NX9627 - Developing Academic Skills for Business and Management

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What will I learn on this module?

This module has been designed to help you develop and enhance your academic skills in the context of business and management. This module will help you understand and enhance your academic writing skills, develop your critical thinking ability and enable you to understand research and how to use academic journal articles. You will also develop your vocabulary and have a greater understanding of how to apply theory to practice within the specific context of business and management. The topics covered on this module will include:
• Academic writing skills;
• Understanding learning styles;
• Working in teams;
• Enhancing critical thinking an writing skills;
• Developing a literature review;
• Understanding research and the effective use of journal articles.
All of these areas considered in the context of business and management so you will develop your knowledge about the theory and practice of international business management and be skilful in the use of professional and managerial techniques and processes.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn on this module through a variety of techniques to enable you to develop your understanding and consider the implications in the context of business and management. Lectures will be used to go through the theory and seminars will be used to ensure you have understood the content. An interactive approach to lecture sessions will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participant’s own experiences. You will also learn through a variety of case studies allowing you to link theory and practice, with the length of the case studies increasing throughout the semester to support you on your learning journey. You will learn by undertaking independent study and directed reading on the areas covered week by week; resources for this will be indicated through the eLearning site and will support your learning experience.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from tutors during small group seminar tasks and this will be reinforced with short tests and quizzes available on the eLearning portal. The eLearning portal will also provide support for directed learning with a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and the use of the discussion board.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to use effective academic skills when exploring business and management issues.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. You will be able to critically analyse academic resources in the field of business and management and synthesise them to produce a literature review.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
3. You will be able to critically reflect upon your own skills to inform your personal development planning.
4. You will be able to demonstrate your critical thinking skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through two methods of assessment:

For Assessment one (50%) you will undertake a critical review of a journal article, you will choose the journal article from a selection provided by the module tutor.
Address MLOs: 1. & 2.

For Assessment Two (50%) you will prepare an individual presentation that will be delivered in week 10 of your programme, which will focus upon a review of the literature on a contemporary business and management issue of your choice.
Addresses MLOs:

Formative assessment will take place in seminar activities.





Module abstract

Developing Academic skills for Business and Management has been designed to develop your academic skills to support your current studies at Level 6 and future studies at postgraduate level. Successful completion of this module (alongside NX9628) will enable you to progress onto our MSC Business with programmes. You will enhance your academic writing skills, develop your critical thinking ability, understand the role of research and understand how to effectively use academic journals, all within the context of business and management. This module will adopt an interactive approach, drawing upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experiences so that on completion of the module you will have a clearer understanding about the expectations of academic writing and skills and understand how to apply theory to practice within business and management.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 semester

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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