BM4111: The Business Environment

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BM4111: The Business Environment

Module Title The Business Environment
Module Code BM4111
Module Tutor Colin Simpson
School Business School
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module aims to analyse the business organisation as an open system and examine the interaction between the organisation and its stakeholders.

Indicative Syllabus

After introducing some elementary concepts of the business organisation, this module examines the interaction between the external environment and business organisations with a focus on financial accounting, particularly the balance sheet, income statement and financial ratios. Students will also consider a range of external influences on the organisation by examining the political, legal, economic and socio-cultural environmental factors at the international, national and industry levels.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:

  1. Identify an organisation’s purpose, its stakeholders and the basic principles of its governance. (PLO1,3)
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the interface between the organization and its environment, the role of uncertainty and the impact that the environment has on management decisions. (PLO1,4)
  3. Analyse and interpret an organisation's financial performance (PLO1, 2,3,4)
  4. Research and synthesise material from a range of sources (PLO4,5,6)
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 30% Coursework: Group work, presentation: 400 words or equivalent
002: 70% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1500 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements

Marks for each individual student in group work will be adjusted based on the individual student’s overall contribution. The approximate word count contribution per individual for the group work is 400 words (or equivalent) and may vary depending on the number of individuals per group.

Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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