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BSc International Business with German

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

BSc International Business with German

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

IBU-BSC-MM

UCAS Code

N2R2

JACS Code

N100 (DESCR) 67

Criteria for Admissions

GCE A-level:
ABB plus GCSE Mathematics grade B. A Level must include German

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Major Honours

Length of Programme

4 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

480

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Queen's Management School

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Business and Management (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor James Cunningham

Northumbria University

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

Yes Most UG degrees are classified as 10:30:60. All International Business with a Language degrees have University permission to be classified as follows: Stage 1 – 10% Stage 2 – 20% Placement Year – 10% Stage 3 – 60%

Programme Specific Regulations

Awards, Credits and Progression of Learning Outcomes
Examinations
Students must pass at least 320 CATS points from the taught modules of the degree programme as well as 120 CATS points for the placement programme to be awarded an Honours degree.

Stage 1
Students will be allowed to proceed from Stage 1 to Stage 2 only when they have passed all Stage 1 modules.

Stage 2
Students will be allowed to proceed from Stage 2 to placement when they have passed modules to the value of at least 80 CATS points. This must include the language module/s. All remaining modules must be attempted in the August supplementary examining period,
Students are only permitted to undertake one placement or study abroad year. This must be a minimum of nine months duration.

Placement Year
Students will be expected to undertake a placement abroad in either a business environment or a business school (or equivalent). This will be managed by the School of Management with approval formally given by the School as to the suitability of each placement. The corresponding module for this placement year (MGT3002 International Professional Development) worth 120 CATS points must be passed before students can progress to Stage 3. Thus, students are expected to be in Belfast during the supplementary exam period in August in order to complete the assessment for this module.

Students with protected characteristics

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Within the context of striving towards the University’s vision, this degree programme aims to:

Provide effective systems of learning, academic guidance and pastoral support to encourage the academic, intellectual and personal development of students

Provide students with a broad, analytical and highly integrated study of Business and Management through the study of modules focused on business management, accounting, economics and international business.

Provide students with fluency in German and knowledge of the political, social, cultural and economic environments of those countries where German is the primary language.

Develop students' knowledge and skills base in ways which inter alia will enhance their employment opportunities

Through the placement year provide students with a high quality work or study experience offering them the opportunity to bridge the gap between study at university and the international business environment.

Maintain a supportive working environment in which there is respect for social and cultural differences and openness, fairness, and equality of opportunity in relation to selection, learning assessment and support

Cultivate in students a range of linguistic skills and a clear awareness of a foreign language and its application and cultural setting as a basis both for employment in the UK and overseas and for personal development.

Promote student learning in the German language, in a broad-based and structured curricula which reflect the cumulative nature of language study and integrate research and teaching.

Enable students to develop advanced linguistic skills, which are informed by general language awareness, specialist financial intercultural competence and high levels of critical thinking.

Further students' knowledge of the cultures and societies in which German is spoken, and thereby to foster a lifelong interest in the language and the German-speaking world.

Provide a supportive and stimulating learning environment which enables learners to fulfil their potential and to develop a capacity for motivated independent learning

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Problem solving

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between programme levels. Across the Management modules a strong emphasis is placed not only on providing students with a theoretical understanding of the subject area but also in terms of developing critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of ideas and material. Modules with a quantitative element place a particular emphasis on problem solving and logical reasoning. In addition, key elements of management, economics and accounting modules are the promotion of independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation. Self-assessment and reflection are developed particularly in the placement module.

Methods of Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used to enhance cognitive skills including tutorial submissions; group and individual presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations for some modules in semester two.

In relation to the German curriculum, cognitive skills are developed through encouraging students to refer to current debates in order to form their own judgment and evaluation of the text or data in question.

Logical reasoning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between programme levels. Across the Management modules a strong emphasis is placed not only on providing students with a theoretical understanding of the subject area but also in terms of developing critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of ideas and material. Modules with a quantitative element place a particular emphasis on problem solving and logical reasoning. In addition, key elements of management, economics and accounting modules are the promotion of independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation. Self-assessment and reflection are developed particularly in the placement module.

Methods of Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used to enhance cognitive skills including tutorial submissions; group and individual presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations for some modules in semester two.

In relation to the German curriculum, cognitive skills are developed through encouraging students to refer to current debates in order to form their own judgment and evaluation of the text or data in question.

Independent enquiry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between programme levels. Across the Management modules a strong emphasis is placed not only on providing students with a theoretical understanding of the subject area but also in terms of developing critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of ideas and material. Modules with a quantitative element place a particular emphasis on problem solving and logical reasoning. In addition, key elements of management, economics and accounting modules are the promotion of independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation. Self-assessment and reflection are developed particularly in the placement module.

Methods of Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used to enhance cognitive skills including tutorial submissions; group and individual presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations for some modules in semester two.

In relation to the German curriculum, cognitive skills are developed through encouraging students to refer to current debates in order to form their own judgment and evaluation of the text or data in question.

Critical evaluation and interpretation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between programme levels. Across the Management modules a strong emphasis is placed not only on providing students with a theoretical understanding of the subject area but also in terms of developing critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of ideas and material. Modules with a quantitative element place a particular emphasis on problem solving and logical reasoning. In addition, key elements of management, economics and accounting modules are the promotion of independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation. Self-assessment and reflection are developed particularly in the placement module.

Methods of Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used to enhance cognitive skills including tutorial submissions; group and individual presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations for some modules in semester two.

In relation to the German curriculum, cognitive skills are developed through encouraging students to refer to current debates in order to form their own judgment and evaluation of the text or data in question.

Self-assessment and reflection

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across modules and between programme levels. Across the Management modules a strong emphasis is placed not only on providing students with a theoretical understanding of the subject area but also in terms of developing critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of ideas and material. Modules with a quantitative element place a particular emphasis on problem solving and logical reasoning. In addition, key elements of management, economics and accounting modules are the promotion of independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation. Self-assessment and reflection are developed particularly in the placement module.

Methods of Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used to enhance cognitive skills including tutorial submissions; group and individual presentations; case studies, both structured and unstructured; group assignments; individual assignments and end of semester examinations for some modules in semester two.

In relation to the German curriculum, cognitive skills are developed through encouraging students to refer to current debates in order to form their own judgment and evaluation of the text or data in question.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The ability to synthesise and evaluate information/data from a variety of sources including from databases, books, journal articles and the internet

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates teaching and learning throughout the degree programme. The teaching and learning environment is supportive of the need to assist students in developing and enhancing their transferable skills.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

The development of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year students receive preparation both through the Placement office in the School of Management and as an integral part of their Language modules. The preparation for placement includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills.

While on placement a key element involves critical self-evaluation with the objective being that the student identifies areas for professional development.

The preparation and communication of mathematical, statistical, and business ideas in both written and presentational forms.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates teaching and learning throughout the degree programme. The teaching and learning environment is supportive of the need to assist students in developing and enhancing their transferable skills.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

The development of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year students receive preparation both through the Placement office in the School of Management and as an integral part of their Language modules. The preparation for placement includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills.

While on placement a key element involves critical self-evaluation with the objective being that the student identifies areas for professional development.

The ability to work both independently and in groups

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates teaching and learning throughout the degree programme. The teaching and learning environment is supportive of the need to assist students in developing and enhancing their transferable skills.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

The development of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year students receive preparation both through the Placement office in the School of Management and as an integral part of their Language modules. The preparation for placement includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills.

While on placement a key element involves critical self-evaluation with the objective being that the student identifies areas for professional development.

Organisation and time management

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates teaching and learning throughout the degree programme. The teaching and learning environment is supportive of the need to assist students in developing and enhancing their transferable skills.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

The development of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year students receive preparation both through the Placement office in the School of Management and as an integral part of their Language modules. The preparation for placement includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills.

While on placement a key element involves critical self-evaluation with the objective being that the student identifies areas for professional development.

Problem solving and critical analysis

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates teaching and learning throughout the degree programme. The teaching and learning environment is supportive of the need to assist students in developing and enhancing their transferable skills.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

The development of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year students receive preparation both through the Placement office in the School of Management and as an integral part of their Language modules. The preparation for placement includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills.

While on placement a key element involves critical self-evaluation with the objective being that the student identifies areas for professional development.

Interview technique and work-based skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates teaching and learning throughout the degree programme. The teaching and learning environment is supportive of the need to assist students in developing and enhancing their transferable skills.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

The development of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year students receive preparation both through the Placement office in the School of Management and as an integral part of their Language modules. The preparation for placement includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills.

While on placement a key element involves critical self-evaluation with the objective being that the student identifies areas for professional development.

The application/ use of Information and Communication Technologies: word-processing, e-mail, internet and mathematical, statistical and presentational packages

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates teaching and learning throughout the degree programme. The teaching and learning environment is supportive of the need to assist students in developing and enhancing their transferable skills.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

The development of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year students receive preparation both through the Placement office in the School of Management and as an integral part of their Language modules. The preparation for placement includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills.

While on placement a key element involves critical self-evaluation with the objective being that the student identifies areas for professional development.

The ability to communicate quantitative and qualitative information together with analysis, argument and commentary in a form appropriate to different intended audiences

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates teaching and learning throughout the degree programme. The teaching and learning environment is supportive of the need to assist students in developing and enhancing their transferable skills.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

The development of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. worked solutions and proofs, essays, PowerPoint presentations, statistical based project work) to demonstrate their learning.

In preparation for their placement year students receive preparation both through the Placement office in the School of Management and as an integral part of their Language modules. The preparation for placement includes development of the necessary skills to acquire suitable placement opportunities: research, application and interview skills.

While on placement a key element involves critical self-evaluation with the objective being that the student identifies areas for professional development.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The degree programme follows a semi-structured curriculum based upon modules in business management, economics, accounting, and languages.
Acquisition of knowledge and understanding is through structured exposition based on lectures, tutorials, computer-based laboratory work, group work, and private study. A placement of a minimum of nine months offers practical experience of studying or working abroad and equips students with appropriate business and cultural understanding for working in an international business environment.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-term examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, along with individual and group oral presentations are used to assess student learning.
The placement component is assessed by way of tutor/placement officer visits to the work place, a mentor report, student reflective reports, a ‘portfolio of evidence’ and student presentation.

Organisations – encompassing the internal aspects, functions and processes of organisations including their diverse nature, purposes, structures, governance, operations and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between organisations and their influence upon the external environment

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The degree programme follows a semi-structured curriculum based upon modules in business management, economics, accounting, and languages.
Acquisition of knowledge and understanding is through structured exposition based on lectures, tutorials, computer-based laboratory work, group work, and private study. A placement of a minimum of nine months offers practical experience of studying or working abroad and equips students with appropriate business and cultural understanding for working in an international business environment.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-term examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, along with individual and group oral presentations are used to assess student learning.
The placement component is assessed by way of tutor/placement officer visits to the work place, a mentor report, student reflective reports, a ‘portfolio of evidence’ and student presentation.

External Environment – encompassing a wide range of factors, including economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological, together with their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour, management and sustainability of organisations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The degree programme follows a semi-structured curriculum based upon modules in business management, economics, accounting, and languages.
Acquisition of knowledge and understanding is through structured exposition based on lectures, tutorials, computer-based laboratory work, group work, and private study. A placement of a minimum of nine months offers practical experience of studying or working abroad and equips students with appropriate business and cultural understanding for working in an international business environment.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-term examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, along with individual and group oral presentations are used to assess student learning.
The placement component is assessed by way of tutor/placement officer visits to the work place, a mentor report, student reflective reports, a ‘portfolio of evidence’ and student presentation.

Management – encompassing the various processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations. It includes theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management together with rational analysis of other processes of decision making within organisations and in relation to the external environment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The degree programme follows a semi-structured curriculum based upon modules in business management, economics, accounting, and languages.
Acquisition of knowledge and understanding is through structured exposition based on lectures, tutorials, computer-based laboratory work, group work, and private study. A placement of a minimum of nine months offers practical experience of studying or working abroad and equips students with appropriate business and cultural understanding for working in an international business environment.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-term examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, along with individual and group oral presentations are used to assess student learning.
The placement component is assessed by way of tutor/placement officer visits to the work place, a mentor report, student reflective reports, a ‘portfolio of evidence’ and student presentation.

A detailed knowledge of oral and written forms of German, and understanding of the business environment of German speaking countries.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The degree programme follows a semi-structured curriculum based upon modules in business management, economics, accounting, and languages.
Acquisition of knowledge and understanding is through structured exposition based on lectures, tutorials, computer-based laboratory work, group work, and private study. A placement of a minimum of nine months offers practical experience of studying or working abroad and equips students with appropriate business and cultural understanding for working in an international business environment.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-term examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, along with individual and group oral presentations are used to assess student learning.
The placement component is assessed by way of tutor/placement officer visits to the work place, a mentor report, student reflective reports, a ‘portfolio of evidence’ and student presentation.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Effective problem solving and decision making using appropriate quantitative and qualitative skills including identifying, formulation and solving business problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As this degree is strongly related to practice there is a strong link between the development of skills and employability. Thus, business and managerial skills are further extended to incorporate competency in the language being studied along with an understanding of the business and culture of international business.

Business and managerial skills are grounded in problem solving and decision making emanating from a broad, analytical and integrative understanding of the subject area. Core elements of each level nurture this ability in students to create, evaluate and assess a range of options as well as the capacity to apply ideas and knowledge to a range of situations. In addition, across all modules where appropriate up-to-date literature, case examples and empirical evidence is integrated into the curriculum, with an important element being the ongoing development of the students’ ability to communicate, debate and critique this literature.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout all modules.

Formative assessment takes three main forms. First, weekly discussion of key theories and academic readings to develop understanding, logical argument and critical assessment. Second, weekly homework is undertaken in many of the quantitative, numerical and computer package-based modules aimed at promoting understanding, logic and accurate calculation. Third, as part of the placement process the academic tutor, the mentor from the employing firm, along with the student assess the development of key skills developed during the placement period.

Summative assessment also takes a variety of forms. End-of-term examinations are used to gauge and assess understanding and the acquisition of knowledge. Cumulative assessment is also built into all modules to assess ongoing understanding. A variety of forms of cumulative assessment are employed, (i) practical computer based work in the statistical/accounting modules (ii) a mixture of class tests, group and individual presentations and essays.

Ability to conduct research into business and management issues, either individually or as part of a team for projects/presentations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As this degree is strongly related to practice there is a strong link between the development of skills and employability. Thus, business and managerial skills are further extended to incorporate competency in the language being studied along with an understanding of the business and culture of international business.

Business and managerial skills are grounded in problem solving and decision making emanating from a broad, analytical and integrative understanding of the subject area. Core elements of each level nurture this ability in students to create, evaluate and assess a range of options as well as the capacity to apply ideas and knowledge to a range of situations. In addition, across all modules where appropriate up-to-date literature, case examples and empirical evidence is integrated into the curriculum, with an important element being the ongoing development of the students’ ability to communicate, debate and critique this literature.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout all modules.

Formative assessment takes three main forms. First, weekly discussion of key theories and academic readings to develop understanding, logical argument and critical assessment. Second, weekly homework is undertaken in many of the quantitative, numerical and computer package-based modules aimed at promoting understanding, logic and accurate calculation. Third, as part of the placement process the academic tutor, the mentor from the employing firm, along with the student assess the development of key skills developed during the placement period.

Summative assessment also takes a variety of forms. End-of-term examinations are used to gauge and assess understanding and the acquisition of knowledge. Cumulative assessment is also built into all modules to assess ongoing understanding. A variety of forms of cumulative assessment are employed, (i) practical computer based work in the statistical/accounting modules (ii) a mixture of class tests, group and individual presentations and essays.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Accounting

ACC1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Operations Management

MGT2005

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

International Business

MGT2011

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Data and Statistics

MGT2009

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Human Resource Management

MGT2013

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

Business Strategy

MGT3019

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

40%

60%

An Introduction to Economics

ECO1007

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Organisational Behaviour

MGT1009

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

International Professional Development

MGT3002

3

120

30 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Applied International Business

MGT3004

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

German Language and Business - Communication 1

GEB1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

20%

50%

German Language and Business - Communication 2

GEB1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

20%

50%

German Language and Business Communication 5

GEB3001

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

20%

50%

German Language and Business Communication 6

GEB3002

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

20%

50%

Marketing

MGT1013

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

The Digital Business

MGT2018

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Leading for Change

MGT2019

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

German Language & Business Communication

GEB2101

2

40

24 weeks

N

YES

35%

20%

45%

4

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

4

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes