BMAN10780 – Business and Management Skills: Role of Academic Advisors Simon French [email protected] Anna Goatman [email protected] The Team Simon French Anna Goatman Linda Whittle You all! What is Business and Management Skills? • A 10 credit 2-semester course • A compulsory course for over 500 first year management students • A structured means of academic advisors and students getting to know each other – A replacement for the personal tutoring system Core course on: • BSc Management/Management (specialism) • BSc International Management (IM)/International Management with American Business Studies (IMABS) • BA International Business, Finance and Economics (IBFE) • BSc Information Technology Management for Business / with Industrial Experience (ITMB/ITMBIE) • BSc Management and Information Systems (MAIS)/BSc Accounting Management and Information Systems (AMAIS) 4 Course Objectives • To provide students with the knowledge to help them monitor, review, plan and take responsibility for their own learning and professional development. • To provide a broad overview of business, management and professionalism. • To stimulate interest in current developments of business and management. 5 Course Structure • 3 strands of activity a) Lectures • Simon French, Anna Goatman, + others b) Timetabled seminars • • Every other week (5 seminars in each semester) Given by you (academic advisors) to your group of 15 students c) Non timetabled small group work and some individual support • Facilitated by you, face to face or electronically Course Timetable – Semester 1 Week Lecture Freshers’ 1 2 Introduction to Course Introduction to Management Research and Library Skills 3 Seminar Seminar 1 Introductions Multiple perspectives: taking a multi-disciplinary PDP view Formative Essay 4 Group Dynamics and Management 5 Ethics and Management 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Reading week – No lecture History of Management and the Professions Management Processes 1 Management Processes 2 Director’s lecture No Lecture No Lecture Seminar 2 Report writing and essay skills Introduction of small group projects Seminar 3 Presentation skills Seminar 4 Students presentations (assessed) Seminar 5 Exam/ Revision Skills Course Timetable – Semester 2 Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Lecture Introduction to the semester Contrasting the Public and Private Sectors No Lecture Management Functions 1: Operations Management No Lecture Management Functions 2: Marketing No Lecture Management Functions 3: Human Resources Management No Lecture Management Functions 4: Information Systems Management No Lecture No Lecture No Lecture Seminar Seminar 6 Reflections on Semester 1 PDPs Seminar 7 Discussion of how to critique academic papers. Advisor’s academic interests Seminar 8 No seminar – One-to-one individual meetings Seminar 9 Student Presentations (assessed) Seminar 10 2nd year options Assessment and Feedback • Semester 1 – Individual 1000-word essay (formative) – Group presentation on a current business issue (5 students in each group) (45%) • Semester 2 – Group presentation of a critique of current management paper (45%) – Development of individual personal development plan (10%) What do Academic Advisors Do? • Advise a group of 15 students • Meet their group on a regular basis – Lead seminars (every other week over both semesters) – Assign students to smaller project groups for assessed coursework – Hold one-to-one meetings in the second semester • Advise their group on academic issues – Signpost and offer support • Support and assess the coursework done by their group • Provide feedback to their group What do Academic Advisors Get? • The opportunity to work with a small group • A chance to get to know the students • A reminder about what it is like to be a first year student!