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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: N100
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 with no score less than 4 / BTEC : D*D*D
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Module details

Programme Year One

The first year aims to introduce students both to the problems of business in the modern world and to the subjects that will help in understanding and solving these problems. The core modules introduce students to the economic context of business, to key quantitative techniques and to Accounting and Finance. In addition, students study the organisational and behavioural context of business and develop their IT skills.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance (non-specialist) (ACFI107)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • A framework to allow understanding of the structure and contents of the key financial statements of business organisations;
    1. ​An understanding of the basic principles of financial accounting;

    2. ​An understanding of the basic techniques of preparation of such statements;

    3. ​The ability to analyse firm performance and position using financial ratios;

    4. ​An understanding of basic costing techniques in order to facilitate managerial decision-making;

    5. ​Comprehension of the role and structure of budgets in an organisation;

    6. ​The ability to apply various investment appraisal techniques in order to make capital investment decisions.

  • Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to explain the nature and roles of accounting and finance;

    ​Students will be able to identify the main users of accounting and discuss their needs;

    Students will be able to ​distinguish between financial and management accounting;

    ​Students will be able to explain the nature and purpose of the three major financial statements;

    ​Students will be able to prepare simple balance sheets, cashflow statements and profit and loss accounts from relevant financial information;

    ​Students will be able to use ratios to analyse the financial performance and position of a business;

    ​Students will be able to explain the relationship between costs, volume and profit and conduct break-even analysis;

    ​Students will be able to deduce the full cost of a unit of output in a single-product environment;

    ​Students will be able to identify and apply the four main investment appraisal methods used in practice.

  • Students will be able to define a budget and show how budgets, corporate objectives and long-term plans are related;

  • ​Students will be able to construct simple budget from relevant information


  • Principles in Operations Management (EBUS102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of the module is to provide a study of the key principles, systems and techniques used to assure effective operations management. The module covers an extensive range of subjects including demand management, quality management, people management and production management. The aims are to enable the student to:

    Understand the role of operations management in manufacturing and service organisations

    Understand and apply a range of tools and techniques relevant to the effective management of operations

    Have an introductory understanding of the principles of operations management.

    Learning Outcomes

    Understand and applya range of tools and techniques relevant to the effective management ofoperations

    Have an introductoryunderstanding of the principles of operations management​

    ​Theprocess of tackling written assignments

  • Economic Principles for Business and Markets (ECON127)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims
    1. To enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the core principles of microeconomics including:

      • The dynamic nature of supply and demand
      • The efficient opperation of markets and when they fail
      • How firms reach output decisions, interact and attain levels of profit under different market conditions
    2. ​To enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the core principles of macroeconomics including:

      • The aggregation of demand and supply in the economy to measure an economy''s output;
      • The business cycle and behaviour and interaction of the big macroeconomic indicators: Growth; Unemployment; Inflation; Balance of payments & Exchange rates;
    3. To enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the global economic environment

    4. ​To enable students to understand the impact of modern economics on day-to-day business operations

    Learning OutcomesAn understanding of the central economic problem (scarcity) and the nature of economics;

    ​An understanding of how the market price of goods and services is determined by supply and demand and how markets respond to changes in circumstances, measures of responsiveness and price control;

    ​An understanding of how firms’ costs of production and revenue are considered to find points of profit maximisation;

     

    ​An understanding of different Market environments – Specified by degree of competition in industries (perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, oligopoly); as well as strategic interactions arising such as game theory and price discrimination;

    ​An understanding of why markets fail to achieve social efficiency;

    ​An understanding of the theory of the whole economy 1 (macroeconomic objectives; the national income);

    An understanding of the theory of the whole economy 2 (aggregate supply and demand, short-term fluctuations, economic growth); ​An understanding of the global economy, the gains from international trade as well as the arguments for restricting trade.
  • Business Statistics (ECON154)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    AimsThe purpose of themodule is to provide an introduction to business statistics for thenon-specialist.  The course aims toprovide a broad understanding of the nature of variability and why it is anissue for managers.  It will also providestudents with the ability to derive and understand a variety of graphs andstatistics which can be produced in Excel and which provide a means formanagers to make intelligent use of statistics in the process of management anddecision-making.

    Learning OutcomesExplainthe nature of variability and why it is important for managers

    ​Describeand analyze data using graphs and summary statistics

    Explain basic principles of sampling and apply them to management contexts

    ​Model data using standard probability distributions

    Describe and analyze attribute data

    Explain the nature of random sampling error and the need to place a margin of error around estimates

    Calculate a margin of error to place confidence limits on estimates

    ​Explain and interpret control charts and propose appropriate improvement strategies

    Analyze the relationship between quantitative variables using simple regression and correlation techniques

  • International Business Environment (MKIB152)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    AimsStudents will be both introduced to relevant theoretical and conceptual frameworks and given a firm empirical understanding of the international business environment. The module will enable students to understand the challenges of international business and develop their knowledge and skills in the strategic issues multinational firms face. 

    The module will also help students become aware of key political, socio-economic, and cultural dynamics and trends that characterize the globalized business environment. Finally, the module will cover the ethical and social responsibility consideration when doing business in a global scale.

    These aims will be achieved via a combination of lectures and seminars.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will be able to develop an understanding of the principles underlying the internationalization of businesses

    ​Students will be able to develop an awareness of the current trends in international business environment

    ​Students will be able to developn understanding of the social, economic, political and cultural factors that influence international business.

    ​Students will be able to develop the ability to critically evaluate the internationalization strategies of firms and apply them in a practical context.

    ​Students will be able to develop an understanding of how diversity of moral and ethical norms in foreign locations affects key issues in corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

  • Fundamentals of Marketing (MKIB153)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to provide a grounded appreciation of the utility and universality of a marketing orientation as the process by which organisations align themselves to their operating environment, customers/stakeholders and markets

    Learning Outcomes

    understand the nature of the marketing environment and its relevance for the organisation and marketing practice


  • ​specifically, to be able to undertake an analysis of customer and competitive environments

    ​understand the fundamental philosophy of marketing and its application in both business and not-for-profit organisations

    ​identify and be able to apply key marketing concepts to aid marketing and business decisions

    ​be able to demonstrate an understanding of the pratical aspects and processes of marketing

  • Organisations and Management (ULMS151)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    The module aims to provide a comprehensive foundation to the study of management theory and its application in practice. It seeks to consider the conceptual frameworks relevant to the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations, and the issues which are raised in their management.

    Learning Outcomes Students will be able to identify relevant characteristics of organisations in terms of structure.

    ​Students will be able to considerthe nature of differences between individuals andthe implications this has in organisation

    Students will be able to outline and evaluate theoretical approaches to motivation, job satisfaction and work design

      Students will be able todistinguish between management and leadership functionsin organisations

    ​Students will be able toexamine the role and functions of groups and teams inorganisations

  • Professional and Academic Skills for Business (ULMS115)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​This module aims to provide a solid base of academic and professional skills required for success at university and in the graduate career market.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will be able to develop skills in sourcing and referencing data

    ​Students will be able to understand how to use an appropriate approach to analysing the data, interpreting the findings and developing an argument

    ​Students will be able to understand how to write for an audience

    ​Students will be able to understand their personal academic goals and how these fit with a professional future.

    ​Students will be able to manage time effectively in a stressful environment

Programme Year Two

The second year builds on the foundation of the first year by introducing an international dimension and a specialist law module. A wide range of options may be studied to broaden understanding of contemporary business issues.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Theory of the Firm (ECON254)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and evaluate the internal and external factors that influence the strategic decisions made by business organisations. The module will support the analysis of the operation of business organisations within national and international markets.

