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Unit information: Foundations of Management in 2020/21

Unit name Foundations of Management
Unit code LANG00041
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Sarda
Open unit status Not open

IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test



School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This is a 20-credit unit within the International Foundation Programme which aims to provide students with an introduction to the concept of management and will centre around 3 core themes:

  • Marketing and consumption
  • People, work and organizations
  • Global business environment

Specifically, students will develop an understanding of:

  • Meeting customer needs
  • The market and the marketing mix
  • Business objectives and strategy
  • Influences on business decisions
  • Global markets and marketing
  • Global industries and companies

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of organisations, the markets and environments within which they operate, and the processes of value creation in society
  2. critically evaluate the nature and scope of business, and the role of business in society, both internationally and within specific countries
  3. demonstrate an understanding of some of the political, economic, social, technological, legal, environmental and ethical issues associated with business activity
  4. critically evaluate business behaviour from the perspective of a range of stakeholders including owner/ shareholder, manager, employee, customer, supplier, lender and government

Teaching details

Students will attend 3 hours of study per week. Learning is facilitated in sessions involving a combination of teacher-led input, combined with practical, workshop-style exercises. On-line delivery of materials through Blackboard VLE

Assessment Details

Formative assessment:

  • Regular case studies and short answer questions with feedback provided during weekly seminars

Summative assessment:

  • 6 portfolio tasks over 2 terms (100%) ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Reading and References

Readings from a range of sources will be used to support and underpin individual activities. However, the following are indicative texts for students wishing for a general reading in the subject:

Edexcel Complete Revision & Practice with Online Edition (CGP A-Level Business, 2019)

Need to Know: Edexcel A-level Business (James, Hammond, 2018)