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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages Programme codeUFA4SBESML01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BA (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages is a 4-year joint honours programme combining English taught modules focusing on business in a global context, with a chosen target foreign language, culture and intercultural communication skills. 

The programme requires the compulsory study of modules that are focused on the International Business context and that provide you with the strong business and management understanding required to underpin your studies and progression through the programme. It offers the choice of studying a full range of business modules to include Human Resource Management, Marketing, Accounting, Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management and Sustainability. This gives you the opportunity to tailor the direction of your studies, and you will engage with highly experienced academics who will share real world business insights and the latest research in their specific field.

 

It offers the choice between the study of six major European languages and one Asian language, taught by experienced language specialists including native speakers and academic staff at the cutting edge of research in their particular discipline. Progression through the programme will combine the acquisition of language with the study of the literature, culture, film and linguistics of the language disciplines as well as advanced translation practice. You will develop a high level of proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking your selected language, providing you with valued skills of potential use for future careers. In addition, ‘content’ modules cover topics as broad as history, politics, philosophy, literature and cinema, and are designed to complement the language study within the programme.

 

The BA (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages offers you a coherent programme of study, balancing compulsory elements with an extensive choice of options to suit your individual aspirations and requirements. 

Advice and guidance on the programme can be sought from your academic tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

A BA (Hons) in International Business and Modern Languages combines knowledge of the nature of business and management, and global opportunities with foreign language acquisition (henceforth language modules, compulsory 30-credit modules) and the study of cultural and linguistic aspects related to the language studied.

 

The degree programme combines compulsory content and language modules with a wide range of optional complementary modules.

 

The programme is designed to enable you to tailor your degree to your own strengths and employability aspirations.  It will allow you to acquire core specific knowledge and skills in Business and Modern Languages as well as to select new subjects during your journey of learning. Your progress and decisions towards a unique degree programme will be supported by your academic tutor(s), with whom you will have regular meetings to monitor your academic progress and degree structure.

 

Language learning and specific knowledge remains at the core of your study, therefore in order for you to progress through the levels you must complete all the compulsory language and content modules successfully. 

The programme aims are to:

 

  • Train you to a high level of proficiency (CEFR C1) in reading, speaking, writing and listening in your chosen language, which will enable you to communicate effectively in a wide range of personal and professional contexts;
  • Offer a range of options in the language, literature, history and cultures of the parts of the world where your chosen language is spoken. This will enable you to develop your own particular interests within the boundaries of a coherent degree programme and acquire deep understanding of the culture/s of your language of study;
  • Develop key communication and transferrable intercultural skills which will enable you to operate successfully in a global working environment;
  • Develop competence in areas pertinent to globalisation and international business;
  • Enable you to understand and evaluate how businesses operate in the international business context;
  • Equip you with global business acumen and expertise, commercial understanding, intercultural skills, and linguistic ability in your chosen language;
  • Enable you to study a wide range of specialist business modules, taught by our triple-accredited Business School;
  • Broaden your career goals/opportunities and open up your prospectus to the global business community;
  • Provide you with a variety of innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and a lively and supportive studying environment which stimulates imaginative and independent learning;
  • Provide a broad and challenging intellectual education and a foundation of key personal skills for entering the world of work on graduation, together with a suitable basis for the pursuit of further research in the relevant subject or subjects;
  • Use the research expertise of staff to support your academic development within the flexible modular programme structure created by the degree programme;
  • Enable you to become a reflective and autonomous independent learner

 

4. Programme Structure

The BA (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages is a 4-year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 4 stages with the third stage spent abroad. Each stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.

 

At stages 1 and 2 you will take 45 credits of compulsory Business School modules, 45 credits of compulsory modules in Modern Languages, 15 credits of optional Business School modules, and 15 credits of optional modules related to your chosen language. At stage 4 you will take 15 credits of compulsory Business School modules, 45 credits of compulsory modules in Modern Languages, 45 credits of optional Business School modules, and 15 credits of optional modules related to your chosen language.

