Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Professional Management Practice

This course will equip you with the skills and strategies to deal with contemporary challenges in management practice, with the option to develop unique areas of specialism - sustainable leadership practice, supply chain management, procurement management processes, procurement and supply chain law, port and inter-modal, consultancy practice and international trade.

Developed in consultation with local and global partners and professional bodies, and has been mapped to Chartered Management Institute (CMI) standards. This allows successful students to apply for ‘Chartered Manager’ status with the CMI alongside gaining an honours degree.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • DAPMP300 Learning to Learn Online

      This short four week module aims to get participants back into the mode of studying in higher education, and introduce them to participation in an online/distance programme. Regardless of the participant's educational backgrounds, it will begin to unpack and highlight the expectations of studying at level 6, as well as getting them to develop and hone their own studying preferences in order to be effective 'distance' learners. It will cover the key academic areas for successful study, such as critical reading and writing, and reflection, in addition to skills and approaches that will be required for online study, such as building and sustaining a 'community' of learners, contributing to online forums, and managing their time, so that they are prepared for the programme ahead.

    • DAPMP301A Work Based Professional Management Practice (Year 1)

      The module uses reflective practice to engage learners in a critical analysis of their professional management practice and experience.

    • DAPMP302 Sales, Marketing and New Technologies

      Through study, reflection and exercises, this module seeks to explore the development of knowledge and embed the practice of creating marketing strategies and developing new markets. The aim is to use theory and practice for effective marketing and sales in local and global markets, taking into account the impact of new technologies and digital business on a commercial organisation.

    Optional modules
    • DAPMP300J Learning to Learn Online

      This short four week module aims to get participants back into the mode of studying in higher education, and introduce them to participation in an online/distance programme. Regardless of the participant's educational backgrounds, it will begin to unpack and highlight the expectations of studying at level 6, as well as getting them to develop and hone their own studying preferences in order to be effective 'distance' learners. It will cover the key academic areas for successful study, such as critical reading and writing, and reflection, in addition to skills and approaches that will be required for online study, such as building and sustaining a 'community' of learners, contributing to online forums, and managing their time, so that they are prepared for the programme ahead.

    • DAPMP301AJ Work Based Professional Management Practice (Year 1)

      The module uses reflective practice to engage learners in a critical analysis of their professional management practice and experience.

    • DAPMP302J Sales, Marketing and New Technologies

      Through study, reflection and exercises, this module seeks to explore the development of knowledge and embed the practice of creating marketing strategies and developing new markets. The aim is to use theory and practice for effective marketing and sales in local and global markets, taking into account the impact of new technologies and digital business on a commercial organisation.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • DAPMP301B Work Based Professional Management Practice (Year 2)

      The module uses reflective practice to engage learners in a critical analysis of their professional management practice and experience.

    • DAPMP311 Work Based Research Project

      This module forms the essential part of the project submission providing a substantive evidence base to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge of project management. Its focus is the design and implementation of a project including planning, design, deployment and evaluation, including elements of risk management and reporting, risk benefits analysis and health and safety implications.

    Optional modules
    • DAPMP301BJ Work Based Professional Management Practice (Year 2)

      The module uses reflective practice to engage learners in a critical analysis of their professional management practice and experience.

    • DAPMP303 International Supply Chain Management

      This module provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of international supply chain management and the complexities involved in managing, planning and coordinating international supply chains.

    • DAPMP303J International Supply Chain Management

      This module provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of international supply chain management and the complexities involved in managing, planning and coordinating international supply chains.

    • DAPMP304 Procurement Management Processes

      This module explores the concept of strategy from theories of strategy to models of the strategic process, relating these models to strategy in the procurement function through the use of SCM relevant strategy analysis tools such as PESTLE, SWOT, Portfolio Analysis. As procurement is an important element of an institutions corporate strategy plans the relevance will be examined.

    • DAPMP304J Procurement Management Processes

      This module explores the concept of strategy from theories of strategy to models of the strategic process, relating these models to strategy in the procurement function through the use of SCM relevant strategy analysis tools such as PESTLE, SWOT, Portfolio Analysis. As procurement is an important element of an institutions corporate strategy plans the relevance will be examined.

    • DAPMP305 Procurement and Supply Chain Law

      The module gives a detailed overview of the applicable English and international laws and regulations relevant to the purchase of goods, services and works, and the management of supply chains.

