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Programme Specification for the 2022/3 academic year

BSc (Hons) Business and Environment with Industrial Experience

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Business and Environment with Industrial Experience Programme codeUFS4SBEGOACB
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2022/3
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

There is growing public concern about climate change, degradation of natural landscapes and ecosystems, and the role that humans are playing in accelerating these changes. Business leaders of the future will need increased awareness of environmental systems and their interactions with social, economic and business systems.

 

Based on our Penryn Campus, Cornwall, the interdisciplinary programme will equip business leaders of the future with a unique combination of knowledge and skills within core business and economics processes, and their fundamental interdependencies with environmental systems. There are options for you to undertake relevant work placements and study abroad in order to help contextualise the issues faced by businesses in an increasing environmentally aware and global society.  

  • Our interdisciplinary programme equips the business leaders of tomorrow with the skills and knowledge to address the pressures and opportunities facing business as a result of intensifying environmental and corporate social responsibility issues.
  • Designed for anyone interested in becoming an adaptable and resilient leader, able to understand the changing needs of modern business and drive change forward by contributing to long-term ethical solutions.
  • You will study a wide range of business topics including accounting, economics, organisational theory and analytics, as well as key topics in environmental change.
  • There are options to undertake relevant work placements and study abroad to further contextualise the issues faced by businesses in an increasingly environmentally aware and global society.

Builds on the strengths of our innovative BSc Business programme and the Business School’s commitment to integrating environmental responsibility.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The BSc Business and Environment will prepare you to be an environmentally conscious business leaders of tomorrow. Graduates will:

  • be adaptable and resilient to the changing needs of modern business
  • be able to contribute long-term solutions
  • have a grounding in a wide range of business topics including accounting, economics, organisational theory and analytics, as well as key topics in environmental change

Compulsory modules in statistics, analytics and innovation will enable you to creatively and imaginatively work with modern data technologies to critically appraise challenges, and identify and confidently communicate the opportunities associated with interactions between business and the natural environment.

 

The wide range of business, management and environmental skills developed throughout the programme will result in flexible employment options including roles such as project manager, marketing manager and sales manager. On graduating, you may have employment advantages in private companies, public organisations, investment banks, NGOs, and third-sector industries, including key areas for Cornwall such as, water, renewables and food supply chain.

You will be able to tailor your learning with a choice of optional modules to reflect your individual interests, such as: legal and global implications of sustainability, ocean/human interaction; social enterprises; circular economy etc.

Optional work placements and study abroad programmes will enable further development of essential work-based skills such as communication, leadership, project management, commercial awareness, and time management.

This combination of ethical, work-based, and global skills will support you to compete at the highest levels and progress onto graduate programmes perhaps to become a CSR manager, Change Manager or Environmental Consultant.

4. Programme Structure

BSc Business and Environment with Industrial Experience programme is a four year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into four ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. Students will be located at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall of the University of Exeter for the duration of their studies.

 

Interim Awards:

With the requisite number of credits a student may qualify for a Certificate of Higher Education and Diploma of Higher Education. See here for more detail: http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%2013/13CQF.pdf

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in stage 2 and 4 of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

With Industrial Experience – students take the modules BSD1002 in their first year and BEP2180 in their second year as preparation for their year in industry. Students will then be enrolled on the module BEP3002  for their placement year. To progress from Stage 1 on this programme, students must achieve a weighted average of 50% in their first year. This programme has compulsory preparation sessions in the first two years.

Stage 1


120 credits of compulsory modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP1150 Environment, Society and Business 30No
BEP1120 Introduction to Economics 15No
BEP1070 Accounting 15No
BEP1100 Understanding Work and Organisations 15No
GEO1419 Introduction to data science 15No
GEO1408B Global Issues in Environmental Science 15No
POC1026 Power, Inequality and Global Justice 15No
BEP1130 Introduction to 'With Industrial Experience' 0No
BEP1130 Introduction to 'With Industrial Experience' 0No

Stage 2


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules. You must select at least 15 credits of optional modules from this list of Environmental modules (a).

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP2140 Business Analytics 15No
BEP2150 Ecological Economics 15No
BEP2040 Strategic Concepts for Business 15No
BEP2210 Circular Enterprise Economy 15No
GEO2440 Geographical Information Science and Systems 15No
GEO2442 The Politics of Climate Change and Energy 15No

Optional Modules

You must select at least 15 credits of optional modules from this list of Environmental modules (a).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP2050 Finance for Business 15No
BEP2190 Understanding Financial Statements 15No
BEP2160 Institutional Economics 15No
BEP2030 Business Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project) 15No
BEP2060 Research Inquiry for Practice 15No
BEP2070 Social Enterprise Management 15No
LAW2112C Legal Foundations for Business 15No
BEP2110 Workplace Wellbeing 15No
BEP2120 Digital Technologies and the Future of Work 15No
BIO2425 Introduction to Ecological Consultancy [a]15No
CSC2010M Oceans and Human Health [a]15No
GEO2441 Remote Sensing for Environmental Management [a]15No
GEO2451 Ice Sheets: Glaciology, Climate and the Oceans [a]15No
LAW2016C Environmental Regulation and Redress [a]15No
POC2114 Green Politics in Theory and Practice [a]15No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules (With Industrial Experience Year).