 

You may take Business School Optional Modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School web site (http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/undergraduate/modules/).

 

The following principles apply:

 

  • The 4-year programme is studied in four stages, one for each year of study; the third year is spent abroad. In exceptional circumstances only and subject to the agreement of the Programme Director/Director of Education, should you be unable to spend a year abroad it is possible to transfer onto an alternative 3-year BA (Hons) degree programme, which depending on your language competence is either the BA (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages (3 Year) programme or the BA (Hons) International Business and Global Cultural Studies (3 Year). 
  • On the 4-year programme you will spend stage 3 abroad in one of the following ways:
    • Year Abroad (Study and Work Placement) A 50:50 combination of a partner exchange or other approved programme of study with a work placement;
    • Year Abroad (Study) on a partner exchange or other approved programme of study;
    • Year Abroad (Work Placement) in approved paid or voluntary work placement.

 

  • All students will take the module BSD2005 in their second year as preparation for their year abroad. Students will then be enrolled on compulsory module BUS3000D, E or F [AA1] depending on their chosen year abroad format. BUS3000D and BUS3000F incorporate study abroad and bring together credits taken at a partner institution. BUS3000E represents a year of working abroad in approved paid or voluntary work placement.
    • To be permitted to undertake study at a European partner institution, students are expected to have a 1st year credit weighted average of 50% and must have completed BSD2005 in their second year as preparation for a year abroad.
    • To be permitted to undertake study at an International (non-European) partner institution, students are expected to have a 1st year credit weighted average of 60% and must have completed BSD2005 in their second year as preparation for a year abroad.
    • Students who wish to combine one semester study with one semester work placement are expected to have the required 1st year credit weighting (50% European, 60% International) and attend the compulsory work placement session in Year 2 as part of BSD2005.
    • Students who wish to work abroad for a full year are expected to have the required 1st year credit weighting (50% European, 60% International) and attend the compulsory work placement session in Year 2 as part of BSD2005.

 

  • The Year Abroad may be spent either in one country where a language of study is spoken or, if suitable arrangements can be made, divided between two countries where the language is spoken. Exceptionally, other arrangements may be approved by the Programme Director/Director of Education.
    • For a full year of study you will be assessed on your marks from 45 ECTS of modules (or equivalent at non-European partner institutions) together with a reflective essay and an oral examination in your language of study on your return to Exeter.
    • For a 50:50 combined year of study and work placement you will be assessed on your marks from 30 ECTS of modules (or equivalent at non-European partner institutions) together with a work placement report and an oral examination in your language of study on your return to Exeter.
    • For a full year of work placement you will be assessed via a reflective essay and work placement report, and an oral examination in your language of study on your return to Exeter.
 
  • If you register for the 4-year programme but are subsequently unable to meet the requirements for study abroad, you will be transferred to BA (Hons) International Business and Global Cultural Studies (3 Year). All such transfers are subject to approval by the Programme Director/Director of Education. Where you have completed the degree programme in three years, the words 'Three-Year Programme' will appear on your degree certificate
  • On the 3-year versions of the programme, transfer to which is permissible in exceptional circumstances only, you are encouraged wherever possible to spend a period of residence in countries where the language of study is spoken during a vacation before progressing to the final stage. The Programme Director for the relevant language discipline can advise you on the most appropriate way of gaining experience of independent learning for your individual circumstances.

 

To progress to the final stage of the BA (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages programme you must pass one of the non-condonable Study or Work Abroad modules, BUS3000D/E/F. If you fail one of these modules you will be transferred to the 4-year BA (Hons) International Business and Global Cultural Studies programme. The 4-year BA (Hons) International Business and Global Cultural Studies programme is only available as an exit route from the BA (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages following failure at stage 3. If you are transferred to the BA (Hons) International Business and Global Cultural Studies programme, your degree classification will be calculated from the credit-weighted average marks for stages 2 and 4 combined in the ratio 1:2 respectively.

