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Are you interested in a degree apprenticeship in management? You may be just starting your career or maybe you are looking to take your first step into a leadership role. Would you like to develop the knowledge and skills to become a competent manager and leader in the workplace?

Northumbria University is working with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a range of leading employers to deliver a fully funded work-based apprenticeship in Business Leadership and Management Practice. This new programme is designed for employees. It combines relevant on-the-job experience with up-to-date academic thinking and research rich learning. This professional career development route will advance your personal and professional knowledge as well as your ability to develop yourself and manage others.

Northumbria ranks 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Admin Studies graduates 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Much of the learning will be integrated into your day-to-day work, enabling you to make an impact from the start. An approach designed to make the best use of your emerging leadership skills and enhance your prospects for promotion after completing your programme.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. 

*Please note: You cannot apply for this course directly, please speak to the Programme Leader. To see a list of employers offering degree apprenticeships, please click here.

Admission to this programme requires that you are employed as an apprentice and that your employer has signed an agreement with the University.  If an agreement needs to be established please ask your employer to contact degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk.  An offer to join the course can only be made once the agreement is in place.

Are you interested in a degree apprenticeship in management? You may be just starting your career or maybe you are looking to take your first step into a leadership role. Would you like to develop the knowledge and skills to become a competent manager and leader in the workplace?

Northumbria University is working with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a range of leading employers to deliver a fully funded work-based apprenticeship in Business Leadership and Management Practice. This new programme is designed for employees. It combines relevant on-the-job experience with up-to-date academic thinking and research rich learning. This professional career development route will advance your personal and professional knowledge as well as your ability to develop yourself and manage others.

Northumbria ranks 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Admin Studies graduates 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Much of the learning will be integrated into your day-to-day work, enabling you to make an impact from the start. An approach designed to make the best use of your emerging leadership skills and enhance your prospects for promotion after completing your programme.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. 

*Please note: You cannot apply for this course directly, please speak to the Programme Leader. To see a list of employers offering degree apprenticeships, please click here.

Admission to this programme requires that you are employed as an apprentice and that your employer has signed an agreement with the University.  If an agreement needs to be established please ask your employer to contact degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk.  An offer to join the course can only be made once the agreement is in place.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years part-time

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

 

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship framework has been developed in collaboration with representatives from employers, the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the Chartered Management Institute.

This innovative degree programme meets the current and future needs of students and employers. It will ensure that the apprentice develops the business, management and leadership knowledge, professional skills and personal behaviours required to become a fully qualified Chartered Manager. Our apprenticeship builds upon our experience and reputation in delivering high quality work-based leadership and management programmes in partnership with organisations across all sectors, here in the UK and internationally. Our programme will seek to:

• Develop personal and professional management and leadership competence, commercial acumen and digital literacy.

• Build future capability at all levels in your organisation.

• Drive innovation through the application of cutting-edge business knowledge to create performance improvements in your business.

How does it work

In partnership with Northumbria University, your organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time (for at least 30 hours a week) in your workplace, and will be supported through learning at work, training and study to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

The programme will be delivered over three - four years and learning will include a range of delivery opportunities including day release and work-based learning. Timely face-to-face contact will be essential and all learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to students remotely.

Both apprentice and their line manager will be supported by university staff throughout the programme. This will include access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their own manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the apprenticeship all assessments are work-based including student projects; they can be based on the context and activity of your organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance your productivity and business performance.

In order to complete the programme the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills and knowledge required during their workplace training. They will also have to take an end-point assessment in order to achieve their apprenticeship.

Northumbria’s Apprenticeship programme will build upon our innovative and work-based approach to learning, by designing a programme that integrates theory with practice. We will use work-based modules to connect the learning to practical experience.There is also the opportunity to develop a customised CMDA programme for a large organisation or group of employers which would enable us to contextualise the content and offer a more flexible approach to programme design and delivery to meet the specific needs of your organisation.

