AP2SB1-Business Management

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: AP1SB1 Introduction to Management
Non-modular pre-requisites: Must take this module if want to take AP3EB1 Business Strategy
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Georgios Gadanakis

Email: g.gadanakis@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module, building on material given in AP1SB1, aims to consider:
•Specification of management problems for selection of appropriate tools and techniques
•Application of particular tools and techniques to management problems
•Analytical skills applied to management problems using particular tools and techniques
•Presentation of the application of management tools and techniques to business problems

Develop a deep understanding of the different classifications of management tools, key business, knowledge and analytical skills required to deal with challenges in a fast growing and changing business environment. Contemporary organisations and companies require graduates to be equipped with skills for fast and successful decision making, project design and able to demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following:
•To be able to plan projects and enable the evaluation of objectives
•To be able to control and evaluate the performance of projects
•Develop skills enabling the specification of management problems for selection of appropriate tools and techniques (network analysis, critical path analysis, stakeholder analysis, flow charts, Gantt charts, etc.)
•Presentation of the application of management tools and techniques to business problems
•Presentation skills - developing skills in discussion
•Analytical thinking - developing numeric, literacy, reasoning and appraisal skills

Additional outcomes:
•Work both independently and in a team
•Appropriate use of information technologies
•Think creatively and identify trends in data to enable decision making/ development of an argument
•Improve time management and organisational skills.

Outline content:
Subjects covered will include the following:
•Classifications of management tools and techniques
•Network and systems analysis
•Gant charts, scheduling, critical path analysis
•Decision analysis – risk and uncertainty, payoff matrices
•SWOT, PEST and Porter’s Five Forces
•Tools and techniques for people management –negotiation skills
•Stakeholder analysis
•Tools for brainstorming.
For some students this will provide pre-requisite knowledge for more advanced teaching in Part 3; for others, a grounding in business techniques.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Methods of delivery:
•Lectures - incorporating in-class assignments and discussion
•Directed learning - reflecting on your experience and assignments.
Lectures will include exercises to reinforce and apply management theory. Students will be expected to present their thoughts on selected aspects of the module through discussions, short written reports and other methods.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Class test administered by School 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Class test is a short-answer paper.

Formative assessment methods:
At the beginning of the autumn term students will be asked to install to their Android/Windows/iOS devises the “Socrative” student app. This is used for in class quizzes, open questions, group competitions and instant feedback. The app enables the user to present graphs and instant reports. This will enable further understanding and also will allow the instructor to evaluate and assess learning techniques and methods.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    An examination paper.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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