When you have completed this qualification you will be able to:
- deal confidently with specialists (in finance, marketing, human resources, for example) and tackle complex cross-functional problems
- evaluate practices and contribute to improved performance in organisations with which you are and will be associated from time to time
- appreciate the contribution of management theories, recognising when and how they can be applied in organisations
- exploit the personal computer as both a tool and a rapidly developing medium of communication.
Knowledge and understanding
When you have completed the qualification you will:
- know the key managerial issues associated with human resources, marketing, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance, operations, quality and information
- understand how these issues are inter-related in your own and in other organisations.
The study programme is designed for managers aiming to progress to a middle or upper management role in one of a wide range of organisations, industries and locations. You will study both printed and electronic material and will be supported by tutors during face-to-face tutorials, computer forums and at your residential school. All our tutors have a great deal of managerial experience.
There will be problem-solving and problem-based activities to help you to reflect on your own experience and that of the other participants. Assessment is through six tutor-marked assignments and a final, three-hour exam in which you will be expected to apply theory and provide examples or illustrations.
As you apply the knowledge and understanding you gain from this study programme this will enable you to develop and practise the following cognitive skills:
- logical and critical reasoning
- understanding and applying concepts
- flexibility and adaptability
- problem solving
- analysis and interpretation
- integration of knowledge.
These skills are learnt alongside the learning of knowledge and understanding described above and assessed accordingly. The problem-solving and problem-based activities are of particular importance in developing your cognitive skills.
Practical and/or professional skills
These skills are closely linked to the main learning outcomes mentioned above.
Developing professional managers is central to the study programme; and so the student-centred approach to learning, assessment and teaching outlined above is designed to instil and enhance these skills. The residential school in particular allows you to provide practical demonstrations of your skills development.
To enable you to apply the cognitive skills, the study programme will:
- develop your capacity to learn in familiar and unfamiliar situations
- reinforce the key skills of: communication; numeracy; the use of information technology; and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
These skills are integrated into the learning and assessment methods referred to above. Communication and interaction between you and your fellow students is enhanced by the use of computer forums.