Business Problems Analysis: An integrated skills development

Ian Spurr, Jerry Forrester
1991 The Vocational Aspect of Education  
Business Problems Analysis (B.P.A.), a skills based course, is a core component of the B.A. Buslness Studies Degree at Ha~eld Polytechnic. Thls course, which has been running for six years, has very little formal input, rather, students, individually and in groups, experience a range of tasks which are designed to develop their personal competences. These competences are needed throughout working life, and, specifically, in order to cope with the placement period, which occurs during the third
more » ... ear of the course. Three tutors work together on B.P.A., mainly because the seventy students on each year of the course can have someone readily available to provide support when required, but also because a wider pool of expertise becomes available. Two hours student contact are timetabled for each week of the first two terms, constituting an eighth of a student's programme. B.P.A. and 'Business Operations', a course which provides an understanding of the major business functions, are together seen as the core of the first two years of the degree. Other courses are expected to relate to the core and build on the knowledge and skills developed in it. Students must pass B.P.A. in order to progress on the scheme However, at present B.P.A. does not contribute to the final award as such.
doi:10.1080/10408347308003641 fatcat:5mxfkeutq5dubdaj27c7qqcqd4