15 credits at level FE3
This module is designed to introduce students on the International Foundation Programme Business and Management to key issues in the external business environment.
Learners will firstly gain an understanding of the purposes of businesses and how they organise themselves through planning. Learners will then explore the dynamic nature of organisations by gaining knowledge of the key external environmental which influence business operations.
Business ownership and planning - to include: business types and sectors; business planning.
Economic and political environment - e.g. economic cycles, unemployment, inflation, exchange rate, interest rates, government policy.
Social environment - e.g. demographic factors; tastes and trends; CSR
Competitive and technological environment - e.g. competitive forces, technology and communication
This module will be delivered via lectures, seminars and assignment preparation workshops.
The module will be assessed by an essay in which students are required to describe the external environment of a given organisation.
The module will be taught for 3 hours/week for 12 weeks for the year long IFP and for 6 hours/week for 6 weeks for the one semester IFP.
Lecturers = 12 hours
Seminars = 18 hours
Tutorials = 12
Background reading and study = 54 hours
Assignment completion = 60
Total Learning hours = 150
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be able to demonstrate an understanding of a range of different businesses and how they are organised to achieve their goals||have produced an essay in which you discuss the characteristics of a given business and its planning objectives.|
|2.||be able to demonstrate an understanding of how key economic and political environmental factors impact on businesses||have produced an essay in which you discuss how the economic and political environment impacts on the given business|
|3.||be able to demonstrate an understanding of how key social trends impact on businesses||have produced an essay in which you discuss how social trends impact on the given business|
|4.||be able to demonstrate an understanding of how key competitive and technological environmental factors impact on businesses||have produced an essay in which you discuss how the competitive and technological environment impact on the given business|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Essay - 2000 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Palmer, A. and Hartley, B. (2009) The Business Environment, (6th Ed,) London: McGraw-Hill
Worthington, I. and Britton, C. (2009) The Business Environment, (6th Ed), Harlow: Financial Times/Prentice Hall
|Host Subject Group:||Management|
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