Teaching, learning and assessment methods
You learn through two inter-related methods. First, using a range of specially-written study materials, case studies, original texts, study guides and assignments and through a range of multi-media material and activities. Secondly, your learning is supported through an allocated tutor. This tutor is your first and main point of contact. The tutor answers queries on the materials, grades and comments on your work and arranges and runs tutorials, face to face or online.
Samples of tutors’ marking and comments are monitored by members of the central module team or experienced tutors who provide feedback to generate comments intended to support and develop tutors’ assessment and grading of assignments.
In some cases the assignments may be formative (for example at the beginning of a module to enable you to develop your confidence), but usually they are summative, i.e. they count towards your module result. Modules may also include computer-marked assignments or examination papers.
Formative assessment in the form of informal self-assessed questions allow you progressively to assess your own progress and understanding. Formal assessment of knowledge and understanding components of the programme is achieved by a series of tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). These assignments are marked and assessed by the module tutor. They are central to the teaching of the module since they allow you an opportunity to display your knowledge and understanding – and in consequence any issues concerning either – and so enable tutors to identify and comment on your knowledge and understanding. Tutors receive detailed marking guidance from the module team.
You are also encouraged to participate in online forums at both national and local levels. This gives you a chance to share and resolve issues with fellow students as well as tutors and the module team.
Most modules also include a three-hour written examination but may involve an end-of-module assessment which could include an investigation-based report.
Skills development and assessment
Cognitive skills in the programme are developed through a range of activities within the programme’s modules. Case studies and residential school activities allow students to engage with the issues around management and develop appropriate analysis, evaluation and problem-solving skills.
Skills associated with working with others in a group are developed at the residential schools, which are compulsory components of the compulsory modules within the MBA.
The programme materials and support from tutors helps develop your skills in managing your own learning. In particular, many of the modules expect you to work largely under your own direction and initiative. You are expected to reflect on your own performance, identify your own learning needs and develop appropriate learning strategies.
Key skills will also be assessed in each end-of-module examination.
You are expected to have work experience in management. As such, you should already have gained some of these skills. The programme will however allow you to demonstrate and develop them further.
Evidence of practical and professional skills will be apparent in all TMAs and tutors will comment on the evidence of skills as well as on demonstrated levels of knowledge and understanding.