 

Fees and Funding

An apprentice has full-time employment status rather than student status.  Apprentices do not pay for training costs as these are covered by the employer, however please note apprentices are not entitled to apply for any Student Finance. 

Employers Funding 

Levy Payers:

Since April 2017 all employers with a payroll of over £3 million automatically pay an Apprenticeship Levy. The levy is set at a rate of 0.5% of the total pay bill minus a £15K allowance. Levy payments may be used by the employer within a 24-month period to cover apprenticeship training costs.

As a business paying the levy you will report to HMRC through the PAYE process. Once you have declared the levy to HMRC, you will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through a new apprenticeship service account. The online service account will give you the opportunity to select the apprenticeship programme, choose the training provider and advertise apprenticeship vacancies.

The Government will apply a 10% top‑up to the levy funds on apprenticeship training in England. The top-up monthly amount will be paid at the same time the funds enter your apprenticeship service account. That means for every £1 that enters your account to spend in England on apprenticeship training, you receive £1.10 in return.

Non‑levy Payers:

Employers with a salary bill of under £3m (such as many SMEs) are not subject to the levy and will be able to access funding to cover 90% (and in some cases 100%) of the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment. Northumbria University is pleased to announce that we have been awarded this government funding and so are able to offer places on all our programmes to non-levy paying employers, although these places may be limited in number.

 

Fees: 

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship or to explore signing an agreement with the university please contact our Business Development team who will be happy to discuss options further with you. 

Email: degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk 

Tel: 0191 227 3251

Recruitment Process

You will have complete control over whom you choose to support on the apprenticeship programme, assuming the candidates meet the academic entry requirements. Full details on the entry requirements for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship can be found below. 

We can support your recruitment process and we also understand that you may have employees currently working within your organisation with relevant experience and potential and the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship can be a great way of developing and retaining this talent. Therefore, we also offer a non-standard entry route for people who do not meet the standard qualification requirements, but who have relevant, sufficient work experience.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship further please contact our Business Development team who will be happy to help.

 

Email: degree.apprenticeships@northumbria.ac.uk 

Tel: 0191 227 3251

Your apprenticeship degree takes place across the campus and the workplace. University-based learning is delivered by a team of academics who draw on their professional and academic specialisms to support your learning.  In the workplace, you will be supported by a mentor and colleagues to develop an in depth understanding of the day-to-day workings of the business.

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK.  We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business contributed to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

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As a degree apprentice you will spend the majority of your time in the workplace, analysing current practice and working on projects that will be valuable for both your studies and your employer.

This on-the-job learning will be complemented by a range of classroom and online activities including tutor-led interactive workshops designed to deliver practical skills and industry knowledge to support your professional development. The university will provide you with a professional coach to support your learning, who will meet with you and your workplace mentor on a quarterly basis to bridge the gap between work and study.

There are no examinations. Assessments – which include reports, presentations, a business case analysis, drafting policies, and a major project – have been designed around the workplace to enable you to relate academic theory and knowledge directly to your current role and organisation and provide a real world context.

Typically, apprentices attend university one day per week, or 2-3 day study blocks on an in-house programme. However, experienced managers may be able to start at stage 2 or 3.

 

*Employers and/or potential apprentices should contact the University direct for further information.

As a degree apprentice we recognise you will be balancing study with employment so we want to help you manage your individual learning in line with your work commitments. You will also participate in a peer learning set facilitated by academic staff to support your learning throughout your programme.  

On campus, you will have access to the University’s exceptional facilities including social spaces, IT facilities and lecture theatres. You will also have access to the 24/7 University Library, which achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

For the days when you are off-campus, our technology enhanced learning (TEL) facilities provide access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals. 

Attendance at tutor-led sessions is very important, however as an employee, we appreciate you may unavoidably miss an occasional taught class.  Summary video and podcasts will normally be available for lectures and taught sessions to help bridge any gaps. 


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Research skills are a core element of the learning process. Research tutored and research led activities are embedded into each module through a mixture of directed learning activities in workshops and seminars.

Research based learning will be introduced in the Business Research Methods and Analysis module and your critical thinking developed further in Judgement and Decision Making. You will conduct your own research into organisational practice e.g. in producing a HR policy in your Managing People module and develop the skills to carry out primary and secondary research in your Professional Development Module.

As you progress through the course you will increase the development of your reflective practice and academic rigour. The combined skills and knowledge will culminate in the completion of your final Work Based Project. 

Given that you’ll have a job throughout the course, the emphasis of the apprenticeship is on improving your prospects within your workplace and making you a more valuable employee. The course focuses on deepening your understanding of business, developing your personal skills and your leadership potential.

You will graduate an independent thinker with the ability to apply your knowledge to complex problems and identify appropriate solutions. You will be an effective communicator with the attitudes and skills to work constructively and sensitively in a range of environments.

For the duration of the course, you will also become an ‘Affiliate’ member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and have access to a range of membership support and benefits. Successful graduates will receive a dual award including a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

The Degree Apprenticeship was co-designed by employers to ensure graduates are equipped with the skills needed in the workplace both now and into the future. Successful graduate apprentices will also have the opportunity to apply for CMI Chartered Manager (CMgr) status.

As this is a new route no-one has yet graduated; however, students from our full time course typically go on to work as managers, directors and senior officials (40%), and business and public service associate professionals (25%) according to Unistats 2015.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should be employees or have access to organisational experience in order to enable them to apply theoretical concepts to their personal and professional experience.

The ability to benefit from Northumbria University programmes is assessed on a combination of academic and personal qualities which can be demonstrated in a number of ways.  Successful completion of a GCE or VCE Advanced level course of study (or some other equivalent qualification) is just one way.  Students who can in other ways demonstrate their ability to benefit from a Northumbria University programme, in particular mature students without formal qualifications will always be considered and are invited to contact the admissions tutor to discuss their application.

Applicants should use the personal statement on their application to illustrate their abilities, aptitudes, skills, qualifications and experiences which might be taken into account as well as or instead of any of the formal qualifications listed below.  It is University policy to recognise a wide variety of evidence, and potential applicants may wish to discuss this aspect of their application with the admission tutor.

GCSE Requirements:
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Scottish Highers:
BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:
BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

HR9407 -

Personal Development and Professional Competence (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in setting the foundation for your personal and professional development as an existing or aspiring manager. We will introduce you to the learning approach that will be adopted throughout the programme and the way in which this suite of modules will support your application of learning from all modules into your professional practice in the workplace. Through engaging in the workshop sessions and the associated learning activities, you will develop your self-awareness and self-management, interpersonal skills and your abilities in working with others. The module will also strengthen your capacity as an independent and work-based learner. The broad areas covered by this module include:

• Developing self-awareness and self-management
• Learning approaches and ownership of personal development
• Interpersonal skills
• Team dynamics and team working

Underpinned by theoretical concepts and models and providing opportunities for skills practice, you will develop your management knowledge and skills and demonstrate this through using your workplace practice to evidence your enhanced personal and professional skills. This module will support you in creating a personal and professional development plan or learning contract that will adapt and develop throughout the programme as you develop new skills and knowledge. By engaging in self and social development processes, identifying personal and professional development needs and gathering examples of your practice in the workplace, you will be able to evidence your development journey throughout the programme.

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HR9411 -

Understanding organisations and management (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is intended to underpin the theories and approaches you will encounter in your future studies at Levels 5 and 6. It will provide you with an introduction to organisational behaviour, and the changing practices of organising and managing. This will support exploration of leadership and management styles; the dynamics and politics of personal interactions, power, and Influence. You will consider individual motivation, job satisfaction, and work engagement. You will gain a broad understanding of the influence of organisational and international cultures. This will include an appreciation of organisational ethics and values, and building rapport and trust.

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NX9415 -

Work Based Learning Professional Development 1 (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in developing and implementing a work based learning (WBL) plan for your individual continuing professional development (CPD). This will underpin your development as an independent and self-directed work-based learner and provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required for you to outline and negotiate a detailed WBL plan to be implemented for, through and at work. The focus of your WBL plan should be on developing your management competence and or knowledge in the context of the specific skills and or knowledge required to operate effectively within your particular sector or organisation. This could include a range of components including for example: work based training, online modules, work projects; secondary data based investigations, best practice and benchmarking reviews, credited CPD programmes, customised modules for your own organisation or programme. The WBL contract will be individually negotiated between yourself and your workplace and academic coaches, and approved by the module tutor.

Through engaging in the workshop sessions and the associated learning activities, you will develop your confidence and self-management as a work based learner, enhancing your personal planning skills and your abilities in transferring learning into improving your professional practice and working with others. The broad areas covered by this module include:

WBL Planning
WBL Objectives
Contracting a WBL Agreement
Approaches to WBL Transfer
WBL Evaluation and Review

Underpinned by theoretical concepts and models and providing opportunities for skills practice, you will develop your management knowledge and competence and demonstrate this through using opportunities within your workplace to develop and evidence your sector specific enhanced professional skills. This module will support you in creating a professional WBL development plan that will extend your sector/organisation knowledge and practice that will provide a foundation for support your future development on the programme.

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NX9423 -

Understanding academic skills for work-based learning (Core, 0 Credits)

Entering higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will explore the underpinning skills, which support academic study and which thereby, support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of creating effective business reports and delivering verbal and written presentations.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through learning about your own preferred approach to learning, the conventions of academic writing and wider communication skills, how to source appropriate information to support your studies through ethical primary and secondary research, and the development of critical reading and writing.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• NU approach to Research Rich Learning and Teaching
• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence learning
• Managing study – appropriate management of yourself, and your projects and tasks
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Effective reading and note-taking skills
• Academic Writing – how to write effective academic assignments, in a range of different genres
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Developing criticality – the use of criticality to support the development of an independent voice
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in study and research
• Introduction to business research skills and methods
• Digital Portfolio Building - Pebble Plus

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NX9443 -

Global Business Environment and Functions (Core, 40 Credits)

This Module addresses the environment in which business organisations operate and introduces the key functions in an organisation. The module will typically draw from the following themes:

Introduction to the Global Business Environment
• Global Business Environment
• Macro-economics
• Commercial context for organisations
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Stakeholders and shareholders

Accounting and Finance
• The purpose of accounting information
• Users of accounting information
• Accounting for business transactions
• Key accounting statements
• Interpretation of Financial Information
• Using financial information to support management decisions
• Sources of finance
• Resource planning through budgeting planning and control systems

Human Resource Management
• The purpose and objectives of human resource management in organisations
• The value of effective human resource management for businesses and employees
• Recruitment and Selection
• Training and Development
• Reward Management
• Performance Appraisal
• Employee Relations
• Health and Safety

Operations Management
• The purpose and objectives of operations management
• Operations as a transformational process
• Design: product/service, process, and location, layout and flow
• Deliver: supply, capacity, planning and inventory
• Develop: quality and improvement
• Procurement and Contracting
• Legal requirements around procurement and contracting

Marketing
• Relationship-based marketing
• The marketing concept and its relevance in the modern organisation
• Developing an effective marketing mix
• Consumer and organisational buyer behaviour
• Marketing research and information systems
• Market segmentation and positioning
• Marketing mix decisions within a variety of organisational and market contexts

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NX9470 -

Business Research Methods and Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)

This module introduces your learning in a research rich learning environment. It outlines the nature and value of research within organisations, and you will develop the knowledge and skills to apply a variety of qualitative and quantitative analytical methods and tools to support business research and decision-making. The module is delivered using workshops, in which key knowledge will be addressed and you will be provided with the opportunity to develop your skills in conducting research and analysing data.

Within this module, you will cover a range of topics, including:

• Introduction to University learning resources
• The value of a research rich approach as a means of enhancing your learning and informing organisational and personal practice
• Using academic theory, models, principles and frameworks to help understand and inform organisational and personal practice
• Engaging with academic literature and published research outputs
• Academic Writing
• Ethics issues in research
• Qualitative research methods – interviewing and observation, analysing qualitative data
• Quantitative research methods – data collection and statistical analysis, comprising data types, sampling, questionnaire design and coding, survey dissemination, data presentation and summary, correlation and regression analysis, time series forecasting.


You will develop your understanding of research methods as a means of informing how you may conduct research within your organisation. Furthermore, you will be encouraged to consider your role as a researcher and the ethical considerations in the research process. You will develop skills regarding the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of techniques for use in modelling, analysis and interpretation of business problems. You will become aware of the role of modelling as an aid to business problem solving. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the role of MS Excel as an aid to data analysis and the development of various business problem-solving models. Through addressing these themes, you will also learn the significance of research proposals as well as how to structure them.

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HR9515 -

Developing Management Effectiveness (Core, 20 Credits)

This module continues to support your personal and professional development and follows on from the stage one module. In this module you will focus specifically on developing core management skills and understanding the theories, concepts and models that underpin those skills. You will work on further enhancing your personal effectiveness by focusing on how you work effectively with others, through collaborating, influencing, and negotiating. You will learn about building trust and rapport with others, using coaching skills as a manager, giving and receiving feedback, having performance conversations, delegation and the importance of networks.

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HR9518 -

Managing People (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will develop your understanding of the role of line managers in managing and developing individuals in work organisation. It will introduce you to both theory and practice of human resource management. This will include an overview of the legal and regulatory context of managing people including diversity, equity and equality. You will explore and evaluate good practice in relation to, for example, talent management, recruitment and selection, performance management, reward, and appraisal. You will consider the role of managers in leading for high performance of individuals and teams that encourages learning and creativity. This will include strategies for creating a positive work environment that encourages participation and engagement with concern for building trust and ethical and responsible behaviours.

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NX9522 -

Work Based Learning Professional Development 2 (Core, 20 Credits)

This module continues to support you in developing and implementing a work based learning (WBL) plan for your individual continuing professional development (CPD) and follows on from your stage one module. This will deepen and extend your development as an independent and self-directed WB learner and provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required for you to outline and negotiate a detailed WBL plan to be implemented for, through and at work. The focus of your WBL plan should be on developing further your management competence and or knowledge in the context of the specific skills and or knowledge required to operate effectively within your particular sector or organisation. You could review and build upon the WBL plan agreed in the previous module to extend and deepen the scope and or focus of your sectoral professional knowledge and practice. Alternatively, you should also consider formulating a plan that supports you in exploring an area of sector and or organisational specific knowledge or practice that may provide the initial groundwork for informing the potential focus of your final year work based project. This could include a range of components including for example: work based training, online modules, work projects, secondary data based investigations, best practice and benchmarking reviews, credited CPD programmes, customised modules for your own organisation or programme.

Through engaging in the workshop sessions and the associated learning activities, you will develop your confidence and self-management as a work based learner, enhancing your personal planning skills and your abilities in transferring learning into improving your professional practice and working with others.

Underpinned by theoretical concepts and models and providing opportunities for skills practice, you will develop your management knowledge and competence and demonstrate this through using opportunities within your workplace to develop and evidence your sector specific enhanced professional skills. This module will support you in creating a WBL plan that will extend your sector/organisation knowledge and practice that will provide a foundation for supporting your future development on the programme.

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NX9530 -

Developing academic skills for work-based learning (Core, 0 Credits)

Entering higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will consider the underpinning skills which support academic study, and which thereby support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of effective business communication and related research.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through developing your understanding of your preferred styles of learning, as well as considering the academic requirements for appropriate research, communication, and criticality, as well as ethical research.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• NU approach to Research Rich Learning and Teaching
• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence learning
• Managing study and projects – appropriate management of yourself, and your projects and tasks
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting secondary research
• Effective reading and note-taking skills
• Academic Writing – how to write effective academic assignments and research reports, in a range of different genres
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Developing criticality – the use of criticality to support your academic voice, and to assess secondary sources and primary data
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in study and research and NU Ethics in Research policy and approach
• Digital Portfolio Building - Pebble PLUS

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NX9536 -

Digital Business (Core, 20 Credits)

Throughout this module, you consider the opportunities and challenges posed by doing business in an increasingly digital domain. This module is designed to give you an understanding of how using online channels impacts upon different parts of the organisation, and will in particular focus upon 3 core areas of business:

Digital Business Strategy: You will develop an understanding of the cost structures associated with using digital channels, different business models (including omni and multiple channel business strategies), distance issues around serving global markets and implications in terms of taxation and service delivery.

Marketing: In this part of the module you will consider changing consumer media consumption and behaviour; social media and m-commerce; customer relationship building in an online context, digital brand communities and performance metrics (e.g. web analytics).

Supply Chain Management and Information Systems: You will also develop an appreciation of the role of supply chains in serving global markets, by addressing issues such as the application of various systems to facilitate digital transactions. In addition, you will consider how different types of information systems can support decision making.

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NX9540 -

Innovation (Core, 20 Credits)

• Recognise the foundations of innovation, service and organisational improvements
• Discriminate between new product, new process, and new service design/development
• Understand the diffusion of innovation
• Identifying enablers and barriers to innovation
• The role of varied stakeholders in the innovation process (co-creation)
• Particular focus on understanding and delivering creative solutions to stakeholder and organisational needs (and potential/future needs)
• Consider the impact of ethical, cultural, and responsible innovation on organisation performance

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NX9544 -

Judgement and Decision Making (Core, 20 Credits)

Little affects our lives more than the quality of the decisions we make. In a business context, effective decision making is likely to have a significant impact on the performance of an organisation and managers are responsible for not only the quality of their own decisions, but also for influencing and managing the environment in which others make decisions.

On this module you will learn about the importance of decision-making and the type of information which can be used to support decision makers. This will involve studying techniques which can be used to evaluate business projects, as well as considering how cognitive and behavioural influences may impact on judgement and decision making.

In addressing these issues the topics you will study will be drawn from the following themes:


• The importance of the decision-making process in managing organisational performance.
• Relevant information to support decision making
• Using financial models to inform business decisions.
• The implications of risk and uncertainty for decision making.
• Behavioural and cognitive influences on judgement and decision making

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BM9606 -

Project Management (Core, 20 Credits)

From both a practical and theoretical view, you will learn to think about what project management means, the process of project management and how to manage projects by using a number of professional project management methods such as project charters, benefits realisation, work-breakdown structures, and scheduling techniques. Within this module the main topics covered (incorporating the knowledge areas outlined by the globally recognised ‘A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge’ PMBOK®) include:

• Identifying project requirements
• Addressing the various needs and expectations of the relevant social groups as a project is planned and carried out
• Setting and maintaining active communication with relevant social groups
• Sustainable project management and addressing competing project constraints such as scope, quality, schedule, budget, resources and risk.

The module will develop your professional skills and confidence in managing projects using various techniques and drawing on your academic study of contemporary project management literature. You will explore a range of approaches plus alternative views in order to challenge assumptions and identify ways to make project management more meaningful and sustainable. You will become aware of the role of professional techniques and methodologies as an aid to managing projects. Alongside this practical learning, you will develop critical understanding of the importance of integrating social and ethical criteria into project planning and operation.

On completing the module, you will be able to utilise appropriate professional project management techniques. You will have developed a blend of technical skills with reflective, social knowledge to support the theoretical material introduced throughout the module.

Completion of the module also provides eligibility for entrance to the ‘Certified Associate of Project Management’ examination. This is a credential offered by the globally recognised Project Management Institute provided the candidate has at least 24 hours of formal project management education.

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HR9619 -

Leading for Business Impact (Core, 20 Credits)

This module continues to support your personal and professional development and follows on from the stage two module. In this module you will focus specifically on developing your leadership capability. You will be introduced to the key theories, concepts and models that underpin positive leadership impact. You will work on building leadership skills through conducting a self-analysis of your leadership strengths and development needs and through engaging in a 360-degree feedback process. You will learn about your own authenticity and impact on others, emotional and social intelligence, building and motivating teams, inclusivity and cross cultural leadership, and building resilience for change and transitions.

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Leadership for Responsible Change (Core, 20 Credits)

This module critically explores managing and leading positive and responsible change within work organisations. While the focus is on planned approaches to changes, you will also develop an appreciation of emergent change through exploration of a range of concepts, models, and theoretical frameworks. You will compare and contrast types of change and processes to participatory change and stakeholder inclusion and engagement. You will also consider impacts of change on individuals and issues of resilience and sustainability.

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Applying academic and research skills for work-based learning (Core, 0 Credits)

Entering higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will develop the underpinning skills which support independent study and research, and which thereby support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of undertaking business related communications and research.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through applying criticality and communication skills, secondary and primary research and the development to new knowledge.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence research and communication approaches
• Research rich learning and teaching
• Managing academic projects – how to plan effectively and appropriately
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Academic Writing – in particular the presentation of research, and the development of critical literature reviews
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Presentation skills – in particular the persuasive presentation of research
• Developing criticality – the critical analysis of both secondary sources and primary data, and of your own independent research
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in your own and other’s research and NU Ethics Policy
• Digital Portfolio Building - Building your Portfolio of Practice using Pebble Plus

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Work-Based Project (Core, 40 Credits)

This module provides an opportunity for you to investigate into a work-related issue, practicing research skills through engaging in a research project. Through studying this module you will develop a wide range of inter-personal, intellectual and practical (functional) skills. You will increase your awareness of the workplace as a learning environment and enhance your individual effectiveness and employability, whilst also contributing to the organisation’s development and effectiveness through change.

The project will draw upon your learning across the programme: to identify a business, management or leadership issue relevant to your organisation and design and conduct an appropriate investigation into this issue. The project will focus on a work-based issue and develop your skills in:

• the diagnosis of problems
• identifying project objectives
• project planning
• project management
• development of strategies to address problems
• data collection
• data analysis
• addressing ethical issues in research
• drawing supportable conclusions from data analysis
• limitations of the research process
• presentation techniques

You will be expected to demonstrate that appropriate ethical, commercial confidentiality and data protection issues are taken into consideration from an organisational, individual perspective by adhering to University Ethical Guidelines. Furthermore you will also engage in reflection on the learning derived from carrying out the project.

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Strategy (Core, 20 Credits)

The module will enable you to extend your knowledge of management practice, particularly in the area of strategic thinking, and to employ your intellectual and practical skills in an organisational context.

In doing so your learning will focus on themes addressing the following broad issues:
• The impact on organisations of the external environment: macro-environment, industry, markets.
• The strategic choices available to organisations to improve strategic position and promote commercial success.
• The alignment of strategic directions with the corporate social responsibility and ethics framework

This module is intended to develop your awareness and critical evaluation of strategic management by assessing the impact of the business environment on organisations. The nature of practising strategy will be evaluated by reviewing the tools and activities involved when formulating strategies. The concept of corporate social responsibility and sustainability will be central when discussing the above topics by assessing the role of stakeholders in organisations.

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