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Business Administration BBA(Hons)

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3 years full time Apply direct to our partner institution 2019
4 years full time including placement year Apply direct to our partner institution 2019

Please note: This course is only available to students from SVKM - IIS in Mumbai.

Applying for this course: Please apply direct to our partner institution.

Why choose this course?

This course is designed for students who aspire to be innovative leaders and entrepreneurs, and provides a comprehensive and integrated understanding of business in a contemporary and international context. There is also a focus on entrepreneurship in business and management, and it will equip you with the knowledge and skills essential for managing the key business functions.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

What you will study

This is a full time three year programme with an optional fourth year that includes a work placement.

Years 1 and 2 of the programme take place in Mumbai at our partner institution: Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal's Institute of International Studies (SVKM-IIS). Year 3 is completed at Kingston University.

The optional fourth year is a work placement year where you can integrate and apply your knowledge and skills within a real business organisation. This additional year provides the option to gain practical hands on experience that can provide additional personal and career development. It is possible to take the work placement year in the UK or India.

The first year of this course will introduce you to the foundations of general business, such as managing resources, economics, marketing and information management.

During the second year, you will develop your problem-solving and decision-making skills in the context of the main business functions, including the international dimensions of starting and running a business and working in different cultures. This approach aims to prepare you for work in an international work environment. You will also take a module on enterprise in society to build your understanding of the principles of entrepreneurship and enterprise development.

The final year draws together the different functional perspectives studied, and will develop your critical understanding and ability to contribute to strategic thinking in a global business environment.

During Years 2 and 3, the course programme offers a degree of flexibility through your choice of option modules. In Year 3, one of the option modules has to be in the area of entrepreneurship.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module is about managing business information. This not only requires various mathematical techniques such as statistical measures, but also is highly dependent on information technology (IT) for the gathering, summarising and communicating of this information. Mathematics and information technology are mutually dependent business topics. One would not use mathematics in business without the support of IT, and application software such as spreadsheets and databases are only used effectively with an appreciation of their underlying mathematical dependence. The module will be delivered using a problem-centric approach emphasising the application of mathematical techniques with the aid of information technology, and the employability skills associated with these. 

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  • This module is designed to provide students on general business courses with a broad understanding of the natureof the marketing function and of what marketers do. While underpinned by marketing theory, the module focuses on the practical application of marketing in organisations, its relationship to other business functions, and the impact that marketing can have on an organisation. Consequently this module will equip students with skills and knowledge that they will find useful for their later employment in a marketing-related job. The module is delivered using a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, case studies and guest speakers. Students are expected to prepare work outside the classroom prior to participation in the scheduled sessions. 

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  • This module introduces you to the external context in which organisations operate and in which they will eventually work. As potential managers of the future, defined as someone involved in assisting and directing members of an organisation to achieve their organisational objectives, you need to be equipped to understand the component parts of the external context within which organisations function. The variety and complexity of the external environment and interactions with organisations has a significant impact upon the way organisations are structured, the way their managers behave and the performance of the organisation in achieving its objectives. Consequently this module will equip you with the skills and knowledge of economics for business that is essential in the current business environment.

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  • This is a core module in level 4 for all BSc Business Management students. The module introduces students to core topics and concepts about the behaviour and management of people in work situations. It is organised into three main parts so that there is a traditional progression from the individual to the group and, finally, to the organisational levels of analysis. Based on theoretical understanding of individual and group behaviour in organisations, students are given the opportunity to reflect on and learn from their own and others' experiences and behaviour in the group. Throughout the module students engage in activities that enable them to develop their academic and other relevant skills, which can be applied throughout their time at the university and taken into their future work and organisations.

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  • This module consists of management and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their placement and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible placement, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

    During their training, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development.  Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

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Year 2

  • This module introduces students to accounting in small and large businesses. The module emphasises the understanding and interpretation of financial information. It provides the skills needed to analyse the financial statements of public listed companies. This module also considers the fundamental concepts of management accounting and builds on them to provide an explanation of the diagnostic skills necessary to make many short-term, medium-term and long-term operating decisions within an organisation. Numerical aspects are balanced by the need to understand the usefulness of the information to users.

