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MSc (T) Business for Agri-food & Rural Enterprise

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Business for Agri-food & Rural Enterprise

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

Master of Science

Programme Code

AFL-MSC-BA

UCAS Code

JACS Code

D400 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Business/Management Studies, Agriculture, Food Science or Food Technology, Geography or other approved subject.
Non-EEA: this programme is not open to international students
We are unable to accept international students

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise

School/Department

Biological Sciences

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

Level 7

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

Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, food and consumer sciences (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Chris Lewis

Glyndwr University Wales

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

n/a

Programme Specific Regulations

Programme Specific Regulations Work Placement Two periods of work placement are offered to full-time students on the course; Teaching and training opportunity where students gain experience planning, implementing and assessing a development situation via teaching. This is an assessed component of module BIO9003 The second work placement takes place in a 'commercial' environment where the student completes a specific project related to his/her option and lasts for approximately 60 hours. This is an assessed component of module BIO9015 There is opportunity to
complete BIO9008 in Austria via the
ERASMUS/SOCRATES link. There is also the opportunity to complete BIO9008 in Kenya through Christian Aid, as the programme section has an exchange relationship with a development organisation in that country. Awards, Credits and Progression of Learning Outcomes Examinations * Full-time candidates who fail to submit a dissertation by 15th September following completion of the taught modules may, with permission of the Head of School and the Adviser of Studies, be granted an extension of 3 months. Part-time candidates who fail to submit a dissertation by 15 May following completion of the taught modules may, with the permission of the Head of School and Adviser of Studies be granted an extension of 6 months. Only in exceptional circumstances will an additional extension be granted. * Candidates, who are allowed to re-submit their dissertation, must do so within one year of the first submission. No deferrals or further re-submissions will be permitted. * The award will be one of: * MSc in

2
Business for Agri-food and Rural Enterprise- Rural
Enterprise Development for those studying BIO9011 * MSc in Business for Agri-food and Rural Enterprise – Innovation management for those studying BIO9016 *
MSc in Business for Agri-food and Rural Enterprise- Business communication for those studying BIO9017 * MSc candidates, who fail the dissertation or fail to submit a dissertation within the required period, may be awarded the appropriate Postgraduate Diploma. Candidates who fail to complete successfully a second semester or second year module successfully may be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate. * NB. The information in this section must be read in conjunction with the general University regulations.

Students with protected characteristics

The programme does not contain barriers to access or progression among protected groups.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme students will be able to:
1. Effect positive change and development within the Agri-food and rural business sectors
2. Communicate effectively within a job context
3. Apply the principles of business management across a range of Agri-food and rural business sectors with particular reference to innovation development, people development and business communication.
4. Plan, implement and evaluate programmes of change relevant to Agri-food and rural business
5. Complete a research project that includes primary data collection and analysis of an identified

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Apply critical thinking and modelling to individual, group and organisational situations to provide explanations for behaviour

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Independent thinking is encouraged within the programme when applied to unique industry based problems. Case study material analysed and reported upon. Work based skills and classroom presentations incorporated into classroom activities.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework and thesis.

Apply a number of decision making frameworks to the solving of problems with predicted and non-predicted outcomes

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Case studies, Placement experiences and the use of ICT technology assisted in delivery Class discussions support development of skills

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework, and thesis.

Demonstrates critical analysis skills in evaluating proposals, projects and programmes

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Discussion groups and seminar feedback

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework, and thesis.

Conceptualise and analyses situations and determining appropriate theoretical frameworks

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Development of research proposal based upon real life industry problems

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework, and thesis.

Demonstrate and exercise independence, innovation and the necessity for continued development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Development of research proposal based upon real life industry problems

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework, and thesis.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Demonstrate the use of simple models as a means of analysing communication situations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Interactive class lectures and class discussions.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Specify in behavioural term, objectives and criteria of performance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Real life case study material to support argument development.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Identify different types of group and how they develop

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Portfolio building allows students to make decisions regarding their own learning.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Apply scientific methodology to the collection , analysis and evaluation of data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Information searches related to project choices

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework and thesis

Uses the principles of planning to manage projects of change

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

IT assisted delivery tools using real-life case study material

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Select evaluation techniques to determine the effectiveness of programmes formatively and summatively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Case studies and classroom discussions

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework and thesis

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Uses applied technology (ICT and AV) as required in presentations and within programmes to affect change

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Role play exercises and skills development through the teaching placements (full-time) and through class room teaching (part-time)

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework.

Collects data using appropriate communication skills for both qualitative and quantitative situations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Planning and implementation skills are developed through the work based learning experiences of both full-time and part-time students

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework and thesis

Present information to defined target audiences using the appropriate methods

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical sessions, supportive feedback and case study discussions

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Plan, implement and present findings of research in the form of a thesis based upon primary data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Conceptual development of subject through interactive discussions with tutor and supervisors

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through thesis

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Effectively plan and organise resources under his/her control

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Setting of objectives that relate to students own performance and aims

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework and thesis.

Work effectively independently and in teams

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Team exercises, subject presentations using wide range of media, presentations.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework and thesis.

Select and apply the appropriate communication method(s) to achieve change using individual, group and mass methods to achieve the desired effect

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Presentations related to work based learning experiences

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework and thesis.

Appreciated the views of others in discussions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Feedback provided at all times on students’ performance.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development and in a wider context throughout their career

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials and guest speakers on relevant career routes

Methods of Assessment

Self evaluation

Apply statistical methods to analyse data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes with real life case studies

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework and thesis.

Judge findings and make recommendations based upon research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical classes with real life case studies

Methods of Assessment

n/a

Apply quality assurance procedures to a range of programmes

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Work based learning feedback and evaluation

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Skills to Affect Change within Businesses

BIO9001

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Communication Dynamics

BIO9002

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Integrating Learning with Business Needs

BIO9003

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Research and Development

BIO9009

7

20

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Planning and Evaluating Change Management Programmes

BIO9015

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Innovation Management for Rural Business

BIO9016

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Rural Enterprise Development

BIO9011

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Business Communication

BIO9017

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

MSc Research Project

BIO9008

7

60

36 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes