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An introduction to business and management

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: B100
  • Level: 1
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A very enjoyable and worthwhile module to study for anybody starting a business degree or for those looking to have a broader understanding of business in general.

The content was interesting and the materials provided complimented the module very well. The module website was easy to navigate and laid a clear path for completion of study.

As the module covers a wide range of topics it allowed me to challenge my preconceived ideas about business studies. I started the module convinced that I would not enjoy accounting and I ended the module by enrolling on the Fundamentals of Accounting (B124) with plans to start a career as an accountant. This was mainly due to how the topic was presented with emphasis on its importance but also due to how interesting the readings and tutorials made the subject.

Lastly, I feel the workload was justified and the number of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs) was about right. As the content of each TMA is known before the start of the relevant study block I found it easy to find exactly which sections relate to the questions and therefore where to focus more of my attention. I found this helped me to reduce my workload as I was able to answer my assignment questions as I studied rather than at the end of each block.

Overall, I highly recommend this module.

David Woodward

Course starting: October 2019

Review posted: December 2020

I found the sessions really helpful especially the sessions dedicated to tutor-marked assignments. If you are starting this module, I would strongly recommend it.

Moreover during the module, we would receive feedback regarding our tutor-marked assignments from our tutors. I found my feedback to be very clear with plenty of guidance to help me improve. As a result, I was able to get high marks.

Overall it's a good module.

Course starting: February 2020

Review posted: December 2020

I enjoyed the module very much, it compiled a good range of information on business for people starting off. The module context was set up well and kept me interested throughout.

I do feel it was a very good start to understanding business and sets you up for further studies.

I would recommend.

Course starting: October 2019

Review posted: August 2020

I enjoyed this module and I learned a lot to take forward to Shaping Business Operators (B207).

It can be a bit tedious at times but overall and enjoyable and insightful module.

Course starting: October 2018

Review posted: June 2020

A very worthwhile module to start a business qualification with. What I liked about it was that it encourages you to view issues from all angles before coming to a conclusion.

Personally I think it is best to do this as your only module if working full time and studying part time, but that may just be me.

Jack Davidson

Course starting: February 2018

Review posted: December 2018

This course provides the right amount of information for an OU level 1 introduction module. The course is well structured and diverse, providing a broad range of areas within the business world. Based on this module, you can see where your strengths lie after completing your tutor-marked assessments (TMAs) and can confidently choose a degree pathway if you so wish. The module websites and study guides
(books) are clearly laid out and provide opportunities to practice your understanding of each section. This module is quite full on and requires a lot of study time in order to fully excel at the TMAs. I would recommend taking this as a single module if you are part time rather than choosing more than one, especially if you haven't studied in a long time.

Claire Louise Smith

Course starting: October 2017

Review posted: October 2018

I found this course a great overall introduction into the world of Business and Management. The amount of reading required for this course is manageable, stay on track with the study planner and you will be fine.

The assignments consisted of tutor group work and case studies which I found to be enjoyable. Topics I thought I would love - I disliked. I have a new found interest for business ethics now!

If you are interested in Business and Management and are unsure of which route to go down this covers all of them!

Course starting: October 2017

Review posted: September 2018

A good introduction into the business world, opens your eyes to how broad the term 'business' really is.

The course contained a sample of the main business functions which made me rethink what kind of job role I would wish to work in.

There was a lot of initial panic from students when it was time to learn about analysing financial statements etc. as the first thing that comes to mind is they don't know much about bookeeping, but this actually had no relevence to what we were actually tasked to learn.Luckily in my case I had a great tutor, also the material was written well in the books to study from.

This module took me 20 hours or more per week on average but sometimes less, as this was my first module and so learning academic practices such as referencing and note taking also come into it.

Benjamin James Sharrock

Course starting: October 2015

Review posted: January 2017

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