Access to Business


This module provides student with an opportunity to consider current business and management challenges faced by a range of organisations, and to undertake a range of related skill development activities.


The aim of this module is to develop students' skills of communication and information selection, structure and presentation in the context of a selection of Business and Management contexts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Discuss business challenges and developments within the context of specific operational and market factors.

2.  Identify, select, interpret and structure information in a range of formats appropriate to the study of Business and Management.

Indicative Content

1 Business Areas

Innovation, Operations, Marketing, HRM, Finance and Accounting.

2 Business Information Skills

Dealing with media cources, finding, evaluating and processing information. Critical reading, interpreting and using statistical evidence and using spreadsheets and graphics.

3 Business Communication Skills

Ethics and etiquette, writing styles and formats, expressing opinions and ideas and structuring and argument. Communication styles and listening skills. Teamwork and presentation skills.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students will be taught through a combination of informal lectures and active learning tutorials and will engage in individual and group based activities. The business contexts explored will provide a springboard for the development of generic skills leading to enhanced study and academic skills.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 21
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 30
Independent 135

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.