BA (Hons) Business (CMI)

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Program Description

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This BA (Hons) Business (CMI) programme is designed specifically to enhance employability, practical skills, and career success. The course focuses on a wide range of personal and professional topics so when you finish you will be an adaptable ‘all-rounder’ – essential in our modern and ever-changing business world. 

Course Overview

This BA (Hons) Business (CMI) programme is designed specifically to enhance employability, practical skills, and career success. Gain the knowledge and skills that are necessary to navigate the modern world of business. Arden University’s online Bachelor's in Business degree will prepare you for the ever-changing business world. This programme’s Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation also means graduates will be awarded a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management to help make you more marketable.

Arden’s flexible study mode allows you to develop your business skills, and allows you to continue working alongside study if you wish. This programme will give you the knowledge required to take your next steps in the business world, and be an asset to a range of organisations.

Career Fast-Track: Free Master's

At Arden University, we’re dedicated to your readiness for the future workplace, and are committed to helping you gain the skills and qualifications you need as you progress in your professional life. Our Fast-Track Your Career promise has been developed to allow you to pursue your master’s degree with us completely free of charge once you have successfully completed your Arden undergraduate degree course. 

 On successful completion of your bachelor’s course, you can simply apply for the Arden master’s degree of your choice, either via Distance (online) or Blended Learning, and you’ll then be able to progress with your postgraduate education completely free of any additional course tuition fees.  The only requirement is that you meet the entry standards for your chosen master’s course, and enrol within two years of completing your bachelor’s degree.

Course Modules

Level 4

Developing Personal and Management Skills
You’ll need great management skills whether working in a multinational corporation, or a microbusiness. Starting from your own personal management, you’ll work up to team management, and then learn to apply theories of motivation, conflict management, and empowerment to larger organisations.

Understanding the Business Environment
Get to grips with business structure and stakeholder responsibilities. You'll begin to understand core business concepts such as supply and demand, competition, markets, and government effects with this module.

Principles of Marketing
This module starts with basic definitions, after which, you’ll learn to analyse businesses and wider markets. You’ll also learn to break markets down into segments and apply dynamic marketing tools.

Introduction to Finance
A basic understanding of finance is a great asset, and this module will take you through how companies manage their books, prepare accounts, and inform business decisions. You’ll be better equipped to have an impact on your organisation.

People in Organisations
Successful organisations know how to lead and motivate their staff, and this module explores the things that make people tick. You’ll learn how teams work best, and how to effectively manage change.

Management Information Systems
Organisations of all sizes share the same basic functions: HR, accounts, marketing, sales, and production. All create and use information, and this module looks at ways to collect it ethically and professionally and organise it into effective systems.

Level 5

Managing Across Cultures
Global business requires us to take into account national cultures. This module asks how our products will work in different markets, how to facilitate a multicultural workforce, and other issues critical to modern business.

Business Processes
Your way of working should be designed and managed to make the most of your time and money. In this module, you’ll look at issues such as benchmarking, supply chain management, and whether a project has been successful.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurs at all levels need certain tools and techniques to enable them to thrive. This module is about moving forward in big business, from initial innovation, through early growth.

Business Analysis
The ways organisations use huge amounts of data they produce can be the difference between success and failure. This module looks at finding, extracting, working with, analysing, and interpreting data, developing the skills to design your own data collection project.

Managing Knowledge
Modern businesses use information technology to keep tabs on their knowledge build-up. In this module, you’ll examine what networks can do for organisations, and study theories about knowledge transfer and storage.

Managing Change in Organisations
Change is inevitable, and this module walks through some of the potential catalysts for change. Looking at how change affects your people, and how to deal with this at an individual level, you’ll come away better able to manage change, whilst talking confidently about Total Quality Management and Business Process Engineering.

Level 6

Contemporary Management Issues
Using the most up-to-date thinking, this module probes the issues facing managers today, including sustainability, moral and ethical choices, and corporate values. You’ll reflect on the changing world, including globalisation, the communities we live in, and the ways our economic landscape is changing.

Strategic Management
Learn how to design the roadmap to take your business to succeed in this module, by applying a range of strategic theories and techniques. You’ll look at mergers and acquisitions, working with partners, national and international planning, and the ways organisations deliver their plans by effectively managing change.

Managing Self and Others
This module continues the theme of supporting and developing yourself and others. Learn stress management techniques, positive thinking, and assertive development, alongside tools for creativity and decision-making. You’ll scrutinise everything from recruitment to team management.

International Management
Delve into the ways international companies function with teams around the world. Learn to manage far-flung teams with cultural differences, using the most effective techniques.

Research Methods and Dissertation
With your supervising tutor, you will determine an interdisciplinary area related to your degree to research, giving you the opportunity to specialise in an area of the programme that has most interested you.

Industry Partnerships

When you enrol in the BA (Hons) Business (CMI) course, you will have the option to participate in the following business skill development programmes:

Cisco Networking Academy
Get a real world grounding in today’s most valuable technical skills. Use real equipment, software, and simulators to gain technical knowledge in at least 1 or 2 high demand job areas.


Salesforce Trailheads
There are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.

How does it work?
Participation with our Industry Partners is completely voluntary. Your participation or decision not to study these additional extras won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.


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Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for this course you must normally have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme, or equivalent.
  • For students whose prior learning was not taught in English: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).

If You Have Work Experience

We positively encourage and consider applications from those able to demonstrate their motivation to study the programme. We will ask for your personal statement, along with your CV and references in support of your application.

Fees

£13,500 (UK & EU), £13,150 (International)

Last updated Jul 2020

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