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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BSc (Hons) Business and Environment with Industrial Experience

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Business and Environment with Industrial Experience Programme codeUFS4SBEGOACB
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

There is growing public concern about climate change, degradation of natural resources and ecosystems, and the role that humans are playing in accelerating these changes. Business leaders of the future will need increased awareness of environmental systems and their interactions with social, economic and business systems.

 

Based on our Penryn Campus, Cornwall, the interdisciplinary programme will equip business leaders of the future with a unique combination of knowledge and skills within core business and economics processes, and their fundamental interdependencies with environmental systems. There are options for you to undertake relevant work placements and study abroad in order to help contextualise the issues faced by businesses in an increasing environmentally aware and global society. 

 

  • Our interdisciplinary programme equips the business leaders of tomorrow with the skills and knowledge to address the pressures and opportunities facing business as a result of intensifying environmental and corporate social responsibility issues.
  • Designed for anyone interested in becoming an adaptable and resilient leader, able to understand the changing needs of modern business and drive change forward by contributing to long-term ethical solutions.
  • You will study a wide range of business topics including accounting, economics, organisational theory and analytics, as well as key topics in environmental change.
  • There are options to undertake relevant work placements and study abroad to further contextualise the issues faced by businesses in an increasingly environmentally aware and global society.

Builds on the strengths of our innovative BSc Business programme and the Business School’s commitment to integrating environmental responsibility.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The BSc Business and Environment will prepare you to be an environmentally conscious business leader of tomorrow. Graduates will:
•   be adaptable and resilient to the changing needs of modern business
•   be able to contribute long-term solutions
•   have a grounding in a wide range of business topics including accounting, economics, organisational theory and analytics, as well as key topics in environmental change
Compulsory modules in statistics, analytics and innovation will enable you to creatively and imaginatively work with modern data technologies to critically appraise challenges and identify and confidently communicate the opportunities associated with interactions between business and the natural environment.

The wide range of business, management and environmental skills developed throughout the programme will result in flexible employment options including roles such as project manager, sustainability manager and sales manager. On graduating, you may have employment advantages in private companies, public organisations, investment banks, NGOs, and third-sector industries, including key areas for Cornwall such as, water, renewables and food supply chain.

You will be able to tailor your learning with a choice of optional modules to reflect your individual interests, such as: legal and global implications of sustainability, ocean/human interaction; social enterprises; etc.

Optional work placements and study abroad programmes will enable further development of essential work-based skills such as communication, leadership, project management, commercial awareness, and time management.
This combination of ethical, work-based, and global skills will support you to compete at the highest levels and progress onto graduate programmes perhaps to become a CSR manager, Change Manager or Environmental Consultant.

4. Programme Structure

BSc Business and Environment with Industrial Experience programme is a four year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into four ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. Students will be located at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall of the University of Exeter for the duration of their studies.

 

Interim Awards:

With the requisite number of credits a student may qualify for a Certificate of Higher Education and Diploma of Higher Education. See here for more detail: http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%2013/13CQF.pdf

5. Programme Modules

You may take optional modules up to 45 credits outside of the programme in stage 2 and 4 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


120 credits of compulsory modules, 0 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP1150 Environment, Society and Business 30No
BEP1120 Introduction to Economics 15No
BEP1070 Accounting 15No
BEP1100 Understanding Work and Organisations 15No
BEP1130 Introduction to 'With Industrial Experience' 0No
GEO1419 Introduction to data science 15No
GEO1408B Global Issues in Environmental Science 15No
POC1026 Power, Inequality and Global Justice 15No

Stage 2


75 credits of compulsory modules, 45 credits of optional modules

a You must select at least 15 credits of optional modules from this list of Environmental modules.

b You must select at least 15 credits of optional modules from this list of Business modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP2140 Business Analytics 15No
BEP2150 Ecological Economics 15No
BEP2040 Strategic Concepts for Business 15No
BEP2210 Circular Enterprise Economy 15No
BEP2180 With Industrial Experience Preparation 0No
BIO2406 Biodiversity and Conservation 15No

Optional Modules

You must select at least 15 credits of optional modules from this list of Environmental modules (a).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GEO2440 Geographical Information Science and Systems a15No
BEP2050 Finance for Business b15No
BEP2190 Understanding Financial Statements b15No
BEP2030 Business Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project) b15No
BEP2060 Research Inquiry for Practice b15No
BEP2070 Social Enterprise Management b15No
LAW2115C Legal Foundations for Sustainable Business b15No
BEP2110 Workplace Wellbeing b15No
BEP2120 Digital Technologies and the Future of Work b15No
BIO2425 Introduction to Ecological Consultancy a15No
CSC2010M Oceans and Human Health a15No
GEO2441 Remote Sensing for Environmental Management a15No
GEO2451 Ice Sheets: Glaciology, Climate and the Oceans a15No
LAW2016C Environmental Regulation and Redress a15No
POC2114 Green Politics in Theory and Practice a15No
GEO2463 Hazards and Human Society a15No
GEO2445 Rural Social Issues a15No
BEP2300 History of Black Entrepreneurship b15No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules (With Industrial Experience Year).

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP3002 Business School Industrial Experience (Penryn) 120Yes

Stage 4


75 credits of compulsory modules, 45 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GEO3448 Quaternary Environmental Change 15No
BEP3130 Biomimicry 15No
BEP3170 Natural Capital Accounting 15No
BEP3011 Business and Climate Change 15No
BEP3020 Practice-Based Consultancy Management 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP3140 Modelling with Big Data Analytics 15No
BEP3160 Transformational Leadership 15No
GEO3455 Marine Climate and Environmental Change 15No
BEP3090 Business Field Trip 15No
BEP3010 Social and Technological Innovation 15No
BEP3050 Future-Facing Dissertation/Project 30No
BEP3070 Crisis: Change and Creativity in Organisations 15No
BEP3110 Marketing Strategy 15No
BIO3428 The Complexity of Human Societies 15No
BIO3411 Science in Society 15No
BIO3415 Ecological Responses to Climate Change 15No
CSC4011M Living with Environmental Change 15No
CSC4013M Frontiers of Global Health 15No
GEO3437B Climate Change and Society 15No
GEO3457 Geographies of Democracy 15No
GEO3458 Marine and Coastal Sustainability 15No
LAW3016C Legal Response to Environmental Destruction 15No
POC3095 Environmental Knowledge Controversies 15No
BEP3171 The Economy of Space 15No
GEO3470 Marine and Coastal Social-ecological systems 15No
BEP3030 Globalisation and Internationalisation 15No
BEP3040 Local-Global Innovation (Cornwall Research Seminar Series) 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. Engage with pluralist economic thinking and environmental science to understand the relationship between business and environmental systems
2. Apply core business and management theory to business model design towards building more equitable and sustainable solutions
3. Apply appropriate methods for collecting and analysing business and environmental data
4. Evidence critical thinking while engaging with issues of climate justice and 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. E-resources 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:

5. Critically evaluate the diversity of economic approaches towards environmental challenges
6. Identify management strategies to provide sustainable solutions to complex business problems
7. Deploy established statistical methods to analyse business and environmental data in order to gain new insights into ecological challenges and improve strategic decision-making
8. Articulate confidently your own ethical viewpoints and discuss the impact of climate change on business and the environment in different contexts

Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, fieldtrips, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory and field skills, data handling, independent reading and synthesis.

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

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:

9. Confident communicator: Able to adapt and adjust both written and verbal communication styles, to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
10. Innovative problem-solver: Able to confidentially explore challenges from different perspectives, to creatively offer practical and timely solutions.
11. Proactive collaborator: Able to actively build strong working relationships with others to have positive outcomes.
12. Digitally fluent: Able to embrace a variety of digital technologies to critically source, process and communicate information.
13. Resilient self-advocate: Able to develop self-awareness through a commitment to learning from experiences and taking responsibility for personal growth.
14. Critical thinker: Able to proactively analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources to draw independent and well-founded conclusions.
15. Globally engaged: Able to recognise diverse individual and cultural perspectives, in order to communicate on interconnected world issues and sustainable decisions.

Personal transferable employment skills and knowledge are embedded in all modules. Methods include lectures, seminars, discussion groups, fieldtrips, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory and field skills, data handling, independent reading and synthesis.

ILO9 – Independent work through oral and/or written assessments in all modules, and through examination assessment in all years.
ILO10 – Through engaging with case studies and guest speakers, supported by tutorials and field classes in all years.
ILO11 – Teamwork through group presentations, reports and activities, supported by tutorial activities in all years.
ILO12 – Through coursework, essays, projects and exams in a range of core and optional modules in all years.
ILO13 – Reflective work through written and / or oral assessments and a combination of theoretical and practical elements in modules all years.
ILO14 – Through critical writing tasks assessed in a range of core and optional modules in all years.
ILO15 – Explicitly through coursework in core modules in all years.

There will be availability of alternative assignments and flexibility in the assessment methods for students with disabilities.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

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 personal tutors. The role of academic 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 & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

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 and Environment with Industrial Experience

19. UCAS Code

N114

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/06/2021

Date of last revision

17/03/2023