BA Business Management (Top-up)
BA Business Management (Top-up) with Finance
BA Business Management (Top-up) with Hospitality
BA Business Management (Top-up) with HRM
BA Business Management (Top-up) with Marketing
Edinburgh Napier University
The Edinburgh Napier University BA Business (Top-up) programme provides you with a broad foundation in business and helps you develop a range of skills across a number of business disciplines, to complement your previous studies, and to help prepare you for the dynamic global business environment. The programme is aimed at holders of Associate degrees or equivalent in a business related discipline. Holders of Associate degrees or equivalent in non-business disciplines would benefit instead from the BABE (Top-up).
Some students may lack credit or subject-specific modules required to enable them to join the BA Business Management top-up degree, or one of its specialisms. If, as a prospective student, you do not meet the requirements to enter the 3rd year top-up degree but do have some prior FE/ HE qualifications and/or significant work experience, we may be able to offer you bridging modules, tailored to your needs. Such bridging will bring prospective students skills , knowledge and credit to the necessary level to enter the third year of a degree.
The modules required to enable a student to bridge to the third year will be offered for study and paid for on an individual basis by the student and will be subject to normal arrangements. These bridging modules will be selected from the following: ‘Creativity, Innovation and Business Enterprise’, ‘Accounting for Business’, ‘Human Resource Management’, and ‘Business and Management Challenges’.
The six modules for each stream in the Top-up (Final year) are:
BA Business Management (Online)
|All modules are 20 credits and compulsory|
|Trimester 1||Operations Management||•||•|
|Organizational Change Management||•||•||•||•||•|
|Strategic Management in a Global Context||•||•||•|
|Trimester 2||Strategic Management in a Global Context||•|
|Direct & Digital Marketing||•|
|Corporate Risk Management||•|
|Human Resource Management||•||•|
|Trimester 3||International Marketing||•||•||•||•|
|Hospitality Business Development||•|
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 support from online tutors as well as the online support teams, 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.
The programme is studied fully online for a minimum of one year and is 100% supported by Edinburgh Napier University Academics. You will study a maximum of two modules at a time over each trimester, six modules in total. The maximum duration of the programme is 3 years which allows you to study at your own pace. The modules are taught fully online and will enable you to complete the programme in one year and to then graduate with your UK degree.
(One year minimum)
|MODULES 1 & 2||MODULES 3 & 4||MODULES 5 & 6|
All the module learning materials are engaging, interactive and self-directed, and can be accessed by PC or tablet, plus available in pdf format. A Study Guide to each module text is provided which will guide you through the module text. These materials are supplemented by additional videos, links, podcasts etc. as well as weekly online support with the module leader. You will also have self-directed activity plus directed online discussion in study groups, to encourage online interaction with other students.
Earn a world class BABM (Top-up) for under $5,000.
ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE MANAGEMENT (all programmes)
This module focuses on understanding the nature of organisational change and analysing various frameworks for organisational change. Students will appraise the effect of culture on change processes and evaluate tools and techniques used in the management of change.
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (General programme)
The module will provide students with a broad understanding of operations management and its role in the wider business context. It also considers in detail many topical and important operations management issues such as business improvement and global supply chain management. The module applies these operations management issues to all sectors, private and public, service and manufacturing.
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT (all programmes)
Corporate strategies have to deal with an increasingly global competitive environment where successful firms are able to anticipate and respond to the environment by using their resources and capabilities to formulate and implement effective strategies. In this module students will gain an in-depth understanding of the concepts and analytical frameworks necessary for an organisation to conduct a strategic analysis, to assess its strategic choices and to implement its chosen strategy effectively.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (all programmes)
The module will provide students with an understanding of the dynamics of the international business environment. There are two significant aspects to this module: the international business environment and the changes which have taken place in the post-war period; and the operation of business on an international basis, and the implications to the practicing manager in terms of strategy, structure and operational functions.
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING (all programmes)
Students will learn about the theory relating to the Macro-Environment and explore the relationship between marketing in the home market and developing into international markets as a small, medium or large scale organisation. The social, cultural and trading environments are analysed and supported by international marketing research theory and concepts to help students to gain a greater understanding of the differences between home and international markets. Having established a fuller understanding of the differences, students will evaluate the decision to enter international markets, followed by the development of the international marketing mix, implementation, monitoring and control and the evolving impact of technology on business development and international marketing.
MANAGERIAL FINANCE (all programmes)
This module will develop students’ abilities to analyse published financial information and also develop their ability to apply internal financial information to the management roles of decision-making, planning and control and performance evaluation.
DIRECT AND DIGITAL MARKETING (Marketing specialism)
This module will develop students’ understanding of database marketing and a number of electronic media: email, web-sites and the internet, mobile marketing and other electronic media. Direct Marketing (DM) covers DM media such as direct mail and telemarketing; also the use in DM of traditional media such as direct response advertising in newspapers and TV.
CORPORATE RISK MANAGEMENT (Finance specialism)
All organisations are faced with a variety of risks on an on-going basis. Sometimes these risks will result in losses to the business while, at other times, they will present the business with the chance to generate substantial returns. If losses are to be avoided or, at least, minimised and returns achieved, these risks need to be managed effectively. In this module you will look at the nature of the risks with which organisations are faced and how these should be managed to the overall benefit of the business and its stakeholders.
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (HRM specialism & bridging module)
This module aims to introduce you to the theories, concepts and practices of human resource management. It focuses on the role of the line manager and HR specialist in employee resourcing and development and examines how these policy areas can contribute to organisational effectiveness and the productivity and well-being of the employee.
HOSPITALITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (Hospitality Specialism)
The module provides a varied and stimulating programme of study that enables you to fully understand and appreciate the basic building blocks of any hospitality business, as viewed from a management perspective. It thus develops your knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning the effective design, development, delivery and operational management of a hospitality operation. Moreover, it enhances your ability to critically review the structure, organisation and performance of hospitality businesses.
CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND ENTERPRISE (Bridging Module)
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
ACCOUNTING FOR BUSINESS (Bridging Module)
The focus of this module is to introduce you to the role that finance plays in the day to day running of a business organisation. You will learn how to prepare and interpret basic financial statements, will appreciate why profit and cash are not the same and will learn how to use financial information to help with short-term business decision-making.
The objectives of financial reporting, financial v management accounting. the preparation of the primary financial statements – income statements and balance sheets, profit v cash, cash budgeting, short-term decision making, regulatory framework, interpretation of financial data.
BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES (Bridging Module)
Warren Bennis likened managing people to herding cats. Organisations are made up of people and the management role can be taxing, exciting and frustrating. This module seeks to help you to develop a tool-kit of skills and knowledge that will be useful to you as you progress in your career.
- The Role of the Manager
- The Challenges of Teams & Their Cultures
- Internal Change & the External View
- Designing Relevant Business Structures
- Decision Making Models
- Making Ethical Decisions
- Using Influence & Power
- Why Is Strategy Important?
- Creating & Implementing Plans
The programme is studied fully online for a minimum of one year. You will study a maximum of two modules at a time over each trimester, six modules in total. The maximum duration of the programme is 3 years which allows you to study at your own pace.
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.
Some students may lack credit or subject-specific modules required to enable them to join the BA Business Management Top-up degree, or one of its specialisms. If, as a prospective student, you do not meet the requirements to enter the 3rd year top-up degree but do have some prior FE/ HE qualifications and/or significant work experience, we may be able to offer you bridging modules, tailored to your needs. Such bridging will bring prospective students skills , knowledge and credit to the necessary level to enter the third year of a degree.