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BUSINESS FUNCTIONS AWARD (ACCREDITED LEVEL 3)
 
BUSINESS FUNCTIONS AWARD (ACCREDITED LEVEL 3)
 
£435.00
 

COURSE CODE 328


 

This course presents an introductory over-view of the study of business organisations. The course examines business organisations in terms of their missions and values, their structures and cultures and the key organisational processes which underpin business activity. Although organisations are essentially unique, they also share common features which are explored in detail.

We also present a number of basic models for analysing business organisations and their performance. Business organisations can only be fully understood if we know how they interact with their environments and the course presents a number of ideas for analysing their interaction with their competitors, their markets and the wider set of prevailing circumstances which influence business performance.

Course Syllabus

Unit 1: The Nature of Organisations

  • Introduction
  • Objectives

Section 1: Organisations in Business

  • Introduction
  • 1.1 What is an organisation?
  • 1.2 What do organisations do?
  • 1.3 Organisations as systems
  • Summary

Section 2: Organisational Growth and Structure

  • Introduction
  • 2.1 Growth
  • 2.2 Growth in today's business world
  • 2.3 Organisational structure
  • Summary

Section 3: The Organisation as a Legal Entity

  • Introduction
  • 3.1 Sole traders
  • 3.2 Partnerships
  • 3.3 Incorporated companies
  • 3.4 Charities
  • Summary 38

Section 4: Business Functions

  • Introduction
  • 4.1 Porter's value chain
  • 4.2 Inbound and outbound logistics
  • 4.3 Operations (production)
  • 4.4 Sales and marketing
  • 4.5 Service
  • 4.6 Infrastructure
  • 4.7 Human resource management
  • 4.8 Research and development
  • 4.9 Procurement
  • 4.10 Management information systems
  • Summary

Section 5: Organisational Culture

  • Introduction
  • 5.1 National influences
  • 5.2 What is organisational culture?
  • 5.3 Culture change
  • Summary

Section 6: Information

  • Introduction
  • 6.1 Nature of information
  • 6.2 Sources of information
  • 6.3 Accuracy of information
  • 6.4 Information flows and management
  • 6.5 Communication
  • Summary

Unit Review Activity

Unit Summary

References

Recommended Reading

Answers to Review Activities

Unit 2: The Business Environment

  • Introduction
  • Objectives

Section 1: Environmental Opportunities and Threats

  • Introduction
  • 1.1 The organisation and its environment
  • 1.2 Environmental analysis
  • Summary

Section 2: Social Environment

  • Introduction
  • 2.1 Demographics and organisations
  • 2.2 Social structures and behaviour patterns
  • Summary

Section 3: Economic Environment

  • Introduction
  • 3.1 Macroeconomy and governments
  • 3.2 Industrial environment
  • 3.3 Changing economic policies
  • Summary

Section 4: Political Environment

  • Introduction
  • 4.1 Politics and power
  • 4.2 International business environment
  • 4.3 Environmentalism and social responsibility
  • Summary

Section 5: Technological Environment

  • Introduction
  • 5.1 The new industrial revolution
  • 5.2 New products and processes
  • Summary

Unit Review Activity

Unit Summary

References

Recommended Reading

Answers to Review Activities

Unit 3: Competition and Change

  • Introduction
  • Objectives

Section 1: Stakeholders

  • Introduction
  • 1.1 Who and what are stakeholders?
  • 1.2 Conflicting interests
  • 1.3 Stakeholder power
  • Summary

Section 2: Market Forces

  • Introduction
  • 2.1 Industry life cycle
  • 2.2 Porter's five forces
  • Summary

Section 3: Conducting an Environmental Analysis

  • Introduction
  • 3.1 Monitoring the environment
  • 3.2 Using environmental information
  • Summary

Section 4: Change and Competitive Advantage

  • Introduction
  • 4.1 Responding to the PEST environment
  • 4.2 Responding to the competitive environment
  • 4.3 Implementing change
  • 4.4 Future trends

Unit Review Activity

Unit Summary

References

Recommended Reading

Answers to Review Activities

Unit 4: Marketing

  • Introduction
  • Objectives

Section 1: Introduction to Marketing

  • Introduction
  • 1.1 What is marketing?
  • 1.2 The marketing concept
  • 1.3 Marketing management
  • Summary

Section 2: Markets and Customers 

  • Introduction
  • 2.1 Customers
  • 2.2 Competition
  • 2.3 Market segmentation
  • 2.4 Marketing research
  • 2.5 Marketing research process
  • Summary

Section 3: The Marketing Mix

  • Introduction
  • 3.1 What is the marketing mix?
  • 3.2 Products, services and benefits
  • 3.3 Product classification
  • 3.4 Product life cycle
  • 3.5 Product mix
  • 3.6 Setting prices
  • 3.7 Role of distribution
  • 3.8 Promotion
  • Summary

Unit Review Activity

Unit Summary

References

Recommended Reading

Answers to Review Activities

Unit 5: Operations and Operations Management

  • Introduction
  • Objectives

Section 1: What are Operations?

