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Cert (GC) Business Communication for Rural Enterprise

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

Cert (GC) Business Communication for Rural Enterprise

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

Graduate Certificate

Programme Code

BIO-GC-BC

UCAS Code

JACS Code

D490 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A degree or Higher National Diploma, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, in any discipline. Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements will be required to demonstrate relevant experience in the rural, agricultural or food sector. They must also hold GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above. A reference from a current or recent employer will be required. Applicants undertaking the final year of their undergraduate degree will be considered for part-time study only.
INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website. Please note: these programmes are taught at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
This programme is not open to non-EEA nationals. EEA nationals for whom English is not their first language must satisfy University requirements for English language by providing evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. (*Taken within the last 2 years.)

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Part Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

60

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 6

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

Examinations
• The pass mark is 40%.
• Candidates must pass all modules to be awarded the Graduate Certificate. Candidates who pass all modules and who achieve an overall average of 70% or over will be eligible to receive a pass with distinction, those who achieve 60%-70% overall will be eligible to receive a pass with commendation and those who achieve between 40%-60% overall the award will be at the pass level.
• Candidates who pass the Graduate Certificate (with an overall mark >50%) may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, be permitted to transfer to the Postgraduate Certificate in Communication.

Students with protected characteristics

n/a

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

• Communicate effectively in a personal and business context, using appropriate interpersonal skills and, where necessary, apply these skills within a job context, relevant to the agri-food and rural business sectors.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Apply problem solving, lateral thinking and creative thinking skills (BIO9012, BIO9013, BIO9014)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Case study material analysed and presentation reports

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Analyse communication situations and processes (BIO9012, BIO9013, BIO9014)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class discussions and supportive feedback.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Evaluate the macro and micro environment affecting businesses (BIO9013, BIO9014)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class discussions using real life case studies

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Demonstrate key communication skills (BIO9012)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Real life case study material to support argument.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Employ a range of people and interpersonal skills (BIO9012, BIO9013, BIO9014)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Portfolio building and development of decisions regarding own learning.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Identify decision making processes and strategies (BIO9012, BIO9013)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Role play and discussions

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Describe the key drivers affecting business and people performance (BIO9013)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Case study analyses

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Use AV and IT equipment in order to communicate effectively in group situations (BIO9014)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Role play exercises used to promote learning.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework and presentation of project

Develop their Interviewee skills (BIO9012)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Mock role plays and discussions

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Use electronic methods of data retrieval to support effective communication (BIO9014)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

IT based learning

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Work effectively as part of a team (BIO9012, BIO9013, BIO9014)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Team based activities and exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Enhance their study skills (BIO9012, BIO9013, BIO9014)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Setting of objectives that relate to students' own performance

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Evaluate their skills and present these in a suitable format for a defined target audience (BIO9012, BIO9014)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Technique development using assisted learning methods

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework and self evaluation

Set objectives related to their own and others performance (BIO9012, BIO9013, BIO9014)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Setting of objectives that relate to students own performance

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 %

Personal Communication

BIO9012

6

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Business Communication

BIO9013

6

20

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Information Communication and Learning Technology

BIO9014

6

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes