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Version History

 

Version

Occasion of Change

Change Author

Last Modified

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Initial Draft

K. Hadley

 

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Response to Approval Panel Requirements

K. Hadley

August 2018

 

 

 

 

 


SECTION A:CORE INFORMATION

 

Name of programme:

International Business

Award title:

BA (Hons)

Programme linkage:

 

Is this part of group of linked programmes between which students can transfer at agreed points?

No

 

Is the programme a top-up only?

 

No

Does the programme have a Foundation Year (Level 3) associated with it so that students enter for a four-year programme and progress directly from the Foundation Year to Stage 1 without having to re-apply?

 

Yes

If yes:

You can take a Foundation Year (Level 3) as an integral part of this programme of study. For details of the Foundation Year see the programme specification for Business and Tourism

 

Level of award:

 

Level 6

Awarding Body:

University of Sunderland

Department:

Business

Programme Studies Board:

Undergraduate Business and Management

Programme Leader:

 

TBC

 

How and where can I study the programme?

 

At Sunderland:

 

Full-time on campus

Part-time on campus

As work-based learning full-time

 

As work-based learning part-time

 

As a full-time sandwich course

 

As a part-time sandwich course

 

By distance learning

 

 

At the University of Sunderland London campus: 

 

Full-time on campus

 

Part-time on campus

 

As work-based learning full-time

 

As work-based learning part-time

 

As a full-time sandwich course

 

As a part-time sandwich course

 

By distance learning

 

 

At a partner college:

 

Full-time in the UK 

 

Part-time in the UK

 

Full-time overseas

 

Part-time overseas

 

By distance learning

 

As a full-time sandwich course in the UK

 

As a part-time sandwich course in the UK

 

As a full-time sandwich course overseas

 

As a part-time sandwich course overseas

 

As work-based learning full-time in the UK 

 

As work-based learning part-time overseas

 

Other (please specify)

 

 

How long does the programme take?

 

 

Min number of years / months

Max number of years / months

Full-time

3 yrs

9 yrs

Part-time

6 yrs

9 yrs

Distance learning

 

 

Work-based learning

 

 

 

For start-dates please see the current edition of the Prospectus or contact the relevant department at the University. For start-dates for programmes delivered in a partner college, please contact the relevant college.

 

SECTION B:FURTHER CORE INFORMATION 

 

Use Outline Programme Proposal Form for ADC

 

SECTION C:TEACHING AND LEARNING

 

What is the programme about?

  1. Analysing the main business principles to be considered when dealing with the diverse international business arena.
  2. Discover cultural and ethical understandings to be considered when collaborating with international colleagues.
  3. Critically understand the international business environment, exploring international marketing, communications, law and business management.
  4. Gaining specialist knowledge of a theme relating to international business, through compilation of a dissertation.
  5. Develop as reflexive practitioners who act and behave as a researching Marketing Professional.

 

 

What will I know or be able to do at each Stage of the programme?

Stage 1

By the end of this Stage of the programme successful students should know, be able to demonstrate or be able to do the following:

 

Learning Outcomes Stage 1 - knowledge

K1. Have an introductory knowledge and understanding of the major theories, practices and concepts in the organizational and functional areas of finance, marketing, organizational behaviour, human resource management and international business management.

K2.  Identify and describe the ethical, legal, social, and economic environments of business, from a domestic and international perspective.

K3. An introductory level of knowledge and understanding of inter and intra-personal skills, attitudes and behaviours that create an inter-culturally competent, career- ready business graduate.

 

Learning Outcomes Stage 1 - skills

S1. Display the ability to motivate, communicate and work in teams from a range of cultural backgrounds and as an individual in a range of scenarios.

S2. Explain and apply a range of problem-solving practices and techniques for making business-related decisions.

S3. Display and demonstrate self-awareness of what is needed by future managers and leaders to build relationships with a diverse range of people.

 

Stage 2

By the end of this Stage of the programme successful students should know, be able to demonstrate or be able to do the following:

 

Learning Outcomes Stage 2 - knowledge

K4. Have an analytical understanding of a wide range of theories and conceptual frameworks from appropriate disciplines relevant to International Business.

K5. A detailed and critical understanding of the issues and problems which affect International Business in order to be able to debate and interpret how a range of management procedures and processes allow for effective decision-making in pursuit of a range of different objectives in               businesses including service excellence, innovation and/or stakeholder relationships.

K6. Discuss and debate the impact of the external environment (domestic and international), including economic, ethical, legal, political, sociological, technological and cultural influences.

K7. A developed knowledge and understanding of inter and intra-personal skills, attitudes and behaviours that create an inter-culturally competent, career-ready business graduate.

 

Learning Outcomes Stage 2 - skills

S4. Construct and evaluate information to generate ideas to make decisions for a range of scenarios.

S5. Develop and organization of self and others to achieve successful business and personal outcomes.

 

Stage 3 

By the end of this Stage of the programme successful students should know, be able to demonstrate or be able to do the following:

 

Learning Outcomes Stage 3 - knowledge

K8. Critically evaluate and synthesise ideas, concepts and practices from disciplines relevant to International Business.

K9. Evaluate and assess the impact of culture on international business functions, including where appropriate key issues around equality and diversity.

K10. Interpret, analyse, evaluate and propose options that contribute to international business policies relating to leadership and human resource management.

K11. A detailed knowledge and understanding of inter and intra-personal skills, attitudes and behaviours that create an inter-culturally competent, career-ready business graduate.

