Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

Business Enterprise / Human Resource Management

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • You will be taught in the Business School’s state of the art building on All Saints Campus in central Manchester. Watch the video to find out more.
  • Optional four-year degree routes are available where you can spend your third year either taking a paid placement with an employer, or spending a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. 
  • Allows you to combine the study of two subjects.
  • Flexible study - choose the balance of your subjects in Years 2 and 3 of the degree. Named route study is available in Year 3 leading to a BA (Hons) Business Enterprise or BA (Hons) Human Resource Management degree.
  • Business Enterprise is particularly relevant if you have ambitions to develop your own business or work in the SME sector.
  • Depending on the choice of units in your final year, you may have the opportunity to set up your own trading company and compete against other teams in Young Enterprise competitions. 
  • The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers. 

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

We offer four-year placement and overseas study routes, where you have the opportunity to spend your third year on industrial placement or studying overseas, after which you will return to study for your final year. You can make a decision on whether to follow this route at the end of your first year of study.

About the course

Business enterprise covers the general principles underlying all business ventures (marketing, strategy, business environment and business planning), focusing on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and the entrepreneur. There is a range of option units to choose from in the final year.

You will also focus on core human resource management areas and examine how leaders develop and motivate their employees for maximum output. You will analyse issues such as the relations between employers and employee organisations (e.g. trade unions), the structure of labour markets and the wider impact an organisation can have on a variety of stakeholders and its local community. Cross-cultural management skills are incorporated and you may choose to include a language as part of your studies as part of our uniwide language scheme, enhancing your employability with businesses that operate internationally.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Combined Honours programmes offer the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations.

In the first year you will study each subject combination equally and the core units for year one are shown below.

Business Enterprise units: 

  • Dynamic Business Environment
  • Finance and Accounting for Managers

Human Resource Management units: 

  • HR Management in Practice
  • Understanding and Managing People

Core Units
Dynamic Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of a range of dynamic factors in the business environment over which organisations have limited, if any control over but nonetheless need to mitigate against.  Topics studied include markets and globalisation, technological development, fundamental macroeconomic elements and concepts, and social, cultural and ecological factors.

Finance and Accounting Information for Managers

This unit provides you with an introduction to the concepts of financial accounting including recording fundamental transactions and preparing simple financial statements with their analysis. Your studies will cover topics such as: management accounting techniques including costing, budgeting and investment appraisal and financial accounting fundamentals and concepts such as accruals, going concern and the preparation of an income statement, statement of financial position and statement of cash flows and finally IT laboratory sessions will be used to demonstrate how transactions can be recorded and processed using Excel models packages.

Human Resource Management in Practice

Identifies, applies and evaluates a range of key human resource management (HRM) concepts and theories related to management of people within a business context. Core themes covered in this unit include the employee lifecycle; recruitment, selection and induction; HRM planningof resources, employee relations, employee engagement, performance appraisal, training and development, grievance and disciplinary issues, along with contemporary issues and trends occuring in the market place.

Understanding and Managing People

You will study key issues from four main themes: 1.Individuals and work 2. Groups and social interaction 3. The nature and context of understanding and managing people with work and behaviour in organisations and 4.Personal and professional development

Year 2

Units of study available in year two on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. 

Business Enterprise core unit: 

  • Ideas Creativity and Entrepreneurship 

Human Resource Management core unit:

  • Employment Law and Employment Relations 

For an indication of option units currently available please see the single honours courses:

Business Enterprise: mmu.ac.uk/15797
Human Resource Management: mmu.ac.uk/15337

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Core Units
Employment Law and Employment Relations

This unit introduces you to the study of human resource management within a wider context. You will study employment relations and employment law which will help you develop an appreciation of the influence of these important areas on human resource management. In the employment relations element of the unit you will be introduced to employment relations, the parties managing the employment relationship and the themes of conflict and voice. The employment law element of the unit will introduce you to the sources of employment law, the institutions which influence employment law and significant legal issues impacting upon the employment relationship.

Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Develops enterprising behaviours, skills, attributes, and a reflective approach to the business start-up process. Introduces entrepreneurial career paths, responsible entrepreneurship and international aspects of the start-up process.

Year 3

For those on the four-year degree route, Year 3 will be spent on either placement or studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Those on the three-year full-time route will progress directly to their final year of study.

Year 4

Units of study available in your final year on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body.

Business Enterprise core unit: 

  • Entrepreneurial Practice 

Human Resource Management core unit:

  • Global Human Resource Management 

For an indication of option units currently available please see the single honours courses:

Business Enterprise: mmu.ac.uk/15797
Human Resource Management: mmu.ac.uk/15337

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Core Units
Entrepreneurial Practice

The main aim of this unit is to develop your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes and build your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths. You will run a small business as part of a team supported by academics and business professionals. You will explore business opportunities through an outline business plan, attend a number of business start-up events, and engage in a series of enterprise workshops. You will capture your learning in your business portfolio.

Global Human Resource Management

This unit analyses the key features of employment systems in selected countries looking at the history of their development and comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. It will analyse the impact of Multi-National Companies on HRM policies and practices and discuss the application of specific HRM policies and practices in a global context. The unit investigates the challenges of maintaining labour standards in a global context.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and formal examinations.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 3 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
Assessment
  • Year 1 45% coursework; 55% examination
  • Year 2 75% coursework; 25% examination
  • Year 3 70% coursework; 30% examination

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

104-112

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 wih a minimum of 5.5 in each element

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Further information

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form www.mmu.ac.uk/course-enquiry

Your career prospects after the course

Studying a combined honours degree gives you the opportunity to improve your employability by developing skills and knowledge in two subjects.

Roles for human resource (HR) management specialists include those in HR operations and planning, HR Manager, employee relations, equal opportunities, recruitment, and training and development.

The course is also a good preparation for other types of management roles in business, for example in accounting and finance, marketing, and manufacturing.

You may be interested in setting up your own business or working in small and medium sized enterprises.

You could also apply to join professional bodies or go on to postgraduate study.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Unistats Information

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Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

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