CategoriesHigher Education (LMU)
This course provides students with knowledge and understanding of core subjects relevant to business management with a particular emphasis on the international context of business. It has been designed to offer students the knowledge and understanding of fundamental business subjects to prepare them for a wide range of careers in business globally.
The underlying philosophy of the course is to provide an education experience that gives student a sound academic base in the core disciplines of business management, with a particular focus on the international business environment.
As a multi-disciplinary course of study, it is designed to demonstrate coherence and progression within the different business management disciplines. The course will provide an integrated business curriculum to enable students to explore and examine key concepts and principles of the international business environment and the techniques, concepts and principles that make businesses successful and efficient and will link the multi-disciplinary subjects of business coherently and in the context of the real business world.
The programme meets the guidelines set out in the QAA benchmarks for Business and Management:
- The study of organisations, their management and the changing environment in which they operate
- Preparation for, and development of, a career in business and management
- Enhancement of lifelong learning skills and personal development to contribute to society at large
Students will have the opportunity to study the management of international business, acquire real life and virtual business experience and explore the factors that influence business from an international perspective. Students will also be able to develop an appreciation of the wider context of their studies in terms of social and ethical issues and a respect for cultural diversity. By doing this, it is specifically intended to engage the students fully in their studies, increase their motivation and raise their aspirations to be successful throughout their course and in the future.
The degree is organised into four levels with specific aims, as follows:
- Level 4 aims to provide a firm foundation to support the more advanced studies; this first level introduces knowledge in approaches and principles
found across the disciplines of Business Administration, and it starts to develop in students skills of critical analysis and self-reflection.
- Level 5 aims to deepen the student’s specialist knowledge in International Business. At this level, students will learn about the decision making process of business organisations and the social, cultural and ethical environment in which they operate. The aim is to develop in students intellectual skills such as understanding, problem solving and to promote the students’ ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate critically those business decisions from a wide context.
- Understanding Business Information
- The Corporate Environment
- Economics and Society
- Fundamentals of Management
- Business Research and Decision-Making
- International Business and World Markets
- Transnational Business Management
- Leading Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Strategy: Choices and Change
- Management Investigations and Dissertation
- Business Without Borders
- Organising and Managing Across Cultures
- International Finance and Trade
- Services Marketing
Knowledge & Understanding
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories and conceptual frameworks from international business management
- Acquire knowledge and understanding of general international business management related areas of study as well as the more specialised areas of international business management including entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, sustainability, knowledge management and risk management
- Explain how management procedures and processes allow for effective decision-making against different objectives
- Appreciate and discuss the impact of the international environment on these organisations, including economic, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological influences
- Understand and consider how the functional areas of business integrate to allow for appropriate decision-making underpinned by real life experiences from external guest speakers
- Develop an ability to recognise complex international business and related social, political and ethical issues and to formulate a clear and coherent research plan
- Cultivate an appreciation of recent developments in International Business and Management and of the wider context of international business management in general, including issues of cultural diversity based on class interaction with external business experts
Cognitive Skills that can be applied in the pursuit of a wide range of occupations relating to international business management, or alternatively, post graduate education; these skills are reflected in the student’s ability to:
- Apply intellectual skills and critical faculties with particular emphasis on the development of the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation of concepts, ideas and theories that characterise the management of international business
- Develop self-awareness and a range of study skills, problem solving, working with others, communication, self-management and decisionmaking which will enhance opportunities for future employment
- Develop intellectual discussion in the international business management related core disciplines and an awareness of the academic debates and approach to business related disciplines
- Initiate and carry out independent and scholarly research and investigation, specifically to develop the ability to review critically relevant literature, retrieve data, to interpret and apply complex information
- Develop a capacity for critical reflection and judgement in the light of evidence and argument about international business management issues
- Apply the skills of seeking, handling and interpreting business information as part of the process of addressing business problems and formulating new or alternative solutions through independent research, taking into account ethical considerations and cultural diversity
Transferable skills, including those of employability and professional practice, reflected in the student’s ability to:
- Develop personal skills including skills in study, problem-solving, working with others, independent learning, communication, self-management, selfpresentation and decision-making
- Interpret and critically analyse business problems in order to produce solutions demonstrating awareness of ethical considerations and cultural
diversity, complemented by external business practitioners
- Demonstrate an ability to assess their own progress, identify and formulate issues on which assistance is needed and to act on feedback given
- Demonstrate development of their personal and professional attributes within the context of qualities and transferable skills necessary for career and personal development, lifelong learning and employment, including information management, autonomy, self-evaluation and communication • Show an ability to produce an updated personal development plan which reflects on progress and achievement based on actual job opportunities and posits some future directions
Subject-specific practical skills, reflected in the student’s ability to:
- Acquire appropriate information and knowledge from a variety of sources; specifically, to use IT to access sources of information and to work with discipline-based software programmes
- Conduct general business analysis using a variety of statistical and theoretical tools
- Be a competent communicator of complex ideas and analysis through written and oral expositions
- Design, plan, organise and deliver an individual research report
- Apply knowledge critically to comment upon and evaluate real business world facts
- Search, handle and interpret statistical information relevant in the analysis of the operations of modern business organisations – with emphasis on the international dimension of contemporary business operations
Criteria for Admission
Candidates should have 200 points at GCE ‘A’ Level (or equivalent). In additional to the university standard entry requirements, applicants are required to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent).