BA Management Skills for the Workplace
The BA (Hons) Management Skills for the Workplace has been developed in response to student demand for an appropriate progression route following successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education: Skills for the Workplace. Using the same flexible learning approach to programme location and delivery, this programme will facilitate student study into management theory and practice, firmly contextualized within workplace experience.
The BA (Hons) Management Skills for the Workplace is designed both for progression from the Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education: Skills for the Workplace and for credit transfer from other business related programmes. Successful completion of studies on the Cert HE Skills for the Workplace will enable learners to progress straight into Level 5 of this degree programme which follows a similar pattern of flexible delivery as the Certificate, being delivered with discrete modules, studied consecutively, with face-to-face tuition at a convenient community location. This programme complements the portfolio currently offered through the Faculty of Business and can lead to further progression onto the extensive postgraduate suite of programmes offered both locally and via distance learning.
In terms of subject content, the title “for the workplace” reflects the contextualisation of each module to the personal workplace experiences of the learners. This project based, discursive approach to study ensures that generic theoretical models are consistently explored within a workplace context ensuring continued relevance to the needs of employers and career progression.
The curriculum content of the BA (Hons) Management Skills for the Workplace has been carefully developed to provide a series of discrete 20 credit modules. Each module focuses on a key generic aspect of management and leadership capable of being contextualized to specific workplace experiences.
The modules can be studied in any order within the Level, with the exception of EMPL5001 Developing Workplace Critical thinking and EMPL6001 Emergent Leadership Skills for the Workplace which will always begin each new level of study and provide a contextual introduction.
In general terms Level 5 study focuses upon areas relating to business and management i.e.
- Developing Workplace Critical Thinking
- Developing Relationships and Workplace Achievement
- Understanding and Engaging in the Customer Experience
- Managing Projects in the Organisation
- Workplace Culture and Organisational Efficiency
- Knowledge and Information Management Skills for the Workplace.
Progress to Level 6 study focuses upon areas relating to leadership skills within a management context i.e.
- Emergent Leadership Skills for the Workplace
- Developing Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace
- Leading and Implementing Workplace Change
- Strategic Management for SMEs
- Coaching and Mentoring Skills for the Workplace
- Developing Emotional Intelligence Skills for the Workplace
This programme is taught via a mixture of seminar presentations, interactive group discussions and individual and group activities. The teaching is front-loaded at the beginning of each module in terms of face-to-face contact with a carefully structured series of learner exercises progressing into each assessment task. In every module the learning, teaching and assessment task reflects the basic philosophy of the programme as a whole, focussing on the relationship between theory and practice, developing critical self-awareness and bridging the gap between “knowing” and “doing”.
- Glenn Behenna
- Andrew Maund
- Robert Wilson
The summative assessment for each module takes the form of a single assignment the exact nature of which varies according to module content and learning outcomes. Students engage with individual and group presentations, mock interviews, short tests, research and problem-solving exercises and role-play situations as part of the coursework activities and formative assessment. Whilst the final summative task might have a fairly traditional format of a written assignment or report, the formative tasks enable students to explore other activities fundamental to good practice within the workplace. Critical reflection on personal performance is a key part of each module and is integral to all aspects of the programme.
Each assessment task is linked to student interest or experience, so for a student with an interest in physical fitness a project might be linked to the business and management of running a Health Club.
The vast majority of students following this programme will have progressed from an initial year of study on the Certificate of Higher Education: Skills for the Workplace. In addition learners from other differing backgrounds tend to be attracted to this programme. It is recognised that many candidates for this programme could be returning to study after several years in the workplace. Mature applicants without formal qualifications are required to demonstrate their capacity to pursue and benefit from the programme and will be required to follow the University’s regulations for the Recognition of Prior Learning.
The purpose of the BA (Hons) Management Skills for the Workplace is to create an attractive undergraduate programme that truly responds to the changing needs of learners in the workplace and for those who are seeking to improve their prospects of a return to the workplace. The programme has been compiled to ensure that graduates are equipped with appropriate underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills, which will allow them to be effective within the constantly changing global market. The ability to make an immediate impact and an on-going contribution in the workplace will be an important aspect. As such they will be proficient in a team environment, have acquired skills that will enable them to effectively communicate, be able to identify appropriate strategies to solve organisational problems, be able to contribute to reflective practice and have the confidence and capability to develop as life-long learners. These attributes are consistent with the guidelines set out by the Welsh Assembly Government’s (WAG) ‘Skills and Employment Action Plan’ (2008).
A significant added attraction to the programme is the opportunity, given appropriate study, to achieve a Level 4 and a Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). The ILM is the UK’s largest management body of industry-leading qualifications. This will result in a successful learner being able to achieve the University of Wales Trinity Saint David qualification, together with the ILM certificate at the appropriate level of study. A number of the modules across both the Certificate of Higher Education Skills for the Workplace and this programme have been mapped against comparable units within the ILM enabling the University, as an authorised centre for ILM, to provide learners with a parallel award if they successfully complete sufficient units.