Module code: MAN1091

Module Overview

This module is part one of a first-year skills programme, the content of which has far-reaching implications for the student's future scholarly work and employability (vacation internships, professional training placement).

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: N100

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 10

Laboratory Hours: 10

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • Acquisitions of basic business knowledge

  • Presentations -  MS PowerPoint

  • Spreadsheets - MS Excel

  • Self presentation & Presentation Skills

  • Group Working

  • Employability - the skills and attitudes employers want

  • Reflective thinking

  • The personal and professional development process

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 50 MINUTE EXCEL EXAM 50

Alternative Assessment

2 minutes individual presentation of review using power point submitted in hard copy to Surrey Learn. Students will also be expected to respond to questions.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the acquisition of the following skills and knowledge:

  • A group presentation where each student will speak for 1 minute and respond to individual questions. The assessment will evidence:

    • confident use of basic business information

    • competence and creativity in group presentations and use of ICT

    • participation in co-curricular opportunities that help enhance employability

    • reflective thinking

    • basic understanding of employability and Personal & Professional Development processes

  • 50 minute excel exam

    • understanding and application of Excel for a range of business functions

Summative assessment:

  • A group presentation with individual questions  (50%)

  • A 50 minute MS Excel exam undertaken in the January exam period (50%)

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

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Students work regularly as individuals and in groups to complete various activities to develop their ICT, oral presentation skills and business knowledge over the course of the module.

  • Students who have not attended tutorials for three consecutive weeks and not contributed to their groups will be required to complete the presentation as an individual assignment.

  • Students will receive individual and group feedback during the module from the tutor. Peers are also encouraged to provide feedback, collaborate and support each other in their mutual development.

  •  Activities culminate in a 5 minute group presentation utilising PowerPoint slides. Additionally, individual members of the group will be asked questions about the subject of the presentation. Students will receive verbal feedback on their individual and group performance from the tutor.

  • Students are provided with the assessment criteria and weighting for each component of the presentation when the presentation assessment is introduced early in the semester. 

  • Students receive verbal feedback on the progress of their Excel skills during labs by the Tutor.  Students also complete a mock test in a similar format to the January exam which they mark themselves and discuss in class.  This allows them to ‘test’ their Excel skills as well as practise the SurreyLearn submission process that they will be required to submit their exam.

Module aims

  • ensure that students are able to develop the transferable skills, attitudes and abilities that will enable them to study successfully and to function effectively in modern society with a specific focus on Information Communication Technology (ICT), teamwork and presentations.
  • introduce students to the personal and professional development process that is integral to the management undergraduate programmes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand the basic concepts of ICT as used in the business world PT
2 Display competence in presentation software (MS PowerPoint) PT
3 Display competence in spreadsheet software (MS Excel) PT
4 Design and take an active delivery role in group presentations. PT
5 Reflect on their role within a group and their contribution to its performance and on their own learning and development CPT
6 Become more effective, independent and confident self-directed learners CPT
7 Understand how they are learning and relate their learning to a wider context CPT
8 Improve their general skills for study and career management PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

To provide students of all abilities the foundation to be agile, connected, human, bold and sustainable in the business world. This teaching strategy enhances employability by using real-world application and theoretical frameworks.

Students are encouraged to:

  • assess their current skills (study-related, business, IT and oral presentations),

  • identify areas of weakness and strengths,

  • take advantage of appropriate learning opportunities within this module’s activities, the wider university and the business world to become sustainable employable graduates

  • demonstrate creativity, competence and confidence

  • reflect on their progress using feedback from tutors and peers.

The learning and teaching methods include :

  • Lectures (1 hour per week X 10 weeks)

    • Introduce the context within which business operates, its structure and key metrics.

    • Present the business skills required to be an agile, connected, bold student

  • Small group Tutorials will facilitate:

    • Development of knowledge about the context in which the real business world operates

    • Facilitate a learning environment which empowers students to communicate creative thinking to make an impact through collaboration.

  • PC Labs (1 hour each per week x 10 weeks)

    • Develop a basic understanding and competence in MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, group working, self-presentation and reflection

    • Develop basic understanding of ICT as used in the business world, employability and Personal & Professional Development processes

  • Supporting material provided on SurreyLearn

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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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 2019/0 academic year.