What I'll learn
The programme aims to provide a balance between provision of information and opportunities to assimilate actively, apply, question, debate and reflect critically.
Teaching and learning strategies include:
- introduce and encourage students to engage in new areas of knowledge while also giving them the opportunity to broaden and deepen their existing knowledge
- encourage students to engage in critical analysis of concepts, theories and practice and to test their analysis against received understandings and practices
- provide the opportunity to acquire practical experience in a range of activities relevant to students’ roles in the business environment from empirical research to presenting their findings
- encourage students to engage in critical reflection.
Please note that as programmes are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from that shown here.
- Dissertation or Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Project*
- Entrepreneurial Business Management
- Managing Quality and Risk
- Enterprise Awareness, Evaluating Opportunities and Creativity
- Managing Careers
- Strategic Management (*subject to interview with the HE Programme Co-ordinator)
How I'll learn
Overall, the programme favours active learning approaches, such as seminar and workshop activities, discussions and problem solving activities rather than a more transmission-based approach focused on lectures and note-taking. Throughout the programme, teaching and learning strategies acknowledge and encourage a range of learning styles.
Throughout the programme, students are given opportunities to:
- participate in lectures, seminars and workshops which develop their knowledge and understanding of issues related to their role in the business environment
- work in groups to examine and discuss issues
- compile portfolios
- work with a wide range of practical resources, including appropriate computer hardware and software
- use e-learning as a tool to support their learning
- participate in 1:1 tutorials
- undertake projects to benefit their existing or potential employers and their own professional development.
Critical to the programme is the opportunity to undertake a Work Based Project or Dissertation. The modules are focussed on the role of entrepreneurs within the business community and students are equipped to be entrepreneurs within an existing business organisation or with the skills to develop their own business. The flexible timetable enables students to remain in employment while undertaking the programme.
The Business strand introduces students initially to the scope and functions of business and gradually develops their understanding of the internal and external environment in which businesses operate. The Enterprise strand takes basic enterprise concepts and theories to a contemporary and practical level and equips students in establishing and developing businesses. It is designed with the underlying principle of blending critical enquiry with practical insight. It provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes appropriate for effective, ethical management roles.
The programme cultivates creative and entrepreneurial approaches and enables students to recognise and fulfil their potential. An example of this is the unique offering of module 307 – Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Project (WBL). This work-based learning module allows students to achieve the learning milestones of the final year whilst engaging in a business start-up.
The Business and Enterprise programme design recognises that some of our entrepreneurs may feel ready to embark on their business start-up before they have reached the end of their degree. On completion of the programme graduates, will have developed the intellectual capacity to gather and evaluate information and use it for effective decision-making, as well as the ability to manage their on-going personal and professional development.
There are four single and two double modules in the programme, all compulsory. The Dissertation and Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Project are compulsory alternatives – you will need to select to undertake one or other of these as a compulsory module.
This programme will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and much sought after entrepreneurial skills required to succeed in business. It is designed to meet the needs of future employment in business in today's changing economic landscape, as well as enable students to progress to the final year of an honours degree in Business and Management at Oxford Brookes University. This is a varied programme which enables you to leave with the skills required to run and manage a small business.
How I'll be assessed
The pattern of assessment is based on the aims, learning outcomes and rationale of the programme. Assessment is concerned particularly with the development and demonstration of students’ knowledge and understanding and their academic development.
The assessment you undergo will be formative and summative:
- FORMATIVE - designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your ongoing development. Formative assessments, such as in class exercises, tests and activities, do not form part of your grade.
- SUMMATIVE - designed to provide a measure of your achievement in respect of your performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study; in other words, the end of module assignments which determine your grades.