  • Introduction
  • 1.1 Definitions
  • 1.2 Transformation for the customer
  • 1.3 Value added
  • Summary

Section 2: Running Operations

  • Introduction
  • 2.1 The operations challenge
  • 2.2 Activities within operations
  • Summary

Section 3: Design within Operations

  • Introduction
  • 3.1 Product design and development
  • 3.2 System and process design
  • 3.3 Quality and quality management
  • Summary

Unit Review Activity

Unit Summary

References

Recommended Reading

Answers to Review Activities

Unit 6: Logistics

  • Introduction
  • Objectives

Section 1: What is Logistics?

  • Introduction
  • 1.1 Origins of logistics
  • 1.2 Defining logistics
  • 1.3 Logistics strategy and information technology
  • Summary

Section 2: Logistics in Practice: a Factory Visit

  • Introduction
  • 2.1 Factory tour
  • 2.2 Stock control systems
  • 2.3 Physical distribution
  • Summary

Section 3: Controlling Supply: Materials Planning and Control

  • Introduction
  • 3.1 Scope and purpose of materials control
  • 3.2 Constraints on material planning and control
  • 3.3 Reordering stock
  • 3.4 Just in time
  • Summary

Section 4: Supply Chain Management and Distribution Systems

  • Introduction
  • 4.1 What is supply chain management?
  • 4.2 Relationships in supply chains and partnership sourcing
  • Summary

Section 5: Strategy, Performance and Key Measures

  • Introduction
  • 5.1 Logistics strategy, fit and performance
  • 5.2 Benchmarking
  • Summary

Unit Review Activity

Unit Summary

References

Recommended Reading

Answers to Review Activities

Unit 7: Human Resource Management

  • Introduction
  • Objectives

Section 1: Nature of Human Resource Management and its Function

  • Introduction
  • 1.1 Historical aspects
  • 1.2 HRM or personnel management?
  • 1.3 The function
  • Summary

Section 2: Employee Resourcing

  • Introduction
  • 2.1 What is human resource planning?
  • 2.2 Recruitment and selection
  • Summary

Section 3: Employee Training and Development

  • Introduction
  • 3.1 The training process
  • 3.2 Staff assessment and appraisal
  • Summary

Section 4: Employee Relations

  • Introduction
  • 4.1 Historical aspects
  • 4.2 Procedures
  • 4.3 Legislation and policies
  • Summary

Unit Review Activity

Unit Summary

References

Recommended Reading

Answers to Review Activities

Unit 8: Business Strategy

  • Introduction
  • Objectives

Section 1: Environment, Values and Resources

  • Introduction
  • 1.1 Values
  • 1.2 Resources
  • 1.3 Environment
  • Summary

Section 2: Strategic Planning

  • Introduction
  • 2.1 Types of business strategies
  • 2.2 Choosing a strategy and setting targets
  • 2.3 Implementing strategy
  • Summary

Unit Review Activity

Unit Summary

References

Recommended Reading

Answers to Review Activities

Unit 9: Business Planning and Project Management

  • Introduction
  • Objectives

Section 1: Drawing up a Business Plan

  • Introduction
  • 1.1 What is a business plan?
  • 1.2 Creating the business plan
  • Summary

Section 2: Implementing the Business Plan

  • Introduction
  • 2.1 Initial planning
  • 2.2 Creating a project plan
  • 2.3 Management of progress, costs and risks
  • Summary

Unit Review Activity

Unit Summary

References

Recommended Reading

Answers to Review Activities

 

Course Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 108 hrs.

Additional Information

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support

Qualifications

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Business Functions Diploma

Business Functions Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 3 Business Functions Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.


Who are ABC



ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.



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BUSINESS FUNCTIONS AWARD (ACCREDITED LEVEL 3)
 
BUSINESS FUNCTIONS AWARD (ACCREDITED LEVEL 3)
 
 
£435.00
 

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