Module code: MAN1117

Module Overview

This module is the second part of the Surrey Business School business skills development program, which embeds employability. The content of the Business Decision Making module has far-reaching implications for the student’s development of professionalism and expertise in academic and professional life.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: N210

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Business Skills (MAN1115) is a pre-requisite for this module

Module content

  1. Analysing and interpreting business information using statistical methods

  2. Spreadsheets- MS Excel

  3. Business report writing

  4. Critical thinking and analysis

  5. Forensic evaluation of business decision making

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test MCQ Test: 90 minute test 50
Coursework Coursework: 2000 word written report 50

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 outlined in the learning objectives. This is achieved by a mixture of formative and summative assessments.

  • 90-minute test using MS Excel (60 mins) and a Multiple-choice test (30mins) (50%)

  • 2000-word report (50%)

90-minute test which will assess competence of using MS Excel as well as forensic business decision making. The forensic evaluation of business decision making will be achieved using case studies. The development of competence in quantitative analysis will be achieved with a mixture of using practical sessions, a workbook and MS Excel. Feedback will be facilitated by

2,000 word written report on a selected area of business will assess the student’s ability to write an effective, informative professional document for decision making. This will require the student to:

  • understand, analyse and interpret basic statistical data

  • think critically and conduct analysis

  • utilise business information to make decisions more effectively

  • utilise MS Word & Excel effectively

In addition, students will obtain additional support during a residential writing workshop and through their contributions to online discussions etc to evaluate their competence and creativity in the use of ICT and the application of qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Summative assessment

A 90 minute test using MS Excel (60 mins) and a Multiple-choice test (30mins) (50%)

A 2,000 written report on a selected aspect of the module content (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 understanding of business decision making over the course of the module.

Students are provided with the assessment criteria and weighting for each component of the exam and written report when the assessments are introduced early in the semester.

Module aims

  • To ensure that students can develop the transferable skills, attitudes and abilities that will enable them to study successfully and to function effectively in a dynamic digital society.
  • Focuses specifically on the key requirements for business decision making including but not limited to critical thinking, problem solving, report writing and the analysis of business information using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Embeds the Advance HE employability framework which facilitates meeting digital skills and employability needs of future.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Understand the basic concepts of information analysis as used in the business world CKPT
002 Analyse and interpret business information using quantitative methods / business statistics CKPT
003 Display competence in spreadsheet software KPT
004 Demonstrate an understanding of critical thinking and analysis as applied to decision making in business CKPT
005 Display competence in creating professional business reports CKPT
006 Continue to develop as effective independent and confident self-directed learners in business KPT

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 for this module is designed to empower students to make effective decisions based on robust qualitative and quantitative evidence. This will facilitate making a professional and effective contribution to their organisation.

Students are encouraged to:

Assess their current skills (both study-related, work-related),identify areas of weakness and strengths.

Take advantage of appropriate learning opportunities from within this module’s activities and the wider university.

Demonstrate competence and confidence in analysing business data forensically and in real time using critical thinking.

Apply their learning in their workplace and reflect on that application.

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.

The use of a work book to facilitate development of quantitative analytical skills.

Application of quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis for business decision making.

Online discussion groups to empower students to communicate their creative thinking and make an impact through collaboration.

Access to supporting material provided on SurreyLearn virtual learning platform.

Workplace application and reflection.

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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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.