LO1: Explain the different types, size and scope of organisations and the interrelationship of functions on organisational structure

 

Module Title- Business Environment 

Module Code: BMS 412 

Module Level 4 

Module Credits- 20 credits 

Module Guide

2022/23

Contents Page                                                                       Page

Module Introduction                                                               2                                                           

Module Leader Pen Portrait                                                   2                     

Module Aims                                                                          3                     

Module Learning Outcomes                                                   3                                             

Module Skills                                                                         3

Teaching & Learning Strategy                                               4

Scheme of Learning   / Module Timetable                            5                                             

Assessment and Assessment Briefs                                        6 & 7-9

Assessment Criteria                                                                10-12

Assessment Submission                                                         13                   

Module Expectations                                                              13       

Module Reading List                                                              14                   

Student Module Review                                                         15                     

Module Introduction

Welcome to the  Business Environment Module

This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of a modern global business environment.  Students will develop their understanding of how structure and culture supports the achievement of business objectives.

The following pages will answer some questions you may have about the module, but please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further queries.

I look forward to working with you over the coming year; I hope you enjoy the module and that you will make the most of the opportunity to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills.

Good luck with your studies. 

Module Aims

This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of organisations and how they operate within a modern business environment.  Students will develop their understanding of how structure and culture supports the achievement of business objectives.  Through research students will gain knowledge of internal and external factor that influence the strategic direction of organisations, their management, the economy and the wider business environment in which they operate.

Module Learning Outcomes

LO1:   Explain the different types, size and scope of organisations and the interrelationship of functions on               organisational structure 

LO2:   Examine the impact the macro environment has on business operations

LO3:   Analyse the relationship and influence internal and external stakeholder have on   business practice

LO4:   Evaluate the influence of globalisation on organisational strategy and decision       making

Module Skills

·Reflect on the application of theory to management practice.

·Contribute effectively and ethically in making judgements that would inform or benefit management practice

·Demonstrate written communication skills in a range of contexts. 

Teaching and Learning Strategy

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to develop student’s understanding of current recruitment, selection and talent management approaches through the use of case studies and good practice available based on research.  They will review different organisaitonal systems through external guest speakers and case studies, and their own place of work may also be considered.  Students will be able to apply the skills they have learnt in a range of different settings and they will be able to provide peer feedback through class-based discussions.  They will have the opportunity to reflect on the how different organisations manage people effectively.

Taught sessions and workshop activities such as case studies, group discussions and research tasks will explore a variety of relevant corporate policies and procedures. Students will present to peers their ideas and share thinking and understanding of effective practice.

Through academic skills sessions and individual reviews with academic tutors, students will develop their academic writing and research skills. Students will develop their independent research skills and explore how to analyse work related problems.

Learning Opportunities (Identify any additional experience or activity not identified as a formal learning outcome that will provide a student with additional knowledge or skill)

Within workshops, students will take part in research activities and questioning and will be encouraged to focus on organisational and business best practice reports to develop their professional practice in an organisational setting.

 Scheme of Learning/ Module Timetable

Date

Week

Content

Learning Outcome

 

 

1

Introduction to Organisations

 

LO1

 

 

2

Operational Structure and Business Decision Making

LO1

 

 

3

Relationships with stakeholders

LO3

 

 

4

Macro environmental analysis

LO2

 

 

5

SWOT analysis

LO2

 

 

6

Competitive environmental analysis

LO2

 

 

7

Political impacts on decision making

LO2

 

 

8

Globalisation

LO4

 

 

9

Operating in a globalised environment

LO4

 

 

10

Innovative business operations

LO3

 The timetable has been designed to build your knowledge and understanding of the module material over the whole of the module, therefore it is important that you make every opportunity to attend all timetabled sessions. Its development has been informed by feedback provided by previous students, employers and the external examiner, however the timings and content may change to take advantage of newly available learning opportunities which will enhance your learning experience. 

If any changes are made to the timetable, teaching or other study related activity, they will be communicated to you at the earliest opportunity via email and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) therefore it is important that you check this regularly.

Assessment

Formative assessment is defined in the Foundation Degree Academic regulations as ‘Assessments which are non-contributory,’ these will take place throughout the module to help check your understanding. They also help you to prepare for summative assessments and provide you with feedback which identifies strengths and areas for development. 

Summative assessment is defined in the Foundation Degree Regulations as ‘Assessments which contribute marks used to determine a student’s ability to progress from one stage of a programme to the next, and which are used to determine an overall award classification, are referred to for the purpose of these Regulations as summative assessments.’ 

The module comprises the following summative assessment components (total 100%):

            Assessment Element                                     Percentage Weighting

Business Report

Individual Presentation Paper

75%

25%

Assessments have been clearly structured and presented to support you, however if you are unclear about what is required, speak to your module leader to seek clarification. It is important that you read the assessment guidelines and assessment criteria in detail and use them to structure your work. The content of the assessment should provide evidence that you have met all the module learning outcomes therefore it is important that you have an understanding of what the learning outcomes mean e.g. explore, define, critically discuss.  

