Module overview

Module Study Guide

Academic Year 2022–2023

Academic Partner: London School of Science and Technology

MS4LA40O– Professional Skills for Business and Finance

Level: 4
Credits: 20

Location: Aston Campus, Birmingham

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Table of contents

Module Leader

Forhadur Rahman

Subject Area & School/College

Business Studies, London School of Science and Technology(LSST)

Academic Partner Institution

London School of Science and Technology(LSST)

Email

[email protected]

Phone

+44 (0) 1216436774 Extension:226

Location

Aston Campus, Birmingham

Module Tutor

Forhadur Rahman

Email

[email protected]

Phone

+44 (0) 1216436774 Extension:226

Location

Aston Campus, Birmingham

Module/Course Administrator

LSST Registry

Email

[email protected]

Phone

44 (0) 208 7953 863 Extension: 414

Location

Memo House, Park Royal, London

Subject Librarian

Aston Library

Email

[email protected]

Phone

+44 (0) 1216436774 Extension:210

Location

Aston Campus, Birmingham

The Course Leader overseeing this module is Irena Vera, and can be contacted at [email protected]

The Head of Subject overseeing this module is Dr George Panagiotou, and can be contacted at [email protected].

The external Examiner responsible for this module is TBC.

The Academic Partner Link Tutor (APLT) is Ramnik Singh and can be contacted at [email protected]

Module overview

Introduction

Welcome to the Professional Skills for Business and Finance module. This module is the foundation for the rest of your degree course and will equip you with many skills needed to complete your degree. It will introduce you to the world of Business and Finance and will use creative and engaging activities throughout. The material will help you to become more self-reliant, critical, self-aware, self-confident, skilled and capable in the use of information and resources.

This module provides, through practice within authentic tasks, an introduction to critical enquiry, team working, presentation skills and business ideas. By learning to enquire more critically you will become more analytical about truth claims and learn to differentiate between evidence-based recommendations, arguments or policies and unsubstantiated opinion. You will learn to use the Harvard referencing system correctly and develop argument through the process of critical enquiry.

You will also be introduced to business ideas and learn presentation skills. There is a strong emphasis on Professional skills required in the workplace and an expectation that students will learn and demonstrate these skills during the module. Professionalism is a key business and employability skill and this module will introduce many of the concepts required to be successful.

Throughout there is the opportunity through formative assignments which will help you with the formal assessments. Please note that this module will also support the other modules you do during the semester.

As with any other module on a degree programme, the amount of benefit that you will gain from the module is related to the amount of effort that you put in. This includes regular participation and contact with your peers, contact sessions, active participation in class discussions, and regular visits to the Blackboard site for this module.

Full attendance on this module is expected. Latecomers to the seminars will be admitted up to 1 hour after the start of the seminar. Students who need to miss a class must email their tutor prior to the class. Mobile phones are not to be used during seminars.

Module summary content and aims

This Study Guide provides important information about the structure, content, reading and assessment in this module. Please read it carefully and refer back to it throughout the semester. Lessons will cover the following topics:

Managing yourself and your Learning

Academic writing

Referencing and Plagiarism

Presentation skills/Interview Skills

Group work skills

Leadership

Professionalism

Personal Branding

Expectations

Specific expectations students can have of tutors:

Helpfulness

Professionalism

Timely responses to queries and timely marking

Knowledge of the subject area and how to apply knowledge to the business environment

Good timekeeping

Help with assessment preparation

To make learning enjoyable and relevant

Specific expectations tutors will have of students:

Full attendance at classes either face to face or online

If you cannot attend to let the tutor know in good time

Engagement in all course activities (Online and Face to Face)

152 hours of independent study

Submission of work on time

Professional behaviour in and out of class

Good communication with tutors/Course Leader should difficulties occur

Constructive feedback where possible

Learning outcomes to be assessed

By the end of this module you will be able to:

LO1 Organise, structure and present information in a logical and coherent manner

LO2 Identify and select resources appropriate to a given subject

LO3 Cite sources and use Harvard referencing correctly

LO4 Collaborate effectively with others towards the completion of a defined task (teamwork skills)

LO5 Develop skills in oral and written communication in the Business Environment

L06 Develop an understanding of the importance of Business etiquette, and the importance of rules and values in an organisation

L07 Develop skills to be a Reflective learner and to use feedback to improve performance

Indicative Contact Hours

Teaching Contact Hours

48 hours

Independent Study Hours

152 hours

Total Learning Hours

200 hours

Assessment and feedback

Summative assessment grid

During the module you will have specific sessions and parts of sessions to prepare you for the assessments. You will be informed by your tutor of those opportunities and there will be a chance to submit draft assessments and to practice the presentation.

Type of Assessment

Word

Count or equivalent

Threshold

(if Professional

Body-PSRB applies)

Weighting

Pass Mark

Indicative

Submission week

Method of

Submission

& Date of

Feedback

(refer to BB)

Written Assignment

1500

N/A

50

40%

Week 8

Submitted on Turnitin, feedback within 15 working

days of due date

Oral assignment

N/A

N/A

50

40%

Weeks

14/15/16

Slides submitted on

Turnitin, feedback within 15 working

days of due date

Assessment Support

Assessment (insert below type of assessment as per the table above)

Teaching Weeks in which

Assessment

Support Takes Place (enter each week no. in a new row)

Outline of Type and Form of Assessment

Support to be

Provided

Student

Preparation Required Prior to or After the

Support Session

How will the

Support

Session to be

Delivered

Written assessment (A1)

Weeks 6/7

The assessment is 1500 word essay as described later

Drafts should be completed and the student should have attended the support classes

In class and at the end of class there is a chance for

students to meet

on referencing

individually with the tutor to look at drafts

Oral Assessment

Week 14/15/16

This assessment is a Dragons Den Presentation where the student will pitch a

Business idea

demonstrating

skills in

Presentation and

Professionalism

There will be a session on Presentation skills at week 6 which students must attend and students should prepare their draft presentation prior to week 13

There will be a chance to look at other sample presentations at week 13 and for students to meet with the tutor to look at draft presentation

Assessment brief – formative assessments and learning outcomes

There are two summative assessments:

Essay writing including a literature search with good referencing (50%)

Presentation

The summative assessments will done at week 8, and week 14/15/16 of the module

You must achieve a minimum mark of 40% to pass the module and achieve 20 academic credits at Level 4.

Your module mark is obtained by aggregating the individual marks for the two assessments taking into account the weighting for each element.

Assessment 1

What is Academic Plagiarism and why is academic integrity relevant to professionalism in a Business environment?” – Weighting: 50%

Learning Outcomes Assessed:

LO1 Organise, structure and present information in a logical and coherent manner

LO2 Identify and select resources appropriate to a given subject

LO3 Cite sources and use Harvard referencing correctly

LO5 Develop skills in oral and written communication in the Business Environment

L06 Develop an understanding of the importance of Business etiquette, and the importance of rules and values in an organisation

Date/time/method of submission:

Submission via Turnitin at the end of week 8. The exact date will be confirmed on Blackboard

Word count or equivalent: 1500 words (plus or minus 10%)

Assessment criteria:

Assessment criteria

Maximum Marks

Awarded

Cover Page/Introduction

10%

Knowledge and understanding of the theory (critical thinking)

25%

Ability to apply the theory to business context

25%

Adequately and correctly cited and referenced following Harvard convention (minimum of 5 academic references/citations)

25%

Conclusion

10%

Fit to submit Checklist used, completed and attached

5%

Total

100%

Marking scheme:

100-80%

79-70%

69-60%

59-50%

49-40%

39-30%

29-0%

The work produced is

exceptional in most/all

aspects,

substantially exceeding expectations

The work produced is of excellent quality,

exceeding

expectations

for this level in many aspects.

The work meets all of the intended

learning outcomes

and exceeds the threshold

expectations for this level in several of them

The work produced meets all of the

intended learning

outcomes and

exceeds the threshold

expectations in some of them.

The work produced meets all of the

intended learning outcomes at, but

rarely exceeding the threshold

expectations for this level.

The work produced fails to meet all of the intended

learning outcomes and is marginally

inadequate for this

level

The work produced

fails to meet all of the intended learning outcomes and is

inadequate for this level.

For guidance on online submission of assignments, including how to submit and how to access online feedback, please refer to the UWL Blackboard student-help pages at: uwl.ac.uk/currentstudents/onlinelearningtools

Assessment 2

Presentation

Weighting: 50%

Learning Outcomes assessed:

LO1 Organise, structure and present information in a logical and coherent manner

LO2 Identify and select resources appropriate to a given subject

LO4 Collaborate effectively with others towards the completion of a defined task (teamwork skills)

LO5 Develop skills in oral and written communication in the Business Environment

L06 Develop an understanding of the importance of Business etiquette, and the importance of rules and values in an organisation

L07 Develop skills to be a Reflective learner and to use feedback to improve performance

Dragons Den

Students will be required to come up with an idea for a product or service that that would like to get an initial investment of up to £100,000 (Seed Capital) Seed capital is the initial capital used when starting a business for covering initial operating expenses and attracting venture capitalists.

Students are encouraged to be creative about the product or service. They can invent a company name and decide where and how the business is located. It should however be a small or medium size enterprise, (SME) as it a new business idea. They can decide on the required workforce and what the investment would be used for depending on the product or service chosen

Students should cover the following in the presentation which should be a maximum of 10 slides. Note that the quality of slides will be assessed

Introduction to the Pitch (1 Slide)

Outline of the product or service idea (2 Slides)

Statistical data to back up the idea (2 Slides)

Why the idea is investable, (Business plan summary, return on investment) (2 Slides)

What the investment would be used for (2 Slides)

Conclusion/Summary (1 Slide)

Presentation should last a maximum of 15 minutes

Assessment criteria:

Assessment criteria

Maximum Marks

Marks awarded

Introduction

10%

Use of Powerpoint

20%

Use of Data to support argument

10%

Pitch has validity and is well argued

10%

Presentation skills

25%

Professional attitude and demeanour

25%

Total

100%

Students are expected to present as if they were presenting to a set of investors and should present themselves in a manner that would be expected in this environment

Date/time/method of submission:

This assessment will be done at weeks 14/15/16 in seminar groups. Students will submit Powerpoint used in the pitch on Turnitin before their presentation slot and by the end of week 14 and the grade will be given based on the Presentation itself plus the slides

The marking scheme for this is assignment will use the following criteria to determine grades:

Marking scheme:

100-80%

79-70%

69-60%

59-50%

49-40%

39-30%

29-0%

The work produced is exceptional in most/all aspects, substantially exceeding expectations for this level.

The work produced is of excellent quality, exceeding expectations for this level in many aspects.

The work produced meets all of the intended learning outcomes and exceeds the threshold expectations for this level in several of them

The work produced meets all of the intended learning outcomes and exceeds the threshold expectations for this level in some of them.

The work produced meets all of the intended learning outcomes at, but rarely exceeding the threshold expectations for this level.

The work produced fails to meet all of the intended learning outcomes and is marginally inadequate for this level

The work produced fails to meet all of the intended learning outcomes and is inadequate for this level.

For guidance on online submission of assignments, including how to submit and how to access online feedback, please refer to the UWL Blackboard student-help pages at: uwl.ac.uk/currentstudents/onlinelearningtools

Employability Skills

These assessments covers the following employability skills, which you could demonstrate on your CV and at job interviews if you successfully pass the assessment:

Communication

Writing

Speaking

Listening

Presenting

Non-Verbal

Problem solving

Critical thinking

Can work under pressure and to deadline

Planning and organisation skills

Ability to learn and adapt

Negotiation Skills

Enterprising

Industry/commercial aware

Digitally literate

Creativity/lateral thinking

Time management

Influencing

Intellectual curiosity

Flexibility

Interpersonal

Confidence

Integrity and accountability

Learning materials

The reading list for this module is available on Blackboard in the module area and online by searching uwl.rl.talis.com. This shows real-time availability of books in the library and provides direct links to digital items, recommended by your lecturer.

Remember to log into Blackboard daily to receive all the latest news and support available at your module sites!

Subject guides (subjectguideslibguides) are also available to help you find relevant information for assignments, with contact details of the Subject Librarian for your School.

Essential Reading

Weerawardene, D. & Byrne, P (2021) Academic development and Employability. Hampshire: Pearson.

Recommended Reading :

Cameron, S. (2016) The Business Students Handbook. 6th Ed; Harlow: Pearson

Cottrell, S. (2013) The Study Skills Handbook. 4th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Dowson, P. (2015) Personal & Professional Development for Business Students 1st Ed; Sage Gallagher, K. (2012) Skills Development for Business and Management Students. 2nd ed. Oxford:

OUP

Horn, R. (2009) The Business Skills Handbook 1st edition; CIPD

McMillan, K. and Weyers, J. (2013) How to Cite, Reference & avoid plagiarism at University, 1st Ed; Pearson

McMillan, K. and Weyers, J. (2014) How to write for University: Academic Writing for Success 1st Ed: Harlow: Pearson

Prince, S. (2019) 7 Skills for the Future. 2nd edition Harlow: Pearson

Remember, all your work must have Academic Integrity; it must be an honest and fair submission, complying with all the requirements of the assessment, that properly references and credits any other people’s work you have used. Failure to meet these standards of behaviour and practice is academic misconduct, which can result in penalties being applied under the Academic Offences Regulations and under the Academic Integrity Policy.

Things you need to know

Our Expectations

You are expected to behave in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, and treat others with kindness and respect whether at university or online. It’s important to consider your safety and the safety of others around you, especially how to stay safe online and ensure your communications are secure and appropriate.

Whether you are engaging with teaching and learning activities onsite or online, we expect the same level of commitment and engagement from you. If you are unable to attend scheduled onsite or online activities, or complete activities in the time frames set out, you should let your tutors know.

You should aim to meet assessment deadlines; if you are concerned that you will not be able to complete your assessments on time, you should talk to your tutors. Your engagement, whether online or onsite, will be tracked and if we see that you are not engaging, we will get in contact with you.

Please remember that your course team is here to support you so if you are having problems, let us know so we can work with you to find solutions and get you back on track as soon as possible. Give yourself the best possible chance to succeed by engaging with the full range of learning and teaching activities available to you.

All students should refer to the Student Engagement Policy which can be found on our LSST Website online.

Teaching at LSST for UWL course, during the academic year 2022–23 will be conducted face-to-face (in campus). You can get teaching material from Black Board to

engage with before class (“Investigate”) so you can maximise your hands-on learning during your taught session

Help you demonstrate and check your understanding by applying your prior learning during class (“Apply”)

Help you enhance your knowledge and skills by reflecting on or consolidating your learning

Information regarding our Student Code of Conduct can be found at Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.

Getting Support

Graduating with a UWL degree will open up a world of opportunities for you, but we understand that the journey to get there is not always easy – especially when you are combining studying with work, caring for others, or dealing with illness. That is why we offer lots of support to help you meet your full potential.

Personal Tutors, Module Leaders, Subject Librarians, and Course Leaders

Your Personal Tutor can help if you’re worried about your studies, need academic advice, or want to find the best way for you to succeed.

Your Module Leader can help if you’re struggling with work, don’t think you can meet a deadline, or there was something you didn’t understand or want to know more about.

Your Subject Librarian can help you with finding, evaluating, reading, and referencing sources. They offer drop-ins and workshops throughout the year.

Your Course Leader can help with any questions about the course you’re studying, such as any course-specific requirements or options.

The Academic Support Team helps you enhance your academic writing and study skills through oneto-one support opportunities and workshops throughout the academic year. This support consists of:

Study Skills Support

Referencing Skills Support

Academic Writing Skills Support

Excel Skills Support

Computer Skills Support

Online Resources

To book a one-to-one appointment or a workshop, you can visit [email protected].

Student Support

In addition to the study support listed above, you can get support from Student Services with:

Student Advice, including:

Funding your Studies, Financial Hardship

Student Welfare (guidance for personal or emotional problems)

Disability and Mental Health (support on your course and around the University)

Careers and Employability

Support pregnant students and student with very young children

Mental Health Support

Pastoral Care

Student Support Main Functions

Give information on attendance, results, student status, semester dates, etc.

Support students who have a disability, disabling medical condition or specific learning difficulty

Provide guidance if you are having financial difficulties

Direct you to the correct resources if you are having problems with childcare

Assist with enquiries about course changes or other academic issues such as assignments, exams, appeals and complaints

Provide support if you are suffering from depression, experiencing stress/anxiety or are having personal or family problems

Support pregnant students and students with very young children

Help if you are experiencing any bullying or any other abuse

Listen and act on any complaints against the College or its staff

We make our students’ academic journey a safe, welcoming and enjoyable experience.

Book your 1-2-1 appointment with any of these areas at [email protected]. Not sure which service you need? Contact Student Services for more information at [email protected] or call 0121 643 6774.

Meeting Deadlines

You should always try your best to submit your work on time. If you submit coursework late, within 10 calendar days of the deadline, then the maximum mark you will be able to get for that work will be the pass mark. Anything submitted after this would be counted as a non-submission.

We understand that there may be times when you experience circumstances outside of your control that mean you are not able to submit on time. It’s a good idea to talk your Module Leader if you’re not going to be able to submit on time so that they can support you and make you aware of any services that can help.

Where exceptional circumstances mean you’ll be submitting your coursework late, you can request an extension before your deadline. An extension means that the penalty for submitting up to 10 calendar days late will not apply.

If your circumstances are so serious that you are not able to submit at all or are unable to attend an in-person assessment like an exam or in-class test, then you can request mitigation for the assessment. Mitigation means that you can submit work at the next available attempt instead.

If you request an extension or mitigation before the deadline you can choose to self-certify, meaning that you do not have to provide evidence, so long as you provide a valid reason for the request. You can only self-certify three assessments per academic year. If you have used all your self-certification opportunities, or requested mitigation after the deadline, you will need to provide evidence of your exceptional circumstances for your request to be granted.

You can find extension and mitigation forms on LSST Online Forms.

If you need help making an extension or mitigation request, you can get in touch with the Student Support Team who will be able to support you through the process. You can email them on [email protected].

Making an Impact

When there’s an issue

If something’s negatively impacting your experience at university, you should raise this informally with your Module Leader or Course Leader.

If the issue is affecting several students, you could talk to your Course Rep about it, and they can either raise your concerns with your Module Leader or Course Leader on the group’s behalf, or at the Course Committees which take place each semester.

We aim to ensure that any issues are resolved informally as quickly as possible to have minimum impact on your studies.

Module Evaluation Surveys

Towards the end of the module, you will be invited to provide some anonymous feedback to the Module Leader through an online survey. This is your opportunity to give direct feedback about the module through a series of questions and free text.

Your constructive feedback will help the Module Leader and teaching team to understand the module experience from your perspective and helps inform the development of the module. At the end of the survey period, a response to the survey will be available so that you can see the impact your voice has had.