 

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

Stage 1


Stage 1: 45 credits of compulsory Business School modules, 45 credits of compulsory modules in Modern Languages, 15 credits of optional Business School modules, 15 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language.

a) select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language

b) select 15 credits of optional Business modules (http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/undergraduate/modules/)

Please note that certain modules may only be available to students on Single Honours programmes, or to students who have taken a particular language module. This information will be given in the pre-requisites or co-requisites section of the relevant module descriptor.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEM1027 The International Business Context 15Yes
BEM1023 Discovering Management 30No
SML1208 Language, Culture, and International Relations 15No
MLX S1 Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLF1001 French Language 30 Yes
MLF1052 French Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLG1001 German Language 30 Yes
MLG1052 German Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLI1001 Italian Language 30 Yes
MLI1052 Italian Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLM1052 Beginners Chinese 30 Yes
MLP1052 Portuguese Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLR1001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLR1030 Russian Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLS1001 Spanish Language 30 Yes
MLS1056 Spanish Language for Beginners 30 Yes

Optional Modules

Business School Optional Modules: BEA, BEE, BEM

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
UEBS S1 BA International Business and Modern Languages Opt 22-23 [See note c above]
BEA1013 Introduction to Accounting 15 No
BEE1021 Personal Finance Management 15 No
BEM1018 Business and Society 15 No
BEM1019 Fundamentals of Marketing 15 No
BEM1020 Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution 15 No
BEM1021 Leadership and Teams 15 No
BEM1022 Introduction to Leadership Studies 15 No
MLX S1 Chinese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLM1010 China of the Senses: Approaching Chinese Culture and Environments 15 No
MLM1013 A Brief History of Modern China (1861-Present) 15 No
MLX S1 French Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLF1017 The Making of Modern France 15 No
MLF1103 The French Language, Present and Past 15 No
MLF1105 An Introduction to French Thought 15 No
MLF1121 French Visual History 15 No
MLF1018 The Devil is in the Detail: An Introduction to the Short Story in French 15 No
MLX S1 German Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLG1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15 No
MLG1017 Turning Points in German History 1200 - 2000 15 No
MLG1021 Outside In: An Introduction to Outcasts and Outsiders in German-language Literature and Film 15 No
MLX S1 Italian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLI1016 Italy Inside Out: Popular Visual Narratives about Italy 15 No
MLI1121 A Thousand Faces: Cultures and History in 19th-Century Italy 15 No
MLX S1 Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLP1002 Introduction to the Lusophone World 15 No
MLX S1 Russian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLR1023 Russia: Empire and Identity 15 No
MLR1006 An Emotional Experience: Russian Literature and the Expression of Feeling 15 No
MLX S1 Spanish Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLS1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
SML1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
MLS1068 An Introduction to the Literature and Film of Spain 15 No
MLS1064 An Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context 15 No
MLS1066 The Making of Modern Latin America: History Through Literature and Culture 15 No
MLS1164 A Journey of Discovery: Hispanic Global Culture 15 No
MLX S1 Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
SML1207 Introduction to Film 15 No
SML1208 Language, Culture, and International Relations 15 No
SML1002 Constructing Nature: Stories we Live By 15 No
SML1018 The Devil Is in the Detail: An Introduction to the Short Story in French 15 No

Stage 2


Stage 2: 45 credits of compulsory Business School modules, 45 credits of compulsory modules in Modern Languages, 15 credits of optional Business School modules, 15 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language.

c) select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language

d) Select 15 credits of optional Business modules (http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/undergraduate/modules/)

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEM2048 International Business 15Yes
BEM2047 Organisational Behaviour 30No
SML2246 Intercultural Communication 15No
MLX S2 Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [See note f above]
MLF2001 French Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLF2152 Intermediate French 30 Yes
MLG2001 German Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLG2052 Intermediate German 30 Yes
MLI2001 Italian Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLI2051 Italian Language 30 Yes
MLM2052 Intermediate Chinese (One) 30 Yes
MLP2052 Intermediate Portuguese 30 Yes
MLR2001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral I 30 Yes
MLR2030 Intermediate Russian 30 Yes
MLS2001 Spanish Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLS2156 Spanish Language (ex-beginners) 30 Yes

