Choosing modules

You should read this guidance carefully, as different than normal arrangements have been made for academic session 2020/2021, due to the unusual and extraordinary COVID-19 circumstances. A limited number of modules is available to non-graduating ERASMUS+ students attending Sep20-Jan21.

The complement of modules (called 'courses' in European terminology) on offer by the School of Business and Enterprise at the University of the West of Scotland is revised every academic year shortly after the end of March or early to mid-April. Potential applicants can visit, however, https://psmd.uws.ac.uk to find details for the modules of the current provision. When reading the module descriptors, you should consider the following important information. ERASMUS+ Exchange non-graduating students should note that during the Fall semester of 2020, these are the modules on offer at our Paisley and Lanarkshire campuses, while registration at postgraduate modules depends on the provisions of each inter-institutional (partnership) agreement. Graduating students should read the notes on 'Programme selection' below. Once you select the modules you wish to study, complete your Learning Agreement and either e-mail it to me for signature or load it on the ERASMUS Dashboard for authorisation. Duly completed Learning Agreements must reach me by close of business of Sunday 6th September, to allow us to pre-load the modules on your academic record, otherwise you will not be able to enrol on-line. If you are a non-graduating ERASMUS+ student attending both semesters, you will find here the Paisley February 2021 and the Lanarkshire February 2021 offerings.


To help you through the somewhat daunting labyrinth of information, here is a step-by-step guide.  If you go to https://psmd.uws.ac.uk/UGProgrammes/UGProgrammeSpecsA_Z.aspx?titleChar=B you will find the list of all Business programmes. By clicking on each hyperlink, you will see each programme’s specifications.  As the list of options for level 9 (third year) is not very helpful as it is extensive, do visit https://psmd.uws.ac.uk/ModuleDescriptors/ModuleDescriptorsCodesA_Z.aspx and select B for all BUSN modules, M for all MARK modules, T for all TOUR modules, making sure each time you choose a module with the digit 9 in its code, e.g. MARK09012. Answers to many other questions you may have, can be found in the FAQs page.

 

ERASMUS+ Exchange students can take a max. of 30 ECTS per trimester, while an appropriate Business English module can be taken free of charge. If a student registers for a non-Business English module, a charge at prevailing rates will be added automatically to the student's account.

 

All applicants should note that every module has a code, e.g. ECON10005 and here is the significance of the first 2 digits:

07=level 7=first year undergraduate

08=level 8=second year undergraduate

09=level 9=third year undergraduate; upon completion student is awarded a BA.

10=level 10=fourth year undergraduate; uUpon completion student is awarded BA(Hons).

11=level 11=first year postgraduate (no second year, as such); uUpon completion student is awarded either a PgD or MSc, depending on performance and other criteria.

 

The University has four campuses and the School of Business and Enterprise offers modules in all 4 of them. ERASMUS+ Exchange students are allocated, however, to either the Paisley or the new Lanarkshire campus.  Applicants, therefore, should make sure that modules are offered in the same campus, as campuses are some 30km apart and travel costs are significant.

 

Here is a quick list of academic programmes of study on offer by the School of Business and Enterprise in academic session  2019/2020.  For a complete and more comprehensive list of programmes offered by all Schools, please scroll to the bottom of this page. These programmes are only available to graduating (i.e. studying 2 semesters) EU students.


You can find the timetable of Business English and other languages for Fall semester, here

You can find the timetable of Business English and other languages for Spring semester, here

(*) If you choose a language, it must show in the Learning Agreement


BAcc(Hons) Accounting (code N400)

All levels offered in Paisley and Lanarkshire

The BAcc Accounting provides thorough training for a career in accountancy - including financial and management accounting, taxation and audit.  CEOs and boards rely on accountants to help them to make informed financial decisions that contribute to the future success of their organisation – and you can play a part in this.  With an emphasis on the practical aspects of accountancy, you will gain the mix of skills, knowledge and experience needed for a stimulating and rewarding career in accountancy.

You will study the core modules Advance Financial Management, Auditing, Business Taxation, Financial Accounting 3, Management Accounting 3 all worth 50 ECTS, and you will take a further 10 ECTS as optional modules of your choice.

 

As this course has an extensive list of pre-requisites, i.e. essential prior studies, admission to the 3rd year will depend specifically to the modules an applicant has studied prior to application.


BA(Hons) Business (code N100)

Levels 7-9 offered in Paisley and Lanarkshire

The BA Business course has been developed in partnership with businesses and industry leaders to provide a mix of practical skills,knowledge and understanding of theory to help you meet the challenges of a stimulating and rewarding career.  As well as providing a broad base of learning, we also offer the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests in line with your future career aspirations. Specialist areas of study include enterprise and entrepreneurship, marketing or human resources.

You will study the core modules of Business Research Skills, Enterprise Creation and Strategic Management, all worth 30 ECTS, and you will take a further 30 ECTS as optional modules of your choice.

Holders of a DUT in Gestion des Enterprises et des Administrations, Gestion Qualite Logistique Industrielle et Organisationand or Gestion Administration et Commerciale des Organisations with English language skills are eligible for direct entry to the 3rd year of the course.


BA(Hons) Business & Finance (code N1N3)

Levels 7-9 offered in Paisley

The BA Business & Finance has been developed in partnership with industry, employers and professional associations to meet the challenges and demands of modern business.  You will develop a clear understanding of the skills to successfully manage and organise a business. In addition, you’ll also gain core skills in finance to help you ensure that an organisation is run on a secure financial footing.  Our links to local and national organisations ensure that teaching and assessments focus on real companies and real issues that business managers are faced with.

 

You will study the core modules of Business Taxation, Evaluation of Annual Reports, Money Banking & Finance and Research Methods in Accounting & Finance all worth 30 ECTS, and you will take a further 30 ECTS as optional modules of your choice.

 

Holders of a DUT in Gestion Administration et Commerciale des Organisations and English language skills may be eligible for direct entry to the 3rd year of the course.


BA(Hons) Business & HRM (code N1N6)

Levels 7-9 offered in Paisley

The BA Business & Human Resource Management (HRM) has been developed in partnership with industry, employers and professional associations to equip you with the knowledge and skills that business leaders look for.   Not only will you learn how to successfully manage and organise a business, you’ll also gain core skills in HRM, including workforce management and development.

 

You will study the core modules of Critical Employment Relations, Developing HRM Research, HR Strategy, Managing Performance, Reward Management all worth 30 ECTS, and you will take a further 30 ECTS as optional modules of your choice.

 

Holders of a DUT in Gestion Administration et Commerciale des Organisations, or Assistant Ressources Humaines and English language skills may be eligible for direct entry to the 3rd year of the course.


BA(Hons) Business & Marketing (code N1N5)

Levels 7-9 offered in Paisley

Specialist marketing modules are complemented by a range of general business modules, which help to underpin your marketing knowledge. Economics, accounting, human resource management and law will provide you with the skills required to excel in a marketing career.  You will develop communication skills including presentation techniques, selling and negotiating to prepare you for a wide range of marketing positions. 

 

You will study the core modules of Digital Project-MARK09019 in Spring, Marketing Communications Mix-MARK09016 in Autumn, Marketing Experiences-MARK09017 in Autumn and Researching in Marketing Tourism & Events-TOUR09023 in Spring, all worth 35 ECTS, and you will take a further 25 ECTS as optional modules of your choice, like Business Events & Tourism, Coaching & Mentoring, Competition Law, Critical Employment Relations, Experiencing Events & Venues, Facilitation Skills, Intercultural Awreness, Knowledge Management Principles, Managing Performance, Managing Public Services, Tourism & Sustainability.

 

Holders of a DUT in Techniques et Commercialisation and English language skills are eligible for direct entry to the 3rd year of the course.


BA(Hons) Events Management (code N820)

Levels 7-9 offered in Paisley and Lanarkshire

The course focuses on the development of operational and managerial skills across a range of events industry sectors, including project management, legislation and risk management – all essential skills for the professional events manager.  You will explore a range of event management processes and have direct involvement in the planning and staging of live events.  A special feature of this course is the Festival Curriculum, designed to bring students together to work on exciting live event projects.  The course team have a close liaison with industry leaders, ensuring that the course remains up-to-date and relevant.  Guest speakers from industry and governing bodies are a regular feature of the course to provide industry insight.

You will study the core modules of Enterprise Creation, Events Policy, & Strategy, Researching in Marketing Tourism & Events, Strategic Management, Designing Events Experiences all worth 50 ECTS, and you will take a further 10 ECTS as optional modules of your choice.

 

Applicants will be admitted to our BA Business course and they will be able to take as options, modules from this discipline.


BA Law (code M101)

Levels 7-9 offered in Paisley

The BA Law equips students with a solid legal understanding that will enable them to move into employment in a wide variety of sectors in the legal profession.  The course can be used as a first step towards a career as a qualified solicitor, allowing graduates to gain entry onto further legal study, such as an LLB or LLM.  Understanding and advising an organisation on how to comply with its legal obligations is a skill that’s increasingly in demand.

 

You will study the core module International Human Rights Law worth 10 ECTS, and you will take a further 50 ECTS as optional modules of your choice from the general Law discipline.

 

Holders of a DUT in Droit and English language skills are eligible for direct entry to the 3rd year of the course.


BA Legal Studies (code M901)

Levels 7-9 offered in  Paisley

Understanding and advising an organisation on how to comply with its legal obligations is an increasingly in-demand skill.  The course is suitable for those pursuing a career in a wide range of sectors including the legal sector - and beyond. You will be introduced to a variety of legal subject areas and will, on graduation, be able to continue your studies to qualify as a solicitor or gain employment as paralegals.  Beyond legal knowledge, you will develop skills in legal research and practical problem-solving, as well as developing an understanding of the environments, markets and processes of business organisations.

You will study the core module International Human Rights Law, Law of Employment, Law of Obligations, Sports Law, Trusts Succession & Executries all worth 50 ECTS, and you will take a further 10 ECTS as optional modules of your choice.

 

Holders of a DUT in Droit and English language skills are eligible for direct entry to the 3rd year of the course.


BA Law & Business

Levels 7-9 offered in Paisley

You will study the core modules Enterprise Creation, Law of Employment, Law of Obligations, Legal Research Methods all worth 40 ECTS, and you will take a further 20 ECTS as optional modules of your choice.


BA(Hons) Tourism Management (code N832)

Only levels 9 and 10 offered in Paisley

International tourism is one of the fastest growing emerging industries in the modern global economy.  Through the BA in Tourism Management, you will gain a thorough understanding of current issues, trends and best practice within the global tourism industry as well as professional management skills that are aligned to the needs of leading tourism organisations.  Graduates pursue varied careers in the tourism sector including the hospitality industry, where opportunities exist in hotel and venue facilities management; conference and convention management; visitor attractions and leisure services including outdoor and countryside activities. 

You will study the core modules Business Events & Tourism, Managing People in Events & Tourism, Marketing Experiences, Researching Marketing Tourism & Events, Tourism & Sustainability, Tourism Transport & Mobility all worth 50 ECTS, and you will take a further 10 ECTS as optional modules of your choice.

 

Holders of a Brevet de Technicien Superieur (μπε τε ες) and English language skills are eligible for entry to an appropriate year of the course.

Important note: applicants for other than the BA(Hons) Business programme who do not have 120 ECTS obtained from related modules, may not be admitted in their chosen programme; they will instead be admitted in the N100 programme and they will be free to take up to 3 elective modules from the specialisation of their interest. For example, an applicant for our BA(Hons) Business & Marketing who does not hold a DUT in TC, will be admitted to N100 and will be free to choose 3 Marketing-elective (MARK09xxxx) modules.


