BA Business & Enterprise (Top-up)
Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh Napier University is offering an innovative and flexible way of achieving your degree in one calendar year.
- The programme is studied fully online and 100% supported by Edinburgh Napier University Academics
- A degree with many acceptable entry qualifications
- Opportunity to enter at three points in the year – January, May and September
Students who complete a range of vocational qualifications recognised by the Qualifications Credit Framework can now ‘top up’ to degree level by joining the BA Business and Enterprise. The overall programme will provide:
- Workplace based learning, linked to organisational as well as personal objectives, designed to help you deliver business and personal results
- Learning and activities designed to help enhance the businesses in which you are working
- Development of enterprising people able to take forward the challenges of modern businesses or organisations
The BABE programme structure is very flexible and is built around the following modules:
- Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise (20 credits)
- Business Processes (20 credits)
- Business Growth Issues (20 credits)
- Work-based learning project (60 credits)
The aim of BA Business & Enterprise is to develop you and enhance your career opportunities. Assessments are therefore practical and applied, including reports around work roles, workplace-based assignments and case studies. BA Business & Enterprise has no traditional exams, we want you to apply your learning.
Before you commence a module, we will provide you with a full guide to the University, your programme, and the support that is available to you. In addition to the module materials, you will receive full support from module leaders, the programme leader, full access to our online library support, as well as being able to contact our dedicated administration team, should you have any queries.
On graduating, you will be well placed to address business and organisational issues, work in innovative creative ways and achieve results for you, your career and your organisation. Progression is possible to a range of Masters Programmes.
Earn a world class BABE (Top-up) for under $5,000.
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|Work-based Learning Project (over 3 Trimesters)|
CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND ENTERPRISE
What you will learn and what this module is about Think of yourself as the creative type? Interested in innovation in business? This module will introduce you to both. It also explores entrepreneurship and considers intrapreneurs working in organisations. The class format is highly interactive, allowing students to contribute and guide their learning experience. Personal creativity and entrepreneurial behaviour is also examined and unleashed. Use is made of live case studies, quizzes and lateral thinking techniques. Description of module content
- Definitions of creativity, innovation and enterprise
- Consideration of the range of tools and techniques used in organisations to encourage creativity
- Characteristics of the innovative organisation, and how to create an appropriate environment for creativity
- Consideration of barriers to creativity and how to overcome them
- The planning process of New Product / Service Development within enterprising organisations
Learning Outcomes for module
- Comprehend the role of creativity and innovation in enterprising organisations
- Comprehend the tools and techniques of creative and innovation management
- Examine the barriers to creativity and how successful organisations overcome these challenges
- Evaluate the process of planning from creativity to the implementation of innovation in enterprising organisations – in private, public and the voluntary sectors
What you will learn and what this module is about: You will learn to analyse and gain insight into an organisation’s operating environment through an examination of the functions, processes, and capabilities which contribute to its success. Description of module content:
- Internal analysis within the business: functions and value chain activities; capabilities, core competencies and the significance of cross functional processes.
- The organisational functions of operations, marketing, human resource management, and information management: within each area the essence of the functional activity, its strategic role and measures of effectiveness will be examined; at least one key cross functional process within each area will act as a ‘focal point’ or ‘catalyst’ e.g. operations and supply chain management
Learning Outcomes for module
- Evaluate the role of an organisation’s internal capabilities and how these may be structured to attain competitive advantage
- Appraise the role and scope of specific business functions and their contribution to an organisation’s success
- Analyse and evaluate the significance of key, cross functional processes essential to the delivery of customer value
BUSINESS GROWTH ISSUES
What you will learn and what this module is about During this module you will learn and identify the reasons why some businesses remain small and others grow. It is expected that if selecting this module you are part-time and or distance learner who is working in an organisation where you will have the opportunity to apply much of your learning. You are required to analyse the current business situation, and analyse the growth to date. Description of module content: Emphasis will be on entrepreneurial leadership of small and growing businesses and the key issues facing them. The module workshops will include:
- Growth models to understand the phases of growth and seek evidence in organisations
- Identifying and reviewing examples of building growth businesses, and the role of the entrepreneur in the leadership of these businesses
- The growth of businesses will be evaluated by utilising the strategic management tools including strategic analysis, strategic choices and strategic implementation options
Learning Outcomes for module
- Evaluate entrepreneurial aspirations and reasons for growth
- Analyse the importance of growth businesses in the economy
- Discuss and critique the characteristics of the growth stages of developing a business
- Analyse and review successful growth strategies of entrepreneurial businesses
WORK-BASED LEARNING PROJECTWhat you will learn and what this module is about This module offers you the opportunity to use the workplace as a source of personal development, through application of learning, personal reflection and ongoing feedback. You will be able to improve your personal effectiveness, self confidence and ability to learn from experience and external sources. Description of module content The module is based around three sets of learning objectives, namely ‘Job’ (J); ‘Personal’ (P); and ‘Course’ (C). There are four learning objectives in each set, with clear linkages with the Module
Learning Outcomes. Students will establish a personal development plan and, over a 12 month period, apply learning from the course and other related areas, reflect on application and evaluate results. Students will complete monthly reflective diaries, on which formative feedback will be given, providing them with an ongoing reflective learning loop that will build their knowledge, understanding and application. The learning objectives are as follows:
P1 Communicate effectively within a range of business or organisational contexts
P2 Apply the skills necessary to effectively lead a team
P3 Plan and prioritise work in order to achieve business / organisational outcomes
P4 Demonstrate self confidence and initiative in a range of business / organisational situations
J1 Take responsibility for specific business / organisational outcomes and learn from their achievement
J2 Demonstrate understanding of business / organisational functions, processes and structures
J3 Analyse problems and suggest strategies to overcome them
J4 Analyse the needs of internal / external customers
C1 Relate current theory of business and enterprise to workplace practice and problems
C2 Analyse the business or organisational environment faced within the workplace
C3 Evaluate how academic study interacts with and influences the workplace
C4 Evaluate the impact of enterprise, management and leadership skills and styles within the workplace Learning Outcomes for module
- Demonstrate understanding of application of key principles of personal effectiveness in business leadership and management
- Demonstrate understanding of enterprising business / organisational structures, processes and procedures
- Analyse key issues relating to delivery of business / organisational outcomes
- Evaluate practices in the workplace in relation to academic learning
- Develop analytical thought processes and evaluative skills
The programme can be completed in a minimum of one year or a maximum of three years.
All assessments are conducted online and normally comprise multiple choice questions plus a report, essay or similar. Examinations are not used for assessment.
Admission will be open to those who have successfully completed an Associate Degree or equivalent in a relevant area.