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Module BIC-0014:
Management Studies

Module Facts

Run by Marketing: Bangor International College

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1


Overall aims and purpose

1) To provide students with a basic introduction to the study of business and management.

2) To explain the different types of businesses and of business organisation and how to finance a business start-up

3) To illustrate the different approaches to management and various management styles and explain the processes around decision-making in management

4) To help students appreciate the current business context and the challenges facing contemporary business managers

Course content

The main topics covered are:

a) Types of business, ownership and organisation; starting a business and the ways in which a business may be financed

b) Defining and classifying business organisations, contrasting and comparing organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors

c) Issues around business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability

d) Roles and function of management; various approaches to and styles of management and development of different theories of management

e) Organisational structures, strategic planning, financial and quality control

Assessment Criteria


Student has shown a sound basic knowledge of most aspects of the materials and issues studied and has achieved a high enough grade overall to have shown clear suitability for study at undergraduate level.


Student has demonstrated sufficient understanding and knowledge of the topics studied to achieve the lowest level of pass which secures progression onto an undergraduate degree programme.


Student has engaged thoroughly with all aspects of the topics studied and has achieved a strong overall grade which demonstrates a high level of suitability for undergraduate study.

Learning outcomes

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of business types and of financing a business
    1. Explain the different types of businesses and of the ways in which businesses are run
    1. Explain different functions of management in terms of strategic planning, efficiency and the maintenance of high quality and standards of product and service
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges facing contemporary businesses and their leaders
    1. Demonstrate an understanding around the responsibilities of business and of the need for responsible behaviour

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
interim test 30
case study & presentation 70

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study 50
Seminar 50

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team

Subject specific skills

  • Accurately apply business models to show an understanding of efficiency and external pressures to an organisation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the business environment, legal processes and systems


Resource implications for students

Purchase of set text books

Reading list

Bovee, C. and Thill, J. (2005) Business in Action (3rd International Edition) Prentice Hall: New Jersey

Hall, D., Jones R., Raffo, C. and Anderton, A. (2008) Business Studies (4th edition) Causeway Press

Lines, D., Marcouse, I. and Martin, B. (2009) A-Z Business Handbook (6th edition) Philip Allan

Mullins, L.J. (2006) Management and Organisational Behaviour (7th edition) FT Prentice Hall

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: