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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BSc (Hons) Business

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Business Programme codeUFS3SBESBECA
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

BSc Business provides you with a unique and wide-ranging understanding of business and management.  It is distinct from most undergraduate degrees because it covers topics relating to responsible business, business ethics and the role of business in society.  You will be part of a career-focused business and management programme, characterised by an ethos of ethics and sustainability.  You will have the opportunity to learn about business fundamentals, such as marketing, finance, business analysis and strategy, and to take a multidisciplinary approach to your studies.  The BSc Business programme is organised over three years of full time study, with a focus on integrating theory and practice, and developing employability skills in preparation for a career in business and management.

An International and European study abroad and with Industrial Experience option is available for this programme. 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The BSc Business programme aims to:

  • Inspire you with the potential uses and value to business of innovation, collaboration and technology.
  • Provide an integrated but flexible degree structure; enabling you to gain as much ‘real’ industry exposure as you can, successively earning credit for your work experience in each study year.
  • Help you develop a set of specialist skills and attributes which are hugely relevant to 21st century businesses, from a local and global perspective.
  • Prepare you for a professional career in a wide range of sectors including; e-commerce, business analytics, marketing, manufacturing and/or wholesale, management relations, environmental consultancy or social enterprise.
  • Instil in you the realisation that business must evolve to adapt to the challenges of operating in a resource-constrained world.
  • Promote interdisciplinary thinking and acquisition of greater multidisciplinary awareness by allowing you to customise your degree through the selection of optional modules from non-business disciplines, including Geography, Politics and Bioscience.

4. Programme Structure

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. Details of the modules currently offered will be accessible from the College web site

You may take Option 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 College web site: (under development).

The programme deliberately comprises optional modules predominantly serviced by other Penryn Campus Colleges to enhance the students interdisciplinary learning experience.

At the discretion of the Programme Director you may take Elective Modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in second stage of the programme 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.   

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP1010 Business and Society 15No
BEP1020 Business Practice and Analysis 15Yes
BEP1030 Operations Management: A Sustainable Perspective 15No
BEP1040 Marketing in a Digital Age 15No
BEP1120 Introduction to Economics 15No
BEP1100 Understanding Work and Organisations 15No
BEP1070 Accounting 15No
BEP1080 Theory and Practice of Management 15Yes

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP2210 Circular Enterprise Economy 15Yes
BEP2020 Project Management 15No
BEP2030 Business Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project) 15Yes
BEP2040 Strategic Concepts for Business 15Yes
BEP2050 Finance for Business 15No
BEP2060 Research Inquiry for Practice 15No

Optional Modules

30 credits of options

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW2016C Environmental Regulation and Redress 15No
BIO2425 Introduction to Ecological Consultancy 15No
CSC2010M Oceans and Human Health 15No
CSC2011M Living with Environmental Change 15No
GEO2445 Rural Social Issues 15No
BEP2070 Social Enterprise Management 15No
BEP2110 Workplace Wellbeing 15No
BEP2120 Digital Technologies and the Future of Work 15No
GEO2440 Geographical Information Science and Systems 15No
BEP2190 Understanding Financial Statements 15No
BEP2200 Marketing Analytics 15No
LAW2112C Legal Foundations for Business 15No

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP3010 Social and Technological Innovation 15No
BEP3020 Practice-Based Consultancy Management 15No
BEP3030 Globalisation and Internationalisation 15No
BEP3040 Local-Global Innovation (Cornwall Research Seminar Series) 15No
BEP3050 Future-Facing Dissertation/Project 30No

Optional Modules

30 credits of options

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GEO3437B Climate Change and Society 15No
CSC4013M Frontiers of Global Health 15No
GEO3459 Whole Energy Systems 15No
BEP3011 Business and Climate Change 15No
BEP3090 Business Field Trip 15No
BEP3110 Marketing Strategy 15No
BEP3070 Crisis: Change and Creativity in Organisations 15No
GEO2435 Evolution of Human Societies 15No
BIO3037 Ecology of Environmental Change 15No

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. able to engage in critical debate about what characterises a future-facing (sustainable) organisation strategy, and intuitively synthesise evidence from theory, research and practice about the consequences of individual and collective action, and how systems and societies can be adapted to ensure sustainable futures.
2. worldly aware of the concept of environmental stewardship and able to evaluate what this might mean in the context of sustainable brands; business processes, procedures and practices towards more effective organisational management
3. critically reflective on issues of social justice and equality, and able to recognise how these relate to ecological, political, sociological, technological and economic factors

Students will predominantly learn through:  lectures, seminars, directed research, action learning sets and personal tutoring meetings.  These will be delivered using a blended approach.  Lectures and seminars will be regularly tutor
facilitated and will typically involve student led seminars.  E-resources and social media will be utilised routinely throughout the duration of the programme.  

The ILOs will be assessed using a carefully considered student assessment diet including a combination of: business reports, essay writing, presentations, posters, design project, proposals, examination, multiple choice/short answer questioning and time constrained assignments.

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:

4. able to critically analyse organisations, their management and the changing external environment in which they operate
5. consistent and confident in their articulation of the ideas of business ethics and global citizenship as key concepts for business/social innovation and leadership
6. appropriately prepared to apply specialist knowledge gained in the subject of Business and Management and able to articulate key concepts and messages about sustainable solutions to complex business problems

Workshops, tutorials, group work activity, seminal debates, and student-led initiatives/projects will underpin the programme pedagogy.  

Using the case study method students will be encouraged to develop skills in analytical thinking and reflective judgment by reading and discussing complex, real-life business and management scenarios. For some modules this will involve Business practitioners coming into the classroom, and conversely will necessitate business field trips.

Problem based learning will also feature quite heavily in student learning with the aim of challenging students to use problem solving techniques, and develop self-directed learning strategies. Typically this will involve Lecturers and tutors posing questions, problems or scenarios involving multiple stakeholders in an interdisciplinary, Business and Society context.  Students will also undertake independent research culminating in a final year consultancy project and their dissertation. There will also be both individual and group work opportunities for students to create their own content relevant to the programme aims.

The ILOs will be assessed using a carefully considered student assessment diet including a combination of: business reports, essay writing, presentations, posters, a design project, proposals, examination, multiple/short answer choice questioning, time constrained assignments, a strategic appraisal, a business communication exercise, dissertation, work place (process) observations, business and financial modelling scenarios, an environmental impact assessment, work place wellbeing assessment, a real life ISO audit and consultancy project.

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:

7. CONFIDENT COMMUNICATOR: Able to adapt and adjust both written and verbal communication styles, to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
8. INNOVATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVER: Able to confidently explore challenges from different perspectives, to creatively offer practical and timely solutions.
9. PROACTIVE COLLABORATOR: Able to actively build strong working relationships with others to have positive outcomes.
10. DIGITALLY FLUENT: Able to embrace a variety of digital technologies to critically source, process and communicate information.
11. RESILIENT SELF-ADVOCATE: Able to develop self-awareness through a commitment to learning from experiences and taking responsibility for personal growth.
12. CRITICAL THINKER: Able to proactively analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources to draw independent and well-founded conclusions.
13. GLOBALLY ENGAGED: Able to recognise diverse individual and cultural perspectives, in order to communicate on interconnected world issues and sustainable decisions

7.   i) Opportunity to develop individual voice and writing style -

  1. through essays and reports (BEP1010 Business and Society, BEP1100 Understanding Work and Organisations);
  2. podcasts (BEP3040 Local -Global Innovation);
  3. skills portfolios (BEP1020 Business Practice and Analysis)
  4. qualitative and quantitative analysis reports (BEP1040 Marketing in a Digital Age; BEP2060 Research for Inquiry

ii) Engagement with external stakeholders through field trips (BEP1030 Operations Management)

iii) Communication with businesses and clients through placements, internships and embedded employability (BEP2030 Business Practice; BEP3020 Practice-Based Consultancy)

 

8. i) Work on a real-life project brief set by an external organisation (BEP2030 Business Practice);

ii) prepare a consultancy report for a client (BEP3020 Practice-Based Consultancy)

iii) Work with real-life data-sets to design an analytical strategy overcoming data bias (BEP2060 Research for Inquiry).

 

9. I) Work on an interdisciplinary hackathon with Law School students (BEP2030 Business Practice and Analysis)

Ii) Carry-out a public debate (BEP1010 Business and Society)

Iii) Work together on real-life case studies (BEP1100 Understanding Work and Organisations; BEP1080 Theory and Practice of Management)

 

10. I) Gain Excel expertise in analysing data (BEP1040 Marketing in a Digital Age).

Ii) Introduction to SPSS and NVivo (BEP2060 Research for Inquiry)

Iii) Record and edit videos (BEP1020 Business Practice and Analysis)

iv) Record podcasts (BEP3040 Local-Global Innovation)

 

11. I) Participate in the ‘Buddy System’

Ii) Become a class-rep; library rep or SSLC chair

iii) Take part in termly academic tutoring activities.

 

12. I) Dealing with wicked problems (BEP2210 Circular Enterprise Economy); economic and game theory (BEP1120 Introduction to Economics)

Ii) Conducting a literature review on a topic of own choice (BEP2060 Research for Inquiry)

 

Iii) Managing a research project (BEP3050 Future-facing Dissertation)

 

13. i) Opportunity to develop individual voice and writing style -

  1. through essays and reports (BEP1010 Business and Society, BEP1100 Understanding Work and Organisations);
  2. podcasts (BEP3040 Local -Global Innovation);
  3. skills portfolios (BEP1020 Business Practice and Analysis)
  4. qualitative and quantitative analysis reports (BEP1040 Marketing in a Digital Age; BEP2060 Research for Inquiry

ii) Engagement with external stakeholders through field trips (BEP1030 Operations Management)

iii) Communication with businesses and clients through placements, internships and embedded employability (BEP2030 Business Practice; BEP3020 Practice-Based Consultancy)

 

14. i) Work on a real-life project brief set by an external organisation (BEP2030 Business Practice);

ii) prepare a consultancy report for a client (BEP3020 Practice-Based Consultancy)

iii) Work with real-life data-sets to design an analytical strategy overcoming data bias (BEP2060 Research for Inquiry).

 

15. I) Work on an interdisciplinary hackathon with Law School students (BEP2030 Business Practice and Analysis)

Ii) Carry-out a public debate (BEP1010 Business and Society)

Iii) Work together on real-life case studies (BEP1100 Understanding Work and Organisations; BEP1080 Theory and Practice of Management)

 

16. I) Gain Excel expertise in analysing data (BEP1040 Marketing in a Digital Age).

Ii) Introduction to SPSS and NVivo (BEP2060 Research for Inquiry)

Iii) Record and edit videos (BEP1020 Business Practice and Analysis)

iv) Record podcasts (BEP3040 Local-Global Innovation)

 

17. I) Participate in the ‘Buddy System’

Ii) Become a class-rep; library rep or SSLC chair

iii) Take part in termly academic tutoring activities.

 

18. I) Dealing with wicked problems (BEP2210 Circular Enterprise Economy); economic and game theory (BEP1120 Introduction to Economics)

Ii) Conducting a literature review on a topic of own choice (BEP2060 Research for Inquiry)

 

Iii) Managing a research project (BEP3050 Future-facing Dissertation)

 

  • BEP1010 – group coursework, active learning log (graduate skills 7,9,13)
  • BEP1020 – ePortfolio, job analysis (graduate skills 10, 12)
  • BEP1030 – group report, individual investigation of business operation (graduate skill 7)
  • BEP1040 – presentation, social media plan, digital marketing report (graduate skills 7, 10)
  • BEP1080 – video presentation, report, exam (graduate skill 9)
  • BEP1100 – report, exam (graduate skills 7,9,13)
  • BEP1120 – group report, exam (graduate skill 12)
  • BEP2030 – ePortfolio, group presentation (graduate skills 7,8,9)
  • BEP2060 – literature review, data analysis (graduate skills 7,8,10,12)
  • BEP2210 – report, presentation, exam (graduate skills 12, 13)
  • BEP3020 – literature review, report (graduate skills (graduate skills 7, 8)
  • BEP3040 – essay, poster (graduate skills 10, 13)
  • BEP3050 – dissertation (graduate skill 12)

7. Programme Regulations

Assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. The award will normally be based on the degree mark formed from the credit weighted average marks for stages 2 and 3 combined in the ratio 1:2 respectively.

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

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

BSc (Hons) Business

19. UCAS Code

N110

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] General business and management

23. Dates

Origin Date

27/01/2015

Date of last revision

24/03/2022