Introduction to Business and Management
Number of credits: 40
Entry requirements: None
1. To develop in students an enthusiasm for studying business and Introduction to Business and Management
2. To provide students with a sound knowledge of the key principles and concepts on which business, Introduction to Business and Management and finance practice are based.
3. To make students aware of the role of corporate governance in organisations and the ethical issues faced by organisations and the individuals in them.
4. To gain an holistic understanding of business and organisations.
5. To encourage students to engage critically with theory, by generating creative solutions to business problems and issues presented as case studies and by evaluating theory in extended pieces of writing.
6. Students will also have opportunities to demonstrate the skills necessary to study effectively at Henley Business School including decision making, problem solving, challenging assumptions and quantifying and managing information.
Intended learning outcomes
By the completion of this module students will be able to:
Identify, describe, analyse and evaluate the general objectives of business and the context in which it operates
Describe and assess the functions and tasks that businesses perform in order to meet their objectives
Describe and discuss the nature, characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of different forms of business and organisational structure
Describe, analyse and evaluate the purpose of financial information produced by businesses, the role that the finance function plays in business and sources of finance available to businesses
Handle quantitative data in order to provide information suitable for Introduction to Business and Management planning, decision making and control
Describe and explain the role that governance and ethics plays in the Introduction to Business and Management of businesses and explain how a business might promote corporate governance, sustainability, corporate responsibility and an ethical culture
Describe and explain the impact on a business of the environment in which it operates
Apply the above knowledge and understanding to analyse and evaluate case based examples
Students will also be able to demonstrate an improvement in their ability to think critically, to organise their thoughts logically, and to argue persuasively.
The module will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops (practicals) and seminars (discussions or presentations). Tutorials allow students to work through examples at their own pace.