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Unit information: Foundations of Management in 2021/22

Unit name Foundations of Management
Unit code LANG00041
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Sarda
Open unit status Not open

IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test



School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This is a 20-credit unit within the International Foundation Programme which aims to provide students with an introduction to the concept of management and will centre around 3 core themes:

  • Marketing and consumption
  • People, work and organizations
  • Global business environment

Specifically, students will develop an understanding of:

  • Meeting customer needs
  • The market and the marketing mix
  • Business objectives and strategy
  • Influences on business decisions
  • Global markets and marketing
  • Global industries and companies

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of organisations, the markets and environments within which they operate, and the processes of value creation in society
  2. critically evaluate the nature and scope of business, and the role of business in society, both internationally and within specific countries
  3. demonstrate an understanding of some of the political, economic, social, technological, legal, environmental and ethical issues associated with business activity
  4. critically evaluate business behaviour from the perspective of a range of stakeholders including owner/ shareholder, manager, employee, customer, supplier, lender and government

Teaching Information

Students will attend 3 hours of study per week. Learning is facilitated in sessions involving a combination of teacher-led input, combined with practical, workshop-style exercises. On-line delivery of materials through Blackboard VLE

Assessment Information

Formative assessment:

  • Regular case studies and short answer questions with feedback provided during weekly seminars

Summative assessment:

  • 6 portfolio tasks over 2 terms (100%) ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.