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Parent Programme
Bachelor of Business (Level 7 NFQ)
Level 6
Business Management
Reference Code: BB7 603
Year 1
Fall Semester 1
12 Weeks Full-Time X 3.15 Hours per week
12 Weeks Part-Time X 1.75 Hours per week

Module Units

Introduction to Business Management

The indicative syllabus of this module is outlined in the units below:

  • Classical approaches to Business Management: Scientific Management, Bureaucracy, Administrative Management, Human Relations.
  • Contemporary Approaches to Business Management: Organisational Behaviour, System theory, Contingency theory.
  • Management Process.
  • Levels of Management and Management Skills.
  • Mintzberg’s Management Roles.

External Environment

External Business Environment

  • Social factors.
  • Technological factors.
  • Economic factors.
  • Political- legal factors.
  • Environmental factors.
  • Customers, competitors, suppliers, distributors, investors, trade unions.
  • Porter’s five forces.

Business Planning     

  • Types of planning.
  • Strategic, tactical, operational, contingency.
  • Management by objective.
  • The planning process- SWOT analysis.
  • The BCG Matrix.

Organising and Controlling Business

  • The nature and importance of organising in business management.
  • Components of organisational structure: organising employees and organisational structure.
  • Universal approaches to organisational design.
  • Formal Organisational Relationships: Line, Functional, Staff, Lateral.
  • Span of Control.
  • Decentralisation and Centralisation.
  • Types of control, financial and non-financial.


  • Introduction to motivation.
  • Content theories of motivation.
  • Motivation and the reward system.
  • Motivation and the design of work.

Decision Making in Business

  • The nature and importance of decision making.
  • Types of decisions.
  • Decision making conditions.
  • The decision-making process.
  • Individual and Group decision making.

The Management of Change

  • The nature and importance of change.
  • Globalisation.
  • Information and Communications technology.

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
LO 1
Apply the key concepts and theories of management to a variety of business contexts (planning, motivating, decision making, controlling and business ethics).
LO 2
Analyse the business environment through research sources, business data bases, and Market Information Systems.
LO 3
Distinguish between organising and organisational structure, identifying the factors affecting and forcing change.
LO 4
Explain organisational relationships and the factors affecting change.


1, 2, 3, 4
Continuous Assessment: readings and summaries, practices, participation and in class activities

Reassessment Opportunity

Where the combined marks of the assessment and examination do not reach the pass mark the learner will be required to repeat the element of assessment that they failed. Reassessment materials will be published on Moodle after the Examination Board and will be aligned to the MIMLOs and learners will be capped at 40% unless there are personal mitigating circumstances.

Aims & Objectives

This module introduces learners to the principles of business in a management context with an intentionally broad based relevance and the many positions employed by various business functions.

  • Understand the core management functions and how they are inter-related
  • Analysis a business environment using seminal business models.