Optional Modules

Business School Optional Modules: BEA, BEE, BEM

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
UEBS S2 BA International Business and Modern Languages Opt 22-23 [See note g above]
BEM2016 Consumer Behaviour 15 No
BEM2021 Human Resource Management 15 No
BEM2025 Marketing Communications: Strategies and Applications 15 No
BEM2032 Startup Entrepreneurship 15 No
BEM2033 Brands and Branding 15 No
BEM2034 Digital Technologies and the Future of Work 15 No
BEM2035 Leading in International Contexts 15 No
BEM2036 Thinking Entrepreneurially 15 No
BEM2037 Leadership: Challenges and Practice 15 No
MLX S2 Chinese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
MLM2002 Politics of Contemporary China 15 No
MLM2003 Chinoiserie and Europeenerie: Artistic and cultural exchanges between China and Europe 15 No
MLX S2 French Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
MLF2076 Subversive Texts: Baudelaire and Rachilde 15 No
MLF2005 Classical myth in French and francophone cinema 15 No
MLF2069 East is East? Cross-Cultural Encounters in Medieval French Literature 15 No
SML2209 Music in Medieval Europe 15 No
MLF2070 Violence and Virtue: Early Modern French Theatre 15 No
MLF2074 Translating Exile: Contemporary Francophone Women Writers 15 No
MLF2029 Varieties of French 15 No
MLF2056 Provoking Thoughts - French Literature and Philosophy from the Renaissance to the 20th Century 15 No
MLX S2 German Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
MLG2003 Youth and Age: Generations in German Fiction and Film 15 No
MLG2019 Gender, Race and Migration in 20th and 21st-century German Literature 15 No
MLG2018 Berlin - Culture, History and Politics 15 No
MLX S2 Italian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
AHV2208 Ideal Cities? Urban Cultures of Renaissance Italy 15 No
MLI2019 Italian(s) in the World 15 No
MLI2018 Love (and Marriage?) in Contemporary Italian Film Comedy 15 No
MLX S2 Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
SML2004 Contemporary Latin American Cinema 15 No
SML2002 Cultural Connections in Southern Africa: Literature and Film 15 No
MLP2002 Portuguese as a Global Language 15 No
MLX S2 Russian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
MLR2021 Understanding Russia 15 No
MLR2024 Exploring Revolution: The Making of Soviet Society and Culture in the 1920s 15 No
MLX S2 Spanish Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
MLS2070 Catalonia Is Not Spain? Modern Catalan Culture in Context 15 No
MLS2158 "What is Love? And Do I Need It?" An Introduction to Spanish Renaissance Love Poetry 15 No
MLS2072 Place and Identity in Contemporary Venezuelan Culture 15 No
SML2004 Contemporary Latin American Cinema 15 No
MLS2061 The Latin American Short Story 15 No
MLS2045 Federico Garcia Lorca: Theatre and Poetry 15 No
MLS2073 Literary Non-Fiction in Argentina: When Writing Meets the Real 15 No
MLX S2 Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note h above]
HUM2005 Tales of Freedom, Necessity and Providence 15 No
SML2246 Intercultural Communication 15 No
SML2244 Multilingualism in Society 15 No
SML2003 Research Skills in Languages and Cultures 15 No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules

e) You must take one of these modules:

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BUS3000D Year Abroad (Study) 120Yes
BUS3000E Year Abroad (Work Placement) 120Yes
BUS3000F Study and Work Placement 120Yes

Stage 4


Stage 4: 15 credits of compulsory Business School modules, 45 credits of compulsory modules Modern Languages, 45 credits of optional Business School modules, 15 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language).

f) select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language.

g) Select 45 credits of optional Business modules (http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/undergraduate/modules/)

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEM3065 Strategy 15Yes
SML3009 Intercultural Communication in a Global World 15No
MLX Final Stage Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [See note k above]
MLM3111 Advanced Chinese Language Skills 30 Yes
MLF3111 Advanced French Language Skills 30 Yes
MLG3111 Advanced German Language Skills 30 Yes
MLI3111 Advanced Italian Language Skills 30 Yes
MLP3111 Advanced Portuguese Language Skills 30 Yes
MLR3111 Advanced Russian Language Skills 30 Yes
MLS3111 Advanced Spanish Language Skills 30 Yes

Optional Modules

Business School Optional Modules: BEA, BEE, BEM

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX Final Stage Chinese Option Modules 2023-4
MLM3009 China through the Lens: Cultural Translation and Self-Presentation 15 No
MLM3008 Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature 15 No
MLM3011 China and the Third World: Foreign Relations and Nation Building in China in the Cold War Era 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
HUM3015 The Place of Meaning: Gardens in Britain and China 15 No
MLX Final Stage French Option Modules 2023-4
MLF3034 Sociolinguistics of French 15 No
MLF3078 Philosophers, Prophets, and Mystics in French Culture 15 No
MLF3050 Music, Poetry, and Society at the Late Medieval French Court 15 No
MLF3079 Sex, Subversion and Censorship: Libertine Literature in Seventeenth-Century France 15 No
MLF3080 Les Miserables from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day 15 No
MLF3046 Dialectology in France 15 No
MLF3075 First-Person Outsiders in Modern French Literature 15 No
MLF3081 Sexual Politics: Gender Dynamics in Early Modern France 15 No
EAF3520 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15 No
MLX Final Stage German Option Modules 2023-4
MLG3036 Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria 15 No
MLG3037 Coping with Catastrophe: German Culture, Literature and Politics in the Interwar Years 15 No
MLG3040 Sex, Sciences and the Arts 15 No
MLX Final Stage Italian Option Modules 2023-4
MLI3199 Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend 15 No
AHV3002 Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy 15 No
MLI3033 Multicultural Italy 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
EAF3520 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15 No
MLX Final Stage Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4
MLP3009 Afro-Brazil: Transatlantic Identities in Culture 15 No
SML3014 Socialist Thought and Practice in Latin America and Africa 15 No
MLX Final Stage Russian Option Modules 2023-4
MLR3027 The Making of Underground Russia, 1825-1917 15 No
MLR3026 The Deceptive City: The Creation of St Petersburg in Russian Literature 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
MLX Final Stage Spanish Option Modules 2023-4
MLS3037 Women and Feminism in 20th Century Spain 15 No
MLS3057 Cross Currents: Memory, Myth and Modernity in Latin America 15 No
MLS3112 Spanish Modernists: Narratives of Identity, Gender and Nation 15 No
MLS3071 The Chilean Road to Socialism (1970-1973): What Happened and Why? Elements for a Debate 15 No
MLS3067 "Monster of Nature and Phoenix of Wits." An Introduction to the Work of Lope de Vega 15 No
SML3031 Advanced Translation Skills 15 No
MLS3066 Almodovar's Spain: Cinema and Society 15 No
SML3014 Socialist Thought and Practice in Latin America and Africa 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
MLX Final Stage Neutral Option Modules 2023-4
SML3013 Through the Language Lens: the Relationship between Language, Culture and the Mind 15 No
SML3015 Dissertation 15 No
SML3043 Migration and Multilingualism 15 No
SML3041 Green Matters in Modern Languages and Cultures 15 No
SML3042 Transcultural Devon: Creating, Analysing and Subtitling Interviews in the Context of Migration 15 No
SML3009 Intercultural Communication in a Global World 15 No
SML3030 Extended Dissertation 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate critical understanding of key concepts and theories of international business and management and apply them in real world contexts.
2. Demonstrate awareness of the range of strategies available for operating and managing a business in an international environment, and analyse the effectiveness of operations and strategies in the globalised economy.
3. Identify and analyse the key advances, opportunities and challenges for businesses in a globalised economy with recognition of the global contemporary issues that inform and impact international businesses.
4. Demonstrate a high level of competence in the chosen foreign language. This includes accuracy and fluency as well as strategic competence in the production and comprehension, both orally and in writing, in a wide range of contexts.
5. Communicate effectively and appropriately with native and other competent speakers of your chosen language in personal, academic and professional contexts, both orally and in writing.
6. Demonstrate understanding of and ability to analyse and use effectively the structures and registers of your chosen language.
7. Show detailed knowledge of social, cultural and historical aspects of the parts of the world where your chosen language is spoken, and evaluate them critically, using appropriate methodologies.
8. Analyse and interpret texts in English and in your chosen language (including non-literary texts and other media, e.g. film) in relation to their cultural, historical and generic contexts, and articulate your understanding orally and in writing, both in English and in the target language.

ILOs 1-3 are developed through the compulsory Stage 1, 2 and 4 International Business and general Management modules with progression from a relatively high level of input from lecturers at stage 1, to greater student autonomy at later stages. The optional modules at stages 1, 2 and 4 enable you to focus on specific aspects of Business to include strategy, marketing, sustainability, leadership and innovation. This enables you to pursue personal interests and tailor a pathway of learning through the programme while further developing your skills and understanding within the International Business context.

 

ILOs 4-6: The compulsory language module at stage 1 (NQF level 4) includes an introduction to language-learning strategies (lectures and resources made available in Term 1), so that you are enabled from the outset of your programme to become an autonomous language learner.

Subsequent stages will require you to make systematic use of the self-access material available in the library, in the Foreign Language Centre, and via ELE. 

You will be advised by your language tutors on opportunities for reflection on your language-learning experience within your programme.

The language modules at each stage use authentic materials in your chosen language, both written (texts in a variety of styles and registers) and spoken (oral classes with native speakers, together with use of a range of media). These forms of target-language material are used in a variety of ways, including reading or listening comprehension, translation, and production of related material in your chosen language/s through a range of communicative tasks such as summarising, engaging in writing and oral communication, etc. Instruction is reinforced by regular formative assessment of students' work, where you will receive feedback on appropriateness of style, register, presentation, etc., as well as correction of grammatical and other errors.

 

Grammar is taught both explicitly and in context, in class and by guided study of a textbook or virtual classes, at a level appropriate to each stage of the programme and to your level of achievement at the outset of your programme. 

The familiarity with the target language acquired in the compulsory language modules is reinforced by the study in optional modules of a wide range of texts in your chosen language. In addition, in optional modules, some teaching/readings may be in the target language, and you will undertake a variety of exercises using the target language, especially at the higher levels.

 

ILOs 7-8: The stage 1 (NQF level 4) optional modules will give you a foundation knowledge on which to base your choice of options at higher levels, enabling you to explore and develop your interest in particular areas of your chosen language. 

Knowledge of the relevant aspects of the culture of the countries where your chosen language/s is spoken is acquired through lectures and seminars, guided reading of primary and secondary texts (including those in non-printed media, e.g. film) and directed independent study. You will learn to use the critical methodologies appropriate to the options chosen (literary criticism, linguistic or philological study, political or social history, film studies, etc) through writing essays and preparing and contributing to seminars with individual and/or group presentations, active class participation, following initial guidance from lecturers, and through feedback on work submitted.

As part of your programme you will be required to submit a series of formative and summative assignments covering all intended ILOs, and for which you will receive oral and/or written individualised or group feedback to allow you to progress in your academic development.

 

ILOs 1-5, 7 and 8 are assessed explicitly by coursework marked throughout the year, and/or by end-of-year written and oral exams. In some of the optional Modern Language modules, assessment may include an oral assessment in your chosen language or in English. 

ILO 6 is explicitly assessed in core language modules, through a range of assessments covering all productive and receptive skills, as well as translation. At stages 1 and 2 summative assessment may include a portfolio of summative tasks and an oral and a final exam. At stage 4, assessment will concentrate on translation (from and into the target language), writing skills for specific purposes and oral production in a variety of settings.

 

ILOs 1-3, 7, 8 will be assessed by a combination of formative and summative tasks ranging from essay writing, exams, group and individual projects, etc. at every stage of your programme. At Stage 2 you will be required to complete formative and summative work that will evaluate your ability to engage with the social, cultural and historical intricacies of the countries where your language of study is spoken

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Demonstrate understanding and assimilation of second language acquisition principles required to support successful language learning.
10. Critically evaluate and apply models, theories and concepts and examine critically any form of discourse arising from the close reading and analysis of texts.
11. Demonstrate understanding of generic conventions and the shaping effects upon communication of circumstances, authorship, textual production and intended audience.
12. Demonstrate understanding of the variety of approaches to research in the fields of international business, languages and related studies, and of the reasons why such approaches may change.
13. Demonstrate awareness of socio-cultural diversity and ability to respond positively and effectively to cultural perspectives different from one’s own.

ILO 9 is developed through the compulsory language modules throughout the programme, in your language work and in feedback from lecturers (in the form of both written comments and explanation in subsequent classes). 

ILOs 10-13 are developed through lectures and seminars in international business, language and optional modules, with progression from a relatively high level of input from lecturers at stage 1, to greater student autonomy at later stages. Optional modules at stage 4 (NQF level 6) (and to a limited extent  at stage 2 (NQF level 5)) are related to the research specialism of the staff teaching the module, giving you an insight into relevant research issues.

 

ILO 13 is implicit in all study of the language and cultures of another country, as well as the core international business modules and all modules will challenge you to understand cross-cultural contexts and reflect critically on your receptiveness to foreign cultures. The Year Abroad offers an opportunity to develop these skills fully. 

At Stage 2 you will receive specific guidance from your language tutors on how to succeed in intercultural interaction in preparation for your Year Abroad experience. Your language module will address intercultural challenges from a linguistic and a social point of view, making you aware of the various challenges linked to cultural adaptation and how to overcome them. During your Year Abroad you will also receive ongoing support from your Academic Tutor as you go through these challenges.

ILO 9 is assessed by the strategies described for the compulsory language modules under A above. 

ILOs 10-13 are assessed by coursework and January/end-of-year examinations, also as described under A above.

ILO 13: On your return to Exeter after your Year Abroad you will also be required to submit a reflective essay and/or work placement report (dependent on chosen Year Abroad module) in English and complete an oral examination in your language of study. These assessments will evaluate the development of your linguistic competence, the assimilation of transferable skills, and your ability to interact with the social and cultural aspects of the host country.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

14. Globally Engaged: able to recognise diverse individual and cultural perspectives in order to communicate on interconnected world issues and sustainable decisions
15. Critical Thinker: able to proactively analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources to draw independent and well-founded conclusions.
16. Confident Communicator: able to adapt and adjust both written and verbal communication styles to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
17. Proactive Collaborator: able to actively build strong working relationships with others to have positive outcomes.
18. Innovative Problem Solver: able to confidently explore challenges from different perspectives to creatively offer practical and timely solutions.
19. Resilient Self-Advocate: able to develop self-awareness through a commitment to learning from experiences and taking responsibility for personal growth.
20. Digitally Fluent: able to embrace a variety of digital technologies to critically source, process and communicate information.

ILOs 14-19 are essential elements in all academic study, and are developed by teaching strategies which require progressively more initiative from you as you progress through the programme, at each stage building on the skills which you have acquired at earlier stages. Typically, stage 1 (NQF level 4) content modules are largely lecture-based while those at the final stage are based predominantly on seminar-style teaching. Core language modules are largely taught in small groups. ILO 20 is similarly developed throughout the programme. 

ILO 16 Oral communication and strategic competence in both English and in the foreign language  are developed in seminars, in both giving and responding to presentations, and in a broad range of written tasks (essays, reports, webpage content, dissertation, etc.).

 

ILOs 17-18 and 20 are organisational skills which are developed through the experience of preparing essays, presentations, portfolio tasks, and other coursework. International Business and Modern Languages has a standard essay/language component feedback sheet which provides for evaluation and comment on these skills, along with other aspects of the assessed element. 

