THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2009/2010
Business Studies 1 (BS0001)
The course covers the major aspects of business; environment and anatomy of business; the underlying concepts of business policy as well as information technology and model building for decision making. Functional areas discussed will include finance, marketing, production, and personnel, together with industrial relations.
? Pre-requisites : This course is open to Freshman Year Abroad Students or visiting students who are in their 1st year of university studies. Any queries please contact the College Visiting Student Office: 650 3572.
? Normal year taken : 1st year
? Contact Teaching Time : 3 hour(s) per week for 20 weeks
? Other Required Attendance : 1 hour(s) per week for 19 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course, students should be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
(a)describe the various ways in which organisations are structured and managed;
(b)describe the inter-relationships between organisations and the environments in which they operate;
(c)explain and evaluate critically the contribution of the various techniques and functions to the operation and development of organisations;
(d)describe and discuss critically such key contemporary topics as the "globalisation"; of business, and the "responsibilities"; of organisations, including environmental concerns and employees' welfare.
On completion of the course, students should have had inculcated into them the desirability, and the methods, of time management and planning through lectures, tutorials and course assignments. Students should have been encouraged to:
(a)use the entire range of learning resources that are available to today's students;
(b)analyse and solve organisational problems and issues, especially through tutorials;
(c)appreciate the holistic nature of the contemporary organisation, especially through the three integrated assignments.
(a)develop their written skills, through the three assignments and the degree exam;
(b)develop their oral skills through the weekly tutorials;
(c)be aware of, and confidently to use, the range of quantitative and qualitative techniques that are appropriate to contemporary organisations;
(d)acquire, or develop, computer literacy techniques.
(a)the techniques and insights that are germane to Strategy, Business Economics, Finance, Operations Management, Management Science, Organisation Studies, Marketing
(b) the uses, abuses and limits of these techniques and insights
Group project accounts for 10% of the assessment.
Two essays, each essay accounts for 20% of the assessment.
Final degree exam accounts for 50% of the assessment.
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Mr Paul Kydd
Ms Lorraine Edgar
Course Website : http://www.webct.ed.ac.uk/
School Website : http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/