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business management

* This course is in the teach out phase. It is not available to new students for enrolment. Existing students are in the process of completing the course.

Introduction

The BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up) is an interdisciplinary degree course. This programme offers the fundamentals of business and management theories. The aim of this course is to equip you with a solid foundation in business and management theory. You will also have the opportunity to develop a range of practical skills and analytical techniques currently used within a number of business areas. This degree course prepares you for the world of business, which means not just giving you the skills that are in use today, but developing you intellectually so that you can continue to learn and grow after you graduate, and keep up with the fast changing commercial environment.

When you graduate you will be able to:

  • Display a real understanding of contemporary issues such as globalisation, sustainability and social and demographic change
  • Demonstrate a sound appreciation of management practice, including human resources, marketing, accounting and finance and information management
  • Critically analyse strategic commercial behaviour

On a more practical level, you will be able to:

  • Use appropriate IT business applications to support analysis and enhance reporting.
  • Utilise appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques to analyse a range of issues.
  • Plan and execute research projects.
  • Effectively communicate results at whatever level is appropriate to the audience.

Duration

  • 36 months (Full-time)
  • 48 months (Part-time)

Delivery Methods

Classroom face-to-face lectures.

Assessment

Assessment is via a mix of examination, coursework, essays and other written assignments. Coursework includes problem solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations and individual and group reports.

Exemptions

Students with relevant Diploma or equivalent qualifications will be exempt from academic year 1 and year 2 and part of academic year 3 depending on their qualifications and subject to approval from the examination board.

Fees*

S/N Option Title List Fee
1 Year 3 only Anglia Ruskin University: BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up) SGD 20,000

Remarks

  • Application Fee for International and Local Students: SGD 374.50 (with GST).
  • Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) and Medical Insurance: please visit Insurance Information for details.
  • All course fees are exclusive of the prevailing GST (7%) and are subject to change.
  • FTMSGlobal reserves the right to review and revise the fees as it deems fit without advance notice.

Course Modules*

ACADEMIC YEAR 1
  • Academic Skills
  • Analysis of Business
  • Economics for Business and Management
  • International Business in Focus
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Introduction to People, Organisations and Management
  • Marketing Essentials
ACADEMIC YEAR 2
  • International Business
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Business Research Methods
  • Business Economics
  • Improving Organisational Performance
  • Systems and Operations Management
ACADEMIC YEAR 3
  • Strategic Management Analysis
  • International Intercultural Management
  • Marketing Consultancy
  • Sustainable Management Futures
  • Organisational Change Management
  • Strategic Management in Action
  • Undergraduate Major Project

* FTMSGlobal reserves the right to change the modules as and when it deems fit.
** Foundation course may be applicable should the student not meet the entry requirements of the programme.

Course Modules and Synopses

YEAR 1

Academic Skills
This module aims to equip the student to function effectively as an independent self-learner within the higher education learning environment, with specific reference to the area of business management. Students will be introduced to the learning context and the responsibilities of the individual learner within higher education. They will be encouraged to develop both practical skills and academic skills central to undergraduate business degree programmes.

Analysis of Business
The module begins by reviewing various techniques for collecting and presenting data. Some important measures and techniques for making sense of raw data are then introduced which are widely used by businesses when analysing both their internal and external environments. This module builds on the introduction to spreadsheet packages previously encountered within the core Learning and Skills Development in Business module or its equivalent.

Economics for Business and Management
The first part of this module focuses mainly on the internal environment of the individual business and the ways in which this can influence its operations. The business and economic principles which underpin the determination of price and output, of size and location of business activity and other business decisions are outlined in this module. Wherever possible business examples and up-to-date case study materials will be used to illustrate the application of these principles to real-world business decision making.

International Business in Focus
The main aims of this module are to provide students with an insight into the factors which affect general business behaviour in a constantly changing global environment. The module will discuss the nature of structural change in an economy and the factors which have accelerated such change e.g. productivity issues and the importance of management performance.

Introduction to Accounting and Finance
The module firstly aims to give students a sound grasp of the basics of financial reporting (context, purposes, regulatory framework). It introduces the principal concepts of financial accounting. The preparation of principal financial statements will also be explored. This module is also designed to introduce students to key management accounting skills necessary to support decision-making. It will emphasise the acquisition and application of skills and knowledge necessary to inform managers responsible for planning, decision-making and control and will provide the underpinning skills and knowledge required for more advanced study.

Introduction to People, Organisations and Management
The organisational context: This module allows students to explore the organisational context and will furnish students with tools to analyse the organisational environment and the degree of dynamism and complexity in which organisations operate. Students will be encouraged to examine organisational responses to environmental turbulence. The development and impact of organisational culture will also be assessed.

Marketing Essentials
It is important that students in the First Year gain knowledge of the integrated nature of business, and of how the various parts fit together to build a sound business knowledge, before they specialize in Years Two and Three. Students should understand that Marketing is a key functional area of business and management which, together with Human Resource Management, Accounting and Finance, and other activities involving resource allocation, can determine the success or failure of an organisation.