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  • This module provides you with the opportunity to engage in developing a business plan for starting up a new venture or launching an innovative product/service. You will find out what it takes develop a business plan from idea generation, feasibility analysis, marketing strategy, business model development to making financial analysis for a business plan. Students will thus learn about the different aspects of entrepreneurship and business planning. 

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  • This module initially examines international business environments and internationalisation strategies. The former includes the study of regional economic integration and institutions such as the World Trade Organisation and their implications for businesses. The latter covers internationalisation theories and concepts, and how firms could use them to formulate appropriate internationalisation strategies. The module then explores issues of culture and examines their relevance to international management. In addition, it will develop your skills of research, analysis, observation and communication in multicultural contexts. You will work in groups to apply theories and concepts learnt in the module to a real company.

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  • Here are some of the modules available for you to choose from. The choice does vary from year to year.

    • This module enables you to build upon and extend the general marketing knowledge gained at Level 4. It focuses on building a deeper understanding of selected key marketing concepts and principles and their application to contemporary marketing problems across a range of business and non-profit scenarios. You will develop presentation skills and the ability to make practical recommendations for real brands, which will give you the chance to sample the realities and expectations of your potential future work environment. The module is delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops and makes wide use of case studies and real-world examples. You are expected to prepare work outside the classroom prior to participation in the scheduled sessions.

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    • This module considers the issues involved in the management of people in an international context. You will explore how national and regional differences in political, economic and social contexts impact on the employment relationship, You will also evaluate contemporary policies and practices to identify the human resource opportunities and challenges which face international enterprises in the 21st century. Emerging trends in global leadership and teams, the war for talent, the quest for the well-being of individuals and the need for work practices which are sustainable will be emphasized.

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    • The module aims to enable you to develop the analytical skills necessary to make a positive contribution to issues concerning operations and project management, and describe the strategic contribution that effective operations and project management can play within organisations. Your ability to apply theories and methodologies of operations and project management will be assessed using two assignments that will require you to apply practical tools and techniques to real business situations. Formative feedback will be given in tutorials and lab-based sessions.

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  • This module consists of management and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their placement and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible placement, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

    During their training, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development.  Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

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Year 3

  • Choose from the following:

     
  • International Business Operations is designed to develop your ability to assess the business environment faced by an international company and evaluate opportunities and risks in international market places. This module will help you develop decision making skills in operational issues for international companies. Class will be delivered by the combination of lecture and tutorials

    This module will include the following topics: global market environment, international market entry modes, international trade, risk management, culture and international human resource management, global operations, international marketing, international finance, business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

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  • Here are some of the modules available for you to choose from:

    • Innovation acts as a key driver for economic growth providing social and economic benefits for local, national and international communities. Without innovation, our social and economic systems do not function! This module encourages you to understand how innovation actually happens by carrying out a practical innovation audit within a large established organisation. You will identify critical issues and skills needed to achieve entrepreneurially driven innovation. Since employers are seeking creative students who are able to initiate and participate in innovation activity, this module will enhance your employability in the wider world of work.

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    • This module provides you with the opportunity to discover how to plan the expansion of a small entrepreneurial business into international markets. You will find out what it takes to plan towards expanding a small entrepreneurial business into international markets, gain experience of choosing modes of entry for small business internationalisation, assess international markets and produce financial projections for the business plan.

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  • Here are some of the modules available for you to choose from. The choice does vary from year to year.

    • This module develops the topics studied in Managing Financial Resources and is designed to give undergraduate business students an advanced course exploring the provision and use of accounting information in internal management decision making. You will be involved in an active learning approach and will be expected to reflect on the purposes and uses of management accounting information, evaluate case study scenarios, discuss theoretical accounting concepts and utilise a range of practical techniques to solve practice questions. 

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    • Working knowledge of finance by managers is a prerequisite for commercial viability of any enterprise. The offering of this module responds to the demand from potential employers for practically oriented education in financial management, underscored by the current stresses in financial and credit markets. 

      This module introduces business students to the key terminology and techniques of financial management that are regularly used in today's business environment. It lays the foundation for a proper understanding of more complex financial issues and is designed to equip you with knowledge of business finance required for making informed business decisions in a management-related career. The module explains the firm's goal of value maximisation, how the firm can make investment and financing decisions that add value, and also considers competing sources of finance available to firms and the main features of capital markets, with particular emphasis on the private sector of the UK economy. Graduates with financial management skills continue to have a competitive advantage in the job market, an edge that may become even more significant in an economic downturn.

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    • Business psychology is the discipline of applying knowledge of psychological principles to the world of work. It explores real-world business issues associated with the efficiency, well-being and satisfaction of workers, by focusing on the fit between individuals, their job role, the teams they work in and organisational structures. Business psychologists work closely with organisations to make recommendations for improving people's work experiences.

      This module will take an academic-practitioner approach to examining the key areas of business psychology. Along with covering the basic elements of topics not covered before on the undergraduate programme, you will be introduced to some of the advanced elements of research into more familiar domains, such as motivation, individual differences and stress. In particular, current themes within the discipline (such as work-family conflict, managing email, and health at work) will be studied, and you will be able to engage in practical activities to appreciate how business psychologists can best address such concerns within the contemporary workplace.

      Students suited to this module will be interested in expanding their understanding of people, will wish to keep abreast of modern theses of work behaviour, and will be keen to apply this knowledge in practical settings. On completion of the module, you may wish to consider registering for the MSc in Occupational and Business Psychology offered by Kingston Business School.

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    • This module concentrates on the core features of the marketing communications function within the wider context of marketing planning, with a specific focus on the advertising, sales promotion, public relations and interactive marketing communications elements of the mix.
      The module incorporates theoretical and conceptual considerations with the operational aspects of marketing communications planning to ensure that students develop the skills that are essential for a career in marketing communications, whether on the agency or client
      side. A combination of lectures, workshops, case study analysis and student presentations support the learning experience.

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    • This module is an elective offered on the BSc Business Management with Business Experience programme. The module allows the students to pursue in depth a topic of their choice. The students have to identify a business related topic and develop an empirical research question informed by theoretical concepts. The students will develop the independent study skills required to manage a substantial task to completion and enhance their intellectual and critical analysis skills to enable them to produce a carefully researched produced and concise report. Core material is provided via Canvas with interactive workshops used to support learning.

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    • This module explores the concepts, tools and techniques associated with service operations and focuses upon service evaluation, enhancement and improvement. The module is suitable for careers in retailing, financial services and consultancy.

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    • This module explores business situations, activities and decisions where issues of right and wrong are addressed. Its main emphasis is on the topics of corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability and business ethics, which are currently very prominent in the contemporary business environment and are important to business theory and practice. The module considers the key theoretical and practical aspects of managing CSR and sustainable development (SD). You will develop their understanding of the crucial issues of CSR and sustainability which help determine and frame the goals of business activities from an ethical perspective. Tutorial exercises, lectures, guest speakers, case studies and videos will be used to support the learning process.

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Year 4 (optional)

  • This module offers you an opportunity to practice and enhance specific job application skills required to get accepted for, and to be effective and successful during your placement and internship. You will also have the opportunity to reflect upon and learn from your career management and development skills. Students completing this module will develop employability skills and management report writing skills required by organisations that offer placements, internships and graduate jobs.

    Attendance at workshop sessions will take place during the second year (level 5) of the degree in addition to the level 5 modules as they approach organisations regarding placement opportunities. The assessment is a portfolio of evidence linked to the placement and will take place during the year out on the placement. Students who complete and pass the assessment during placement will receive the module's 30 credits towards the Diploma in Professional Practice (an additional award for students completing a placement and gaining 120 credits during their year at work). If you do not go onto a placement after level 5, you will not be able to receive the Diploma. However, if you pass the assessment of the module during level 6, they will receive a Certificate in Professional Practice.

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  • The module introduces prospective placement students to the skills, processes and techniques required to obtain and undertake a successful placement. It seeks to ensure that you reflect on and develop the skills you acquired in attaining your placements and in the subsequent placement itself, with a view to using these skills in your final year. Developing an understanding of the theory of business practice and applying in work situations is particularly emphasised. Ideally you should have completed the module ‘Preparing for placements and internships' at level 5, as a base for the placement preparation. However students who have not completed the level 5 module can carry out the activities independently to complete the work placement portfolio.

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  • This module builds on all the previous modules undertaken and integrates with the work placement experience. It will develop skills in integrating theories with workplace practices and in critically evaluating workplace practices in light of theories. You will be required to carry out independent research on a particular business/management-related issue at a real business organisation (the organisation where you do your placement if a work placement).

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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