Module code: MAN1103

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

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

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • Acquisition of basic business knowledge

  • Presentations - MS PowerPoint

  • Self-presentation & group presentation Skills

  • Critical analytical skills

  • Group working

  • Basic understanding and application of statistics and maths required for analysis of business

  • Employability - the skills and attitudes employers want

  • Reflective thinking

  • The personal and professional development process

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Group Presentation with Q&A 50
Examination 1 Hour Exam 50

Alternative Assessment

2 min individual presentation

Assessment Strategy

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


  • Group presentation with individual questions and the opportunity for feedback;

    • confident use of basic business information and its application to current business issues

    • competence and creativity in group presentations and the use of ICT

    • participation in co-curricular opportunities that help enhance employability

    • reflective thinking

    • basic understanding of employability and Personal & Professional Development processes


  • 60-minute numeracy exam

    • understanding and confident application of maths and statistics to business problem

    • develop oral and numeracy skills to be confident at analysing  and communicating information 


    • Summative assessment

  • A group presentation with individual questions. Individual assessment is based on group and individual performance   (50%).

  • A 60-minute exam undertaken in January (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 numeracy, 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 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 numeracy skills during labs by the Tutor. Students also complete a mock test which they mark themselves and discuss in class. This allows them to ‘test’ their numeracy skills prior to the summative assessment (exam).

Module aims

  • Develop an agile, connected, bold and employable students by acquiring transferable skills, attitudes and knowledge that will enable them to study successfully and to function effectively in the modern business community
  • Develop numeracy, written and oral skills which enhance communication and facilitate critical analysis and problem solving
  • Develop knowledge of business in the real-world, research and teamwork

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Apply the key business indicators, themes impacting business and industry sectors in uncertainty KCPT
002 Display competence in presentation software (MS PowerPoint) PT
003 Display competence in business math’s and statistics providing the foundation for the development of analytics in management KCPT
004 Design individual presentations and take an active delivery role in group presentations CPT
005 Effective business communicators using quantative skills, research and Oracy required for critical analysis and problem solving in uncertainty KCPT

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, Numeracy, 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,

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

    • Competent and confident users of business statistics

  • 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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Other information


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 2020/1 academic year.