 

Learning Outcomes Stage 3 - skills

S6. Build a range of routines for self-analysis and an awareness and/or sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures.

S7.  Construct and critically evaluate a range of business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies, including the use and application of digital platforms for evidence-based research and decision-making.

S8. Innovate, conceptualise, synthesize and evaluate a range of ideas and solutions for contemporary international business scenarios.

 

Learning Outcomes – Ordinary Degree

If you are awarded an Ordinary Degree you will have achieved the majority of the learning outcomes for the programme studied. However, you will have gained fewer credits at Stage 3 than students awarded an Honours Degree, your knowledge will typically be less broad and you will typically be less proficient in higher-level skills such as independent learning.

 

What will the programme consist of?

Each undergraduate programme consists of a number of Stages from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 4, each of which is equivalent to a year’s full-time study. The summary below describes briefly what is contained in each Stage.

 

Stage 1: The aim of Stage 1 is to present an introduction and foundations of the study of Business and Management. To achieve this, this Stage has been structured around four themes; Personal and Professional development, Marketing, Finance and Management. This stage has five core 20 credit modules and one optional 20-credit module. It develops students’ knowledge and understanding in terms of the contemporary challenges facing International Business. Theme 1: Personal and Professional Development through ‘Essential Employment and Study Skills’, this module aims to develop the students’ ability to ‘learning to learn’ and to consider the starts of their personal and professional development as potential managers and leaders. Theme 2: Pillars of Business – Marketing through ‘Introduction to Marketing’, the aim of this module is to present the core concepts of marketing including the marketing concept, marketing research, market segmentation and targeting, marketing mix – 4P’s to 7P’s and marketing planning. Theme 3: Pillars of Business – Accounting and Finance through ‘Introduction to Accounting and Finance’, this module aims to introduction to three key areas within the field of accounting and finance; financial accounting, management accounting, and business finance. Main areas of study addressing financial accounting include the fundamental accounting concepts and conventions, and understanding, interpretation, and preparation of key financial statements. Theme 4: Management through ‘Introduction to Managing and Leading People’, this module aims to develop an understanding of the foundations for the study of management and leadership by presenting the dimensions of the study of management. The final module ‘International Business Management’ considers the theory and practice of developing international business. It identifies the suitability of targeting, timing and topic of expansion markets and the requirements of international expansion and the degree of activity required to ensure success. You will then have a choice between a module introducing HRM and Talent Management, a module in Business Operations, a module on Global Tourism or a language.

 

Stage 2: The focus of this stage of the programme is to build on the introductory areas covered at stage 1 and the introduction of new topics.  Within this stage there are four core modules. Personal and Professional Development which builds on UGB160 Essential Study and Employment Skills.  This module has been designed to make the students career ready and this module feeds into Sunderland Futures and the employability activities within the Faculty (e.g. Placements and Internships) and wider University initiatives led by the Careers and Employability Service. Contemporary Issues in International Business module will identify the current challenges faced by international business and develop a critical understanding of the theoretical perspectives facing those companies operating in the international arena.  International law will focus on the key principals that comprise international law, including an introduction to international law, UN law, International Dispute Resolution and Space Law. Intercultural Communication and Business will allow students to understand the wider implications of culture and the importance of communication mastery in international business.  Optional modules can be selected from a portfolio of modules of the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism.

 

Stage 3: The focus of this stage is to build upon stages 1 and 2 to ensure the students are career ready for further study and or careers, the aim of stage 3 is to create ‘graduateness’ in all students. Research has been embedded into this stage in terms of research informed teaching and research informed assessments to develop the ability to make research informed decisions using evidence based approaches. The stage consists of four core modules.  International Marketing will identify the nature and complexity of international marketing, develop strategies for international marketing and identify future international and global marketing threats and opportunities. International Human Resource Management focusses on the complexity of the evolving nature, purpose and business improvement activities of the Human Resource Management function in contemporary organisations, including global settings. The focus will be on understanding the purpose of the function, for example what is international HRM, what are the key differences between domestic and international HRM? What are some of the variables that moderate these differences, for example what is the role of National Culture, the Industry and the Management Philosophy. Intercultural Leadership and Management will see the student develop a critical understanding of the differences in leadership and management in several international regions.  The student will develop astuteness in identifying and modifying challenges faced by leaders and managers from other cultural settings.  The student will be supported in undertaking a dissertation which will focus on a single topic relating to the programme.  Through in-depth analysis the student will develop subject matter expertise in the topic. Optional modules can be selected from a portfolio of modules of the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism.

 

Internationalisation is embedded in the curriculum and the programme also includes a number of modules with an international or global theme. You will study in a culturally diverse environment with peers and tutors from a range of cultural backgrounds. At Levels 4, 5 and 6, students may choose to take a Language option from the range available. In addition they are encouraged to participate in the exchange programme to study abroad for a semester at L5. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad at our campus in Hong Kong and/or with partners who are also offering this programme.

 

How will I be taught?

 

Scheduled teaching activities

Independent study

Learning enhancement Sessions

Placement

 

 

Our aim is to ensure the approach to teaching and learning on the programmes is ‘engaging’ for students. This means that the learning journey is taken beyond consultation or participation and is instead, a rich and active partnership where students work alongside staff and other students as partners.  Our philosophy is to ensure Sunderland Business School provides an environment within which students and staff engage in ongoing narrative that aims to bring about demonstrable enhancement of the educational experience and student learning journey. This requires that we continuously improve our learning environment based on personal engagement with students, collaboration between students and academic staff and where students are seen as an active part of the system because they are ‘experts’ in their student experience.  It is an explicit intention to ensure students are encouraged, inspired and motivated by their learning and they see the relevance of what they have learned so they are able to better apply that in the module assessment process and across the programme holistically, all of which we know can impact positively on student achievement (QAA, 2012) and enhance learning gain. 

 

We have of course been engaged in some excellent work in this area thus far, however, feedback from the International Student Barometer (ISB), National Student Survey (NSS) and information gathered as part of the Student Achievement Task and Finish Group Report indicates that there are opportunities for further enhancement. Specific areas include; programme identity, learning and assessment alignment and greater student-student and student-academic engagement.  The approach set out in this document aims to support improvement in these and additional areas e.g. creating engagement ready students and staff; embedding student engagement; changing the conversation; celebrating and innovating; encouraging, listening to and responding to the student voice; transition and induction; curriculum design, delivery and organisation; curriculum content; teaching delivery; learning opportunities and student support and guidance. 

 

The Sunderland Business School Model for Creating Engagement

Our approach to learning and teaching at Sunderland Business School focuses on ensuring our programmes are designed and delivered with students at heart of everything we do.  Our learner centred philosophy aims to empower, motivate and engage students throughout their learning journey to support student achievement and positively impact on employability.  For students this will mean:

 

  1. Comprehensive induction –that orientates them to University life and creates readiness to learn at each stage of the programme
  2. Development of academic skills to support achievement
  3. Building in time to make sense of learning within modules and aligning that learning to the wider programme and future employability aims
  4. Development of critical thinking skills that support deep and meaningful learning
  5. The provision of opportunities to develop students’ academic and professional voice
  6.  Embedding opportunities to develop the students social capital through actively encouraging relationship development with others (peers, lecturers and employers)
  7. Embedding opportunities to enhance student success through feedback and feed-forward sessions at each stage of the learning journey

 

Defining Terms

Lecture: A discourse led by presenter for the purpose of knowledge transfer/instruction.

 

Seminar:  A form of academic instruction with the purpose of bringing small groups of students together for recurring meetings each focused on a particular subject.  It would usually involve students debating and interacting with material previously delivered in a lecture to deepen the learning. 

 

Workshop: Includes the elements of a seminar but with the largest portion of time being emphasised as ‘hands on practice’ - this could be in a number of forms, e.g., lab work where practicing the actual concept or technique was undertaken; presentations to demonstrate use of the knowledge in context etc.

 

Learning Enhancement Seminar: To enhance and deepen learning, a series of learning enhancement seminars will take place.  These sessions will include a number of activities that are designed to bring together students and academics across the module, stage and programme, as partners.  These provide opportunities for the student to co-construct the sessions in partnership with the academic, in line with their lived experiences of the learning journey.  In addition the sessions will support students to:

      review the learning journey, and address areas for further enhancement;

      make sense of their learning across the modules; stages and programme;

      clearly align their learning to the assessment;

      enhance academic practice skills (e.g. reading; writing; referencing; critique);

      make sense of feedback and feed-forward;

      enhance social cohesion by developing  student-student and student-academic  relationships;

      express themselves and develop their academic voice;

      develop learning informed career and employability possibilities.

 

Action learning (social learning groups) led by students (facilitated by academic staff) will be widely utilised in these sessions. 

 

Future Success Boot camp (on campus students only):  To enhance employability, a series of extracurricular sessions will take place in the latter part of stage 3, that are designed to  provide students with an awareness of the opportunities available and approaches to enhancing their personal USP to create greater employment (subject to development with the PL Employability)

 

A list of the modules in each Stage of the programme can be found in the Programme Regulations.

 

A summary of the types of teaching, learning and assessment in each module of the programme can be found in the Matrix of Modes of Teaching.

 

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

 

Written examinations

Coursework

Practical assessments

 

The assessment strategy is integral to the teaching and learning philosophy. The assessment strategy aims to allow you to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of business management principles and concepts. It also allows you to demonstrate skills of criticality and evaluation within a business management context. The use of formative assessment allows you to take risks and test theories with the aim of extending knowledge and confidence without fear of failure, thus encouraging a deep approach to learning. Assessment methods aim to allow you to demonstrate breadth and depth of directed and independent research. The assessment strategy at Stage 1 is based on an approach which allows for formative feedback throughout the modules. The process of formative assessment will be supported by detailed feedback to increase confidence and complement the summative assessment tasks. A range of feedback methods will be used across the programme including peer-to-peer, group, class and sample based, as well as individual tutor to learner. Detailed assessment criteria will support each assessment to guide both students and tutors.  At Stage 1 additional resource will be devoted to this in order for students to build confidence and benchmark their achievements. At Stages 2 and 3 assessments will involve you synthesising and applying a number of concepts. There will be an increase in the amount of research-based coursework as you progress through the programme. As well as including academic research based on reading, analysis and evaluation of academic papers, you will research in the general sense of finding out and then applying, evaluating, analysing, comparing and recommending. A combination of individual and group work will be used in Stages 1 and 2. At Stage 3 the emphasis will be on individual summative assessment strategies. There is a diversity of assessment methods across our programmes with different assessments being tailored and utilised according to the specific requirements of each module and each programme, for example the three core personal and professional development modules make use of professional assessment methods such as learning logs and professional development plans.

 

A summary of the types of teaching, learning and assessment in each module of the programme can be found in the Matrix of Modes of Teaching.

 

The generic assessment criteria which we use can be found here. Some programmes use subject-specific assessment criteria which are based on the generic ones.

 

This programme uses the Generic University Assessment Criteria

Yes

 

This programme uses Subject Specific Assessment Criteria

 

No

 

The University regulations can be found here.

 

The University aims to return marked assessments and feedback within 4 working weeks of the assignment submission date after internal moderation processes have been completed. If this is not possible, students will be notified by the Module Leaders when the feedback is available and how it can be obtained.

 

The Academic Misconduct Regulations and associated guidance can be found here. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they are familiar with their responsibilities in regards to assessments and the implications of an allegation of academic misconduct.

 

Students should refer to the University Regulations for information on degree classifications and compensation between modules.

 

 

 


Matrix of Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Assessment of Programme Learning Outcomes

 

NB. Not all option modules may be offered in any one academic year and will depend on the availability of staff and the priorities of the school. In addition, modules will usually need to be selected by a minimum number of students. Option modules may be available on more than one programme and the Programme Leaders will liaise with the Faculty Management Team to ensure there is a reasonable amount of choice in any given year.

 

Stage 1

 

Module

Code

Core / Option

Modes of T&L

Modes of Assessment

S1

S2

S3

K1

K2

K3

Essential Study and Employment Skills

UGB160

Core

Lectures, Workshops, Learning enhancement seminars, Virtual Learning, Self-directed/Independent study

Evaluation and Development Planning Report

 

Introduction to Marketing

UGB161

Core

Report

 

 

 

Introduction to Accounting and Finance

UGB163

Core

Case Study/ Developed Scenario

Introduction to Managing and Leading People

UGB164

Core

Academic Poster

 

 

Introduction to International Business Management

UGB166

Core

Group Presentation

Individual written assignment

Introduction to Human Resource Management and Talent Development

UGB162

Option

Group Presentation

Individual Report

 

 

Introduction to Business Operations and Services

UGB165

Option

Individual written assignment (3000 words)

Global Tourism

TLH119

Option

Lectures, Workshops, Self-directed/ Independent study

2 x individual written assignment (50:50)

 

 

 

 

*Students will also have the opportunity to take a language as an optional module

 


Stage 2

 

Module

Code

Core / Option

Modes of T&L

Modes of Assessment

S4

S5

K4

K5

K6

K7

Personal and Professional Development

UGB260

Core

Lectures, Workshops, Learning enhancement seminars, Virtual Learning, Self-directed/Independent study

 

Portfolio of Evidence and Reflective Essay

 

 

Contemporary Issues in International Business Management

UGB273

Core

Poster Presentation

Individual Coursework

Intercultural Communication and Business

UGB274

Core

Group Presentation

Individual Coursework

International Law

LAW280

Core

Individual Essay

 

 

Management Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity

UGB234

Option

Enterprise Portfolio and Concept Plan

 

 

Principles of Business Law

UGB248

Option

Individual Coursework

 

 

Management Thought and Practice

UGB261

Option

MCQ

 

Quality Management for Organizational Excellence

UGB262

Option

Individual Report

 

Business ESR

UGB264

Option

Individual Coursework

 

 

Digital Marketing

UGB265

Option

Exam

 

 

 

Tourism Fieldwork

TLH214

Option

Independent Study, individual and group field work

Project Report

 

 

 

*Students will also have the opportunity to take a language as an optional module

 

 


Stage 3

 

Module

Code

Core / Option

Modes of T&L

Modes of Assessment

S6

S7

S8

K8

K9

K10

K11

International Human Resource Management

UGB369

Core

Lectures, Workshops, Learning enhancement seminars, Virtual Learning, Self- directed/Independent study

Presentation

Individual Coursework

Intercultural Leadership and Management

UGB380

Core

Patchwork assignment

International Marketing

UGB381

Core

Individual Coursework

 

 

Dissertation

UGB382

Core

Individual Thesis

 

 

 

Business Context in Emerging Economies

UGB383

Option

Individual e-portfolio

 

Strategic Management

SIM336

Option

Individual Coursework

 

 

 

Exploring Equality and Diversity

UGB350

Option

Individually negotiated assessment

Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation

UGB362

Option

Individual Report

 

 

 

Managing and Leading Change

UGB371

Option

Individual Report

 

 

Marketing in a Digital World

UGB372

Option

Individual Report

 

 

 

Human Rights Law

LAW380

Option

Workshops; Directed Reading; Independent Study

Essay (2500 words)

 

International Hospitality Management

TLH314

Option

Individual Coursework

 

 

 

 


How does research influence the programme? 

The programme is designed to be research-led, research-oriented, research-tutored and research-based. Fundamental to the programme is that research is made meaningful to students so they understand the personal, professional, intellectual and importantly, the practical relevance of research.