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP3002 Business School Industrial Experience (Penryn) 120Yes

Stage 4


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP3120 Economics of Climate Change 15No
BEP3140 Modelling with Big Data Analytics 15No
BEP3160 Transformational Leadership 15No
GEO3448 Quaternary Environmental Change 15No
GEO3455 Marine Climate and Environmental Change 15No
GEO3459 Whole Energy Systems 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP3130 Biomimicry 15No
BEP3150 Predictive Analysis Technologies 15No
BEP3170 Natural Capital Accounting 15No
BEP3010 Social and Technological Innovation 15No
BEP3011 Business and Climate Change 15No
BEP3020 Practice-Based Consultancy Management 15No
BEP3050 Future-Facing Dissertation/Project 30No
BEP3070 Crisis: Change and Creativity in Organisations 15No
BEP3110 Marketing Strategy 15No
BEP3090 Business Field Trip 15No
BIO3428 The Complexity of Human Societies 15No
BIO3411 Science in Society 15No
BIO3415 Ecological Responses to Climate Change 15No
CSC4011M Living with Environmental Change 15No
CSC4013M Frontiers of Global Health 15No
GEO3437B Climate Change and Society 15No
GEO3454 Antarctica: Science from a Frozen Continent 15No
GEO3457 Geographies of Democracy 15No
GEO3458 Marine and Coastal Sustainability 15No
LAW3016C Legal Response to Environmental Destruction 15No
POC3095 Environmental Knowledge Controversies 15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. 1. Engage with pluralist economic thinking and environmental science to understand the relationship between business and environmental systems
2. 2. Apply core business and management theory to business model design towards building more equitable and sustainable solutions
3. 3. Apply appropriate methods for collecting and analysing business and environmental data
4. 4. Evidence critical thinking while engaging with issues of climate justice and recognise how these relate to ecological, political, sociological, technological and economic factors

Students will predominantly learn through: lectures, seminars, directed research, action learning sets and personal tutoring meetings. These will be delivered using a blended approach. Lectures and seminars will be regularly tutor facilitated and will typically involve student led seminars. E-resources and social media will be utilised routinely throughout the duration of the programme.

The ILOs will be assessed using a carefully considered student assessment diet including a combination of: business reports, essay writing, presentations, posters, design project, proposals, examination, multiple choice/short answer questioning and time constrained assignments.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. 5. Evaluate the diversity of economic approaches towards environmental challenges and critically appraise their impact on the Earth system
6. 6. Identify management strategies to provide sustainable solutions to complex business problems
7. 7. Deploy established statistical methods to analyse business and environmental data in order to gain new insights into ecological challenges and improve strategic decision-making
8. 8. Articulate confidently your own ethical viewpoints and discuss the impact of climate change on business and the environment in different contexts

Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory and field skills, data handling, independent reading and synthesis.

The ILOs will be assessed using a carefully considered student assessment diet including a combination of: business reports, essay writing, individual and group presentations, posters, proposals, examination, multiple/short answer choice questioning, time constrained assignments and reflective portfolios.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. A global outlook: Our graduates are engaged and prepared for the demands of global business and society.
10. A critical thinker: Our graduates have a commercial awareness that enables them to critically analyse, conceptualise and evaluate the challenges facing business.
11. A collaborative mind-set: Our graduates are enterprising and motivated individuals who are able to actively collaborate and effectively communicate within a range of diverse settings.
12. An ethical ethos: Our graduates understand the social, financial and environmental factors that can impact on corporate sustainability and are able to make decisions openly and responsibly
13. Technological and digital literacy: Our graduates are able to use technologies to source, process and communicate information.

Personal transferable employment skills and knowledge are embedded in all modules. Methods include lectures, seminars, discussion groups, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory and field skills, data handling, independent reading and synthesis.

ILO9 – Explicitly through coursework in core modules in all years.

ILO10 – Through critical writing tasks assessed in a range of core and optional modules in all years.

ILO11 – Through coursework, essays, projects and exams in all modules in all years.

ILO12 – Independent work through written and oral assessments in all modules, and through examination assessment in all years. Team work: through group presentations and activities in tutorials and field classes in all years.

ILO13 – Through coursework, essays, projects and exams in all modules in all years.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students’ learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

University of Exeter Business School (UEBS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Business and Environment with Industrial Experience

19. UCAS Code

N114

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/06/2021

Date of last revision

10/03/2022