The purpose of the course is to enable you to develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value, through a problem-solving approach to business studies. This will be done by encouraging you to develop:
- an understanding of the importance of seeing problems through different perspectives, of working with others and of contributing to the working of teams;
- a knowledge and critical understanding of the way businesses are organised internally and of the local, national and international environments within which business operates;
- a critical understanding of the way factor inputs are processed to obtain product output and added value;
- a critical understanding of the co-operation and inter-dependence which participation in society entails, through direct experience and observation;
- key skills of numeracy, communication, information technology, problem-solving, decision-making and team-working through working in business situations and through solving problems;
- knowledge and competence in the use of language, concepts, conventions, techniques and decision-making procedures in business behaviour;
- skills of research, selection and use of data, decision-making and presentation;
- awareness of the nature and significance of innovation and change within the context of business.
The use of information technology is an essential part of the course, requiring the development of skills and their application to problem-solving situations within business.