    • DAPMP305J Procurement and Supply Chain Law

      The module gives a detailed overview of the applicable English and international laws and regulations relevant to the purchase of goods, services and works, and the management of supply chains.

    • DAPMP306 Port and Intermodal Transport

      The module considers national policies, governance and operations associated with port and intermodal activities set within the context of a globalised industry. It invites an understanding of ports, terminals and their development.

    • DAPMP306J Port and Intermodal Transport

      The module considers national policies, governance and operations associated with port and intermodal activities set within the context of a globalised industry. It invites an understanding of ports, terminals and their development.

    • DAPMP307 Consultancy Practice

      The module will provide opportunities for deep and systematic thinking and reflection in the context of problem based learning. It will explore contemporary theoretical and methodological basis of models, tools and frameworks for consultancy practice. It is guided by the principle of professional practice and will build skills and knowledge of a range of concepts of methodologies in a secure problem-based learning context. The module is founded on the principle of professional practice and will develop students' confidence to work on a consultancy project requiring selections of methodologies in a secure problem-based learning context.

    • DAPMP307J Consultancy Practice

      The module will provide opportunities for deep and systematic thinking and reflection in the context of problem based learning. It will explore contemporary theoretical and methodological basis of models, tools and frameworks for consultancy practice. It is guided by the principle of professional practice and will build skills and knowledge of a range of concepts of methodologies in a secure problem-based learning context. The module is founded on the principle of professional practice and will develop students' confidence to work on a consultancy project requiring selections of methodologies in a secure problem-based learning context.

    • DAPMP308 International Trade Policy and Compliance

      This module explores the key elements of international policy law and the legal, commercial and financial regulations that govern the international trade environment. It seeks to develop an understanding of the relevance of international laws and the role of regulatory bodies in the context of international trade transactions, risk and insurance, documentation and customs implications. The module develops the underpinning knowledge and skills to enable students to address the central challenges of managing export and import transactions and achieving compliance. Specific focus is given to compliance with international financial regulations, commercial obligations and customs documentation that govern international trade.

    • DAPMP308J International Trade Policy and Compliance

      This module explores the key elements of international policy law and the legal, commercial and financial regulations that govern the international trade environment. It seeks to develop an understanding of the relevance of international laws and the role of regulatory bodies in the context of international trade transactions, risk and insurance, documentation and customs implications. The module develops the underpinning knowledge and skills to enable students to address the central challenges of managing export and import transactions and achieving compliance. Specific focus is given to compliance with international financial regulations, commercial obligations and customs documentation that govern international trade.

    • DAPMP309 International Trade Operations and Strategy

      This module explores the key elements of strategic management of international trade operations. It seeks to develop an understanding of strategic management decision making techniques in the context of international trade operations, to develop key skills and enable students to address the central challenges of managing international trade operations in a strategic manner.

    • DAPMP309J International Trade Operations and Strategy

      This module explores the key elements of strategic management of international trade operations. It seeks to develop an understanding of strategic management decision making techniques in the context of international trade operations, to develop key skills and enable students to address the central challenges of managing international trade operations in a strategic manner.

    • DAPMP310 Organisational Performance and Strategic Human Resourcing

      This module provides an understanding of the role played by internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, rapid change and uncertainty. The module examines how managers can respond to these dynamic environmental contexts, and explores the strategic choices employed to leverage workforce productivity and performance and optimise the contribution of an organisation's human capital.

    • DAPMP310J Organisational Performance and Strategic Human Resourcing

      This module provides an understanding of the role played by internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, rapid change and uncertainty. The module examines how managers can respond to these dynamic environmental contexts, and explores the strategic choices employed to leverage workforce productivity and performance and optimise the contribution of an organisation's human capital.

    • DAPMP311J Work Based Research Project

      This module forms the essential part of the project submission providing a substantive evidence base to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge of project management. Its focus is the design and implementation of a project including planning, design, deployment and evaluation, including elements of risk management and reporting, risk benefits analysis and health and safety implications.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Professional Management Practice DA top up 17 18 6048

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

  • A relevant HND, foundation degree, or other Level 5 (or equivalent) qualification will be required.
  • Professional diplomas or certificates from a relevant professional body (ILM, CII, CISP, CILT, IoE, CMI, CIPD) and recognised as equivalent to Level 5 may also be considered. The qualification should ideally be in subject relevant to your chosen specialist route.
  • Applicants with credits or qualifications in a non-related subject must demonstrate that they have knowledge and skills sufficient to meet the demands of this programme.
  • Applicants who do not possess the qualifications outlined above may also be eligible for admission on the basis of previous work experience or training. In consultation with your employer, the programme team will ensure that applicants can demonstrate their capacity to benefit from and successfully complete the programme as above. Applicants will be required to complete a form of assessment in order to demonstrate that they have satisfied the learning outcomes of the module(s) for which credit is claimed.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent in a secure English language test. If the English language of students does not meet these requirements, students may complete one of the University’s pre-sessional English Language courses.
  • Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU Check with School To be confirmed
International Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £6,000 To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full and part time fees shown are per annum. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Incentives to help reduce the cost to employers

For apprentices starting in 2017-18 there are three employer incentive payments available to help reduce the cost to them. In some circumstances, this would mean an employer also pays nothing towards course fees, or could even be entitled to ‘cashback’.

  • Successful completion payment: £2,700 paid back to employer following successful completion of the final assessment
  • Small business (fewer than 50 employees): £2,700 paid back to employer 90 days after start date
  • Apprentices who are care leavers aged between 19 and 24: £5,400 with 50 per cent paid back to employer in year 1, and 50 per cent in year 2.

Employers can qualify for more than one incentive for each of their apprentices. The incentives (which together total £10,800) will help offset the costs of the course fees, and could even see an employer receive a repayment.

For example:

An employer eligible for all three incentives will receive repayment of £10,800 for the initial employer course fee cost of £4,000 (employer £6,800 in credit). This offer is limited to apprentices starting in 2017/18.

How to apply

Currently employed

If you are already in work, and you’ve discussed the possibility starting a degree apprenticeship with your employer, get in touch with Enterprise Solutions at Plymouth University on enterprisesolutions@plymouth.ac.uk or 0800 052 5600, who can put you in touch with the relevant Degree Apprenticeship Account Manager.

Seeking a new position

If you are not currently in work, are a school leaver, or are looking to change your job in order to start an apprenticeship, you’ll need to apply for an apprenticeship vacancy.

The government offers an apprenticeship vacancy search at: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch.

Key features

  • @ Earn while you learn. Apprentices are employed and receive a full wage while studying.
  • @ No course fees – costs are paid for by government and your employer.
  • @ Choose to specialise in a number of career-specific areas.
  • @ Gain experience of, and have access to, industry-leading tools and applications.
  • @ The learning is relevant to your workplace.
  • @ Practical unique hands-on approach to teaching and pastoral support throughout your degree.
  • @ Experienced academic staff involved in internationally recognised research and/or industrial collaboration will support you throughout this course.
  • @ ‘Chartered Manager’ is internationally recognised as the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession.

Your lecturers

How students are assessed

Students are expected to submit a written piece of work following each module, these are known as ‘summative assessments’. These could be in a form of a report, essay or a reflective portfolio. Students will receive feedback from their e-learning tutor leading up to their deadline which will guide them and help shape their assessments. The two work-based modules will require more interaction with the workplace and feedback from work-based tutor and mentor/senior employees supervising them. The work-based research project requires students to submit two written pieces of work, one at an interim stage, and one final summative assessment. The professional management practice module will you to build a portfolio to evidence your learning. This portfolio will form the basis of your application to CMI to receive Chartered Manager status.

Delivery 

The course is usually delivered over two years and includes a combination of work-based core topics and academic learning.

This course is delivered via flexible learning with all study material available online and no mandatory campus attendance required. However, as a registered student at Plymouth University, you will have full access to all of our facilities, i.e. library, study space and core reading material, including journals and industry reports.

Study commitment

As a guide, you should expect to study for around 12 hours per week in order to be successful on the course. Your employer will be expected to support your study by providing company mentors, workplace tutors, and facilitating meetings and assessments, and they may also allow you to allocate some of your usual work time to study. The amount of time you can spend studying while at work will be down to negotiation, and this is something that can be discussed with your employer and University Account Manager before your course begins.

Degree Apprenticeships

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The degree apprenticeship courses at Plymouth University have each been designed to offer a solution to this problem.

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