ILO 20 is developed as you progress through the programme, at each stage building on the digital skills and literacy acquired at earlier stages. For content and language modules you will conduct research online, develop websites and PowerPoint presentations, and make short films as part of the module learning activities.  IT skills are also developed through professionally edited word-processing essays and dissertations in both English and in the foreign language. Guidance on responsible use of the internet is given in the Undergraduate Student Handbook and is reinforced in feedback given on written and oral work.

ILOs 14-20 are skills which underpin successful performance in all academic formative and summative assessments, whether written or oral, coursework, essays, projects, or exams.

 

ILOs 17-18 and 20 are assessed in individual and group work such as presentations and projects which require working autonomously and as part of a team to complete a task, meet the task brief (content, objectives, word lengths) and its deadline. 

ILOs 18 and 19 are assessed though the increasingly independent and autonomous learning undertaken by you as you progress through the programme, and specifically in the modules taken during the year abroad in the 4-year programme.

 

ILO 20 is assessed in core and optional modules by the ability to use technologies both to carry out research and source information, and present and communicate it effectively through different media as specified by the task.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

 

  • To progress to the final stage of the BA (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages programme you must pass one of the non-condonable Study or Work Abroad modules, BUS30000D/E/F If you fail one of these modules you will be transferred to the 4-year BA (Hons) International Business and Global Cultural Studies programme. The 4-year BA (Hons) International Business and Global Cultural Studies programme is only available as an exit route from the BA (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages following failure at stage 3. If you are transferred to the BA (Hons) International Business and Global Cultural Studies programme your degree classification will be calculated from the credit-weighted average marks for stages 2 and 4 combined in the ratio 1:2 respectively.

 

 

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

 

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

 

The Undergraduate Student Handbook can be accessed via ELE at the following address:

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1647

 

University Support for Students and Student Learning

Learning Resources: The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

 

 

There is a well-equipped Foreign Language Centre in Queen’s Building which provides both a wide range of language learning resources and a quiet space for individual and group work.

 

IT Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

 

  • University Wellbeing Service - available free of charge, to provide confidential help and support.
  • Student Health Centre - We are a Primary Health Care Centre, primarily funded by the National Health Service, providing care for all acute and long-term health problems for students on the Streatham Campus.
  • Student Services Centre - in the Forum is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of 12 student services from Accommodation to Finance, Wellbeing to International Student Support, IT to AccessAbility. You can access the SID team 12 hours per day during term time between 8am – 8pm plus 10am – 3pm on Saturdays. Out of term time we are open 9am – 6pm Monday – Friday.
  • The Student Engagement and Skills - team offer support for all students who wish to improve their personal, professional and academic skills, through lectures, workshops, individual appointments and peer support programmes in colleges and interactive online resources on Exeter’s Learning Environment (ELE).
  • Family Centre (Streatham campus) provides high quality care and education for early-years children of students and staff. 
  • Student Advice Centre : (the Forum) is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of issues: housing, finance, and academic matters.
  • The Students’ Guild is the students’ union of the University of Exeter providing representation, advice, activities, social events, dining outlets and more.  
  • Student complaints procedure.
  • Chaplaincy offers confidential support, advice and pastoral listening for all students.
  • The International Student Support Office supports nonUK students across all University of Exeter campuses.   
  • INTO University of Exeter partnership provides English Language and other preparatory courses for international students.
  • AccessAbility offers advice and support to students with specific learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia) and physical disabilities/health conditions. Support includes helping students access learning and teaching opportunities and make the most of university life.
  • Employability and Graduate Development the Career Zone has over 40 staff working to help you improve your chances of getting a great job after you graduate. They provide expert advice to enable you to plan your future through: guidance interviews, psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation.

 

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy (ESE)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages

19. UCAS Code

NN13

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] General business and management

23. Dates

Origin Date

10/12/2020

Date of last revision

10/03/2022