 

  • Research-led:  the curriculum emphasises the teaching of the subject content from an academically robust stance i.e. students learn about the latest research in the subject field where the emphasis is on understanding research findings, rather than the research process, and research is presented as information content. Academic depth and rigour is achieved through ensuring the design incorporates current research literature in the field of study. It includes embedding current research both faculty and beyond. Students will be engaged in locating, collecting, referencing, critiquing, applying evidence, challenging assumptions, questioning and interpreting contemporary research articles, conference papers and case studies. Research active Faculty will also deliver guest speaker sessions at each stage of the programme. 
  • Research-oriented:  the curriculum emphasises the process of knowledge construction in the subject. In research-oriented mode, students learn about the research process by which knowledge is produced. This will be embedded through: the teaching of research methods together with embedding context specific research knowledge construction in specific modules.
  • Research-tutored: The programme and curriculum emphasises learning focused on students writing and discussing research papers or essays. Students are actively engaged in evaluating and critiquing the research of others. This will be a focus in all modules across the programme.
  • Research-based:  The programme and curriculum emphasises students undertaking inquiry-based and problem based learning. The learning division between lecturer and student is minimised and the teaching mode is based on cooperation/dialogue. This research may involve primary research within an organisation. 

 

SECTION D:EMPLOYABILITY

 

How will the programme prepare me for employment?

The programme gives you the opportunity to develop skills which you can use in the future. Some skills are more specific than others to the subject area, or to a particular type of activity, but all skills can be applied in a range of employment situations, sometimes in quite unexpected ways. The skills which this programme is designed to develop are outlined in the learning outcomes of the programme. This programme provides high levels of knowledge and skills related to the world of international business.  It has a strong emphasis on cultural awareness and astuteness. This rapidly changing environment requires focused, highly-skilled, professionals who are adaptable and committed to their ongoing development; proving to current and potential employers that you are serious about your future in this diverse setting and about maintaining your knowledge and skills. Sunderland is one of the first universities in the UK to introduce employability modules across all years of an undergraduate degree. These help you strengthen the six key attributes of being capable, enquiring, creative, enterprising, ethical and global in outlook. Some of your modules help you identify your strengths and aspirations, and plan for personal development. The skills gained will help you when applying for graduate jobs and those who have engaged fully in the programme will be far more competitive in the job market.

 

Professional statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) accreditation:

 

PSRB accreditation is not relevant to this programme 

PSRB accreditation is currently being sought for this programme

 

This programme currently has PSRB accreditation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION E:PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND REGULATIONS

Interim or Exit Awards

The following awards are available to students who complete part of the programme. The university regulations explain in detail the requirements for such awards.

Undergraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Level 4

Name: Certificate in International Business

Undergraduate Diploma in Higher Education, Level 5

Name: Diploma in International Business

Ordinary degree, Level 6

Name: BA International Business

Bachelors degree with Honours, Level 6

Name: BA (Hons) International Business

 

Programme Regulations

Name of programme: International Business

Award title: BA (Hons)

Level of award: 6

Interim or Exit Awards: Certificate in International Business / Diploma in International Business / BA International Business / BA (Hons) International Business

These programme regulations should be read in conjunction with the university regulations to be found here.

 

Module selection

Students are required to undertake all programme core modules.  They are permitted to select optional modules pertinent to the stage of study from the module catalogue of the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism to achieve 120 credits at each stage.  Core modules cannot be substituted.

 

Stage 1:

 

Core

UGB160 Essential Study and Employment Skills(20 Credits)

UGB161 Introduction to Marketing (20 Credits)

UGB163Introduction to Accounting and Finance (20 Credits)

UGB164 Introduction to Managing and Leading People (20 Credits)

UGB166Introduction to International Business Management (20 Credits)

 

Optional

UGB162 Introduction to HRM and Talent Development(20 Credits)

UGB165Introduction to Business Operations and Services(20 Credits)

TLH119 Global Tourism(20 Credits)

Students may also select a language to the value of 20 credits

 

Programme-specific regulations: None

 

Stage 2:

 

Core

UGB260Personal and Professional Development (20 Credits)

UGB273Contemporary Issues in International Business Management(20 Credits)

UGB274Intercultural Communication and Business(20 Credits)

LAW280International Law(20 Credits)

 

Optional

UGB234Management Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity(20 Credits)

UGB248Principles of Business Law(20 Credits)

UGB261Management Thought and Practice(20 Credits)

UGB262Quality Management for Organizational Excellence(20 Credits)

UGB264 Business ESR(20 Credits)

UGB265Digital Marketing(20 Credits)

TLH214Tourism Fieldwork(20 Credits)

Students may also select a language to the value of 20 credits

 

Programme-specific regulations: None

 

Stage 3:

 

Core

UGB369International Human Resource Management(20 Credits)

UGB380Intercultural Leadership and Management(20 Credits)

UGB381International Marketing(20 Credits)

UGB382Dissertation(40 Credits)

 

Optional

UGB383Business Context in Emerging Economies(20 Credits)

SIM336 Strategic Management(20 Credits)

UGB350Exploring Equality and Diversity(20 Credits)

UGB362Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation(20 Credits)

UGB371Managing and Leading Change(20 Credits)

UGB372Marketing in a Digital World(20 Credits)

LAW380  Human Rights Law(20 Credits) 

TLH314 International Hospitality Management(20 Credits)

Students may also select a language to the value of 20 credits

 

Programme-specific regulations: None

 

 

SECTION F:ADMISSIONS, LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND SUPPORT

 

What are the admissions requirements?

The University’s standard admissions requirements can be found in the university regulations.

Programme-specific requirements which are in addition to those regulations are given below. 

 

To qualify for entry to the three year full-time Undergraduate International Business programme, candidates normally possess the following qualifications:

       UCAS points or Level 3 Key Skills qualifications as specified on the University website https://www.sunderland.ac.uk

       Three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language OR

       A minimum of level 2 Key Skills Communication and Application of Number.

