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Level 4 Extended Diploma in

Business Administration

Overview

 

Originating Institution(s) London Examinations Board
Awarding Body TQUK and London Examinations Board
Duration 9 months – 12 months
Award to be conferred Extended Diploma in Business Administration

 

This Extended Diploma is designed to provide a broad understanding and application of business administration to equip learners who are keen to take up employment in the business sector. Those who are keen to further their education can progress on to either the Higher Diploma or gain entry and acceptance into Year 2 of a UK or Europe Bachelor degree in Business Management.

 

Programme Learning Outcomes

 

Upon completion of this programme, learners will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of foundational management theories, current issues of management, the development of conceptual frameworks to guide their application within organizations operating in an increasingly global and competitive environment;
  2. Demonstrate and apply critical skills enabling the investigation and evaluation of valid and relevant management issues and practices; and
  3. Acquire the critical skills of thinking, learning how to learn, information search skills as well as academic writing and business reports.

Programme & Curriculum Structure

 

This programme accrues 120 credits over 8 modules. Each Unit carries 15 credits.

All students undergo an online induction workshop, which is not assessed and aimed at acquiring e-learning skills for the use of the Online Learning portal and E library. In addition, academic expectations, regulations and the concept of independent learning are also covered and the induction will be delivered through a pre- recorded video.

The modules are:

  1. Business Accounting
  2. Business Economics
  3. Principles of Marketing
  4. Principles of Management
  5. Business Numeracy and Finance
  6. Information Systems in Business
  7. Business English
  8. Business Law

Delivery mode

 

Each taught module will have a total of 12 hours of face to face lectures and 18 hours of online tutoring and online interactions with the Module Leader.

Assessment

 

Selected units will contain one work-based report with word limitations of usually between 2,000 – 2,500 words. Each unit document will outline the specific word limit. Normally the expected presentation of reports should be structured as outlined below.

General Structure of the Report

  • Sections and Page Numbers
  • Title Page (including unit title, assignment title, name, word count and date)
  • Executive summary (one page)
  • Contents (page numbers)
  • Introduction
  • Analysis Subsections
  • Statement or evaluation of alternatives
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations (justifications and implementations)
  • References (Harvard style)
    e.g. WATSON, T., (2010), Organising and Managing Work, 3rd ed, Financial Times-Prentice Hall Publishing.
  • Appendix A Title
  • Appendix B Title

The purpose of the word limitation is for students to:

  1. Focus on issues;
  2. Be critically concise; and
  3. Assist them in their time management throughout the programme.

More specifically and to prevent confusion by students over the word limit, the assessment specifically relates to the section in the report between the introduction and the completion of the recommendations section. It does not include the executive summary, the contents, diagrams, models, tables, references and the appendices. These are, however, expected as part of the presented report. For consistency throughout the programme, students are requested to include the word count on the front of their report.

 

Grading Scale

 

 

Mark RangeGradeClassificationDescription
70% and aboveADistinctionAn outstanding piece of work incorporating and integrating both original and secondary sources with a high standard of presentation. The work addresses the brief as set in full. A creative response demonstrating a thorough understanding, analysis and judgment of the central issues. There is extensive coverage balanced with careful selection and organisation of material. There is substantial evidence of relevant wider reading, which is accurately referenced following the Harvard Referencing Style.
60% – 69%BMeritA good response to the assignment, well-structured and presented incorporating relevant information. The work addresses the brief as set in full. In-depth understanding of salient issues and evidence of wide reading, which is accurately referenced following the Harvard Referencing Style. Extensive analytical coverage with confident and balanced selection and organisation of material. May however lack synergy in places with some important ideas not being fully explored.
50% – 59%CPassAn acceptable answer that covers the majority of the key issues but may not be sufficiently complete to develop a full understanding of the situation. The brief has been addressed, although some area might not be as fully developed as others. Consideration of the academic underpinning and practical application of material may be limited, perhaps providing only partial consideration of the issues. The analysis is generally adequate but may be overly descriptive in places, lacking critical analysis and displaying limited evidence of the application of wider reading. Material is referenced in an adequate fashion, although some of the detail might be incorrect.
< 50%DFailWork contains errors, omissions or poorly expressed ideas; in some cases these omissions may be fundamental. The assessment brief is not addressed to a material extent, either as a whole or in significant dimensions. Lacks an adequate theoretical and conceptual base thereby failing to identify the key issues and possibly demonstrating a basic misunderstanding of the brief. The structure is not always clear possibly due to the student’s own lack of understanding. There is no clear line of argument, with passages not being adequately linked and explained. There is little or no evidence of wider reading. Sources used are inappropriate or are poorly referenced.

Final Award Grades, Graded Point Average and Final Award Classifications

 
Marks LEB Grade Point Average LEB Grade LEB Classification
85 – 100 4.00 A+ High Distinction
70-84 3.75 A Distinction
65-69 3.50 B+ High Merit
60-64 3.00 B Merit
55-59 2.50 C+ High Pass
50-54 2.00 C Pass
45- 49 1.75 D Marginal Fail
35-44 1.50 E Fail
0-34 1.00 F High Fail

Modules

 

The following are list of modules for this programme, click on it’s title to read it’s brief specification.

