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Business Studies 1 (BS0001)

? Credit Points : 40  ? SCQF Level : 8  ? Acronym : SBE-1-BS1

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.

Entry Requirements

? 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.

Subject Areas

Delivery Information

? Normal year taken : 1st year

? Delivery Period : Full Year (Blocks 1-4)

? 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

Date Start End Room Area Additional Information
22/09/2008 17:10 18:00 Lecture Theatre, George Square Theatre Central

All of the following classes

Type Day Start End Area
Lecture Monday 17:10 18:00 Central
Lecture Tuesday 17:10 18:00 Central
Lecture Thursday 17:10 18:00 Central

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.

Cognitive Skills

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.

Key Skills

(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.

Subject-Specific Skills

(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

Assessment Information

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.

Exam times

Diet Diet Month Paper Code Paper Name Length
1ST May 1 - 3 hour(s)
2ND August 1 - 3 hour(s)

Contact and Further Information

The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.

Course Secretary

Mr Paul Kydd
Tel : (0131 6)50 3824
Email : Paul.Kydd@ed.ac.uk

Course Organiser

Ms Lorraine Edgar
Tel : (0131 6)50 3828
Email : Lorraine.Edgar@ed.ac.uk

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/

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