Postgraduate Awards Assessment Board for Master of Business Administration
Wednesday 29th April 2015
The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) programme is designed to provide knowledge and skills for general managers and management graduates. It is envisaged that DMS graduates will use this qualification to enhance their management careers.
The programme develops the participant's intellectual and skills abilities in line with QAA subject and discipline benchmarks. Graduates will be able to:
Demonstrate an insight into the complexities of business and management and the potential value of theoretical frameworks (all modules)
Understand how to interpret & use sound financial data to aid management decisions (BU7403)
Increase self awareness & self confidence by developing requisite personal skills enabling them to work effectively with other people in a variety of contexts (BU7401, BU7404)
Develop their abilities to recognise, understand & cope with conflict, complexity & change (BU7404 and BU7405)
Understand & assess the significance of both global & national markets & be able to apply this knowledge in the workplace (BU7402 and BU7405)
Demonstrate an insight into strategy at a global & national level. Develop abilities to formulate, implement, monitor & evaluate policy & strategy within an ethical framework (BU7405 and BU7402)
Learning outcomes will focus on both knowledge and skills. Participants will be able to apply aspects of their learning in their place of work.
Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies
The graduating student who exits at this level will have the ability to translate and apply appropriate higher level business skills and knowledge gained from the Programme to the context of their role in a business environment.
the ability to undertake self-directed work related projects on business issues concerning organisational development and objectives (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405)
outputs demonstrating their management practice and/or organisational understanding (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7405, BU7408, BU7409)
high level knowledge of ethical research methods applicable to a business context (BU7406, BU7407)
knowledge and understanding of management tools and techniques that underpin professional practice (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU7405, BU7406, BU7407, BU7408, BU7409, BU7410, BU7411, BU7412)
the ability to research and to communicate this effectively to others (BU7406, BU7407)
a high level understanding of research methods as it applies to professional practice which can be transferred to work related issues and contexts to contribute to organisational development (BU7406, BU7407, BU7401, BU7402)
the ability to conceptualise management strategies within the context of the social, political and ethical complexities of the work environment (BU7402, BU7405, BU7411)
Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies
The graduating student who exits at this level will be able to deal with a variety of complex problems in varying contexts, and will have the ability to:
conceptualise and contextualise issues from the academic world to the business environment and within the context of management practice. (programme wide - but specifically BU7401)
critically evaluate concepts, theories, research findings and other sources of knowledge and make informed judgments about their application. (BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404, BU7405, BU7408 and BU7409)
adopt an analytical approach to work related ethical challenges (programme wide - BU7401 and BU7404)
undertake critical self-reflection in order to act critically within the business environment and in such a way that it has advanced their understanding of 'self' as manager in a work based environment (BU7401)
Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies
The graduating student exiting at this level will be equipped to apply a hands-on approach to managing people and resources in a complex business environment in a broad range of contexts and across sectors.
apply academic and theoretical thinking in a strategic business context. (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404 and BU7405)
apply creative and systematic reasoning to challenges related to the business environment (BU7401, BU7402 and BU7405, BU7409)
make sound and reasoned decisions based on academic research and evidence (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404 and BU7405)
effectively communicate advanced ideas to others (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404 and BU7405)
learn and work independently as well as with others especially in solving problems and dealing with matters of professional practice (programme wide - but specifically BU7401, BU7402, BU7403, BU7404 and BU7405)
use existing and recently acquired knowledge in new professional contexts (BU7401, BU7402 and BU7405, BU7409)
Application of Number
Information Literacy and Technology
Improving own learning and performance
Working with others
Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies
The graduating student who exits at this level will be able to demonstrate a significant number of cognitive and intellectual skills together with techniques specific to business and management. They should also demonstrate a significant number of relevant personal and interpersonal skills.
Develop the ability to think critically and creatively: managing creative processes in self and others; organising thoughts, analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal. This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7408 Creative Thinking & Problem Solving for managers" module
Develop the ability to solve complex problems through decision making: establishing criteria, using appropriate decision techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems; the ability to create, identify and evaluate options; the ability to implement and review decisions. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7402 Marketing across Boundaries" module to solve a marketing issue
Develop skills in numeracy and quantitative techniques including the use of models of business situations; qualitative research skills. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7403 Finance for Managers" module to evaluate a financial aspect of organisations
Develop skills in two-way communication: listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others; oral and written communication, using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7401 Leadership in Action” module whilst participating in Learning Support Group activities (all modules)
Develop skills in personal effectiveness: self-awareness and self-management; time management; sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations; the ability to continue learning. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7402 Leadership in Action" module whilst participating in Learning Support Group activities (all modules)
Effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise individuals' contributions in-group processes; team selection, delegation, development and management. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7404 Leading & Managing Ethically" module whilst participating in Learning Support Group activities
Develop skills in leadership and performance management: selecting appropriate leadership style for situations; setting targets, motivating, monitoring performance, coaching and mentoring, continuous improvement. For example, using the above techniques in the "BU7401 Leading & Managing Ethically" and "BU7405 Strategic Management" modules whilst considering leadership initiatives to facilitate strategic change
Develop ethics and value management: recognising ethical situations, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices. This is embedded in all modules throughout the programme, but highlighted in “BU7404” and all modules
To achieve a DMS, participants need to gain 120 level 7 credits.
To achieve a DMS award with Distinction, participants would normally be expected to gain a minimum of 70% in at least 50% of their taught modules. In order to be eligible for the conferment of a Merit, a candidate must attain a mark of 60% or higher in at least half the credit for which numerical marks are available. The modules may include the dissertation. Awards with distinction or merit will be considered by the teaching team and recommendations will be submitted at the Programme Awards Board. The University does not confer Distinction or Merit on Postgraduate Certificate Awards.
The programme structure has been designed to ensure that participants cover the core modules that underpin the DMS and to equip them with the skills and competencies necessary for higher level management.
The programme will be delivered as a part-time award. It will normally be delivered on an afternoon/evening basis but can also be delivered on a block/modular basis subject to demand. Modules may be delivered in parallel or sequentially in line with student needs.
Delivery and assessment of the programme will be by university tutors or associates approved by the Faculty. The DMS generic award modules are as follows:
Leadership Learning & Continuous Development (BU7701), Marketing Across Boundaries (BU7702), Finance for Managers (BU7703) Leading and Managing People (BU 7704), Managing Excellence in Processes & Projects (BU7731), Strategic Management (BU7705).
60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies
These 2 clear exit points enable participants to gain awards and leave or defer their studies. However, in line with current best practice it is recognised that with the increasing mobility in the working population studies may be disrupted or delayed by work re-locations or personal circumstances. The award of Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies gives participants the opportunity to gain an award and also to continue their studies at an appropriate time.
This will be consistent with the University's Widening Access and Participation Strategy
All applicants must normally:
Possess an honours degree or equivalent i.e. professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution, validated by the University International Office.
They must also satisfy a mandatory requirement of a minimum of two years appropriate management or business experience.
Essential criteria for the admission to the DMS are the applicant’s ability to complete the programme satisfactorily and benefit from it. Individuals will also be selected on the basis of the contribution they may be expected to make as well as the benefit they receive.
Under QAA typology the DMS is defined as a type 3 career development M level programme requiring significant relevant work experience. Mature candidates with significant management experience may be admitted to the programme without degree or degree equivalent qualifications if they can demonstrate their potential to meet the learning requirements of the programme. Eligibility will be determined by means of an interview with the admissions tutor and subject to confirmation with the DMS programme leader. All such students must provide written references for their work experience.
Applicants for whom English is not a native language must also demonstrate proficiency in English language. Such applicants will be required, normally to achieve scores of 6.5 on IELTS.
Entry with Credit
Entrants with CIPD accreditation will be given 60 credit exemptions from the following modules: Leadership Learning and Continuous Professional Development, Leading and Managing People and Strategic Management.
Entrants with ACCA accreditation will be given 60 credit exemptions from the following modules: Finance for Managers, Strategic Management and Learning & Managing People.
Under QAA typology the DMS is defined as a type 3 career development level 7 programme requiring significant relevant work experience. With regard to the general business and management content the broad nature of the award with its strategic underpinning reflects the expected content of these.
This is line with University guidelines. There is a strong emphasis on action based learning in the workplace and teaching informed by research active academics and practitioners.
A combination of the following learning and teaching methods are used:
Action Centred Learning
Work based activities
Formal lectures and briefings
Individual and group tutorials
Seminars and group discussions
Case study analysis
Directed and independent study, e.g. using on-line materials
As the programme progresses the emphasis shifts from conventional knowledge acquisition to the development of concepts, the exercise of judgement and the application of skills. Delivery styles will reflect this: didactic methods will be used less and participant-centred learning processes will predominate.
Although formal teaching styles will be used where appropriate, the responsibility for learning lies with participants. The role of academic staff will be mainly that of facilitators in the learning process. Participant-centred methods will be used whenever possible. The formal teaching processes will make use of directed study, seminars, group exercises and work-based activities and case studies to inform the learning process.
During the induction sessions students will be assisted by the Programme Director/Tutors to form Learning Support Groups comprising 5/6 students. The purpose of such groups will be to enable the students to gain support from one another in matters relating to the programme and exchange information relevant to the learning process. Group members will be encouraged to share work based experiences, explore issues arising from the academic content of the programme, and will work together outside the classroom on group assignments used for formative assessment purposes.
The formation of Learning Support Groups (LSGs) will help to stimulate participation and involvement among students on the programme as peer group learning takes place. Although group work is important, the needs of the individual will not be overlooked and both learning and teaching will be individualised through the mechanism of continuous personal and professional development and interaction with tutors on an individual basis.
The VLE, E-mail and other electronic communication systems facilitate the exchange of information among students and staff. This is accessible externally as well as internally to the University. Special workshops /and or weekend sessions are arranged as the occasion and demand from students arises.
The programme will make use of diagnostic, formative, and summative forms of assessment and will be derived from self, peer, mentor, and/or tutor input. Assignments will usually be focussed on the workplace and where appropriate, case studies and simulated activities will be used to reinforcethe academic and theoretical underpinnings delivered on the course. Assignments across all modules are designed so that they meet both the QAA subject benchmarks (see section 27) and the programme's learning outcomes (see section 23).
Assessment will normally take the form of a work related assignment or relevant industry case study will be employed in the assessment of the participants:
Normally a 20 credit module will have an assessment equivalent to:
Either one 4,000 word individual assignment·
Or up to four hours of examination, or time constrained assignment, in addition preparation time, including group learning sets, tutorials & student led case study workshops.
(The above is provided as guidance only)
All modules must be successfully completed in order to gain the DMS qualification.
The philosophy of the DMS has a strong emphasis on professionalism. It is the expectation that students will attend all lectures on site unless they have made suitable arrangements with the programme leader.
Students will also be expected to honour obligations to other students and staff when engaged in group work or work placements. Non-compliance may result in students being withdrawn from the programme.
Subject Assessment, Examination and Awards Boards
Assessment, Examination and Awards Boards will be held throughout the year to ensure that students progress in a timely manner. It is envisaged that this frequency will also enhance the student experience of part time students in terms of assessment, notification of results and the opportunity for re-assessment and progression.
The developed body of knowledge gained from this programme will facilitate a systematic, scientific and reflective approach to management enabling graduating students to be adaptive, strategic thinkers able to evaluate critically and respond to complex business issues, and apply high-level business skills and knowledge from academic to the business internal and external context. The overall outcome from a student engaging with the programme of study will be a manager who is able to add value to the market place by meeting the expectations of employers, via the application of acquired transferable, integrated skills.
The University is committed to the active promotion of equality of opportunity. The University seeks to ensure that no student is disadvantaged or discriminated against on the grounds of: gender; age; marital or parental status; sexual orientation; racial group (race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or national origins); creed (religious, political or personal beliefs or principles); membership or non-membership of a trade union; and socio-economic background. It also aims to ensure that disabled people and those with special needs do not suffer unfair discrimination, and that they are enabled to achieve their full potential as students. This programme is designed fully embracing the University's commitment to diversity and equality. The programme is developed and delivered with the following aspects in mind:
Admission requirements are clearly set out in promotional materials and due consideration is given to a policy of widening access, participation, diversity and equality.
Each module and programme is developed in line with University policy to both promote equality and diversity and encourage all students in the development of their learning.
There is flexibility in materials and delivery of teaching to support students with disability or from culturally diverse backgrounds and the Department works closely with Learning Support in delivering this support through Learning Support Plans.
The induction activities are designed to integrate all students both academically and socially and to make academic staff aware of any issues. Students are made aware of avenues of support if they a have any issues regarding diversity and equality. .
Assessments are designed to afford equal opportunity to all students to display their knowledge and skills.
In order to ensure that the needs of all students are met any barriers to access (physical, environmental and curriculum) are identified and removed or reasonable adjustments will be made based on requirements.
All learning materials and teaching and learning sessions are designed to be free from racist, sexist and other discriminatory assumptions and practices.
All tutors and support staff are aware of diversity issues and discharge their roles with knowledge and sympathy. Additionally staff development programmes addressing the specific issues of a diverse international student body are being planned. The programme is delivered in English and provided the student has attained the defined standard there are no significant cultural issues.
Participants are encouraged to apply for student membership of the Chartered Management Institute and upon graduation are encouraged to work towards full chartered status (at selected delivery sites only). Close links with the Institute will be maintained.
The underlying philosophy of the DMS is one of self-reliance and professionalism. Students are expected to take responsibility for their continuous professional development.
The underpinning cultural context is that of the Chartered Management Standards with a focus on ethical business practice, honouring obligations to others and competence in business and management skills. There is also a strong emphasis on action centred learning in the work place, supported by experienced tutors who are academics and practitioners. The majority of staff teaching on the DMS are also engaged in research and this is a valuable addition to the student experience.
It is envisaged that students will be able to apply best practice gained on the programme to their place of work. They will also have developed a personal philosophy of management as a creative and innovating function.
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