year, or where more than one re-assessment is to be taken, a combination of both.

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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