YEAR 2

International Business
The module introduces students to the important area of international business. It begins by identifying some important patterns and trends in international business activity. The factors influencing the firm's decision as to the degree of internationalisation and the methods adopted are considered, as is the theoretical and institutional framework within which international business must operate.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management
This module will provide an introduction to the behaviours, skills and knowledge surrounding entrepreneurship. The core to this module will involve developing an understanding of the key elements of designing and running the entrepreneurial organisation, such as managing people and other stakeholders, raising finance and managing money, creating profile and generating awareness, selling, and taking either products or services to market.

Consumer Behaviour
The module combines investigation of buyer behaviour theory with the opportunity to explore practical issues such as: how attitudes, motivation and personality affect the things we buy and where and how we shop; how we react to persuasive communications and how successful brands can command premium prices through the emotional values they convey.

Business Research Methods
This module will introduce you to business research methods. This module will cover a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. It provides a guide to understanding the tacit and explicit processes whereby you are socialised into the field of business and management research. It is a practical module informed by theory and real-life examples, which helps you explore the philosophical debates and underlying business and management research and considers how they relate to our understanding of knowledge and business practice.

Business Economics
This module takes the introductory materials involving the economic underpinnings of business and management activity encountered in the core module of that name (or its equivalent) in Level 1. This module explores in greater depth various aspects of business behaviour, including setting objectives, price and output determination and issues of size, cost, location and efficiency.

Improving Organisational Performance
This module introduces the learner to how organisations can drive sustained organisation performance by creating a high-performance work organisation (HPWO) and involving line managers in the performance management process. The module assesses the different conceptual frameworks of high-performance working (HPW) and examines its impact on organisational performance, competitive advantage, and employee engagement and employee wellbeing.

Systems and Operations Management
The module will give students the opportunity to understand the role of systems and operations management and its integration into efficient and effective running of business. It takes a practical approach which will give the students a good understanding of good business practice within the global organisation. The soft systems approach of SSM to systems development will be used to analyse and define business requirements. People and management issues will be reviewed with emphasis on communication, teamwork and effective leadership.

YEAR 3

Strategic Management Analysis
The module is designed to provide students with a holistic view of organisation's strategic position and thus the ability to appreciate the importance of strategic decisions at all levels of the business organisation. Its primary aim is to provide a vehicle for considering issues which cut across the functional boundaries of business organisations and which require multi-disciplinary skills in the solution.

International Intercultural Management
This module introduces and examines the main cultural aspects to be taken into account in the management practice. Issues such as leadership, human resource management, marketing, strategic management and ethics will be examined. Student will be studying key theoretical frameworks based on the work of important researchers in the field such as Hofstede, Hall and Trompenaars. In addition, the module will introduce innovative approaches from cultural studies in the study of organizations, for example, the use of the ethnographic practice. This international intercultural management module will sensitise the students to each other’s cultural differences and work practices.

Marketing Consultancy
This module will give students the opportunity to undertake an in-depth marketing project for a client organisation or to undertake a case study consultancy project. Students will work in groups and be given a live project for which they will be expected to work towards a solution to some 'need' that the client and students will have identified.

Sustainable Management Futures
This module is a core module on all of AIBS Pathways. It is a capstone module that takes a futures perspective on management, organisations and the changing nature of business and enterprise models. It is both a forward looking and integrative module that aims to bring together our students understanding of the evolving context of sustainable management. The module takes a dimensions based view of the notion of sustainable management futures by introducing the 'people, planet and profit lenses' for understanding sustainable management. Our aim is to introduce students to the idea and value of developing a 'futures mindset' from a number of perspectives including ethical and entrepreneurial; tolerant and innovative; and responsible and responsive.

Organisational Change Management
This module provides the opportunity for learners to engage with, and explore, some of the practical challenges arising from planned and unplanned change in contemporary work organisations. The module is designed for learners to understand why change happens, how change happens and what needs to be done to make change a more welcoming concept. The module focuses upon on individual, team and organisational change. The module explores how different types of change whether departmental, divisional or whole organisational change affect and impact upon the people on the receiving end - individual human beings.

Strategic Management in Action
This module involves a detailed analysis of the strategic options available to major international corporate organisations and the implementation challenges associated with those strategic options. The module will focus on two central themes. Firstly, the organisations' exploitation of competitive opportunities: here the module will review the techniques for identifying and evaluating the strategic options available to organisations, taking into account modern approaches to strategy formulation in a globalised environment. Secondly, the management of change: here the module will consider the various issues involved in the implementation of those strategic options selected, with special emphasis on resources, people and systems.

Undergraduate Major Project
The Major Project module allows students to engage in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, as appropriate to their interests and background. The project topic will be assessed for suitability to ensure sufficient academic challenge and satisfactory supervision by an academic member of staff.

Graduation Requirement

Upon succesful completion of the course.

Advance Standing

Higher Diploma awarded by FTMSGlobal Academy has advance standing for entry into the final stage of degree programs offered by various highly rated universities subject to the applicant meeting their entry requirements.

Awards

Upon successful completion of the entire programme, students will be awarded BA (Hons) Business Management from Anglia Ruskin University, UK.

Associated Careers

This degree provides an excellent foundation for a career in financial services, marketing, consultancy or general business management.

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