    Learning OutcomesApply the tools and concepts of microeconomics toanalyse the behaviour of firms

     

    Explain how market structure influences thebehaviour of firms and the levels of profit they can achieve

    Explain and evaluate the growth strategies used byfirms ​ Explain and evaluate alternative theories of firmbehaviour

    ​Explain theinfluence of internal organisation on firm behaviour and performance.

  • International Business (MKIB225)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    • The aims of the module are the productionof basic knowledge of both mainstream and alternative theories of whybusinesses internationalise and how they operate as transnational corporations. An understanding of transnational production in a holistic sense is key
    • key concepts explaining how international businessoperate

    • the (current) international economic order

    • therelationship between transnational corporations and inter states, labour,social movements, etc​
      Learning OutcomesThe ability to think analytically in the production of knowledge of the core debates relating to questions of why businesses internationalise and how transnational corporations operate.

      The ability to think analytically about the core debates on the current global economic and financial crisis and its impact on the international economic order and international business.

      The ability to read analytically a wide range of texts originating from numerous “disciplines”, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different arguments. This is to enable the development of an analytical understanding of key approaches, both mainstream and critical, on these issues.

      Theability to undertake independent scholarly work, albeit in an assisted manner.​

      The ability to communicateknowledge, ideas and analysis clearly and concisely in both written and oralform.

      Theability to work autonomously and demonstrateinitiative, self-organisation and time management, to plan and evaluate independentlearning and performance, and to apply learning strategies to improveperformance.

      ​Theability to function effectively and cooperatively in group work

    1. Business and Employment Law (ULMS202)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      The Module introduces Business Studies students to the basic principles of UK and EU Law. It highlights the important legal principles that affect day-to-day business transactions and relationships, making students aware of the responsibilities and obligations of companies and employers.

       

      Learning Outcomes

      Impactof E&W Law on Business

      Impactof EU Law on Business​

      Usingcase law​

      Usinglegislation​

      ​Answeringscenario questions

    2. Corporate Social Responsibility (ULMS251)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      This module will providestudents with a critical introduction to the institution of the corporation inits wider context. Key areas of study will include corporate governance, thehistory of the corporation, corporate social responsibility, and businessethics. These issues will be explored through the use of a range of theoreticalperspectives and case studies and scenarios. Broadly the syllabus covers: thehistory and position of the corporation in society; corporate governance andstrategy; the ethics of corporate behaviour; corporate codes, boards andregulation; corporate social responsibility; philanthropy. Knowledge of casesrelevant to the study of the corporation and of corporate social responsibility.

      Learning Outcomes Demonstrate an understanding of key ethical frameworks and ideas

      ​ Appreciate how frameworks and ideas can be used to develop ethical decision-making skills and reasoning

      ​Understand the current ethical challenges facing managers and employees in organizations today

    3. Entrepreneurship (ULMS252)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The aims of the module are to:

      • provide experience of the nature of entrepreneurship
      • outline the role of entrepreneurship for the individual, enterprise and community      
      • provide knowledge of emerging issues in the entrepreneurial environment
      • demonstrate why innovation is key to differentiating small business start-ups
      • embed ethics in business as fundamental to a fairer entrepreneurial future
      • encourage an entrepreneurial identity in both self-employment and employee activities 
      Learning Outcomes

      Students will be able to develop the competences associated with entrepreneurship.

      ​Students will be able todevelop an appreciation of thedevelop an appreciation of thenumerous forms of entrepreneurship.

      Students will be able to develop skills in recognising opportunities and maximising their potential.

      Students will be able to demonstrate the link between entrepreneurship, innovation and business creation.

      Students will be able to appreciate the necessity of ethical business operations in entrepreneurship.

      ​Students will be able to understand how social value is an important aspect of entrepreneurship

    4. Introduction to People Management (ULMS206)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      1.      This module seeks to introduce students to the theoretical perspectives, roles, and practical activities associated with people management in contemporary organisations.   2.      It aims to introduce current issues concerning people management and its application within contemporary business and organisational environments, preparing students for the workplace. 3.      It will seek to:-  
      • Support the development of subject specific and transferable skills necessary for future employment in careers that ultimately have a people managerial component.
      • Support the enhancement of skills in written and spoken communication.
      • To create independent team learners. 
      • Demonstrate progression from fundamental learning skills through to critical analysis, reflection and problem-solving.
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will be able to explain the historical development of the roles and functions of People Management

      ​Students will be able to describe the activities, functions and roles related to People Management in a variety of organisational contexts, and explain both the rationale for this and the implications for managers and staff

      ​Students will be able to outline and explain the implication of ethics in the People Management process and its links to organisational strategies and people policies

      ​Students will be able to explain the factors affecting the employment relationship, and the options available to manage and support this relationship

      Students will be able to outline the main objectivesof the employmentrelationship in contemporary organisations, and the factors that impact upon it. 


    5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ULMS259)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims 

      Thismodule aims:

      -         to introduce students to the multi-disciplinary nature of innovation andentrepreneurship and their practical applications;

      -         to increase awareness of the importance of identifying innovation in the businessand management process;

      -         to provide students with a solid theoretical understanding of key issues relatingto innovation and entrepreneurship;

      -         to enable students to apply theory within case studies and to considerexamples from a range of global organisations;

      -         to develop a critical awareness of the main themes of innovation and entrepreneurshipin the public and private sectors including both product and service innovations;

      -         to enable students to develop a range of personal skills such as undertakingresearch independently and as part of a group, and communicating ideas effectivelyorally and in writing;


      - to expose students to varieties of enterprising behaviours and management styles influenced by organisational cultures.


      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role,value and function of innovation and entrepreneurship (internal and external) ina global business and management context.

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the main themes, key current issues and problems associated with innovation in public, private and international business/management environments.

      ​Students will be able to apply and integrate core theory to the business environment (in both local and international contexts) and specifically to the pressure for responding to expectations for innovation and entrepreneurship in all organisations.

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to undertake independent research, acquire and analyse data and information, evaluate their relevance and validity, synthesise a range of information and evaluate decisions and priorities in complex situations.

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively and concisely, orally and in writing.

      ​Students will be able to operate effectively as part of a team.

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • Financial Management for Business (ACFI205)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims
    • A framework to allow understanding of the role of financial management in the business and of how financial management supports decision making by managers.
      1. ​An understanding of the basic principles of financial management

      2. ​An understanding of the basic techniques of financial management .

      3. ​An understanding of the institutional setting of financial management

      4. ​An understanding of the use of financial management information in managerial decision making

      5. ​An understanding of the links between financial management and other managerial activity.

    • Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to understand the role of the finance function in a business; shareholder wealth maximisationprinciple; agency problemStudents will be able to understand the role of financial statements in the planning process; calculate ratios and explain their significance; assess projected financial statements, risk and uncertainty.

      ​Students will be able to explain the nature, importance, key stages, methods of investment decision making, capital rationing and projects with unequal lives

      ​Students will be able to identify the main sources of internal and external finance available to a business; discuss the factors to be taken into account when choosing an appropriate source of finance and explain the advantages and disadvantages to each source

      ​Students will be able to calculate the weighted average cost of capital for a business and assess its usefulness when making investment decisions; calculate the degree of financial gearing for a business and explain its significance; evaluate different capital structure options available to a business.

      ​Students will be able to describe the nature of dividends and evaluate the arguments concerning their potential impact on shareholder wealth; describe some important issues (theories) on dividends; describe the factors that determine the level of dividends

      ​Students will be able to describe the shareholder value approach and explain its implications for the management of a business; explain SVA, MVA, EVA, TSR and discuss their role in measuring and delivering shareholder value

      ​Students will be able to identify and discuss the main reasons for mergers and takeovers; discuss the advantages and disadvantages for each of the main forms of purchase consideration used in takeover

    • International Finance (non-specialist) (ACFI260)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      This module aims to develop a good understanding of the fundamental principles of international finance, especially focusing on the financial management of multinationals. The groundwork for this is laid in the first few lectures, where the aim is to provide students with an introduction to the core principles of finance, valuation and financial decision-making, within the domestic setting. These are therafter extended to incorporated the international dimension - foreign exchange rates and markets, foreign exchange exposure.

