Manufacturing Management (FD)
Manufacturing Management Foundation Degree programmes are usually intended for employees who already work in the manufacturing or a related industry. Prior to entry to the programme, partner colleges usually provide a diagnostic and preparatory framework for learning in HE, through Access, Foundation Year and other progression routes. Students can, if they need, take a short bridging course designed to ease the transition into higher education. In most cases, students will have a workplace mentor (a relatively senior member of staff in the organization in which they work) to help guide them through the process of relating the course to the demands of their job.
The educational aims of the course are to:
- Provide a part-time higher education course for employees who are already working in, or are shortly to start work in local manufacturing industries and who would not otherwise have a suitable route to an HE qualification.
- Improve the students’ effectiveness and potential as employees, in particular enabling them to respond to the changing demands of their industry, its ‘customers’, and the community it serves.
- Enable students to study in depth the manufacturing management environment in which they work (or anticipate working) and their role within it, but also to put this in a wider context, especially by comparing with other industries.
- Provide students with the opportunity to build on existing experience, and to further develop their skills, knowledge and ability, by combining insights from work-based learning, reflective practice and action research, and critical application of academic notions and concepts.
- Provide opportunities which enable students to develop and integrate the vocational, academic and transferable skills which they need to achieve the above aims.
- Develop in students a continued commitment to learning, and to provide them with the skills which would enable them, if they so wish, to progress to the final year of an Honours degree in Business and Management.
After studying this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate personal skills and attributes that are in demand in the workplace and which will enable them to make a valuable contribution as a member of the manufacturing management staff.
- Demonstrate the skills and confidence that will enable them to cope with responsibility and opportunities in their workplace.
- Show awareness of the wider context of their work, thus enabling them to play a part in enhancing the quality of service delivered to customers.
- Apply appropriate theories, concepts, models and methodologies to own workplace practice to increase management effectiveness.
- Find, select and integrate into a coherent whole, material from primary and secondary sources, applying the recognised academic conventions (especially constructing an argument, and referencing).
- Communicate effectively in a range of oral and written forms.
- Show the ability to analyse problems in depth and devise solutions to them, and develop material from taught modules as appropriate.
- Demonstrate appropriate behaviours to work effectively with others in a leadership and team member role.
- Demonstrate competence at level four in the ‘key skills’ of communication, improving own learning and performance, and working with others, and at level three in the key skill of problem-solving, and at level two in the two remaining key skills, information technology and application of number.
- Engage in personal development planning, resulting in the identification of personal and career objectives with accompanying action plans.
The following link is to the QAA Benchmark Statement for General Business and Management Honours Degree courses. Whilst the Foundation Degree is not covered by this benchmark statement, some of the benchmark’s content is relevant to the study of management at Foundation Degree level.
Benchmark StatementQAA benchmark statement for Manufacturing Management (FD)
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- Knowledge and Understanding
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|Skills||Cognitive Skills||Information Processing|
|Skills||Cognitive Skills||Language / Comprehension Difficulties|
|Skills||Cognitive Skills||Organisational Difficulties|
|Skills||Cognitive Skills||Visual Difficulties|
|Skills||Communicate Effectively||Anxiety / Stress|
|Skills||Communicate Effectively||Auditory Difficulties|
|Skills||Communicate Effectively||Information Processing|
|Skills||Communicate Effectively||Language / Comprehension Difficulties|
|Skills||Communicate Effectively||Memory / Recall Difficulties|
|Skills||Communicate Effectively||Organisational Difficulties|
|Skills||Communicate Effectively||Speech Difficulties|
|Skills||Communicate Effectively||Visual Difficulties|
|Skills||Communicate Effectively||Motor / Manual Dexterity Difficulties|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Health, Safety and Environmental Understanding||Motivation|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Health, Safety and Environmental Understanding||Organisational Difficulties|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Health, Safety and Environmental Understanding||Memory / Recall Difficulties|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Knowledge of Business Interrelationships||Organisational Difficulties|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Knowledge of Business Interrelationships||Memory / Recall Difficulties|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Knowledge of Business Interrelationships||Language / Comprehension Difficulties|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Knowledge of Business Interrelationships||Information Processing|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Knowledge of Organisations, Business Environment and Management Procedures, Processes and Practices||Information Processing|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Knowledge of Organisations, Business Environment and Management Procedures, Processes and Practices||Memory / Recall Difficulties|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Knowledge of Organisations, Business Environment and Management Procedures, Processes and Practices||Organisational Difficulties|
|Knowledge and Understanding||Knowledge of Organisations, Business Environment and Management Procedures, Processes and Practices||Language / Comprehension Difficulties|
|Skills||Numeracy and Quantitative Skills||Language / Comprehension Difficulties|
|Skills||Numeracy and Quantitative Skills||Information Processing|
|Skills||Planning and Time Management||Anxiety / Stress|
|Skills||Planning and Time Management||Memory / Recall Difficulties|
|Skills||Planning and Time Management||Motivation|
|Skills||Planning and Time Management||Organisational Difficulties|
|Skills||Problem Solving and Decision Making||Information Processing|
|Skills||Problem Solving and Decision Making||Language / Comprehension Difficulties|
|Skills||Problem Solving and Decision Making||Organisational Difficulties|
|Skills||Problem Solving and Decision Making||Visual Difficulties|
|Skills||Team Work||Ability to Empathise|
|Skills||Team Work||Anxiety / Stress|
|Skills||Team Work||Auditory Difficulties|
|Skills||Team Work||Information Processing|
|Skills||Team Work||Language / Comprehension Difficulties|
|Skills||Team Work||Organisational Difficulties|
|Skills||Team Work||Speech Difficulties|
|Skills||Team Work||Visual Difficulties|