Foundation Year

The 2019/2020 academic year

You will study four modules in the autumn and spring terms, and work on an individual project in the spring and summer terms.

The modules you will take will help build your maths and statistics skills, your organisational problem-solving skills, such as creativity, leadership and teamwork, and give you a chance to work on academic practices like research, critical thinking, and university level writing. They will also develop your knowledge on general areas of business, like marketing, operations management, accounting and finance, and help you conduct research to solve real organizational problems.

You will work mainly in seminar-style classes with around 25 students for at least 12 hours per week, which will equip you with the skills, knowledge and depth of understanding that you will need to continue learning independently between sessions. You will be assessed by a mix of examinations, presentations, group-work and coursework which are intended to give you diverse preparation for the types of assessments you will be given in your first year and beyond.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the first year of either the BSc Accounting and Finance or BSc Management. You will then follow the same course of study as direct-entry students.

Term 1

Academic Practice

Academic Practice aims to help you understand the role of University and how you can engage meaningfully with University life in order to make the most of your experience. It will provide guidance on active reading, critical analysis, communication and presentation skills, team-working, note-taking in lectures, and understanding different ways of learning. You will benefit from interactive lectures, working in groups and observing a range of teaching environments.

Statistics

You will develop statistical knowledge and skills necessary for successful subsequent degree-level study. You will develop a critical awareness for modelling the key characteristics of ‘real world’ business situations and be able to interpret, report and critically appraise statistical information.

Intermediate Mathematics

This module is compulsory for those with D grade or lower at A Level or those with no Maths A Level. You will develop mathematical knowledge and skills necessary for successful subsequent degree-level study. You will gain the ability to apply logical reasoning to the solution of structured problems, to recognise incorrect reasoning and to generalise arguments. Topics include algebra and inequalities, differentiation, sequences and series and graphs.

Problem Solving in Organisations

In this module we aim to equip students with the capacity to effectively communicate, solve problems and be creative and innovative in their work, learning and other daily tasks. Problem-solving skills can improve students' success in the classroom, in their daily lives and, more importantly, in their careers. Some of the topics we will discuss are decision making biases, how to identify problems and come up with solutions, how to help teams solve problems together, negotiation and conflict management, among others. 

Foundations of Business

By the end of the module, you will understand the nature, format, organisational structure, aims and objectives of a range of business entities and key aspects of marketing, operations, financial planning, management and leadership as they relate to running a business.

Term 2

Academic Practice

Academic Practice aims to help you understand the role of University and how you can engage meaningfully with University life in order to make the most of your experience. It will provide guidance on active reading, critical analysis, communication and presentation skills, team-working, note-taking in lectures, and understanding different ways of learning. You will benefit from interactive lectures, working in groups and observing a range of teaching environments.

Advanced Mathematics

This module is compulsory if you wish to study BSc Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year). You will cover topics such as algebra, functions and graphs, calculus, matrices, numerical methods and be able to interpret and report mathematical information.

Problem Solving in Organisations

In this module we aim to equip students with the capacity to effectively communicate, solve problems and be creative and innovative in their work, learning and other daily tasks. Problem-solving skills can improve students' success in the classroom, in their daily lives and, more importantly, in their careers. Some of the topics we will discuss are decision making biases, how to identify problems and come up with solutions, how to help teams solve problems together, negotiation and conflict management, among others. 

Foundations of Business

By the end of the module, you will understand the nature, format, organisational structure, aims and objectives of a range of business entities and key aspects of marketing, operations, financial planning, management and leadership as they relate to running a business.

Individual Project

You will develop key research skills and apply these, together with the knowledge and skills you have gained from each of the other modules, by working on a project based on an organisation.

Term 3

Individual Project

You will develop key research skills and apply these, together with the knowledge and skills you have gained from each of the other modules, by working on a project based on an organisation.

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