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BA (Hons) Business Management with Project Management Studies

BA (Hons) Business Management with Project Management Studies

Course Content

Awarding Body

This course is approved by the University of Cumbria.

How long is the course?

The course is part-time over two years.

How will I learn?

The BA (Hons) Business Management with Project Management Studies is delivered mainly through class-based sessions which will include such things as lectures, workshops, seminars, practical activities. Alongside the face–to–face delivery, there will be supporting information and learning materials made available through Furness College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This mix of face-to-face and on-line delivery is referred to as blended learning and reflects that your time on College premises is only one element of your overall learning experience. 

Intellectual, professional and key transferable skills are central to learning opportunities and assessment.  Students are encouraged to critically reflect on their skills development in learning and practice contexts in order to develop their ability to make sound professional judgments.

The students’ academic progression, within the programme, is seen both in terms of complexity and independence.  As the programme develops so also will the tendency to be a self-directed learner able to make wise decisions about the nature and process of their learning.

The use of a VLE will be used to disseminate lecture and workshop material. This is available to all students and is especially useful resource for part-time students who may not be able to work at college on a regular basis.

At a general level the range of learning and teaching strategies used on the programme includes: 

• Development of academic skills 
• Independent study skills 
• Online Learning/blended learning
• Personal Development 
• Work Based learning or learning using case studies
• Group / team-work tasks 

More specifically these teaching & learning strategies are implemented in many ways including:

• Case studies to explore real-world projects and business management strategies
• Engaging with the professional body for example entering competitions, encouraging student membership, attending events such as the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses), guest speakers, 
• Simulated business and management exercises
• Active learning environments which promote student engagement, stimulate learning and create an atmosphere whereby students share responsibility for learning 
• Work based/authentic learning and assessments 
• Opportunities for local community engagement through management of voluntary sector
projects, such as the CandoFM radio station, St Marys Hospice.
• Varied Independent Project options to suit students in a range of situations with their major study activities 
• Guest speakers with varied and relevant industry experience. 

What subjects will I study?

•  Level 6 Understanding Innovation & Change in an organisation
The aim of this module is for students to be able to gain an understanding of the need for innovation and change in a commercial environment in what is becoming an increasingly globalised world which itself increases the speed for which innovation and change is required by ever fast paced market forces.  The module will focus heavily on the effects that these innovations and changes have on people within these organisations and how to manage these people through the changes.

•  Level 6 Analytics and social media in the business environment
This module will allow students to understand the difference between historic and current methods of gaining information and how this is translated into tangible benefits.  The student will also consider the moral and ethical implications of obtaining and managing personal data from a business perspective.

•  Level 6 Project Supply Chain Management
The aim of this module is for students to understand,  through research and practical examples,  how the supply chain on current key projects is managed, what lessons have been learned from poor oversight and assurance and aims to develop student skills to enable them to design an effective supply chain strategy and associated structures and methodologies within a project organisation.

•  Level 6 Organisation and Governance in a Project
The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the need for project governance and the application of governance across the range of PM3 organisational constructs. The students will be able to understand how effective governance is demonstrated through good project management practice, improving the frequency and level of project delivery success. They will understand the key project organisation structures and relationship management necessary for sustainable governance and the methodologies that can be used to achieve this. Students will also gain an understanding of how project knowledge management practices such as LFE (learn from experience), can increase the percentage of future project success.

•  Level 6 The Independent Project
The module aim is for the student to be able to initiate, plan, research, sustain and evaluate an extended piece of independent intellectual work based on an individual initiatiated project. 

How will I be assessed?

A broad range of assessment types will be used on the programme which include such things as: • Class based practical tests • Written work which could be formal reports, reflective essays, portfolio’s of evidence or dissertations • Presentations • Group-work activities on more challenging and complex areas, supported by reflective individual reviews

Are there any additional costs?

Fees for part-time study in 2020/21 are £1,100 per 20 credit module. Typically this will be £3,300 per 60 credits. There is also a small annual inflationary increase as determined by the Government.

For more details on additional costs, please refer to the HE Tuition Fees Contract.

Programme Specification

Click here to download the programme specification

Entry Requirements

When is the next start date?

September 2020.

Enrolment & Timetable Information

Timetable for September 2018: Thursday 5-9pm

What are the entry requirements?

The pre requisite for the BA (Hons) Business Management with Project Management Studies is the successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Business with Project Management (offered by Furness College). Students who have completed the Foundation Degree in Business with Project Management prior to 2013, may find that pre requisite modules have not been completed and would not guarantee entry to the top up degree. In this circumstance, potential students may be asked to complete relevant bridging work to ensure the currency of study.

How can I apply?

Part Time students can apply directly to the college using our online application: Furness College Application Form PLEASE NOTE Applicants may be invited in for interview with the course tutor.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us: T: 01229 825017 E: info@furness.ac.uk www.furness.ac.uk


What opportunities will this lead to?

Most learners graduating with a BA (Hons) in Business Management with Project Management studies are eligible to progress to one of the following: • Employment in a variety of public, private and third sector organisations. • Employment with further training, often related to a professional qualification, for example, Project Management role via the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ). Chartered Institute of Management, Chartered Institute of Personal Development, Association. • A higher degree, for example, MA, MBA, one year postgraduate teacher training course (PGCE).

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