Bachelors in Business Management Top-up (Online)
This Business Management top up degree is designed for those who already have a business-related HND, associate degree or equivalent.
The topics on this programme allow you to understand the broad functions in business and help develop skills to complement your previous studies and work experience.
Building on your previous experience and skills, you will develop your understanding of the theories and concepts of business and management and the ability to apply these in practical business situations.
This vocational course is an online top up degree that is equivalent to the final year of a full-time bachelor’s degree, you can choose to combine your bachelor degree in international business management with a specialist stream in Finance, Hospitality, HRM or Marketing.
As such on completion you will be awarded with a BA that will allow you to seek lucrative employment and/or promotions.
The international perspective developed through the materials will provide you with the background to better understand and succeed in the increasingly global environment faced by all organisations.
The course develops your critical, analytical, inspired and contemplative thought processes that will be beneficial to your individual development as well as to your company.
The university facilitated online learning environment allows students to network with a global community of learners and communicate with tutors throughout the course of your studies.
All learning material is available online. Students can also complete and submit their module assessments via the online portal by specified submission dates.
On successful completion of this Bachelor degree top up via distance learning you will be able to secure employment in management related position and job roles in any organization due to the bread spectrum of knowledge gained on business management subjects.
240 SCQF credits / 120 ECTS credits at SCQF level 8 or equivalent in a related business and/or management topic. (the objective is that the applicant needs to have the basic theoretical knowledge and understanding of principles in financial accounts, marketing and operations)
The University will also consider mature applicants on a case-by-case basis taking into account recognition of prior learning (RPL) as mapped and appropriate.
Non-standard entry: For applicants without formal qualifications, the University will consider these on a case-by-case basis. In general, 3 years or more relevant working experience will be required.
If English is not your first language, you may need to undertake an approved English language test. You can discuss the available options with your personal academic consultant.
- Introduction to International Business
- Globalisation of the World Economy
- Political and Economic Risk
- Cultural and Ethical Risk
- International Competitive Environment
- International Trade Theories
- International Economic Agreement and Regional Integration
- Foreign Direct Investment: Home/Host Country Perspective
- Foreign Market Entry Strategies: Joint Ventures and M&As
- International Business Strategy and Structure
- International Human Resource Management
- International Marketing
- Introduction to international marketing (MACRO Environment)
- The Strategic Marketing Process
- The Trading Environment
- The Social and Cultural Environment
- International Market Research and Opportunity Analysis
- International Market Entry Strategies
- International Product and Service Marketing
- International Channels of Communication
- Pricing for International Markets
- The Management of International Distribution and Logistics
- International Niche Strategies for Small and Medium Size (SME) Organisations
- Implementation through Enabling Technologies
Strategic Management in a Global Context
Stages in the Strategic Management Process. The Mission of the organisation. Strategic Analysis – The Organisation and its Environment. Levels of External Environmental Analysis: the wider or macro environment, the Industry or Competitive Environment, the Organisation’s competitive position. Internal Resource Analysis. Resource Audit, Value Chain and the Value System, Threshold and Core Competencies and SWOT Analysis. .
Strategy Formulation and Evaluation – Competitive/Generic Strategies, Directions and Methods of Growth.
Strategic Implementation – Structure & Resource Allocation. Culture and Change.
Approaches to Strategic Decision-making – The Planning & Emergent schools.
- Primary financial statements for external reporting
- Segmental reporting
- Analysis of financial statements
- Role and function of management accounting
- Cost classification and cost behavior
- CVP analysis
- Limiting factor analysis
- Relevant costs for decision-making
- Pareto analysis
- Investment appraisal
- Planning and budgeting
- Fixed and flexible budgeting
- Return on investment, residual income
- Balanced Scorecard
Organisational Change Management
This module will critically assess theories of organisational culture and the psychological contract. It will analyse the principles of organisational development, and discuss the concepts of the learning organisation and Knowledge Management within the context of organisational change. It will examine a range of tools and techniques which can facilitate the change process, based on a number of theoretical models.
- Introduction to Operations Management
- The strategic role and objectives for operations
- Capacity planning and control
- Process Design
- Global Supply Chain Management
- Quality and Operations Improvement
- Project planning and control
- Sustainable operations