I finished both my HNC and D on the Blackburn VETS course about 12 months ago - I remember the Business Management module, it was *dire*. You're right that the material is old and dusty, I don't think the tutor has bothered to do anything with it for years, and it's as dull as ditch water.
You won't need any text books; if you can read, add and subtract, and have even an ounce of common sense you won't find it at all difficult (lengthy and boring yes, difficult no).
I remember it took me a lot of time to grind through all the required bits and pieces, with the various activities in the first half then the essay section at the end my submission was almost 10,000 words in total. I wouldn't have minded except I didn't learn a damn thing, just jumped through a lot of hoops for no worthwhile gain (you can tell I'm still bitter, can't you!
If you're just starting your course then I would save your enthusiasm and proper research for the more demanding, interesting and worthwhile modules that you've got coming up. They do get a lot better, honestly! There are some great lecturers and excellent modules on your programme, you've just started off with a lame duck.
The materials in the study pack should get you through the workbook activities (they've sent you the DVD, have they?), and then you're going to want to do a little research for the essay bit at the end, but that's just general engineering ethics, health and safety legislation, and rudimentary management theory (motivation etc).
Your local library will have texts that will help you with that sort of thing and there's plenty of good quality stuff available online. For a start, the Royal Academy have a statement of ethical principles and many case studies here:
Royal Academy of Engineering
The Health and Safety Exec. have lots of guides online that will provide info on relevant legislation, and they also have a very useful database of past convictions, detailing cases of industrial failings which have resulted in injury and prosecutions. Citing one or two of those will show research on your part. See here for a start:
Health and Safety Executive
Also, join the the IMechE (student membership is free). I know you've said you're Electrical, but the IMechE library is a fantastic engineering resource, providing instant online access to all kinds of professional journals, papers and conference proceedings, all of the highest quality and difficult (i.e. EXPENSIVE!) to access elsewhere. They also do free postal loans, so you can select actual books from their library and they will box them up and post them out to you. You'll be able to get titles only stocked in the very best academic libraries that way, and it will only cost you the price of postage to send them back. I'm a big fan, and the facility has been a great help though my HNC/D and B.Eng.
Just shout up if you have any specific questions about your Business Manglement module, or others in fact, I've done many of the same courses you'll be doing and will gladly help where I can.
04 September 2012 at
05:29 PM by