Module code: MAN1089

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 11

Laboratory Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM (1.5 HOURS) 40%
Coursework INDIVIDUAL REPORT (2500 WORDS) 60%

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

MAN1091 (Business Skills) is a pre-requisite for this module

Module overview

This module is the second part of the Surrey Business School skills development programme.  The content of the Business Decision Making module has far-reaching implications for the student’s future scholarly work, vacation internships, professional training placement and graduate employability.

Module aims

ensure that students are able to develop the transferable skills, attitudes and abilities that will enable them to study successfully and to function effectively in modern society with specific focus on critical thinking, report writing and the analysis of business information using statistical data.

allow students to continue to engage in the personal and professional development process that is integral to the Surrey Business School undergraduate programmes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Understand the basic concepts of information analysis as used in the business world KCPT
Analyse and interpret business information using statistical data KCPT
Display competence in creating professional business reports KCPT
Demonstrate an understanding of critical thinking and analysis and its application for decision making in business  CPT
Continue to develop as effective, independent and confident self-directed learners  CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Analysing and interpreting business information using statistical data
Business report writing
Critical thinking and analysis
Effective decision making

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to :

help students of all abilities to engage in an effective skills development process whilst enhancing their employability.

Students are encouraged to:

assess their current skills (both study-related, work-related),
identify areas of weakness and strengths
take advantage of appropriate learning opportunities from within this module’s activities and the wider university,
demonstrate competence
and reflect on their progress.

The learning and teaching methods include :

Lectures, small group Tutorials & small group PC Labs (1 hour each per week X 11 weeks)

to develop basic understanding of and competence in the analysis and interpretation of statistics and manipulation of data
to develop understanding of business information handling and presentation through report writing
to develop critical thinking and analysis and understand its application in business
to develop ability to use and analyse business information to make decisions more effectively

Extensive supporting material on the university VLE.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to

Multiple choice & short answer  exam

understand, analyse and interpret basic statistical data

2500 word report

write effective professional documents
understand, analyse and interpret basic statistical data
think critically and conduct analysis
utilise business information to make decisions more effectively
utilise MS Word & Excel effectively

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

a 90 minute multiple choice and short answer exam (sat during the exam period)
a 2500 word report (submitted to SurreyLearn and in hard copy during the exam period)

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will work collaboratively in groups on case studies and other class activities in the tutorials and labs.  Tutors will provide regular verbal feedback on their performance through individual, group and class discussion.  Students are also encouraged to provide feedback on one another’s performance and to help with one another’s development through collaboration.
Students will be provided with the assessment criteria and weighting for each component of the report when this is introduced early in the semester.  These criteria will be constantly referred to during tutorials as students are developing their skills in class activities and planning their Report and are also used to inform the verbal feedback they receive.

Students will receive regular verbal feedback on the development of their information analysis skills using ICT during labs as the Tutor moves around the room.  Students will also complete mock tests in a similar format to the January exam which they will mark themselves and have the opportunity to discuss in class.  This will allows them to ‘test’ their skills as well as practise the format that will be used in the exam.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.