 

The current entry requirements for this programme is as specified in the Fees and Entry Requirements section on the programme page on the University’s website.

 

Can students enter with advanced standing?

Yes

 

 

If yes, to which Stages?

Stage 1

 

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

 

 

If yes, with what qualifications? Certificate in International Business / Diploma in International Business

 

The University has a process by which applicants whose experience to date already covers one or more modules of the programme they are applying for may seek Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Full details can be found here but if you think that this may be relevant to you, please contact the department which offers the programme you are interested in.

 

What kind of support and help will there be?

  1. Through the University wide library services there is a generic study skills programme located at www.library.sunderland.ac.uk/skills.
  2. In the University as a whole: The University provides a range of professional support services including wellbeing, counselling, disability support, and a Chaplaincy. Click on the links for further information.
  3. In a partner college: Please see the relevant college prospectus or website for details of student support if you are planning to study in one of our partner colleges.

 

What resources will I have access to?

University Library & Study Skills support 

University Library & Study Skills, (UL&SS), supports students with the provision of a high quality learning environment, comprehensive print and online resource collections, 1400 study places, 300+ PCs, online module reading lists and study skills support. All students have the full use of the University’s two libraries. The libraries are accessible during extensive opening hours and in core teaching weeks both Murray and St Peter’s libraries have provision for additional unstaffed access. The latest opening hours can be found on the library website at library.sunderland.ac.uk/about-us/opening-hours/

 

The UL&SS web site library.sunderland.ac.uk provides a gateway to information resources and services for students both on and off campus. Tailored resources and support are available from specific subject areas of the UL&SS web site and a ‘Live Chat’ function enables student to access library support and help 24/7.

 

My Module Resources moduleresources.sunderland.ac.uk/

Module reading lists are live interactive resource lists available from within online module spaces on Canvas and the University’s library website.

 

What do you get?

          Real time library information, both availability and location of print books, plus being able to place reservations on books that are already on loan

          Allows you to set up RSS alerts for changes and additions to your Module Resource  list

          Smartphone and tablet friendly – providing QR capture, touch screen functionality and e-resource access

 

How does this help you?

          Getting the right resources easily from flexible access points

          Receive guidance from your tutor on what to read  at a point of need by using search filters

          Access to a wider range of resources to support learning.

 

Study Skills Support

University Library Services includes a robust study skills support offer, available to all our students across the University both on and off campus, contributing to students’ attainment and the quality of their experience.

 

Skills delivery options include:

  • Online Skills Support including:  videos, webinars and Skype sessions, online assignment drop-ins using LibraryTalk will be held weekly to engage those students not on campus and provide additional support at the point of contact. Online study skills guides and tutorials are available to download from: library.sunderland.ac.uk/services-and-support/skills/guides// and from a link on your Canvas module spaces.
  • On campus assignment skills drop-in events - Throughout key teaching weeks when students are encouraged to attend with any assignment queries.
  • Embedded skills sessions - Throughout teaching periods embedded skills sessions are a key element to support academic learning. Study skills support team and Liaison Librarians will work with your lecturers to provide the support necessary in your subject areas.
  • Dissertation workshops - Dissertation skills support will be provided in early June to ‘Kickstart your Dissertation’. Bookable workshops will be held demonstrating how to begin a dissertation, using University library resources to support your work, and managing references for a substantial project. Sessions will be cross-subject focusing on the skills and resources required for completing a dissertation.
  • One to One - Study Skills Advisers will be on hand to support students in a range of study skills including: effective reading, reporting writing, academic writing and referencing, note taking, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, reflective writing, group work and presentation skills. Sessions will be booked centrally and can include study groups and 1 to 1 advice.  Students who would like to request support from Study Skills Advisers can do so from:

library.sunderland.ac.uk/services-and-support/skills/one-to-one-support/

 

Access to other libraries

There may be occasions when you find it useful to use other university libraries for your studies in addition to the resources available at the University of Sunderland. Students may be able to borrow items or to access collections on a reference basis at a number of institutions throughout the UK by joining the SCONUL access scheme. To find out more and apply to join the scheme, go to: www.access.sconul.ac.uk

 

Are there any additional costs on top of the fees?

 

No, but all students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials.

Yes (optional) All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials. In addition there are some are additional costs for optional activities associated with the programme (see below)

 

Yes (essential) All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials. In addition there are some are essential additional costs associated with the programme (see below)

 

 

How are student views represented?

All taught programmes in the University have student representatives for each Stage (year-group) of each programme who meet in a Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) where they can raise students’ views and concerns. The Students’ Union and the faculties together provide training for student representatives. SSLCs and focus groups are also used to obtain student feedback on plans for developing existing programmes and designing new ones. Feedback on your programme is obtained every year through module questionnaires and informs the annual review of your programme. Student representatives are also invited to attend Programme and Module Studies Boards which manage the delivery and development of programmes and modules. Faculty Academic Committee also has student representation which allows students to be involved in higher-level plans for teaching and learning. At university level, students are represented by sabbatical officers who are the elected leaders of the Students’ Union. The University’s student representation and feedback policy can be found here.

 

Final-year students are also invited to complete a National Student Survey (NSS) which asks a standard set of questions across the whole country. The results of this are discussed at Programme Studies Boards and at Faculty Academic Experience Committee to identify good practice which can be shared and problems which need to be addressed. We rely heavily on student input to interpret the results of the NSS and ensure that we make the most appropriate changes.

