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Undergraduate Course: The Business of Edinburgh (BUST08036)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe focus of the Business of Edinburgh is on giving students an insight into the practice of management. Students will learn by using examples of local managers using widely-used concepts and techniques to manage their businesses and giving an insight into their day-to-day roles. This will be achieved through cases and recorded interviews developed in partnership with local organisations. The course will use online resources covering key-concept content, with lectures focused on the practice of management and tutorials designed to develop practical skills, both in using the functional techniques and in developing generic skills of analysis and presentation.
Course description The pedagogy for the course will follow a standard pattern, with each week focusing on a single management function. The functions covered may vary to fit the offers from managers in partner Edinburgh organisations, but will likely include an HR Manager, a CEO, a CFO, a marketing manager, an accountant, and so on. The students will be able to empathise with each role through online interviews and discussions in several weeks.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  600
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual Report (40%)
Individual Essay based upon case study (50%)
Two Digital Literacy for Business Data Assignments:
Spreadsheets (6%) and Database (4%) - 10%
Feedback Students will receive formal formative feedback at various stages on their projects, as well as feedback from their Computing Skills classes.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop an awareness and understanding of the role of leaders in managing manufacturing, service, public sector and voluntary organisations
  2. Develop a practical knowledge of the key responsibilities within the departmental roles of operations, marketing, accounting and finance and human resource management within organisations
  3. Understand how sustainability, risk and innovation can be analysed and managed within the different departments in an organisation
  4. Be able to present findings and communicate effectively through business reports and essays
  5. Be able to analyse how the leadership and management of organisations is shaped by their economic, political and social milieu.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Enquiry: Students will develop conceptual and critical thinking, analysis and evaluation through engagement with the course content and in collaboration with their group; develop the ability to critically analyse a range of business data, sources of digital and other information and the application of appropriate methodologies and to use that research for evidence-based decision making.

Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: Group work will develop students' ability to work effectively and collaboratively in teams and to reflect critically on the process and outcomes.

Personal Effectiveness: Develop a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, resilience and to plan, organise and manage time; develop self-analysis and be able to work collaboratively both with other students and with external organisations.

Communication skills: Develop effective written and oral communication, including the ability to produce clear, structured business communication in multiple media.

KeywordsEdinburgh,management practice
Course organiserDr Nicholas Myers
Course secretaryMiss Jen Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 8335
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