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Business activity is fundamental and universal to our everyday lives. Business organisations may differ in many ways, depending on the industry in which they operate globally, but they do share one common feature: the transformation of inputs into outputs. This transformation process takes place against a background of external influences that impact on business activity. The external environment in which business organisations operate is dynamic, complex, volatile and interactive.

The aim of this course is to provide students with background knowledge and understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and the wider business environments in which organisations operate. Students will examine the different types of organisations (including for profit and not for profit), their size and scope (for instance, micro, SME, transnational and global) and how they operate. Students will explore the relationships that organisations have with their various stakeholders and how the wider external environments influence and shape business decision-making.

The knowledge, understanding and skill sets that students gain in this course will help them to have an insight into different business functions, which will support them with further study, support the development of analytical thinking and the application of key analytical tools used throughout business planning, and enable them to choose their preferred areas of specialism in future studies and in their professional career.

By the end of this course a student will be able to:

  1. Explain the different types, size and scope of organisations.
  2. Demonstrate the interrelationship of the various functions within an organisation and how they link to organisational structure.
  3. Use contemporary examples to demonstrate both the positive and negative influence/impact the macro environment has on business operations.
  4. Determine the internal strengths and weaknesses of specific businesses and explain their interrelationship with external macro factors.

This course is designed to be as accessible as possible. There are no formal prerequisites or qualifications required to enroll. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • As the course is conducted entirely in English, we recommend that learners have a good grasp of the English language, both written and spoken, to gain maximum benefit.
  • Since this is an online course, you’ll need a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access. Familiarity with basic computer skills would be advantageous.
  • While you can learn at your own pace, dedicating consistent time to the course will help you understand and retain the material better.

Registration process:

  • Based on course settings, students might be requested to fill in an application (online) and provide us with correct information about themselves before being able to proceed with the course.
  • We will contact you by email if we need more details after submitting your application.
  • After approval, you can proceed with payment and start the course.

Materials are organized under different lessons. The lessons consist of self-study contents including reading-texts, practical activity, assignment and quizzes in which students can engage and learn.

The course has supervisors and instructors; they are available online to support students by answering their questions or explain different topics to them. This will be managed under discussion section, forums, direct contact or by online meetings.

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After completing the course, students will be issued a digital certificate for free. Additionally, if students wish to receive a printed and sealed copy, they may contact us and request it for an additional fee. Students will be responsible for any notary or apostille authentication fees when needed.

Course Curriculum

Section One
Understanding a Business and Creation of Value 01:30:00
Factors to Consider when Starting a Business 01:30:00
Legal Structure of a Business 01:30:00
BBE Progress Quiz 01/10 00:20:00
Limited Liability Corporation 01:30:00
Choosing an Organizational Structure 01:30:00
Core Business Functions 01:30:00
BBE Progress Quiz 02/10 00:20:00
Section Two
Product Life Cycle Stages 01:30:00
Understanding The Market 01:30:00
Understanding the Industry 01:30:00
BBE Progress Quiz 03/10 00:20:00
Understanding Business Stakeholders 01:30:00
Internal Stakeholders 01:30:00
External Stakeholders (Part One) 01:30:00
BBE Progress Quiz 04/10 00:20:00
Section Three
External Stakeholders (Part Two) 01:30:00
External Stakeholders (Part Three) 01:30:00
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 01:30:00
BBE Progress Quiz 05/10 00:20:00
CSR and The Value Chain 01:30:00
Size of an Organization 01:30:00
Expanding a Business (Part One) 01:30:00
BBE Progress Quiz 06/10 00:20:00
Section Four
Expanding a Business (Part Two) 01:30:00
Globalization 01:30:00
Globalization – The Impact on Business Environment 01:30:00
BBE Progress Quiz 07/10 00:20:00
Analyzing the Global Economy 01:30:00
The Business Environment 01:30:00
The External Business Environment: Micro-Environment 01:30:00
BBE Progress Quiz 08/10 00:20:00
Section Five
The External Business Environment: Macro-Environment (Part One) 01:30:00
The External Business Environment: Macro-Environment (Part Two) 01:30:00
The External Business Environment: Macro-Environment (Part Three) 01:30:00
BBE Progress Quiz 09/10 00:20:00
The External Business Environment: Macro-Environment (Part Four) 01:30:00
The Changing Global Environment 01:30:00
European Union as an Example 01:30:00
BBE Progress Quiz 10/10 00:20:00

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  • 200 $ Excl VAT
  • 4 months
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  • English
  • Self Study

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