Are you interested in a career in business and management, and keen to know more about what it takes to be a businessman or businesswoman in the 21st century? Perhaps you want to work for a major company, one of the ‘big four’, or are looking to start your own entrepreneurial business? Or are you looking to undertake further studies of business and management as an academic discipline at university and beyond? If any of these questions applies to you, then this course is the ideal starting point to your studies and career in business, offering a mix of practical advice and academic theory that offers a firm foundation from which to undertake further research.
The course begins by looking at the fundamental elements that govern all sustainable businesses – the need to reach the ‘break even’ point and to generate profit – before moving on to consider different types of business structure. Tutorial 2 takes these principles further, exploring the concept of the ‘global village’ and how businesses have been affected by – and affect – the world in which we now live, and questioning what businesses must do in order to survive in this competitive, global environment. Tutorial 3 turns to management theory, outlining and scrutinising the views of major management theorists from the 1850s to the present day, and exploring whether or not these are still relevant to the modern business environment. And tutorial 4 offers more practical advice for those thinking of undertaking studies or careers in business at a higher level.
This course consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. The course is available to start instantly online – once enrolled, you can get started straight away.
Quizzes and Exams
Why Take this Course?
This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying business, management, economics, and related subjects at university, exploring a range of academic theory and practical methods.
Aims and Objectives
- To understand the key goals a business must achieve to survive
- To be aware of the varied structures and forms businesses can take
- To explore management theory both past and present
Key Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Understand the fundamental goals underpinning any modern business
- Understand the key principles of management theory