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Introductions: Understanding the Business World


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Our Introductions: Understanding the Business World short course will develop your confidence about, and enthusiasm for, working independently and collaboratively to explore topics relevant to the interdisciplinary study of business in higher education. You will develop study skills and learning processes that will contribute to successful undergraduate study, and draw on your life and work experience, alongside academic research and commentary, to investigate some key questions related to the study and practice of business in contemporary societies.

The course also explores technology-enhanced learning and the contribution it can make to your academic and professional development, and you will be introduced to the personal/professional development portfolio, which is a resource through which to reflect on your learning and plan for your ongoing learning development.

Learning outcomes of this course include the ability to:

  • describe key approaches and perspectives relevant to the study of business
  • apply business perspectives to the exploration of a contemporary business case study
  • critically analyse, evaluate and compare sources relevant to the study of business
  • analyse the significance of social/cultural diversity and inequalities for the study of business and for an understanding of your own and others’ experiences of learning development.

Assessment is via a 1200-word critical analysis (25%), 1500-word essay/report (25%), 10-minute oral presentation (25%) and two-hour in-class timed assessment.

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.