Module BIC-1002:
Business Project/Study Skills

Module Facts

Run by Marketing: Bangor International College

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mrs Laura McKenzie

Overall aims and purpose

To encourage students to become active and reflective learners by utilising focussed study on financial systems and markets as a framework for learning. Students will come to understand how financial markets and financial firms like banks affect the economy at large through in-depth research into a related topic of their choice.

To develop and apply academic and study skills to a level effectively preparing students to participate at HE in the UK. This includes the additional skills of synthesising source material, presenting analysis and production of a final extended research essay with bibliography as well as the delivery of a group presentation.

Students will build on the progress they have made in all areas of communication. They will become aware of the expectations of study, the resources available and will use these to engage on a project based learning task.

Course content

Students how to source a wide variety of information from academic sources such as the university library, academic journals and internet sources.

They will gain awareness of note taking skills and the different approaches to achieving this, essay writing skills, learn how to correctly reference and construct a bibliography and develop skills in expressing opinions in a clear and concise manner, both orally and written.

By completing a variety of assessments across the two terms, students will have a chance to practice and demonstrate understanding of these skills before producing a final, written essay encompassing all of the skills learnt during the module.

To help structure their learning, the module will introduce the topics of financial systems and markets, allowing them to develop their skills by using this learning to allow them to identify the area that they would like to study in more detail. An indicative list of topics may include but is not limited to: Money; Interest Rates; Bonds; Stocks; Financial Structure; Bank Management; Bank Regulation; Financial Innovation; Financial Crises; Central Banks; Monetary Policy; Banking Systems.

Assessment Criteria

excellent

Excellent (A- to A*) (70-100%)

Student has demonstrated consistent engagement with all topics and issues studied in the module and attained a grade which shows the ability to study effectively at undergraduate degree level.

threshold

Threshold (D- to D+) (40-49%)

Student has shown sufficient grasp of some of the topics studied to have achieved the lowest level of pass which allows progression onto an undergraduate degree programme.

good

Good (C- to B+) (50-69%)

Student has demonstrated a sound, basic knowledge of most of the topics and issues covered in the module and achieved a grade showing clear suitability for study at undergraduate degree level.

Learning outcomes

  1. Plan and deliver a presentation with a degree of fluency and spontaneity, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and relevant examples.

  2. Work as an independent learner and as part of a group to complete tasks and take responsibility for learning.

  3. Understand the role of financial systems and the impact that financial markets have on wider society by writing an evaluative, in-depth investigation on a pre-agreed topic in conjunction with the tutor.

  4. Understand the university’s referencing system and be able to reference in the correct format to paraphrase, use citations, quotes, and to produce a full and accurate bibliography of academic sources.

  5. Write a clear, detailed essay, synthesizing and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Term 1 - Presentation

Students will select a small-scale topic related to financial markets and systems in agreement with the tutor. A group mark will be awarded, using the quality of their teamwork as an assessment criteria.

25
ESSAY Term 2 - Extended research essay

Building on the learning of both the study skills and the subject content of the previous term, students will select a topic related to financial markets and systems in agreement with the tutor. The topic may or may not be a continuation of the topic selected in the first term presentation. With guidance from the tutor, students will produce an in-depth, extended essay exploring all aspects of their topic and how they have an impact on wider society and other financial systems, thus demonstrating a full set of evaluative skills to produce a detailed and coherent argument.

50
CLASS TEST Term 1 - Interim test

Students are presented with a piece of academic writing that has been incorrectly formatted and referenced. They are tasked with identifying the mistakes throughout and writing a commentary on how the mistakes could be rectified as well as detailing the importance of referencing in academic work.

25

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

5 hours per week. Student will be encouraged to participate in seminar style activities.

100
Private study

Private Study – 100 hours. Students will be expected to spend up to 100 hours over the two semesters in independent study

100

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

Communication – develop the ability to convey own and the ideas of others in clear and coherent ways in both written and spoken ways

Information Technology – Use Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint efficiently and effectively to support learning

Work with others in group work and present formal talks information to larger audiences

Resources

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/bic-1002.html

Reading list

Bell, D (2008). Passport to Academic Presentations. Reading: Garnet Publishing Limited

Fava-Verde, A and Manning, A (2007). University Foundation Study: Essay Writing. Reading: Garnet Publishing Limited

Burns, T. and Sinfield, S. (2012). Essential study skills. 3rd ed. London: Sage

Moore, S, Neville, C, Murphy, M Connolly, C (2010). The Ultimate Study Skills Handbook. Open University Press

Buckle, M (2016) The UK Financial System: Theory and Practice, Fifth Edition Paperback. Manchester University Press

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