Please note that all post-graduate programmes are level 11

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management - offered in Paisley

MSc International Marketing Management - offered in Paisley

MSc Digital Marketing - offered in Paisley

MSc International Management - offered in Lanarkshire

MSc Finance and Accounting with CIMA - offered in Paisley and Lanarkshire (see important note below)


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MSc Digital Marketing


 

Potential applicants requiring updated information for entry in a Fall semester should get in touch with me sometime in late April/early May of the intended year of registration, while those applying for entry in the Spring semester, should contact me late October/early November of the same year. If your enquiry is about module delivery and timetables, you should note that the list of modules available in next academic session and their timetable, do not normally become available before late July/early August. Details will be published under the 'academic calendar' tab once they become available, so there is no point to e-mail me with questions before the above dates.

 

If you intend to apply for a third (level 9) year entry and obtain a BA Business or BA Marketing or BA Events Management etc, you should read this file that describes the significance of programme selection.


You should note the following abbreviations or additional explanations:

T1 = Fall semester, commencing 2nd September 2019 (provisional)            T2 = Spring semester, commencing 6th January 2020 (provisional)

M  = Monday       T = Tuesday         W = Wednesday       R = Thursday       F = Friday      S = Saturday          NULL = unknown 

PA = Paisley campus                       LK = Lanarkshire campus                    << ignore all other campus abbreviations >>


SECTION UPDATED 22nd AUGUST 2020
The confirmed timetables for the 2020 Fall trimester (T1) can be accessed on https://timetables.uws.ac.uk/calendar To see the timetable for a module you are interested, move the dates pointer forward to week beginning 8th January, select [Module] in the box just after the 4 calendar icons and find the module you are interested in the next selection box. It is worth noting that after you enrol, if you select [Student] instead of [Module] and you enter your unique student i.d., your Banner i.d., you will be able to see your personalised timetable.

Events/Tourism group
Trimester 1
Business Events & Tourism (TOUR09024) - 5 ECTS - Paisley - Weeks 1-6 of the trimester
Tourism Transport & Mobility (TOUR09031) - 10 ECTS - Paisley
International Event Issues (TOUR10007) - 10 ECTS - Paisley and Lanarkshire
Trimester 2
Tourism & Sustainability (TOUR09026)- 5 ECTS - Paisley - Weeks 1-6 of the trimester
Managing People in Events & Tourism (TOUR09029) - 5 ECTS - Paisley - Weeks 7-12 of the trimester 
Designing Event Experiences (TOUR09017) - 10 ECTS - Paisley and Lanarkshire
International Tourism Perspectives (TOUR10010) - 10 ECTS - Paisley


HRM group

SCQF Level

Module Title


ECTS

Day Delivery

Evening Delivery

Programme

Code

T1 (wk 1-6)

T1 (wk 7-12)

T2 (wk 1-6)

T2 (wk 7-12)

7

BA HRM

Understanding Organisational Design


5

(BUSN07034)

TBC

8

BA HRM

Organisational Behaviour

10

(BUSN08036)

TBC

BA HRM

HR Service Delivery

5

(BUSN08047)

TBC

10

BA HRM

Managing Equality & Diversity


10

(BUSN10011)

TBC

BA HRM

HR Strategy


10

(BUSN10010)

TBC

11

MSc E&D

Managing Organisational Diversity (depending on student numbers)


5

(BUSN11XXX)

TBC (To Be Confirmed)



COMPLETE LIST OF MODULES PER PROGRAMME - ACADEMIC SESSION 2020/2021 (updated 22 August 2020)
For a full description of each module just click on the hyperlink.  Graduating students should choose modules as specified, while non-graduating ERASMUS+ Exchange can choose across any modules listed in the list above.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES


BA(Hons) Business
Level 7

Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 45 credits which are as follows:

Students are required to select 15 credits from the options below:


Level 8

Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 10 ECTS which are as follows:

ELECTIVES1
Students must choose between 20-30 ECTS from the modules below.

ELECTIVES2
Students must choose between 20-30 ECTS from the modules below.