Business Accounting

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  1. Practice the basic concepts of accounting and comply with accounting regulatory and legal framework.
  2. Comprehend basic steps of the recording process in the accounting cycle
  3. Prepare various accounts for transactions including relevant financial statements.
  4. Apply the important practice of internal control

Indicative Contents

  • Basic Accounting Concepts
  • The Accounting Equation
  • Analyzing Transactions: Journalizing and Posting
  • Accounting Cycles
  • Accounting for Merchandising Business
  • Prepare Accounts for Transactions
  • Prepare Financial Statements for Single Entity
  • Accounting Systems and Internal Controls
  • Cash and the Internal Control
  • Bank Reconciliation

Assessment

Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework

Business Economics

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  1. Acquire relevant knowledge on how economics decision can be made in managing and making management decision pertaining to price-output-cost behaviour of firms aimed at profit maximisation with or without government trade policies or other measures such as monetary and fiscal policies.
  2. Analyse how the market determines both prices of final goods and services as well as prices/cost of factors of production.
  3. Evaluate the limitations of the free market which lead to market failures and its impact on prices, efficiency of market operations and economic welfare and how the government can response to market failures.
  4. Analyse how macroeconomic forces at work in an open economy determines the level of business economic activities including its impact on the equilibrium national income, economic growth, employment level, balance of payments as well as on the general price level.

Indicative Contents

  • How markets work for determining prices of final goods and services as well as factors of production
  • Market failures and the economics of the public sector
  • Firm behavior and the organization of industry
  • The determination of macro-economic variables
  • National Income Determination
  • International trade and balance of payments
  • The trade cycles and economic activities fluctuations

Assessment

Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework

Principles of Marketing

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify the differing nature of customer needs and wants within a chosen marketing environment;
  2. Recognise the important role of market segmentation, pricing, targeting and positioning process in a firm’s sustained success;
  3. Analyse the marketing environment; and
  4. Understand the marketing planning process and marketing.

Indicative Contents

  • Marketing Definition and Marketing Orientation.
  • The Marketing Environment.
  • Overview of Marketing Planning.
  • Consumer Behaviour.
  • Marketing Research and Information Systems.
  • Market Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning.
  • Introduction to Marketing Mix.
  • Creating Customer Value.

Assessment

Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework

Principles of Management

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify and differentiate the managerial functions;
  2. Apply and use the concept of management functions; and
  3. Analyse the environment and use it in management activities.

Indicative Contents

  • Introduction to Management.
  • Organisation and Environment.
  • Foundation of Planning.
  • Planning Tools.
  • Organizational Structure and Design.
  • Communication in Organisation.
  • Leadership.
  • Managerial Control.

Assessment

Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework

Business Numeracy and Finance

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  1. Apply financial mathematics in calculating and preparing forecast relating to cash flow, working capital requirements to facilitate better decision making.
  2. Evaluate financial investment and financing of assets alternatives and thereby help in minimizing the risk and maximizing the return.

Indicative Contents

  • Mathematical Formula
  • Basic Algebra
  • Data Analysis and Presentation
  • Correlation and Time Series
  • Pearson’s correlation coefficient
  • Business Computation
  • Cash Flow, Working capital management and short term financing
  • Sources of short term financing
  • Cash and marketable securities management
  • Accounts receivable management.

Assessment

Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework

Business English

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively and appropriately in formal letters, reports and other written texts;
  2. Demonstrate strong oral language skills; and
  3. Write concise, coherent and accurate business reports in business- appropriate Language.

Indicative Contents

  • Students will be encouraged to apply their knowledge of language in a variety of formal and informal contexts. Importance will be attached to the development of an awareness of language (e.g.: accuracy, register and appropriateness) as well as functional language such as giving information, persuading and negotiating.
  • Emphasis will be placed on developing students’ language skills within a business or professional framework. Activities will include structured role-plays, negotiations and discussions, listening to audio, video recordings and online communications.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to examine and discuss a number of stimulating and relevant aspects of business and work, e.g.: equal opportunities, technology and the changing workplace, globalisation.

Assessment

Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework

Information System for Business

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  1. Apply the use of IT/IS applications to facilitate business process;

  2. Identify the current technology trends and IT;

  3. Help the organization to evaluate and purchase a new system that is high quality and consistent with business goals; and

  4. Identify the needs of organizations in order to develop the information vision, IT architecture and strategic operational plans.

Indicative Contents

  • Introduction: Business and Information Technology.
  • Organizations and Information Technology Support.
  • Managing Organizational Data and Information.
  • Functional and Enterprise System.
  • Strategic Information Systems and Reorganization.
  • Implementing IT: Ethics, Impacts and Security

Assessment

Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework

Business Law

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify the main sources of commercial/ business law in which behavior within society is regulated;
  2. Understand the meaning and applications of the different provisions of the law of contract in business transactions including standard and exemption clauses, conditions and warranties, remedies and breaches of contract;
    Identify relevant employment law provision which governs the employer and employee relationships;

  3. Application of the appropriate laws relating to the financing and management of companies limited by shares

Indicative Contents

  • Introduction to the Concept and Sources of Law

  • Offer and Acceptance

  • Consideration

  • Other Essentials of a Contract

  • Contents of a Contract

  • Void, Voidable and Unlawful Contracts

  • Discharge or Contracts

  • Employment Law

  • Company Administration

  • Finance and Management of companies

Assessment

Assessment Weighting: 100% Coursework

Entry Requirements

 

The minimum age to register for this programme is 18 and any one of the following:

  • Completion of a level 3 qualification or equivalent or
  • Minimum of  One( 1) A level (or equivalent such as STPM) or
  • Mature applicant with a minimum of 3 years of work experience

AND

  • Minimum of a pass in English at O Levels or equivalent

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