To support the development of your academic writing skills, it may be useful to devise a glossary of terms. This can be added to as you progress through the year and onto the next level of study.

Further information related to assessment can be found in the Programme Handbook.  

Assessment Brief 

Assessment Title: REPORT

Weighting: 75%

Module Learning Outcomes Addressed: LO1, LO2 and LO4  

Task: - Given below

Use EasyJet as a case study and write a report that examines and provides a constructive and justified analysis and evaluation of the impact of organisational elements on business operations, strategy and decision making. 

Consider the following areas within your report.

1.The type, size and scope of the EasyJet (LO1)

2. The interrelationship of functions on organisation structure (LO1)

3. Internal and external influencers via a PESTLE and SWOT analyses on business operations. (LO2)

4. The influence of globalisation on organisational strategy and decision making (LO4) 

Other relevant assessment information:

·You will need to include and reference at least 10 different sources including 3 academic textbooks, 1 academic journal to help provide supporting evidence for any assertions that you make within your presentation.

· You should also consider using independent company information from sources such as MarketLine and Statista databases

·Your report should be presented in a business professional report format using the guidance on report writing within the course handbook. Your report should be no more than 2,500 words (+ or - 10%). All written work should be submitted online through Turnitin.

· You must include in-text citations and attach both a reference list and bibliography.

· The completion of your work will satisfy 75% of the assessment for the Business Environment module.  

Issue Date: 20/12/2022

Submission Date: 31/01/2023          

Feedback Date: 28/02/2023

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

The skills development opportunities identified in this assignment are:  

· The application of theory to management practice.

· Contribute effectively and ethically in making judgements that would inform or benefit management practice

· Demonstrate written communication skills in a range of contexts.

· Effectively communication ideas drawn from your research within the presentation of your report

· Analyse facts and draw conclusions through an examination of human resource management in a business context 

MARKING CRITERIA

Task

Indicative Content

Marking

Business report on EasyJet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The organisation’s structure is accurately examined and assessed in relation to its size/shape/, functional areas/departments and business culture. Constructive commentary is effectively used to illuminate any advantages and disadvantages present in the organisation alongside their related impacts. Good use of business theory where relevant.

The organisations internal and external influencers are accurately examined and assessed via the application of SWOT and PESTLE analysis tools. Constructive commentary is effectively used to highlight key areas of advantage and/or concern. 

Analyse the concept and theory of globalisation and consider the driving factors such as international business, competition, markets, cost and trade in relation to the BBC. 

Consider the impact of the digital revolution BBC’s business strategy and how lifestyle changes in use of social media are impacting on business practice, distribution systems enabling access to global markets for the BBC.

Attribution of higher grades are associate with:

· evidence of good research and judgements made supported by business theory within all written work

· evidence of wide reading around topics to support conclusions drawn

·effective use of the Harvard referencing format

·good use of spelling, grammar and punctuation throughout all written work

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100%

Assessment Brief 

Assessment Title: PRESENTATION PAPER

Weighting: 25%

Issue Date:20/12/2022

Module Learning Outcomes Addressed: LO1, LO2 and LO4  

Your task is to prepare an Individual Presentation Paper with supporting Notes. 

As an individual you need to select a business organisation of your choice and then research the stakeholders of the business selected. You should analyse the relationship and influence the internal and external stakeholders have on the business practices. 

You will be expected to assess how the business engages with these stakeholders including any benefits of doing this.

The judgments and conclusions you have drawn from your research will form the basis of the Individual Presentation Paper that you will prepare. 

Within the discussion, you will be required to provide a range of supporting evidence including theory from academic texts and examples from the business selected. 

Other relevant assessment information:

·The Individual Presentation Paper and supporting notes should be a Maximum of 10 Power Point Slides with Notes with a total word count of 1,000 words (+/-10%). 

· You will need to include and reference at least 4 different sources including 2 academic textbooks, 1 academic journal to help provide supporting evidence for any assertions that you make within your presentation. 

·Please use credible sources such as textbooks; MarketLine; Statista; Google Scholar etc.

·You must include both a reference list and bibliography.

·The PPT Slides with Notes under the slides should be converted/ exported to a Word/PDF document and submitted Online via Turnitin!

·The completion of your work will satisfy 25% of the assessment for the Business Environment module. 

Issue Date:  20/12/2022

Notes Submission Date: 20/02/2023

Feedback Date: 20/03/2023 

Task

Indicative Content

Marking

Professional Discussion Paper

 

Introduction and background to the business organisation selected. 

20

The review of relevant literatures related to stakeholder analysis and engagement. 

25

An analysis of the relationship and influence of internal and external stakeholders to the business selected. 

25

The conclusions/recommendations drawn and the justification of position adopted. 

20

Business professional approach used through engagement within the presentation

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attribution of higher grades are associate with:

· evidence of good research and judgements made supported by business theory within all written work

· evidence of wide reading around topics to support conclusions drawn

· effective use of the Harvard referencing format

good use of spelling, grammar and punctuation throughout all written work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Grade

100%

 

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