BUSINESS SKILLS (BLENDED LEARNING) - 2018/9

Module code: MAN1115

Module Overview

This module will provide an introduction to the whole degree apprenticeship programme as well as introducing the students to some key business skills and giving them an opportunity to practise them. It will also introduce them to some of the key learning tools and techniques that they will need to make good progress on the programme.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

ADCROFT Andrew (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: N100

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content


Employability – what are the skills and attitudes employers are looking for? How are these demonstrated most effectively?
Understanding oneself and others – how are people motivated; how to deal with different forms of motivation, including growth versus stable mindset. Advantages of the growth mindset and how to develop it.
Time Management and personal effectiveness (including use of Office tools)
Building a personal brand and using it effectively to achieve results
The importance of trust and candour: Giving and receiving effective feedback
Personal Impact & Presentation Skills – including use of PowerPoint (and other tools) to develop impactful presentations.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework (contribution to webinars and online discussions) 20
Coursework 1,000 word written report 50
Oral exam or presentation 10 minute recorded presentation 30

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behaviours identified above. This will comprise a:

10 minute individual presentation (recorded) on a subject to be determined, with individual questions and the opportunity for feedback, to be assessed on quality of presentation and personal impact.

1,000 word written report on a selected aspect of the module content, utilising diverse sources of further information, including but not limited to the suggested reading list.

In addition, students will be observed during the residential workshop and through their contributions to online discussions etc to evaluate their competence and creativity in group work and use of ICT, participation in co-curricular opportunities that help enhance employability, reflective thinking and their basic understanding of employability and Personal & Professional Development processes.

Summative assessment:

A 10 minute individual presentation with individual questions delivered (30%)

A 1,000 written report on a selected aspect of the module content (50%)

Students work regularly as individuals and in groups to complete various activities to develop their personal understanding (and reflective practice), oral presentation skills and business knowledge over the course of the module (20%).

Students receive marks out of 100 for both assessments, along with feedback on their individual performance.

Formative assessment and feedback:

Students will be provided with the criteria and weighting for each component of the assessments when they are introduced at the beginning of the module.

Module aims

  • To ensure that students are able to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that will enable them to study successfully and to function effectively in an organisational context with a special emphasis on self-management, teamwork and presentation skills.
  • To introduce students to the personal and professional development process that is integral to the degree apprenticeship programme.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the structure of the degree apprenticeship programme and the expectations/requirements on them as students
002 Become more effective, independent and confident self-directed learners
003 Understand how they are learning and relate their learning to an academic and organisational context
004 Reflect on their study and career management skills
005 Design and take an active role in group work and presentations
006 Reflect on their role within a group and their contribution to its performance and on their own learning
007 Understand the relationship between their motivations to learn, their expectations of learning and the adopt

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 33

Lecture Hours: 16

Seminar Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with the foundation to be agile, connected, human, bold and sustainable in the business world. This teaching strategy contributes to students’ career progression by drawing on their real-world experience as well as theoretical frameworks.

Students are encouraged to:


Assess their current learning and professional practice and through that identify areas of weakness and strengths;
Take advantage of appropriate learning opportunities within this module’s activities, the wider university, their own workplace and online to enhance their contributions to the organisations in which they work;
Demonstrate creativity, competence and confidence;
Reflect on their progress using feedback from tutors and peers.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Face to face and online lectures/webinars to facilitate discussion about key areas of learning
Online discussion groups to empower students to communicate their creative thinking and make an impact through collaboration
Facilitated access to supporting material provided on SurreyLearn virtual learning platform.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for BUSINESS SKILLS (BLENDED LEARNING) : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/man1115

Other information

N/A

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.