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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 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  455
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) 40% Individual Report
50% Individual Essay based upon case study
6% 'Digital Literacy for Business: Data' Spreadsheets assignment
4% 'Digital Literacy for Business: Data' Database assignment
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 Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

-Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.

-Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.

Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

-Apply creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, sustainable and responsible business solutions to address social, economic and environmental global challenges.

-Work with a variety of organisations, their stakeholders, and the communities they serve - learning from them, and aiding them to achieve responsible, sustainable and enterprising solutions to complex problems.

Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

-Understand how to manage and sustain successful individual and group relationships in order to achieve positive and responsible outcomes, in a range of virtual and face-to-face environments.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

-Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others

After completing this course, students should be able to:

-Act with integrity, honesty and trust in all business stakeholder relationships, and apply ethical reasoning to effective decision making, problem solving and change management
KeywordsEdinburgh,management practice
Course organiserDr Nicholas Myers
Course secretaryMiss Jen Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 8335
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