Undergraduate study
Business Enterprise and Innovation (with Foundation Year)

Business Enterprise and Innovation (with Foundation Year)
BA (Hons)

 
 

Course overview

In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, businesses need to be creative, agile and able to proactively manage change. This degree includes an integrated foundation year for you if you do not have the appropriate qualification or experience for direct entry to year 1 of the degree.

The foundation year helps you develop knowledge and skills to make the transition to university study, and in particular, to gain business and management knowledge and develop academic and personal skills to proceed confidently through the remainder of the course. During the foundation year (year 0) you study a range of fundamental business and management subjects, and develop important practical academic skills to prepare you for the remainder of your course.

This innovative new programme is for students who want to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of entrepreneurial business activities from enterprise processes in small and medium-sized enterprises to strategic innovation in global companies.

You gain experience of live enterprise and innovation projects and work on real-world business opportunities.

Professional accreditation

With dual accreditation at Teesside University, as well as the degree you will receive a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership. Dual accreditation means you will automatically receive a second professional qualification upon successful completion of your programme. By adding this CMI qualification to your University qualification, you’re really on the road to success.

• You instantly become more employable when you receive a CMI professional qualification that is industry-recognised
• You will gain access to exclusive CMI networking events
• You will have the opportunity to attend lecturers from top level CMI industry-expert members
• CMI’s qualifications sit on the RQF framework and are recognised by the European Credit Framework
• CMI qualifications fast-track students into the next stage of training to become Chartered Managers
• During your students you will become a CMI Affiliate member, giving you a host of additional benefits to support your development and employability.

 

Course details

Year 0, the foundation year, allows you to develop key discipline knowledge in business and management, and develops your confidence and creative thinking skills, as well as financial competence and numeracy skills. The content of the remaining years of the course is identical to the content of the BA (Hons) Business with Enterprise and Innovation degree.

Year 1 is mainly tutor led and focuses on providing you with the necessary underpinning in terms of broad business knowledge and skills. You explore key business and management concepts and are introduced to your specialist area of enterprise and innovation.

Year 2 takes a more student-led approach with an emphasis on exploring your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning. During this year you develop a broader international perspective to the study of business. As well as studying four core business modules, including a module where you gain practical work experience via a self-identified project, you also study two modules in the area of enterprise and innovation.

The final year explores more advanced topics within business and management and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader of business. You consider the strategic and applied aspects of enterprise and innovation, and have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project via the Dissertation module.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Academic Skills and Personal Development for Business

This module develops your academic and transferrable skills to support successful study on a business degree course. These skills include a range of personal and transferable study skills including active listening, reading and understanding academic texts, note taking, time management, written and oral communication, analytical thinking and referencing, as well as professional skills linked to employability and career aspirations.

Business Creativity Enterprise and Career Aspirations

You are introduced to the basic elements of research and develop an understanding of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in the context of business organisations. You gain the confidence to explore and research current topics and generate new ideas to solve problems. You will work in teams reviewing relevant literature and considering different methodologies for researching and collecting relevant data to develop a proposal for a small research project.

Collecting Understanding and Presenting Business Information

This module will introduce you to the basic elements of collecting primary and secondary business data, understanding it and then presenting it as meaningful information. It will provide you with the confidence to explore current business topics and the knowledge and skills required for the Team Research Project Utilising Digital Platforms module. You will use digital platforms such as Excel spreadsheets, Word, online survey packages and PowerPoint to facilitate collection, basic analysis and presentation of business information.

Introduction to Business Environment

This broad-ranging module provides you with an introduction to the interrelated nature of business activities and their relationships with the micro (internal) and macro (external) environments. The internal environment will introduce the key concepts surrounding marketing and human resource management (HRM). The external environment, examines the key political, economic, social, technological, and cultural issues affecting the modern firm.


Numeracy and Introduction to Finance

This module provides you with an introduction to core numerical skills and quantitative techniques that are essential to studying business in higher education. You will develop effective quantitative problem-solving skills using practical business problems and gain an appreciation of the contribution that accounting makes to the financial analysis and managerial control of business organisations.

Team Research Project Utilising Digital Platforms

This module provides an opportunity for you to work collaboratively as a team, to carry out a short piece of research using an online survey package to conduct a short survey. As part of a team, you will demonstrate your ability to apply skills of research, analysis and synthesis to present your findings and conclusions using appropriate software packages.

 

Year 1 core modules

Business Enterprise

This module will inspire you to think about entering the workplace once you have completed your studies. The module is delivered as an interactive learning experience which will enable you to develop an enterprising mind-set and help to identify some of the skills and attributes you already possess. The module content will encourage you to begin to think about your personal career aspirations, whilst addressing potential gaps linked to your knowledge, skills and experience. You will be encouraged to think in an enterprising fashion; learn new approaches to adapt and enhance your individual style. You will have the opportunity to work independently and as a member of a group by participating in personal challenges and group projects, and will learn to understand the importance of networking. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to hear from and to question experienced external practitioners.

Business Finance

You gain an understanding of the way in which accounting is used in the external evaluation of organisations and develops the ability to use accounting and finance techniques in decision making, control, management and adding value to performance.

Business Psychology

This module draws on the applied science of business psychology to allow you to investigate how to make people and organisations more effective. By engaging with social scientific research methods to study people, workplaces and organisations you will gain an understanding of how to create healthy and productive relationships between people and organisations for mutual benefit.

Organisational Theory and Research

You are introduced to the competing perspectives that underpin organisational theory. You consider the theoretical aspects of organisational theory, research skills and broader academic skill development.

The Market Environment

You are introduced to basic economic theories of markets and competition along with aspects of the wider business environment, including government policy and the macro-economy. These ideas are then applied to the practical analysis of markets using segmentation, targeting, and positioning framework.

Understanding Organisations

You study some of the general principles of business management, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, the business environment and the impact of these areas operationally. You are also introduced to the concept of strategic management with an emphasis on organisational resource and competency. And you consider the impact of organisational behaviour on overall business effectiveness, examining the role of the individual within the organisation and exploring motivation, perception and personal impact.

 

Year 2 core modules

Agile Management

In a world of relentless and fast paced change the most important question for any company is ‘are we agile?’ In other words are we able to deal with new situations and changes quickly and successfully. For many the answer is no. In this module you will learn how to get to yes through the greatest resource available: people. You will develop knowledge and understanding of why much of management is no longer fit for purpose (management 1.0), and how a new alternative is emerging (management 2.0) is an alternative fit for the 21st century.

Enterprise and Practice

This applied module allows you to demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge within a work environment. You explore the theoretical and practical world of business and will explore entrepreneurial and wider managerial approaches to the development of business within enterprise. Through your work within an enterprise, you will develop valuable professional skills and first-hand knowledge of an enterprise. If you already work you will be guided to recognise and reflect on this practice and use your own organisation as a case study. You are supported by academic staff and business contacts from across and outside the University.

Entrepreneurship in Action

The module content pays particular attention to the theory of effectual entrepreneurship and the relationship between social entrepreneurship and bricolage. You will have the opportunity to engage with local social enterprises and apply the theories to practice. The five principles of effectuation will inform your understanding of entrepreneurship in action and provide the base of the study, particularly in the context of establishing and running a micro or small business.

International Business and Management

You develop an understanding of the main issues affecting international business in the global economy and explore topics including globalisation, trade, economic growth and development. You focus specifically on examining these topics across different cultures. As the module progresses you become able to differentiate cultural variations and the impact of cultural difference on individuals and key organisations. You also have the opportunity to study a culture of your choice in-depth.

Research Methods

Building on prior learning within various stage 1 modules, this module develops your understanding and awareness of the principles and practicalities underpinning ethical and rigorous research. Through interactive seminar sessions with research-active academic staff, the module develops the practical skills you require for conducting a rigorous and ethical research study. The skills developed and knowledge gained will link to the stage 3 Dissertation module.

Small and Medium Business Development

The majority of businesses in the UK are small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and collectively these make a significant contribution to the UK's economy. You develop a deeper understanding the SME sector and apply that understanding to practical situations.

 

Final-year core modules

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

Creative Thinking and Business Design

You gain insights into managing organisational creativity and innovative business design. Key to the approach is the idea that change, creativity and business design all overlap and interconnect rather than being three separate areas of study and that managing the three together is central to organisations having the competitive edge in developing new value propositions.

Dissertation

Your final year dissertation is an opportunity to do an independent piece of research, demonstrating that you know how to take a systematic approach to research, analysis and evaluation within a structured business-orientated framework. It also encourages you to reflect and critically evaluate your personal development.

Innovation in Action

This module draws on innovation management theories combined with contemporary technology management and linking them up to changes in the organisational environment and organisational structures. It will focus on developing knowledge and skills necessary for understanding innovation and innovation management problems in contemporary businesses, involving technology advancement and new markets generation.

Strategic Management and Responsible Leadership

You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills in effective strategic management and responsible leadership in the wider context of business and enterprise. The current context of the macro environment will be explored and contemporary issues will be considered by specifically relating to leading change along with leading and implementing strategy. You will identify personal leadership qualities and skills and improvement strategies which will promote change and organisational development.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

Modules are taught by lectures, seminars, practical workshops, work-based activities and group work. Teaching staff adopt a range of web-based technologies to deliver module content, assess, provide feedback and communicate with students.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed via a variety of methods including assignments, examinations, group work, presentations and live practical projects.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement year

Between Year 2 and your final year, you have the opportunity to spend a year in industry on placement, or study abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively you could proceed on to the final year.

Career opportunities

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that make you more attractive to employers in the job market.

Our staff utilise their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for students to find and secure industry year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year or 5 years also including a work placement)
  • UCAS code: N299 BA/BEIFY
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  • Typical offer: Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

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