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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MBA Business Administration/ MBA Sports Management (2019 entry)

Academic Year: 2019/20

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

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Accreditation received: 2015

 

EQUIS

Accreditation 1st received: 2008

Accreditation renewal: 2017

 

AACSB International

Accreditation received: 2014

 

Institute for Apprenticeships

Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship Standard

Final award MBA/PGDip/PGCert
Programme title MBA Business Administration/ MBA Sports Management
Programme code BSPTM1 MBA Business Administration; BSPTM2 MBA Business Administration [Apprenticeship]; BSPTM3 MBA Sports Management; BSPTM4 MBA Sports Management [Apprenticeship]
Length of programme The period of study for the award of MBA is typically thirty-six calendar months when studied as a part-time programme.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

MBA Full time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/BSPT22

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:18:55 BST

1. Programme Aims

The MBA programme is specifically targeted at developing globally-minded leaders who have a broad grounding in complex leadership and management issues.  The programme provides an opportunity for individuals and organisational employees to develop leadership and management skills with a specific focus on maximising business performance and enabling students to fulfil their potential. The programme is aimed at experienced middle managers wanting to move into a senior management role, and individuals wishing to build their own businesses. The pathway option (Sports Management) allows students to tailor some learning to the specialist area while delivering the same opportunities and aims as the general MBA programme.

 

The MBA programme aims to:

  • Provide managers with a challenging educational experience in terms of intellectual and personal development, within the context of the academic study of business and management, so as to enhance their effectiveness as managers and leaders;

  • Enable participants to develop a thorough conceptual understanding of the core management disciplines and activities, and to permit detailed study of chosen specialisations;

  • Create executives who have a range of skills and attributes particularly relevant to business and management, which equip them to be able to deal with complex business problems in an increasingly dynamic global business environment;

  • Create business leaders who are responsible for direction and vision, providing a clear sense of purpose, and leading organisational change;

  • Enhance the management skills of participants through their ongoing engagement with practice, enabling them to ground their new knowledge within their past professional experience and apply it to new situations;

  • Develop adaptable, innovative, inclusive and ethically-minded leaders, acting as role models within their organisations, who can meet the management and professional needs of organisations in a global business context now and in the future;

  • Encourage enthusiasm and self-motivation, a desire for excellence, a visionary and positive approach to future developments and an openness to new ideas; and

  • Enhance students’ lifelong learning skills and personal development to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.

 

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

  • The benchmark statement for Master’s awards in business and management
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

  • Association of Business School (ABS) guidelines

  • Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation guidelines

  • Senior Leaders Level 7 Masters Apprenticeship Standard (IoA)

  • CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

  • In line with the School of Business and Economics ('The School') Aims with regards to Management Education

  • The University Academic Quality Procedures

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 internal aspects, functions and processes of organisations - including their diverse nature, purposes, structures, governance, operations and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between organisations and their influence on the external context they operate in;

 

K2 … the external context in which organisations operate - including economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological factors, together with their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations;

 

K3 … the dynamics of organisational leadership and management - including relevant theories, models, and frameworks of effective leadership and management of organisations, focusing on the processes of decision-making in uncertainty that help them shape the future of an organisation within the business environment;

 

K4 … the contexts and processes in which enterprise and innovation can thrive and prosper with an emphasis on understanding, responding to and shaping the dynamic and changing nature of business; and

 

K5 … the interrelationships among and the integration between the areas covered in the programme and how to remove subject and functional boundaries so as to handle complex situations holistically;

 

 

K6…the context and processes relevant to managing sports organisations, with an emphasis on understanding, responding to and shaping organisational performance within an international sports management environment.

 

 

Application of Knowledge and understanding: K6 relates specifically to the Sports Management pathway.

 

 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

C1 ... use critical thinking, analysis and synthesis to evaluate and apply concepts and insights from business disciplines, including comprehension of complex scenarios and transform such data and concepts into effective solutions;

C2 … analyse and appraise practical issues and problems in business and management by using or adapting the theories and models appropriate to those disciplines;

C3 … use information and knowledge effectively in order to abstract meaning from information and to share knowledge, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills;

C4 … solve complex problems and make decisions, using logical processes, and be able to implement and review decisions;

C5 … analyse and appraise sports-specific problems in business and management by using or adapting appropriate theories and models.

 

Application of Subject-specific cognitive skills: C5 relates specifically to the Sports Management pathway.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

P1 ... effectively communicate with others, including networking, listening, persuasion and influencing, oral and written communication of complex ideas and arguments, using a range of media;

P2 … effectively conduct research into business and management issues, using an appropriate research design, including developing appropriate data collection, analysis and reporting methods, drawing on a range of sources of business-related materials and data, including official statistics;

P3 … select an appropriate leadership style for different situations; setting objectives, motivating, monitoring performance, coaching and mentoring; and

P4 … effectively engage with an organisation to execute a practically-based study, applying commercial acumen to produce a business report with clear, persuasive managerial conclusions.

P5 … develop strategies and plans for managing organisations within an international sports context.

 

Application of Subject-specific practical skills:  P5 relates specifically to the Sports Management pathway.

 

c. Key transferable skills:

 

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

T1 ... display effective interpersonal skills including effective communication, listening, influencing and conflict resolution, and networking;

T2 … be able to create and evaluate a range of appropriate options, being aware that in many situations there is a range of possible interpretations and/or solutions;

T3 … apply critical thinking and creativity to solve practical problems;

T4 … integrating knowledge from across disciplines to solve complex problems holistically;

T5 … scan and organise data, abstract meaning from information and share knowledge;

T6 …effectively perform within team environments and be able to recognise and utilise own and other individuals’ contributions in group processes;

T7 … recognise ethical situations, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices to address ethical dilemmas;

T8 … use effective personal organisation including time management, self-direction, self-motivation, tenacity and pro-activeness;

T9 … demonstrate high personal effectiveness: critical self-awareness, self-reflection and self-management; and the ability to learn through reflection on practice and experience.

 

Application of Key transferable skills:  All practical skills relate to all programme pathways.

 

4. Programme structure

Content

The compulsory core modules listed equate to 150 credits of the required 180 credits.

In addition to the listed compulsory modules, students on the MBA programme will undertake optional modules (listed in this programme specification) with a total module weight of 30 credits.

Students on the MBA Sports Management programme must undertake 20 credits of specialist optional modules that are compulsory for this pathway (* in the list of modules) and select 10 credits from the remaining optional modules.   

Code

Module title

Semester

Modular weight

MBA

Core/Option

MBA Sports Mgt

Core/Option

BSP150

Personal Effectiveness

One

10

C

C

BSP151

Accounting, Financial Management & Economics

Two

10

C

C

BSP152

Business Analytics

Three

10

C

C

BSP153

Decision making for Leaders

Three

10

C

C

BSP154

Managing Innovation

Two

10

C

C

BSP155

Managing People

Two

10

C

C

BSP156

Operations Management

One

10

C

C

BSP157

Strategic Marketing

One

10

C

C

BSP158

Leading the Organisation: Leading People

Two

10

C*

C*

BSP159

Leading the Organisation: Strategy, Governance & Markets

One

10

C

C

BSP160

Leading Strategic Change

One

20

C*

C*

BSP164

Work-based Learning Project and Research Methods

Three

30

C

N/A

BSP165

Work-based Learning Project and Research Methods (Sports Management)

Three

30

N/A

C

BSP112

Information Systems: Strategy and Management

Two

10

O

O

BSP115

Advanced Management (ESSAM)

Three

20

O

O

BSP161

Corporate Finance

One

10

O

O

BSP162

International Intensive Study Period

Three

10

O

O

BSP163

Managing the Global Firm

Two

10

O*

O

BSP204

Managing Sports Organisations

Two

10

O

C

BSP220

Managing Corporate Reputation

Two

10

O*

C

BSP306

Global Outsourcing and Offshoring of Services

Three

10

O

O

BSP310

Project Management

One

10

O

O

 * Pre-requisites exist.   

4.1 Optional  Modules   

 Whilst students will have the opportunity to undertake all their Core modules and their choice of Option modules during their period of study, we cannot guarantee the availability of any module in a specific year. Availability may be subject to change due to, for example, unforeseen circumstances, staff timetabling issues or student demand. Details of issues that may affect availability are detailed in the University’s Terms and Conditions of Study.

A study plan which giverns the scheduling of the programme of study and registration periods will be established at the commencement of the programme.  Students are required to act in accordance with this plan.

4.2 Degree Apprenticeships

Students registered on Apprenticeship varients of this programme should note the additional requirements of the programme.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 Assessment

5.1.1 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but also:

  • To be eligible for the award of MBA Business Administration candidates must have achieved credit in BSP164 (Work-based project).

  • To be eligible for the award of MBA Sports Management candidates must additionally have successfully completed BSP204 (Managing Sports Organisations, BSP220 (Managing Corporate Reputation) and BSP165 (Work-based project – Sports Management). Candidates who have not successfully completed these modules but who otherwise satisfy the requirements of the MBA regulations will be eligible for the award of MBA Business Administration.

5.1.2 In accordance with Regulation XXI, but with the exclusion of module BSP164 and BSP165 (Work-based Project), candidates who have a right of re-assessment in a module may choose to be re-assessed in the University's special assessment period.

5.1.3 Students may choose to be re-assessed in BSP151 Accounting, Financial Management and Economics in January of the next academic year.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

n/a

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