      Learning Outcomes

       Identify the applications of fundamentals offinance in an international context

      Examine how the process of Globalization extends toa MNE and the implications for risk and returns of a business

      Explore the theory of competitive advantage tojustify international trade

      Evaluate the characteristics of an ideal currency

      ​Identifythe impact of the Balance of Payments in international foreign investmentdecisions

      ​Explorethe main approaches to exchange rate determination

      ​Develop a critical perspective on the choice ofexchange rate regimes

      Distinguish between the three major foreignexchange exposures experienced by firms

    • Operations Management: Tools and Techniques (EBUS209)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      The module aims tointroduce a range of operations management theories to students and considerstheir application to contemporary business environments

      Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to critically examine operations strategies and their impacts within different contexts 

      Students will be able to evaluate a range of planning and control systems and tools appropriate for different organisations

      Students will be able determine an appropriate system design and implementation programme

      Students will be able understand the role of lean thinking and alternative operations philosophies in contemporary environments

      Students will be able understand the role of operations management for the efficient operation of the complete supply chain​

      ​Students will be able understand the impact of a range of operations management tools and techniques and their influence on an organisation’s competitive advantage

    • International Management (MKIB253)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      This module aims to introduce students to key issues in international business and management from the perspective of the multinational enterprise.

      Learning OutcomesExplain trends in foreign investment and the growth of the multinational enterprise (MNE) in different home economies
      Analyse key issues in the governance and decision-making processes of MNEs

      Evaluate the major considerations to be taken into account in MNEs in determining investment decisons

      Evaluate the reasons for the success and failure of MNEs including an understanding of the problems that may arise between foreign MNEs and host governments

      Appreciate the importance of and analyse the inter-cultural issues that managers of MNEs face

    • Services Marketing (MKIB255)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
      Aims

      Western economies are dominated by services. Indeed, more than two-thirds of the workforce in many countries are designated as service employees. Consequently, the broad aim of this module is to introduce students to the sub-discipline of services marketing. Throughout the module, students will be provided with the tools to critically evaluate the theoretical aspects of services marketing. At the same time, students will be expected to reflect on how theory translates into practice, and will be encouraged to select appropriate services marketing frameworks to analyse specific service organisations and sectors.

      The module stresses the distinctiveness of services marketing from tangible goods marketing. Practical application of theoretical services marketing material is examined within a diverse range of sectors including financial services, hotels, restaurants, airlines, universities, theme parks, and charities. Management of customer satisfaction and perceived service quality are themes that are interwoven into all of the components of the module syllabus. The module endeavours to provide a challenging and supportive learning environment for students by enhancing the key skills and subject knowledge appropriate to pursuit of a career in services marketing.

      Learning OutcomesDefine the nature, scope, and key characteristics of services marketing

      Critically evaluate theoretical frameworks and terminology drawn from the services marketing literature​

      Apply services marketing concepts that acknowledge the inherent distinction between (tangible) goods and (intangible) services marketing

      Apply extended marketing mix strategies appropriate to the objectives, resources, and environment of both profit and non-profit service organisations

    • Market Research (MKIB256)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
    • To develop an understanding of the need for, and place of, market research in supporting marketing decisions
      • ​To develop a practical and applied understanding of developments of market research, and an appreciation of its strengths and weaknesses

      • ​To develop the ability to critically evaluate the methodologies used in market research projects

      • ​Todevelop an understanding of ethics in market research

    • Learning Outcomes Understand the range of contemporary market research techniques

      Demonstrate an understanding of the handling and analysis of

      - questionnaire-derived data

      - qualitative data

      Apply their understanding of market research to

      - designing their own market research project

      - critically evaluate methods of market research that have been used in marketing projects

      ​Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues, and questions of relevance in market research

    • International Development (MKIB261)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      This module is concerned with the theoretical and practical implications of
      international development in the global economy. The module will enable an in-depth analysis of the central issues associated with the economics and policies of international development. The module also provides an insight into problems, challenges and recent trends in international development as well as identifies future directions.

