MN1915: Management First
Year 1 of your undergraduate studies reading Management at Royal Holloway ‘provides a foundation for advanced and independent study through establishing a common platform of essential knowledge and skills’ (current School of Business and Management programme specification). A structured approach to reading Management at Royal Holloway is a key aim of the course in order to support students in making the transition from school to university. This recognizes the diverse backgrounds of approximately 500 students reading Management as part of their degree title. MN1915 Management First highlights that enhancing employability prospects is a portfolio of skills each student develops over the duration of an undergraduate degree; likewise there are key academic skills each student must develop in Year 1 in order to succeed in subsequent years of the degree programme.
We collaborated with key College colleagues in designing the content of MN1915:
• Careers and Employability Service focuses on assessment and skills gap identification relevant to the situation of Year 1 students (e.g., what skills do I have? what skills do I need for internships and graduate jobs? where are the gaps? what can I do now to close the gaps?);
• The Centre for the Development of Academic Skills (CeDAS) addresses reading and writing in Year 1 (including essay planning and critical reading) and numeracy; and
• The Information Consultant for Business and Management in the Library addresses information literacy, including online resources, and referencing.
Discussions are contextualized with reference to contemporary issues in management, such as appearing in the Financial Times (which is also the source reading for Assignment 1: Reading the Financial Times) or aired on BBC Radio 4, to ensure currency and relevance.
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