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International Year One in Management & Finance

Academic Year 2021/22

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 processes. All degrees are awarded by Queen's University Belfast.

Programme Title

International Year One in Management & Finance

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

International Diploma in Management and Finance

Programme Code

NTO-IDF-MF

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100079

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Undergraduate Diplom

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

INTO Queen's

School/Department

INTO

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 4

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Accreditations (PSRB)

The British Council

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 11-05-18

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

None.

Programme Specific Regulations

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
English Language Requirement:
For the International Year One in Management & Finance candidates will normally be required to have an English Language test score, taken within the last two years, of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in the reading and writing components and no other component below 5.0.
For the Extended International Year One in Management & Finance, candidates will normally be required to have:
One term extended:
An English Language test score, taken within the last two years, of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.0 in the reading and writing components and no other component below 4.5
Two terms extended:
An English Language test score, taken within the last two years, of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 4.5 in all components.
NB. Students who require a Tier 4 visa to study on the programme must comply with UK Border Agency requirements and hold a Secure English Language Test (SELT) at CEFR Level B1 or above with a minimum of B1 in all components, reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Academic Requirement:
Internationally Recognised Examinations:
Two D Grades from a UK A-Level board or equivalent.
First Year pass at an overseas university with good grades.
Students with SAT: 2 APs at Grade 3 or higher.
Completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) with minimum of 24 points. Applicants with the IB Careers-Related Programme cannot be accepted.
All students must hold an (I)GSCE grade C Mathematics or equivalent.
General Studies and Native Language A-levels are not accepted.

Progression from Foundation Programmes:
Students who achieve two D grades in the Queen’s International Foundation Programme in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences may progress on to the Diploma programme.
Other similar foundation programmes may be acceptable and will be considered on an individual basis.
All students must hold an (I) GSCE grade C Mathematics or equivalent.

Age restrictions:
All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.
Entrance requirements are kept under review and are subject to change.
Applicants are advised to check the latest information online at;
http://www.intostudy.com/en-gb/universities/queens-university-belfast/courses

There will be two intakes each academic year, in September and in January.

Award:
To be eligible for the award, all students must take and satisfactorily complete (pass) academic subject modules to the value of 100 CATS points.
Students must also satisfactorily complete (pass) the English Language and Study Skills (ELSS) Module, which comprises 20 CATS points.
Students who obtain an academic subject average equal or above 50%, with passes in all modules will be awarded a PASS.

Students following the extended programme must take and satisfactorily complete one or two terms of Academic English before taking any of the academic subject modules.

The pass mark for all academic modules is 40%.
The pass mark for the ELSS module is 50% overall (IELTS 6.0), with a minimum of 40% in each sub-skill (IELTS 5.5).

Re-sits:
A student who fails a module at the first sitting shall be permitted one further attempt to achieve a pass for that module. The module will normally be retaken at the next available opportunity.
The module pass mark is normally 40% and any re-sit mark is capped at 40%. However, where the module is a specified pathway module (and therefore essential to student progression) the pass mark is 50% or 55%, according to specific progression requirements. In such cases, eligibility to re-sit the module is determined by a first mark lower than 50%/55% and any re-sit mark is capped at 50%/55%. With such modules, the progression mark becomes the de facto pass mark.

The ELSS mark is not capped on re-sit.

Students who fail any module at the second attempt will be reviewed and may be required to withdraw from the programme.

Progression:
Students who successfully complete (pass) the International Year One in Management and Finance programme and are awarded the International Diploma in Management & Finance may progress to Year Two of degree programmes only if they have achieved, as a minimum requirement, the level of performance in both academic modules and English Language and Study Skills as specified in the following progression requirements:

English Language Module:
Minimum of 60% overall (equivalent to IELTS 6.5) with minimum of 40% (equivalent to IELTS 5.5) in all components.

Subject Modules
In order to progress to Queen’s University, students must satisfactorily complete (pass) all academic subject modules to the value of 100 CATS points.
They must also achieve a 50% overall average in academic modules.
In addition, they must achieve the minimum requirement of 50% or 55% in specified modules depending upon progression degree. These specified modules are;
For BSc Business Management / BSc Business Economics
Principles of Economics (50%)
Management & Organisation (50%)
Business Environment (50%)
For BSc Economics; BSc Economics with Finance;
Principles of Economics (50%)
Financial Institutions and Markets (50%)
Mathematics for Finance and Economics (50%)
For BSc Finance, students need to achieve a minimum of 55% in Financial Institutions and Markets;
Principles of Economics (50%)
Financial Institutions and Markets (55%)
Mathematics for Finance and Economics (50%)
Students who successfully complete (pass) the International Year One in Management and Finance programme and are awarded the International Diploma in Management & Finance but who do not meet the specified progression requirements for entry to Year Two will be considered for entry to Year One of degree programmes in the Queen’s University on a case by case basis.

Students on the extended programme must satisfactorily complete Academic English to the equivalent standard of IELTS 5.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading and writing and no other sub-skill less than 5.0, before progressing to study the academic and English Language and Study Skills modules.

Students with protected characteristics

The programme does not contain any barriers to access or progression for any protected group

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The specific objectives of the programme are to:

1. Provide international students with a high quality business education and learning experience at undergraduate Year One level within which the measured and validated outcomes are of a quality to secure progression to Year Two undergraduate study in business and related disciplines in Queen’s University Management School.

2. Provide a qualification that is of a quality to secure progression elsewhere for those students who either do not meet the entry criteria for Queen’s or wish to pursue their undergraduate study at another university.

3. Enhance the English language ability of students to enable them to communicate and study effectively and confidently at undergraduate level at Queen’s or in another English medium university.

4. Assist international students to acclimatise and become accustomed to student life in the UK and to provide practical experience of the learning, teaching and assessment methods found in Queen’s and in other UK universities.

5. Inculcate a commitment to good practice in academic work and provide students with the necessary personal, interpersonal and key skills to enable them to develop as independent, self-directed learners.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

1.Critically analyse, evaluate and interpret information, utilising up-to-date academic literature.
2.Understand the relationship between argument and evidence.
3.Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in a variety of contexts.
4.Demonstrate logical reasoning, independent enquiry and the comprehension of abstract concepts.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across first and second term modules and focus particularly on problem solving and logical reasoning. Critical analysis of up-to-date academic literature develops students’ cognitive ability.
Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements in all modules and are further reinforced in the Study Skills component of the English Language and study Skills module.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills, both summative and formative, occurs in the form of course assignments, oral presentations, project work and examinations

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

1.Present knowledge and demonstrate expertise in a coherent, effective and meaningful form.
2.Construct and evaluate arguments, and to reach conclusions.
3.Present quantitative and qualitative information together with analysis, argument and commentary in a form appropriate to different intended audiences.
4.Apply and use appropriate ICT: including PowerPoint, excel, word-processing, e-mail, internet and subject - related software.
5.Prepare and communicate ideas in written, presentational and graphical forms.
6.Work both independently and in groups and demonstrate organisation and time management skills.
7.Be aware of the professional context in which business is conducted.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates teaching and learning on the International Diploma programme. Successful completion of projects and coursework across modules requires students to gather additional information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

ICT skills are consolidated throughout the course as an aid to report writing, visual presentation, literature searching and data handling. Although not formally assessed, qualities such as self-reliance, good time management and the ability to undertake independent study are fostered and encouraged throughout the course.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, PowerPoint or similar presentations, case studies) to demonstrate their learning.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

1.Apply mathematical and statistical methods to economic, financial and business data to solve a range of practical problems in business.
2.Understand the nature and underlying theory behind different types of management structures, processes and practices and the relevance of both historical and contemporary approaches to the future of work organisation by practising managers.
3.Understand the main management issues in marketing, human resources and operations.
4.Understand fundamental economic theory, the role of economics in business, public and private decision making and be able to apply the theory to analysis of the real world.
5.Understand the functioning of markets and financial institutions as the foundation of the contemporary global economy and study the relationship between the main microeconomic principles and essential macroeconomic concepts.
6.Know the purposes for which accounting, economic and financial information is used in business, and how that information is gathered, processed, and presented.
7. Engage with academic texts using effective reading and note-taking strategies; produce academic writing that is accurate at both discourse and sentence level; understand policies and expectations related to academic integrity; listen and react to lectures & other types of classroom discourse; participate confidently in seminars, presentations and classroom discussions.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Knowledge-based subject-specific learning and teaching is provided through lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, directed reading, independent learning activities and computer-based learning materials.
Students’ knowledge and understanding will be assessed through a combination of unseen examinations, formal essays, class tests, individual and group projects, as well as individual and group oral presentations.
Tutor moderated peer-informed assessment will contribute to the assessment of group work components.
Both summative and formative assessment is used throughout all modules.

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment takes a variety of forms. Formal examinations are used to gauge and assess understanding and the acquisition of knowledge. Work required for summative assessment (whether in the form of examinations, individual essays, individual or group presentations) will be judged against the Level 1 criteria in the University’s published marking guidance
Formative assessment will take three main forms; (i) regular assignments in most of the modules aimed at promoting subject-specific understanding, logic, accurate written and (where required) graphical representation of information, and good presentation (ii) frequent and regular discussion of key theories and academic readings to develop understanding, logical argument and critical assessment and (iii) timely feedback on the content and performance of student presentations.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

1. Perform a range of subject specific skills – mathematical computations, statistical analysis, financial analysis, critical thinking – consistent with students studying the same designated degree programme in Year One at Queen’s University Belfast.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, directed reading, independent learning activities and computer-based learning materials.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of unseen examinations, formal essays, class tests, individual and group projects, as well as individual and group oral presentations

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

English Language and Study Skills

NTO1030

1

20

YES

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Price Theory

NTO1058

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Statistical Methods for Business

NTO1060

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Marketing

NTO1057

1

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Principles of Economics

NTO1034

1

20

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Maths for Finance & Economics

NTO1063

1

20

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Introduction to Financial&Management Accounting

NTO1061

1

20

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Management and Organisation: Theory and Practice

NTO1033

1

20

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Financial Institutions and Markets

NTO1035

1

20

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

The Business Environment

NTO1062

1

20

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Notes

Please note that the British Council accredits the ELSS module for this programme. Please note, students on the Extended version of this programme may do 4 or 5 terms.