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Business and finance fundamentals in practice

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This module is only available to learners who have completed and purchased Certificates of Achievement for all eight Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the ‘Business and Finance Fundamentals’ program available from FutureLearn.

FutureLearn is a MOOC platform, wholly owned by The Open University, offering a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. Using lively case studies and interactive exercises, the module consolidates key lessons from each of the ‘Business and Finance Fundamentals’ MOOCs. You will demonstrate your skills and understanding by carrying out a series of workplace relevant tasks which address aspects of the learning from each MOOC. This module allows you to put the skills and knowledge you have acquired in your MOOC study into practice whilst also equipping you with study skills required for learning at undergraduate level. Assessment consists of a series of practical tasks which build into the assignment you submit at the end of the module.

On successful completion of this module you will gain 30 credits that can be counted towards a range of Open University qualifications.

What you will study

You will have the opportunity to revise key content from the relevant MOOC in preparation for each task. You will be guided by various activities including interactive computer-marked assessment, questions, and reviewing program content that remains available to you as a registered learner on the FutureLearn platform who has purchased the required Certificates of Achievement.  In parallel to this process of consolidation and application, you will receive a grounding in study skills relevant to undergraduate learning. Over the 21 weeks of the module, your work will build towards the final assignment, ensuring that you have the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of your learning from the program.

This module requires 9-10 hours of study each week in addition to the 96 hours of study for the MOOCs.

Entry requirements

To study this module, you must have completed all relevant MOOCs and obtained all eight Certificates of Achievement from the FutureLearn program ‘Business and Finance Fundamentals’ prior to the final date for registering on each presentation. You will be asked to provide proof of this via email once you have registered on the module. Further details of the program and its content are available from the FutureLearn website

If you wish to study this module as part of an OU qualification, you will need to make sure that you meet the entry requirements for that qualification. If you start the BA (Honours) Business Management with this module, please note that the compulsory module An introduction to business and management (B100) must be your next module.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

What's included

All module materials are provided online via the module website.

You will need

A calculator.

Computing requirements

A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

A desktop or laptop computer with either:

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

Teaching and assessment

Study support

You will have access to online interaction with your fellow students, and to a Learning Advisor who will provide ‘light touch’ advice and guidance. Just as with your previous MOOC studies, all communication and learning on this module takes place online, putting you in the driving seat as an independent learner.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your end-of-module assessment (EMA).

If you have a disability

The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying BXM191 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

Future availability

Business and finance fundamentals in practice starts twice a year – in April and October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2019 and April 2020. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2020. 

Course work includes:

End-of-module assessment
No residential school