Singapore University of Social Sciences

Business Skills and Management (BUS100)

Synopsis

BUS100 aims to provide students with key business skills, and problem discovery and solving abilities using various techniques, such as spreadsheet-driven analysis. Industry-derived case studies and a business management simulation game will be deployed to provide students with experiential learning. Through an interactive, experiential learning platform, students would learn about the various functions of a business entity ranging from leadership, finance and accounting, analytics, operations, human resource management, marketing and business intelligence. The course helps students to learn about these various functions of a typical business and their interrelationships, as well as the complexities of managing a business. In addition, leadership and management concepts (such as planning, controlling, and decision-making) as well as the Business Excellence framework will be discussed. This course equips students with the necessary life skills to deal with the challenges of an ever-changing work environment. As the course remains primarily skills-oriented, it continues to comprise of only in-course assessments (i.e. OCAS).

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester

Topics

  • Introduction to Business Studies
  • Business Excellence Framework
  • Leadership and Planning
  • Modeling and Problem Solving in Business
  • Creating Value for Customers
  • Data Analysis for Decision Making
  • Managing Operations
  • Financial Analysis using Spreadsheet
  • Managing People
  • Analysing and Planning Human Resource
  • Evaluating Performance Results
  • Managing Risk and Uncertainties

Learning Outcome

  • Define types of business functions, business problems and managerial decision-making processes
  • Explain the concepts of business excellence framework
  • Apply analysis principles and spreadsheet techniques to analyse business issues
  • Identify modeling strategies to deal with the changing business environment
  • Show how adaptive organisations respond to changes
  • Develop strategies that help manage risks and uncertainties
  • Implement models with realistic assumptions to improve decision making
  • Analyse business models in terms of key performance indicators
  • Acquire insights and make recommendations to improve business
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