 

SECTION G:QUALITY MANAGEMENT

 

National subject benchmarks

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education publishes benchmark statements which give guidance as to the skills and knowledge which graduates in various subjects and in certain types of degree are expected to have. These can be found here.

 

Are there any benchmark statements for this programme?

YES

 

 

The subject benchmark(s) for this programme is/are: Business and Management

 

The QAA also publishes a Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) which defines the generic skills and abilities expected of students who have achieved awards at a given level and with which our programmes align. The FHEQ can be found here.

 

How are the quality and standards of the programme assured?

The programme is managed and quality assured through the University’s standard processes. Programmes are overseen by Module and Programme Studies Boards which include student representatives. Each year each module leader provides a brief report on the delivery of the module, identifying strengths and areas for development, and the programme team reviews the programme as a whole.  The purpose of this is to ensure that the programme is coherent and up-to-date, with suitable progression from one Stage to another, and a good fit (alignment) between what is taught and how students learn and are assessed - the learning outcomes, content and types of teaching, learning and assessment. Student achievement, including progress between Stages of the programme and degree classification, is kept under review. The programme review report is sent to the Programme Studies Board which in turn reports issues to the University’s Quality Management Sub-Committee (QMSC).

 

External examiners are appointed to oversee and advise on the assessment of the programme. They ensure that the standards of the programme are comparable with those of similar programmes elsewhere in the UK and are also involved in the assessment process to make sure that it is fair. They are invited to comment on proposed developments to the programme. Their reports are sent to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) as well as to the Faculty so that issues of concern can be addressed.

 

All programmes are reviewed by the University on a six-yearly cycle to identify good practice and areas for enhancement. Programmes are revalidated through this review process. These reviews include at least one academic specialist in the subject area concerned from another UK university. Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) review reports for Sunderland can be found here.

 

Further information about our quality processes can be found here.


 

Quality Handbook

 

 

 

SITS SUMMARY PROGRAMME/SHORT COURSE DETAILS

(Form to be completed electronically by the Faculty and forwarded to the Quality Support Officer supporting the Approval event, or sent to Planning & MI for faculty devolved processes before sending to Quality Support (with the exception of Short Courses and GRS))

This form is to be completed when a new programme has been validated and approved so that the programme codes and progression and awards rules can be set up in SITS.  This also needs to be completed at periodic course review when there have been significant modifications to the course.

 

Please note that all details entered onto this form will go onto every student’s record that is attached to this programme and it is therefore imperative that the information is correct. 

 

1 Programme Details

New/ Modification/Review:

Please ensure the minor modification document is included

New

Full Programme Title:

International Business

If replacement for existing course, specify title and course code:

 

Qualification Aim:

e.g. Foundation degree of Science, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

BA (Hons)

Qualification Level (NQF level):

Level 6

JACS 3.0 code

JACS code = e.g. (V100) History, (I100) Computing Science, etc. See HESA Website https://www.hesa.ac.uk/jacs3

100080 International Business

Is the programme Open or Closed:

A course is defined as closed when specifically designed for a certain group of people and not also available to other suitably qualified candidates. It may be designed for a particular company however if the same course is also run for other suitably qualified candidates, not employed by the company, then the course is not closed.

Open

Faculty and School:

FBLT

Business

Location of study:

e.g. SAGE, Sunderland in London, Sunderland

Sunderland

Last Date Registration (PBI) Number of days:

The number of days after the start date of the course that it is possible for students to register onto it. It is also referred to as the migration date.

18

Programme Leader:

TBC

Academic Team for the programme:

Leadership, HRM & Finance

Date of Approval/Modification/Review:

June/July 2018

Date of next review (QS to complete):

2022/23

Accrediting Body or PSRB
If yes please attach a completed PSRB form

No

 

Programme Specific Regulations

If yes, please attach a completed Programme Specific Regulations form

No

 

Does this programme come under the Unistats return? If yes, please attach a completed Unistats form

Yes

Is this an undergraduate programme whose primary (but not necessarily only) purpose is to improve the effectiveness of practitioners registered with a professional body? If yes, please specify which body:

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/media/HEFCE,2014/Content/Pubs/2016/201622/HEFCE2016_22.pdf  (Page 88, paragraph f)

e.g. a short course aimed at registered nurses

No


Professional Body: n/a

 

 

Interim  Awards

If a student does not achieve their qualification aim, what lower awards might they be entitled to, assuming they have the credits?  The subject title for any lower level award should be given where this is different from the subject of the qualification aim.

 

Interim Award Title

Credits Required

Interim Structure

Please show mandatory requirements if applicable e.g. core module codes

1

Certificate in International Business

120

 

2

Diploma in International Business

240

 

3

BA in International Business

300

 

 

Combined Subjects Programmes only

Will the subject run as Major/Minor/Dual:

 

Any subject(s) not permitted to be combined with this subject:

 

 

 

2 Mode Of Attendance

01        Full-time

Full-time students are those expected to study for more than 24 weeks per year, for a minimum of 21 hours per week and are paying the full-time fee.

X

02          Other Full-time

Students who attend full-time for a period less than 24 weeks per year

 

31Part-time

Students who are expected to study for less than 21 hours per week.

X

31Part-time at Full-time Rate

Students who are studying full-time credits over part-time attendance

 

 

 

3 Admissions

An admissions or MCR code will be created to allow student applications.

Tick appropriate

UUCAS

Universities and Colleges Admission Services

Required for full-time undergraduate programmes only.

