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The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to acquire employability skills required for effective employment and to manage their own personal and professional development. 

Students at all levels of education and experience require employability skills as a prerequisite to entering the job market. This unit gives students an opportunity to assess and develop an understanding of their own responsibilities and performance in or when entering the workplace. The unit considers the skills required for general employment such as interpersonal and transferable skills, and the dynamics of working with others in teams or groups including leadership and communication skills. It also deals with the everyday working requirement of problem solving which includes the identification or specification of the 'problem', strategies for its solution and then evaluation of the results of the solution through reflective practices.

This course aims to raise an awareness of the need for team work as a key component of business survival and success.  

The aim of this unit is to develop learners' skills of independent enquiry by undertaking a sustained investigation of direct relevance to their vocational, academic and professional development.

This unit provides opportunities to develop skills in decision making, problem solving and communication integrated with the skills and knowledge developed in many of the other units within the programme to complete a realistic project. It requires the student to select, plan, implement and evaluate a project and finally present the outcomes, in terms of the process and the product of the project. It also allows students to develop the ability to work individually and/or with others, within a defined timescale and given constraints, to produce an acceptable and viable solution to an agreed brief. If this is a group project, each member of the team must be clear about their responsibilities at the start of the project and supervisors must ensure that everyone is accountable for each aspect of the work and makes a contribution to the end result. Students must work under the supervision of programme tutors or work-based managers.

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how businesses and organisations develop e-Commerce strategies to remain competitive in the global market.

When planning an e-Commerce strategy, it is necessary to assess the current status of the business information and logistics systems because these will provide the foundation for e-Commerce. Preparations will also be necessary to meet the standards of support that e-customers expect. Marketing, promotion and supply chain management must all be considered, alongside the website, when developing an implementation strategy.

Finally in this unit, learners will critically evaluate current developments in e-Commerce.

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how businesses and organisations develop e-Commerce strategies to remain competitive in the global market.

When planning an e-Commerce strategy, it is necessary to assess the current status of the business information and logistics systems because these will provide the foundation for e-Commerce. Preparations will also be necessary to meet the standards of support that e-customers expect. Marketing, promotion and supply chain management must all be considered, alongside the website, when developing an implementation strategy.

Finally in this unit, learners will critically evaluate current developments in e-Commerce.

The aim of this unit is to equip learners with the knowledge and research skills needed to select a research question, and design a research proposal for a chosen topic of interest.

Research skills equip learners with a higher level of knowledge and skills that will allow them to be self-directed and focused in a specific field of expertise. Research involves the exploration of a range of primary and secondary sources of information. From these sources, conclusions can be drawn regarding a particular question or theory that may need to be investigated and tested.

On completion of this unit learners should be able to conduct a literature review that will engage them in identifying a range of primary and secondary information sources. Learners will be able to critique sources and triangulate the information gathered to determine currency and validity in the area of study undertaken.

Learners will also engage in research seminars both as a participant and as a reviewer. The seminars will be used as a forum to disseminate good practice, and to create an awareness of topical issues within thier chosen research field.

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to apply the business skills needed to design an e-Commerce solution for an organisation.

E-Commerce has become a vital part of an organisation's ability to reach out to the marketplace and position itself to maximise commercial returns on investment. Poor choices of technology and processes will result in poorly managed opportunities which could lose business, market position and profitability. Business Skills for e-Commerce is a mandatory core unit that develops the student's ability to  design the BEST e-Commerce solution for a business by carefully considering the organisations's structure, aims, responsibilities, stakeholders, processes and payment systems together with current best practices, security and legal aspects.

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to understand, design, query and implement database systems.

An understanding of database tools and technologies is key to many of today's industries. Database systems are predominant in the world of IT, and continue to demand more complex data structures and interface, as applications get increasingly sophisticated. Databases provide the infrastructure to many organisations, and they offer support to key business applications and information systems. The most common database model used commercially is the relational one. The aim of this unit is to provide a knowledge and understanding of database systems including design principles, practical implementation and development skills for both the system designer and software engineer. The importance of structured query languages should be stressed, in terms of how they can be used to manipulate data and how they are used for a variety of tasks including querying and report writing. On completion of this unit the student should be able to understand, design, query and implement a database(s). Students will also have a theoretical insight into the requirement for designing a database that meets a given user or system requirement and that is functional, user-friendly and robust.

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