BA (Hons) Business Management (Military)

Key Information

Part-time Duration: 18-24 Months

School: Lincoln International Business School

Campus: Lincoln Campus [L]

Validation Status: Validated

Introduction

The effectiveness of any military force depends on its people. In today’s constantly changing environment, business management sits at the heart of a complex array of organisational and operational changes that are taking place across the Armed Forces. Such changes mean that military personnel must be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to allow them to contribute directly to organisational efficiency and operational effectiveness. The University of Lincoln recognises that this requirement calls for a high level of managerial and professional competence. The BA (Hons) Business Management degree is designed to build on military professionals’ skills, linking practical experience with academic theory to provide the opportunity to enhance knowledge and expertise in Business Management.

Flexibility

Flexibility is a key feature of this programme and University of Lincoln regulations permit military students to formally interrupt their studies, at no extra cost for a period of up to 24 months in light of Out of Area deployments or other such commitments. In effect students can pause their studies until they are in a position to continue.

How You Study

A range of teaching and learning methods are used on the BA (Hons) Business Management central to this is Blackboard which is an online teaching and learning resource. Teaching on the course is through a range of methods such as online sessions, directed reading and videos with an aim to facilitate a community of practice learners.

How You Are Assessed

The course and associated assessments are at final year degree level and, applicants should be prepared to offer the commitment and dedication to produce work of an appropriate standard. Throughout the programme assessment methods are designed to enable you to develop your potential. The course enables you to consider the application of general theory to your specific working environment and assessment strategies can include reflection, essays, reports, portfolios and a short video. Exams and group work are not utilised.

Assessment Feedback

You can receive written comments and a score for summative work. Feedback will be designed to help you to develop and improve for the next assessment. The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – no later than 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations.

Duration

Typically, students take 18 months to complete the programme but this will vary according to each individual's personal circumstances and work commitments

Modules

This module aims to equip students with the appropriate knowledge and skills to enable them to engage critically with their studies, the Independent Research Project in particular. The module assessment is a portfolio of 3000 words, example contents could include an evaluation of published research, problem identification tasks, and the outline of a research design or the resolution of an ethical dilemma.

Integrating Leadership and Management Experience This module is designed to develop and assess students’ ability to reflect critically on leadership and management professional practice and experience. Academic theory and literature can be critically reviewed and applied to professional experience and an organisational context to allow for personal development planning. Discussion areas within the context of leadership and management and the students’ own professional experience and organisation may typically comprise:

 

  1. Links and differences between management and leadership
  2. Individual and team management
  3. Resource management
  4. Performance management
  5. Conflict management
  6. Planning and managing change
  7. Assessing and planning personal professional development

 

The module assessment comprises of a 4000-word report and 2000-word reflective learning log.

This module aims to introduce students to the concept of digital communication and its components, and provoke the thought process of digital communication to enable the effectiveness and sustainability of businesses. Drawing upon a variety of conceptualisations and propositions on digital communication in business contexts, students can focus on the structure of the digital communication set-up within their own organisation and have the opportunity to acquire knowledge, experiences and skills on using digital communication to exchange information, to facilitate effective management. The module will typically cover internal and external communication, digital capability and engagement, communication and information management, strategy and implementation, decision-making and business growth.

Students can undertake module assessment which consists of a digital portfolio of 3000 words, example contents could include an individual presentation supported by visual aids, reflective learning accounts, online discussions and an academic essay

Finance for the Non-Finance Manager Management is a core element of business activity, and this module aims to apply academic theory and thinking to the student’s own organisation and link finance to other functions within the organisation. Regardless of professional background or discipline, all managers become accountable for using corporate resources and senior managers expect a level of financial skill and knowledge to be applied. Students can study financial and management accounting as they need to understand the financial needs of external stakeholders to satisfy regulatory bodies, as well as the use of management accounting to manage the internal business.

The module is structured around discussion areas covering financial communications, financial management and managing finance typically comprising of financial communications, financial analysis and interpretation, costing and budgeting analysis, investment appraisal, risk management and corporate social responsibility.

The module assessment can include a portfolio of 3000 words, example contents typically are two elements a 1500 word report and a 1500 word business case.

Venture Creation

This module is designed to enable students to use entrepreneurial skills they have gained through the study of both theory and practice and to pursue careers in a range of industries. It encourages the application of free thinking to contemporary situations and the application of a conceptual environment to a number of business situations. The module examines modern day success stories of contemporary businesses and traces their origins and reasons for successful accomplishments. It aims to reflect the entrepreneurial learning process which informs how entrepreneurs learn from previous mistakes. The module assessment is a 4000-word business plan.

Managing Projects

In this module students have the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the theory and best practice of project management, and can develop the practical skills of how to plan, implement and control projects. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the system perspective on management and a practically-oriented introduction to the nature, purpose and standards of project management and its key functional objectives (scope, time, cost, quality, risk and flexibility). The role and qualities of the project manager and the composition of the team are also evaluated. Students can undertake a 3000-word report module assessment, recommending ways in which performance objectives could be achieved to cope with future requirements and challenges within the students organisation.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

This module aims to introduce students to the key concept of managing a logistics and supply chain, and to build a framework within which they can critically analyse the performance of these functions.

Practice logistics and supply chain management is about the way in which organisations deliver outputs in support of the organisation’s intended objectives. Students can undertake a 3000-word briefing module assessment with regard to the operational efficiency of the SCM/Logistics function, with recommendation on how to improve upon the current performance.

Coaching and Mentoring

This module aims to introduce students to coaching and mentoring as an approach to organisational performance improvement. Coaching can be understood as facilitating someone to reach their own potential to maximise their own performance, helping them learn rather than telling them. Whereas mentoring is the sharing of knowledge from an experienced colleague with a colleague less experienced in a relationship of mutual trust. This module assessment is a 3000-word portfolio, example contents are typically a 1500-word report and a 1500-word reflection.

 

The final module aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply, integrate, and deepen the knowledge, insights, and skills that have learned throughout the programme of study. The focus of this project can be a real-world issue or a research topic. Whilst it is intended that most students will complete a work-based research project, in keeping with the ethos of our programmes, this module seeks to enable and facilitate innovation and creativity. Therefore, the format of the final assessment can be negotiated with their supervisor, dissertation coordinator and programme leader. The module assessment includes an initial project plan weighted at ten percent and a project submission as agreed with your supervisor of 10,000 words, which includes a 1000-word reflective piece which can facilitate your achievement of Chartered Manager status.

Benefits for Students

Students may benefit from the following features of the course:

  • Flexible – All of our awards are studied via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) so as long as you have access to a reliable internet connection, you should be able to study regardless of where you are in the world
  • Affordable – Qualifies for Enhanced Learning Credits
  • Transferable – Recognised professionally and academically
  • Supported – One to one tutor advice and guidance throughout the programme
  • Study Skills - Each degree has an integrated module aimed at equipping students with essential skills for study - ideal if this is your first experience of Higher Education, or you have been out of education for a while.

Benefits for the MoD

The MOD may benefit from the following features of the course:

  • Tailored Course - These programmes have been specially designed with the MoD in mind, and are delivered by staff with strong military experience or knowledge
  • Minimal Disruption - Distance learning is conducted almost entirely off-campus
  • Tangible Benefits - Student work may be utilised by the MoD to realise measurable operational improvements, budgetary savings and to drive future policy and strategy
  • Staff Development - The Work-based Distance Learning programmes are designed to equip staff with skills, understanding and knowledge that can be put to immediate use.

Dual Accreditation

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

  • On successfully completion of the programme students can also achieve a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, this is an industry-recognised award. Research identifies that students who possess the CMI professional qualification are more employable.
  • Students can gain access to exclusive CMI networking events.
  • Students may have the opportunity to attend lectures from top level CMI industry-expert members.
  • CMI qualifications sit on the RQF framework and are recognised by the European Credit Framework.
  • Whilst undertaking their studies, students can become a CMI Affiliate member, offering them a host of additional benefits to support their development and employability.

Chartered Manager

  • On successful completion of the programme you can achieve Chartered Manager (CMgr) status, it is the most prestigious status that can be achieved in the management profession.

This award:

  • Recognises professional managerial competence and functional ability.
  • Can take consistent high performers who are committed to current best practice and ethical standards to the next level of managerial awareness.
  • Can distinguish students from their competition, with the aim of enhancing their career prospects.

Entry Requirements

This is a final level top-up degree course, Level four and five are accredited through previous academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. The University has recognised the high standard of training received by military personnel therefore as entry we accept:

  • Two years in a substantive rank
  • A level 5 qualification or equivalent
  • A level 4 qualification with level 5 equivalent professional body membership.

Fees

BA (Hons) Business Management  18/19 Tuition Fees
BUSMDLUB   £5522**
Additional Year of Study      £583*

 

The current course fee is £7000** for the whole programme based on completion within two years following initial enrolment.  This can be payable in two payments of £3500** for each year.

*Subject to annual review of fees.

**Current or previous serving members of the UK Military are eligible for a fees bursary, this bursary is reflected in the price above.  In order to qualify for this you must provide a Statement of Service/Military ID or any other formal evidence of your service with your application pack.  If your application is successful we will provide details of the bursary enclosed in your offer letter.  Our ELCAS provider number is 1283.

 

Contact Details for Further Enquiries:

Email: mpg@lincoln.ac.uk | Telephone +44 (0)1522 835514

 

Additional Costs:

Optional on-campus days may be available to you. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, University of Lincoln provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Your Future Career

This programme is designed to help students advance their careers by furthering their management competence and general employability. The course is designed can enable students to extend their skills, knowledge and perspective and to provide them with opportunities for personal and career development.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.