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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 & 2

Organiser: Mrs Laura McKenzie

Overall aims and purpose

1) To provide students with a basic introduction to the study of 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


Grade B

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.


Grade D

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.


Grade A

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

  2. Explain the different types of businesses and of the ways in which businesses are run

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges facing contemporary businesses and their leaders

  4. Demonstrate an understanding around the responsibilities of business and of the need for responsible behaviour

  5. Explain different functions of management in terms of strategic planning, efficiency and the maintenance of high quality and standards of product and service

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CLASS TEST Interim class test

An interim test consisting of short answer questions covering the material covered in the module up to the midterm point. Specific and task relevant assessment criteria.

CASE STUDY Case study report

Students work individually to submit a report based on a case study. Students are assessed individually using specific task relevant assessment criteria.

GROUP PRESENTATION Group presentation

Students work together to prepare and deliver a group presentation which assesses their understanding of the material covered in weeks 1-10. Students are assessed individually using specific task relevant assessment criteria.


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study

Private Study – reading time, preparing and taking assessments


50 hours in seminar style classes – 5 per week over a 10-week term


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


Reading list

Boddy, D. (2017). Management: an introduction. Pearson, 7th edition

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: