This OU module will develop your language and skills for communicating effectively in the world of business and management. You will learn to write successful business assignments and a range of workplace documents; develop strategies to read complex texts on business topics; be able to give effective presentations and take part in business negotiations and academic discussions. The module materials use a blend of texts, audios, videos and interactive online activities to help you develop both your written and spoken business communication skills.
This module introduces management ideas and uses activities to build on your existing knowledge and skills through the application of management theory. You will develop your understanding of management practice in your work, and in the wider context of organisations. You will critically evaluate your workplace context in relation to management practice and review your knowledge and skills. This module is suitable for anyone who has undertaken 150 hours of workplace learning in the last three years and wants to develop an academic understanding of management disciplines such as operations, marketing, strategy, and their own management practice.
This module provides you with a broad grounding in business and management practice and study. You will explore how organisations work by looking at their internal functions (operations, finance and marketing). You'll also learn about the external environment and how the economic and political context helps shape how businesses respond to global challenges. Using a blend of text, audio video and interactive online activities, you’ll develop vital skills for study and for work in business, public or voluntary sector organisations. Particular attention is paid to developing your critical thinking skills. You will also be introduced to mind mapping as a technique to help you express your ideas and creativity.
B100 is the First Module ( Subject ) of the Program. This 60-credit module will provide you with a thorough introduction into some key aspects of business and management practice and study. You will learn about how business and other organisations work, about people at work, about the all-important financial information that business managers need to understand and about customers and marketing.
The final block of B100 turns to the global context in which businesses operate. In particular the block looks at how economic globalisation both shapes and is shaped by business – drawing out the challenges it raises for business and management practice.
Block 2, which has four sessions, will give you an introduction to the topic of human resources management: This Block considers the question of motivation and asks why people go to work, as well as looking at the recruitment process and exploring various approaches to job design, and the effects these can have on employees’ experience of work.
Block 1, which has 4 sessions, will give you an introduction to the topic of business and management and set up some of the topics that will be covered in greater detail in later parts of B100