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BA/BSc International Business, Finance and Economics

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  1. BA/BSc International Business, Finance and Economics Dr Reza Salehnejad Programme Director Chris McGlinchey Programme Administrator

  2. Congratulations!

  3. Now the hard work starts

  4. … the hard work will be worth it in the end

  5. Who are Undergraduate Services? • Professional Support Services; • Undergraduate Office – D20 • Assessment & Student Support Office – D14 • Admissions Office – via D20 M

  6. The Basics

  7. Your Arrival Pack • Welcome Week Timetable; • Teaching Timetables – lectures and Academic Advisor seminars; • Seminars via the student system; • Student Peer Mentor information; • Personal development plan documents; • Health & Safety course information. M

  8. Timetable Your timetable will be different each week. You are responsible for checking your personal timetable on the Student System and making sure that you are in the right place at the right time. M

  9. Where to find information • My Manchester • Student System (Campus Solutions) • Online Undergraduate Handbook • Blackboard M

  10. Role of Blackboard • All courses have a space in the Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) • You must frequently consult the Blackboard space for all of your courses • The resources on Blackboard are not a substitute for attending teaching sessions.

  11. IT Information • IT Account • Register via the Student System • Note your University of Manchester email address • Storage – p-drive 200mb of space • Printing, £20 print credit • PC labs • Student Group Study Room – C11 • Wi-Fi – eduroam • IT Support – M

  12. Communication from Undergraduate Services • e-Bulletin every fortnight • emails • Facebook • Twitter • Texts • Online Undergraduate Student Handbook • Blackboard • Notice boards • Plasma screens M

  13. The Programme

  14. Learning Outcomes (Knowledge & Understanding) Understand the principles and theory of micro and macro economics as applied to business and management Understand financial concepts and accounting practices for business Understand the context within which business operates. This includes knowledge of recent literatures on globalisation, the changing organisation of business and the impact of new technologies Understand the different economic, political and sociological perspectives on the workings of the UK and other economies. Understand the main current approaches to business strategy and broader debates about the impact of the ‘new economy’ on management decisions.

  15. Learning Outcomes (Intellectual Skills) Critically analyse arguments, theories and policies in relation to business Solve problems and provide individual argument in relation to particular business scenarios Synthesise and evaluate data from a variety of different sources Think through and assess the impact of economic and organisational contexts on business performance Reflect on ones own work, as well as that of ones peers

  16. Learning Outcomes (Practical Skills) Locate/process/collate data or literature in a suitable form for analysis Input primary sources of information into database format Use basic mathematical and statistical techniques to understand the decision making process within businesses Present quantitative and/or qualitative information, together with analysis, argument and commentary, in report form Correctly cite, acknowledge and reference sources Present data and argument in oral form, both individually and in groups.

  17. Learning Outcomes (Transferable Skills and Personal Qualities) Apply research skills to the analysis of new and different companies Apply research skills to the analysis of new and different companies Use interpersonal skills to orally communicate ideas and arguments Write reports Manage time and work to deadlines

  18. Your Programme BMAN10501: Financial Reporting BMAN10512 Introductory Management Accounting BMAN10522M Financial Decision Making BMAN10780 Business and Management Skills BMAN10770 Financial and Digital Innovations in International Business AND ONE COMBINATION FROM EACH GROUP ECON10061 Introductory Mathematics and ECON10062 Introductory Statistics OR ECON10001 Further Mathematics 1 and ECON10132 Statistics for Economists OR ECON10071 Advanced Mathematics and ECON10072 Advanced Statistics ECON10041 Microeconomic Principles and ECON10042 Macroeconomic Principles OR ECON10081 The UK Economy – Microeconomics and ECON10082 The UK Economy – Macroeconomics SOCY10912 Work, Organisations and Society OR POLI10601 Introduction to International Politics

  19. Teaching, Learning & Assessment Each year is 120 credits Courses are either 10 (one semester) or 20 (two semesters) credits Exception BMAN10780 Semester 1 exams take place in January and semester 2 exams take place in May/June Some courses are assessed by exam only, some by coursework and exams and some by coursework only Attendance is mandatory for all lectures, tutorials, etc

  20. Need extra help with maths? There are extra drop in maths surgeries each semester for students who want more help. Look out for details in the e-Bulletin

  21. Options in Year 2 and 3 • Information about course choices and programme structures is available in the online undergraduate handbook • You are responsible for ensuring that you have the necessary pre-requisites and co-requisites for the courses you want to take • Options talks will be held towards the end of semester 2

  22. Assessment and Progression

  23. Assessment: What to Expect • Semester 1 exams take place in January • Semester 2 exams take place in May/June • Some courses are assessed by exam only, some by coursework and exams and some by coursework only. It is your responsibility to check your coursework deadlines and your exam dates, times and venues.

  24. Progression Pass everything (40%+ in 120 credits) Pass 40%+ in at least 80 credits and a “compensatable mark” (30-39%) in a maximum of 40 credits Year 1 Year 2 Receive a mark below 40% in more than 40 credits = compensation and REASSESSMENT If you fail any course below 30% = REASSESSMENT You can be reassessed in courses up to a maximum of 80 credits

  25. Resits Resits take place in August in Manchester Resits are for progression only. They are not a second chance to get a better mark If you fail resits you may be allowed to take additional courses in your second year, may have to retake exams and wait a year to join the second year, or be excluded from the university

  26. Degree Weightings • First year – need to pass to proceed to second year • Marks do not count towards degree classification, but do appear on a transcript of marks. • Marks may be important when applying for internships/work experience Academic levels • Level 2 = 33% • Level 3 = 67%

  27. Prizes • There are several prizes for high achieving students at the end of each year. • Recognition of achievement • Useful for your CV

  28. Expectations of you Expectations

  29. In coming to MBS you have not bought a degree. You are paying for the opportunity to earn one.

  30. Approaches to teaching and learning • University teaching is different from school/college • Some very large lectures • Some small group seminars/workshops • A range of teaching styles • Lecturers, senior lecturers, professors, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), seminar leaders • You are expected to be an independent learner • You are responsible for your own learning

  31. Attendance and Engagement You are expected to attend all scheduled teaching session (lectures, seminars, labs, workshops etc) You are expected to engage in all scheduled teaching session (lectures, seminars, labs, workshops etc) You are expected to avoid any behaviour that would interfere with the learning and engagement of others. Seminar attendance will be monitored, and spot checks may be conducted in lectures.

  32. Academic Advisors • Every student will be assigned an academic advisor • An academic advisor is a member of staff who you will get to know over your first year, and who will remain with you throughout your time on the programme. • You will meet your academic advisor every fortnight as part of the Business and Management Skills course (BMAN10780) • Your academic advisor will provide you with: • A point of contact regarding academic issues • Support in developing a personal development plan (PDP) • Feedback on your progress • A reference should you need one for a job, internship or further study

  33. Feedback Feedback is developmental and should enable you to enhance your knowledge and understanding, personal qualities and intellectual, transferable and practical skills.  • Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab. • Online exercises and quizzes delivered through the course Blackboard space • Responses to your emails and questions from a member of staff, including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum • Specific course related feedback sessions • Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non assessed coursework • Written and/or verbal comments after you have given a group or individual presentation • Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance • Group and individual discussions/meetings with your Academic Advisor • Discussions and meetings with your Programme Director

  34. Feedback • Academic staff aim to provide feedback which is: • Prompt • Individual • Constructive • Related to progression • Related to the learning outcomes of the course unit

  35. Office hours • Office hours are times when academic staff are available to meet students • Academic staff should display their office hours on their door.

  36. And finally…

  37. Student Representatives Student representatives are the voice of the students on MBS committees • Staff-student liaison Committee • IBFE Programme Committee • Student Rep Focus Groups Nomination forms are available from D20 Deadline 4 October Meet current reps at the Student Fair

  38. Contacts for the IBFE Programme • Undergraduate Office (D20 MBS East) • Email: • Assessment and Student Support Centre (D14 MBS East) • Email: • Dr Reza Salehnejad, Programme Director (6.04 Harold Hankins building) • Email:

  39. Good luck for the forthcoming year(s)

  40. Any questions?