X

DDirect Entry

Required for FT, PT, PG and PGR, only where students will be admitted though the admissions teams or where the programme needs to be advertised on the web

 

GGTTR

Graduate Teacher Training Registry

Education only, where applicable

 

 

 

 

4Collaborative Provision

UK

 

Overseas

 

Institution

Collaborative Model

Funding Arrangements

 

 

 

 

5aCourse Block

Full-time - Overall length of the programme in months:

36 months

Part-time - Overall length of the programme in months:

72 months

Does this course offer a sandwich placement?

If yes, please indicate which programme year this placement is to take place.

Yes/No

Programme Year:

Is this compulsory or optional?

Compulsory/Optional

Does this course offer a study abroad year out? If yes, please indicate which programme year this placement is to take place.

Yes/No

Programme Year:

Is this compulsory or optional?

Compulsory/Optional

 

6   Major Source of Funding

Please note this relates to funding for the programme and not individual students

HEFCE

Higher Education Funding Council for England

X

Skills Funding Agency/EFA/Degree Apprenticeship

 

NCTL

National College for Teaching and Leadership

 

Wholly NHS Funded

Partially NHS Funded

Departments of Health/NHS/Social Care. For all Health funded programmes please indicate whether the programme is eligible for an NHS Bursary

-  Eligible for NHS BursaryY/N

 

 

Standard Fee

If no then the Learning Resources Form should be attached

Yes

Other Funding:

 

– Please Specify:

 

7   Education Programmes Only

This section must be completed for any programmes marked above as ‘NCTL’ funded

Teacher Training Identifier:

 

Teacher Training Scope:

 

Qualification Aim: QTS and academic award, QTS only, QTS by assessment only

 

 

 

   DETAILS SUPPLIED BY:Karen Hadley       DATE:May 1st 2018


Module List

Award, Route (if applicable) and Level

New/Existing/ Modified  Module (N/E/MM)

Module Title

Module Code

Module Credit Value

Core (C) Option (O)

Must choose (i.e. designated option):

Assessment weighting – give % weight for each assessment item

Pre-/co-requisites

Module leader

Other comment (if required)

Date of Entry on SITS.

N/MM only

( After event)

JACS Code

Academic Team

Certificate Level 4

E

Essential Study and Employment Skills

UGB160

20

C

Not Applicable

60:40

NONE

J. Arnott

 

 

 

LH&F

E

Introduction to Marketing

UGB161

20

C

100

G. Price

 

 

 

MMS

E

Introduction to Accounting and Finance

UGB163

20

C

100

A. Turton

 

 

 

LH&F

E

Introduction to Managing and Leading People

UGB164

20

C

100

S. Robson

 

 

 

LH&F

N

Introduction to International Business Management

UGB166

20

C

60:40

TBC

 

 

 

LH&F

E

Introduction to HRM and Talent Development

UGB162

20

O

20:80

K. Drady

 

 

 

LH&F

E

Introduction to Business Operations and Services

UGB165

20

O

100

P. Coleman

 

 

 

MMS

E

Global Tourism

TLH119

20

O

50:50

I. Morton

 

 

 

THE

Diploma  Level 5

E

Personal and Professional Development

UGB260

20

C

100

I. Carr

 

 

 

LH&F

N

Contemporary Issues in International Business

UGB273

20

C

60:40

TBC

 

 

 

LH&F

N

Intercultural Communication and Business

UGB274

20

C

60:40

TBC

 

 

 

LH&F

N

International Law

LAW280

20

C

100

TBC

 

 

 

LAW

E

Management Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity

UGB234

20

O

100

W. Ang’awa

 

 

 

LH&F

E

Principles of Business Law

UGB248

20

O

100

A. Lowerson

 

 

 

LAW

E

Management Thought and Practice

UGB261

20

O

100

G. Mason

 

 

 

MMS

E

Quality Management for Organizational Excellence

UGB262

20

O

100

P. Coleman

 

 

 

MMS

E

Business ESR

UGB264

20

O

100

S. Bhate

 

 

 

MMS

E

Digital Marketing

UGB265

20

O

100

A. Charlesworth

 

 

 

MMS

E

Tourism Fieldwork

TLH214

20

O

100

I. Morton

 

 

 

THE

BA Level 6

E

International Human Resource Management

UGB369

20

C

70:30

A. Abbott

 

 

 

LH&F

N

Intercultural Leadership and Management

UGB380

20

C

100

TBC

 

 

 

LH&F

N

International Marketing

UGB381

20

C

100

TBC

 

 

 

MMS

N

Dissertation

UGB382

40

C

100

TBC

 

 

 

LH&F

N

Business Context in Emerging Economies

UGB383

20

O

100

TBC

 

 

 

LH&F

E

Strategic Management

SIM336

20

O

100

D. Harwood

 

 

 

MMS

E

Exploring Equality and Diversity

UGB350

20

O

100

P-A Armstrong

 

 

 

LH&F

E

Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation

UGB362

20

O

100

W. Ang’awa

 

 

 

LH&F

E

Managing and Leading Change

UGB371

20

O

100

C. Hoy

 

 

 

LH&F

E

Marketing in a Digital World

UGB372

20

O

100

A. Edwards

 

 

 

MMS

N

Human Rights Law

LAW380

20

O

100

TBC

 

 

 

LAW

E

International Hospitality Management

TLH314

20

O

100

S. Uzunogullari

 

 

 

THE