Level 9

Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 30 ECTS which are as follows:

Students should select their module options ONLY from the School of Business & Enterprise portfolio of modules

  • Any BUSN L9 module
  • Any MARK L9 module
  • Any ECON L9 module
  • Any LAWW L9 module
  • Any TOUR L9 module

Level 10

Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 40 ECTS which are as follows:

Students should select their module options worth 20 ECTS ONLY from the School of Business & Enterprise portfolio of modules

  • Any BUSN L10 module
  • Any MARK L10 module
  • Any LAWW L10 module
  • Any TOUR L10 module

BA (Hons) Events Management
Level 7

Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 45 ECTS which are as follows:

Students are required to select 15 ECTS from the options below:

Level 8
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 45 ECTS which are as follows:

These Options are listed as an indication only. Students may take 15 ECTS of Level 8 optional modules from the University subject to timetabling and any pre-requisite for that module. Graduating students should consult with the Programme Leader before selecting options.

Level 9
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 50 ECTS which are as follows:

These Options are listed as an indication only. Students may take any Trimester 2 level 9 optional modules from the University subject to timetabling and any pre-requisite for that module. Agreement with the Programme Leader is recommended. You should note that in TOUR09022 - Tourism and Events Service Learning - places are limited. It is only available as an option after discussion with the Module Co-Ordinator and you have been accepted on to the module.



BAcc(Hons) Accounting
Level 7

Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 60 ECTS which are as follows:

Level 8

Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 50 ECTS which are as follows:

Direct entrants to level 8 are advised to consider taking the Data Analysis module ACCT07007 as their option module to enhance professional exemptions. Accounting for International Business is only available on the Paisley campus and Personal Finance and Investment is only available on the Lanarkshire campus.

Level 9
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 50 ECTS which are as follows:

Students entering level 9 with an HND or DUT award are required to complete ACCT08001 Personal Taxation to maximise professional exemption opportunities. Students who are continuing from level 8 to level 9 are advised to take Research Methods in Accounting and Finance as their option in Trimester 2 to prepare them for entry to level 10.

Level 10
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 40 ECTS which are as follows:

UWS home students may select either International Finance or Public Sector Accounting as their option for Trimester 1, and either Accounting Theory and History OR Application of Accounting as their option for Trimester 2.  Accounting Theory and History is not offered as part of any international delivery of the BAcc. International delivery will consist only of Application of Accounting in Trimester 2.



BA (Hons) Business & Human Resource Management
Level 9
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 40 ECTS which are as follows:

Direct entrants are advised to choose BUSN09040 HRM in the Workplace and BUSN09041 HR Role in Organisation Development in order to achieve CIPD membership. Continuing students should take Strategic Management not HRM in the Workplace.

Level 10
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 50 ECTS which are as follows:

Students may choose any Level 10 module. Critical Issues in International HRM is required by CIPD.  Students should select their module options only from the School of Business & Enterprise portfolio of modules








POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

PgD/MSc Digital Marketing

Diploma (PgD)

Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 40 ECTS which are as follows:

Students following Route 1 must undertake Content and Media Management.  Students undertaking Route 2 may undertake any other optional modules subject to availability and agreement with the Programme Leader. The options list below is indicative of the recommended modules for students of this programme.  Students undertaking Route 3 will typically undertake Professional Practice Development 2.

Masters (MSc)
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 30 ECTS which are as follows (not available to non-graduating students):


PgD/MSc International Marketing Management
Diploma (PgD)
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 40 ECTS which are as follows:

Students are required to select 20 ECTS from the options below:

Masters (MSc)
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 30 ECTS which are as follows (not available to non-graduating students):



PgD/MSc International Management
Diploma (PgD)
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 40 ECTS which are as follows:

Students are required to select 20 ECTS from the options below:

Masters (MSc)
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 30 ECTS which are as follows (not available to non-graduating students):


PgD/MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Diploma (PgD)
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 40 ECTS which are as follows:

The following list is indicattive of optional modules delivered by the School of Business & Enterprise. In addition to the following list, students can select any other module at Level 11 on the agreement of the Programme Leader

Masters (MSc)
Students will study a set of compulsory modules which add up to 30 ECTS which are as follows (not available to non-graduating students):