English for Academic Study (for International Students only)
International students and students for whom English is not a first language who are studying the foundation year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English for Academic Study unit which focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The course is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare you for the academic demands of you degree course, as well as helping you with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to helps you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.
The aim of the unit is to provide a foundation for the understanding, analysis and interpretation of real-life business data and equip you with a structured approach in using data to identify key business performance metrics and arising issues. You will explore how data is used by businesses, different types of data, statistics, and techniques used to handle, display and interpret data.
Academic Skills for Higher Education
This unit is designed to help you to develop the skills required to be successful in your academic career. During this unit, you will cover core themes such as: academic skills, such as HE terminology, assessment formal processes/mechanisms, critical thinking and logical analysis, developing an academic argument, presenting evidence, oral presentations, exam techniques and strategies, independent learning, reading techniques, note taking, learning styles. You will also cover core study skills including: time management and working in teams. Employability skills such as commercial awareness and research skills, personal development planning, self-evaluation/reflection, action planning, target setting and skill acquisition and development will be core themes. General writing skills: Punctuation & sentence structure, report writing, Referencing methods, critical writing, HE academic standard conventions, academic writing styles & their typical features, effective communication - being succinct and concise. Planning for assessed work: purpose, audience, structure, coherence and logical order of information. Research skills: Research principles, conducting research, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data, and report writing.
Introduction to Business
This unit facilitates and supports your learning in the area of business. A broad range of topics associated to the internal and external business environments are covered that encompasses theory and its practical application. The unit starts by discussing the development of business in a modern context. Next the 'individual' is focused upon where motivational, role and leadership theory are given context. The unit will then examine both the internal and external business environments. In doing so the unit focuses on organisations, entrepreneurship and the use of SWOT analysis. The external environment will encompass the political, economic, social, technological, ethical and legal issues that modern businesses face. Later, the unit will look at competition of market' and differing types of markets. This will be followed by Marketing and Human Resource management foundational principles.
Services in Tourism, Events and Hospitality Management
The unit will introduce you to the thriving sectors of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management. You will focus on the industry structure, dynamics and the consumer experience of each of these sectors and explore the linkages between them. This will include an examination of the demand perspective and more specifically the consumer experience.