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International Business BSc(Hons) with business experience: Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching and assessment for this course

Kingston offers a unique approach to studying business-related programmes. Teaching, often in small groups, is innovative, interactive and practical, valuing independent learning, critical and lateral thinking, and applying theory to practice. Our teaching staff have experience of working in business, teaching and research. A series of guest lectures are delivered by marketing practitioners, providing opportunities to tackle real business problems.

We offer employment-based activities where employers are invited on campus to participate in specialist networking activities. You'll also have the opportunity to work on live projects with organisations. There are lectures about current business issues from prominent guest speakers. Recent speakers include Greg Dyke (former Director General of the BBC) and Lord Hastings (KPMG, BT and UNICEF).

Assessment includes presentations, blogs, exams, in-class tests and coursework (either group-based or individual work).

Contact hours for this course

For Year 1, we have extended teaching time so your summer term lasts until mid-July, rather than June. You can take your work or research placement, study overseas or start up a business between January and July (and continue for longer if you wish) in Year 2. You will graduate at the same time as students who choose a traditional degree – and your degree will cost the same as a traditional degree – but you'll have learned and gained more from the experience.

For the first year, students' total face-to-face contact hours per teaching week in the first two teaching blocks will be approximately 18 hours. In the third teaching block this will be approximately 16 hours. Due to the accelerated nature of the teaching you will need to invest more time in independent learning for this period. For second and third years, face-to-face teaching will normally be 14 hours. You are expected to carry out independent learning in addition to this.

The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30-credit module there are 300 learning hours. This is divided into contact hours (i.e. time spent with academic staff) and independent learning hours (i.e. time spent in studying alone or group work).

Workload for this course

Throughout the programme, there is a strong emphasis on developing the skills employers look for. These include the ability to manage projects and people in a dynamic business environment, and taking a critical perspective on contemporary management issues.

Due to the nature of the learning on this programme, including the importance of developing practical skills and interacting with others, attendance is compulsory. Any students not attending a minimum of 80% of their timetabled sessions will be at risk of academic failure or termination from the programme.

Assignments are designed to be achieved within the set amount of learning hours for each module and are appropriate to the level of study. We encourage a professional work ethic, which includes how to manage your time. A range of additional support is available to students who require it.

As part of this course, our Business and Professional Experience team provides students with a programme of skills training and support to ensure you are work-ready.

Teaching, learning and assessment at Kingston University

Curriculum

Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.

We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.

Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.

Academic skills support

Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.

Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including:

  • essay writing;
  • exam techniques;
  • presentation skills;
  • editing and web skills; and
  • research skills.

During your degree you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.

Assessment

Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence. 

Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.

When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.

Personal tutors

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston University (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.

Independent learning

When not attending timetabled teaching sessions (lectures, seminars, workshops, labs, studios etc), you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study.

Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in one of the University’s Learning Resources Centres (LRCs), preparing coursework assignments or revising for examinations or tests.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including the LRCs and the University’s virtual learning environment, Canvas.

Return of marked work

Helpful feedback on your assessed work is hugely important in enabling you to perform your best. The University makes a commitment to all students that you will receive feedback on all your assessed work within 20 University days* of submission.  
                                                           
* University days count as Monday to Friday – the following are not included:  Saturdays, Sundays, Public Bank Holidays, or when the University is closed during Christmas Vacation.

Programme specification and guides

To help you choose the right course to study at Kingston University, you can read the programme specification and the module listings which make up each course, which can be found on the individual course page.

A programme specification is a summary of the main features of a programme and provides details of the intended learning outcomes for students. It details the teaching, learning and assessment methods, including the structure of the programme.

Please note detailed course handbooks to guide you through each year of study are normally available at the start of term.

Availability of timetables

Kingston University provides each student with an individualised timetable. Timetables are normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment.

While we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm.

For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

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