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BA Business Management and The Human Resource

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge of HRM and Management studies and professional competencies, much of which will be informed by recent research/scholarship in the discipline;

- demonstrate the understanding of more extensive knowledge in specialist areas of Management and HRM;
- accurately and effectively deploy standard techniques of analysis and enquiry within the disciplines;
- demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument;
- describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship;
- appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in HRM and Management studies;
- apply their knowledge and understanding in order to initiate and carry out a significant piece of work;
- collect and analyse quantitative and/or qualitative data derived from a range of sources, making use of secondary data and primary sources;
- show a capacity for critical thinking and an ability to evaluate the value and relevance of data within the framework provided by available theory and practice;
- demonstrate strategic thinking through an understanding of strategic management concepts, theories and research, and how these inform management decision-making;
- understand the nature of strategic HRM, its impact on organisation and employees, and the principal strategies relevant to its implementation;
- understand advanced issues and debates in the application and implementation of law and policy relating to employment;
-develop specialised advanced knowledge in a choice of contemporary areas of management research.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- the key transferable skills and professionalism appropriate for managers;
- the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
- information synthesis skills;
- the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
- the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature;
- the ability to undertake a research project in a chosen area relating to Management, Work and Employment or HRM, making appropriate choices concerning research methods and approach; and
- life-long learning skills such as time-management, group working, communication, planning, commercial awareness, creative problem solving, and leadership.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the programme and will include:

- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the disciplines;
- work that draws on a wide variety of academic and practice based material;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
- evidence of an ability to conduct an in-depth research based enquiry within the disciplines; and
- work that is typically both evaluative and analytical.


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