      Learning OutcomesUnderstand in some depth alternative theoretical perspectives associated with international development;

        ​Describe and critically assess major economic and social issues that persist in
        developing world;

        ​Suggest remedies and define obstacles associated with international development;

        ​Critique remedies and policies using some of the contrasting viewpoints
        associated with development studies;

        ​Improve students'' citation and referencing skills;

        ​Show an awareness of the relationships between economic and policy concepts and actual policies;

        ​Critically assess the role of international trade strategy and regional trade blocks in the development process;

        ​Critically assess the international role of the Global Governance Institutions;

        ​Understand other issues central to international development

    • Government and Business (ULMS205)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      This module aims to give students an introduction to issues concerning the interaction of business with government.

      Learning Outcomesan understanding of the relationship between government and business

      ​an understanding of government regulation of business

      ​an understanding of government support for business

      ​an understanding of the role of business in the governing process.  

    • Fundraising Management (ULMS230)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      This module aims to provide a critical analysis of the fundraising methods available to not-for-profit organisations and to develop relevant skills.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Increased their ability to relate academic theory to the work environment

      ​Developed work-related skills including: bid writing; event organisation; volunteer management, and strategies for funding

    • An ability to critically reflect on the development of a fundraising strategy

    • ​Enhanced career opportunities within the not-for-profit sector

      ​An ability to research not-for-profit bodies and potential sources of funding

      ​Prepared and written two reports (e.g., event proposal, bid to a trust) to raise monies for a not-for-profit body.

    • Leadership and Performance Management (ULMS266)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      This module introduces students to the theoreticalperspectives, roles, and practical activities associated with Leadership andPerformance Management in contemporary organisations.

      In particular this module aims to:

      • Provide students with the concepts and principles relevant to the process of Leadership and Performance Management. 
      • Introduce to the student current issues concerning Leadership and Performance Management and its application within contemporary business and organisational environments.
      • Think critically about issues of Leadership and Performance Management issues. 
      • Support the development of subject specific and transferable skills necessary for future employment in careers that ultimately have a managerial component.
      • Support the enhancement of skills in written and spoken communication.
      Learning Outcomes

      Recognise the activities, functions and roles related to being a leader in a variety of organisational contexts, and explain both the rationale for this and the implications for those who are ‘led’

      ​Compareand contrast a range of theoretical perspectives concerning Leadership andPerformance Management

      ​Outline and explain Leadership styles and practices, and their links to organisational and HR strategies

      ​Explain the factors affecting the ‘leader-led’ relationship, and the variety of frameworks (both formal and informal) that exist to facilitate this.

      ​Considerthe various models of Leadership and Performance that exist, and outline arange of methods for assessing Leadership and Performance in contemporaryorganizations

      ​Explain the roles and responsibilities of line managers, employees andHR specialists in the performance management process

      ​Critically evaluate the relationship between performance managementand:  performance appraisal; employeedevelopment; the management of poor performance; and employee reward

      ​Explain the contribution of performance management to the development ofindividual, group and organisational capability

      Recognise the need for strategicintegration of performance management with other HR specialisms and withorganisation culture and objectives

    • Identity, Culture and Organisation (ULMS268)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to study in-depth the relationship between employees’ and managers’ sense of self and their understandings of, and behaviours in, organisational environments. Identity and identification processes have been the subject of much academic debate following increased recognition that (i) how organisations inform employee self-identity is changing because of global economic and political developments and (ii) individual and group-based identifications are strong mediators of organisational effectiveness. The module aims to explore these issues at organisational, sectoral, national and international levels. A further aim is to examine recent developments such as virtual identities and the blurring of boundaries between the public and private realms. Finally, the module content bridges themes discussed in ULMS151 Organisations and Management and ULMS157 Introduction to HRM, and in ULMS366 Critical Perspectives in Management.

      Learning OutcomesDescribe and critically evaluate the contrasting theoretical perspectives on identity and identification;

        ​Explain how organisational strategies and decision-making processes are mediated by individual and group identities;

        ​Critically interrogate the implications of organisational initiatives in terms of their impact on employee and manager self-identities

        ​Outline how and why organisational, regional and inter/national contextual differences inform identities at work.

    • Diversity Management (ULMS226)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​This module aims to provide students with theopportunity to develop their understanding and critical awareness of issuesassociated with managing a workforce characterised by diversity in gender, age,ethnicity, disability, religion and sexual orientation etc. It will enablestudents to become familiar with: the drivers of increased workforce diversity;the theories underlying discrimination in organisations; current equalitylegislation; barriers to equality of opportunity in the workplace for minoritygroups; and organisational policies and practices for managing diversity in theworkplace. Students will also have to opportunity to reflect on how their owndiversity might influence their interactions with other individuals at work.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​ Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the terms “equality”, “diversity” and “inclusion” in an organisational and international context.

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the social equity case and the business benefits case for managing diversity in the workplace.

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the legal framework for managing diversity in organisations.

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the issues related to gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion and belief, and sexual orientation in the workplace.

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the organisational strategies used to develop the effective management of diversity

      ​Students will be able to reflect on their own diversity in terms of the topics covered on the module and demonstrate how this might influence their interactions with others.

    Programme Year Three

    The final year consolidates knowledge and understanding of management through a much greater degree of personal study and research and modules that probe more deeply into contemporary issues.

    Year Three Compulsory Modules

    • Corporate Communications (MKIB372)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • - to increase awareness of the importance of language and communication in the business and management contexts;

       

    • ​- to develop an in-depth understanding of internal communication systems (interpersonal and cross-cultural communications) and of external communication systems (public relations, marketing, political communication and the media)

       
    • ​- to explore the importance of integrated communications

       
    • ​- to broaden the understanding of communications within the theory of stakeholder management

       
    • ​- to apply core comunication and sociolinguistic theory to the business environment

    • Learning Outcomes

      understand the function of corporate communications

       

      ​demonstrate an appreciation of the key issues and problems associated with corporate communications

      ​explore methods of evaluating corporate communications, including corporate image

      ​apply core communication, marketing and sociolinguistic theory to the business environment

      ​demonstrate an ability to analyse critically and undertake independent research

       

      ​develop an ability to write concise reports and opinions, and to communicate ideas effectively

      ​demonstrate an ability to reflect on the learning process

    • Becoming A Leader (ULMS310)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The module aims to introduce students to the practical application of leadership theory. Students will employ critical reflection to gain a better understanding of how they can develop and grow as a leader within an organisational context.

      Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to analyse the meaning, influence and importance of leadership within contemporary organisations and the changing environments in which the organisations exist.

      ​Students will be able to critically assess and reflect upon the personal nature of leadership styles.

      ​Students will be able to develop a personal leadership style and brand and consider how personal inspiration and incentive can develop future leadership styles.

      ​Students will be able to recognise the new demands that global organisations put on leadership and analyse how leadership itself must be flexible and not ridged in order to be continually successful.

      ​Students will be able to outline and analyse different styles of leadership and how they are influenced by motivation, culture and organisational practice.

    • Managing Knowledge for Innovation (ULMS352)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The aims of this module are to:

      • Provide students with the concepts and principles relevant to the process of knowledge management.
      • Introduce to the student current issues concerning knowledge management and its application within contemporary business and organisational environments.
      • Support the development of subject specific and transferable skillls necessary for future employment in careers that ultimately have a managerial component.
      • Support the enhancement of skills in written and spoken communication.
      Learning Outcomes

      Students will be able to demonstrate a good understanding of knowledge and its management in contemporary organisations.

      Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the theories, concepts and empirical work that underpin the concept of knowledge and innovation management.

      ​Students will be able to display a critical awareness of the multi-disciplinary aspects of knowledge and innovation management and how these aspects have the potential to interact.

      ​Students will be to demonstrate an ability to analyse critically and to undertake independent research 

      Students will be able demonstrate an ability to discuss and present work orally and to communicate ideas effectively

       ​Students will demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to reflect on the learning experience and their personal development

    • Strategic Management and Business Policy (ULMS353)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      - to examine the basic principles of business strategy and consider alternative perspectives to the subject

      - to focus attention on the way strategic decisions are made and the influencing factors

      ​- to provide students with a critical understanding of the strategy process

      ​- to provide students with an understanding of the planning process through environmental and resource analysis

      ​- to provide students with a critical understanding of the concept of scenario planning, option selection and implementation

        Learning Outcomes

        Familiarity with the alternative approaches to strategic management.

        ​An awareness and understanding of the ''strategic management'' process

        ​To think critically and analyse various sources of information relating to the management of strategy and business policy in organizations

        ​The ability to conduct environmental and internal analyses

        ​An awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of strategic analytical tools

        ​An awareness of the range of forces that influence the formulation and implementation of strategy

        ​To research and provide both academic and personal employment-relevant written communication concerning strategic management theories, policies and practices, in a human resource management context

      Year Three Optional Modules

      • Corporate Governance (ACFI320)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
        Aims
      • The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the history and development of corporate governance and the key principles and systems that underpin corporate governance today.

      • ​It also provides the opportunity to assess the practical application of corporate governance systems across major international organisations.

      • Learning Outcomes

        ​understand the key principles within corporate governance frameworks, with specific reference to the UK Corporate Governance Code;

        ​be able to critically analyse and discuss the corporate governance arrangements for several types of organisation.

      • E-business Models and Strategy (EBUS301)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        To provide an introduction to the appraisal and formulation of e-business strategy and contemporary e-business models.

        Learning Outcomesto understand the basics of business strategy

        ​to understand the capabilities and therefore business capabilities and therefore business strategies enabled by the Internet;

        ​to be able to analyse, understand and constructively criticise an existing e-business strategy;

        ​to be able to formulate an e-business strategy to help in addressing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by a business;

        ​to have well founded views on the future development of e-business models.

      • Supply Chain Operations Management (EBUS306)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
        Aims

        The management of supply chains is key to the operations of modern organisations. The need to be competitive, reach new markets, source new goods and raw materials as well as globalisation have all been key contributors to the development of supply chains as a function. It has become clear that competitive advantage and customer satisfaction can be gained if all organisations in the chain work together to improve service and reduce cost. The module provides the student with comprehensive understanding of key principles and techniques of supply chain management (SCM) including topics such as inventory management, demand and capacity management, supply chain partnerships and IT

        The aim of this module is to provide a study of the key principles, systems and techniques used to assure effective supply chain management. The module covers an extensive range of subjects including logistics, information management, inventory management, partnerships and information technology.  The aims are to enable the student to:

        A1.   Understand the principles and role of SCM in organisations.

        A2.  Understand the nature and importance of inter-relationshipswithin the supply chain.

        A3. Understand and apply a range of tools and techniquesrelevant to the optimisation of supply chains.

        Learning Outcomes

        Students will be able to define and document a supply chain operation

        ​Students will be able to analyse and evaluate the performance of the supply chain.

        ​Students will be able to apply supply chain optimisation tools and techniques in a range of situations.

      • International Political Economy (ECON325)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
        AimsThis module aims to familiarise students with rational choice and public choice theories and arguments, and with their applications in open economies and international political economy; theoretical concepts such as the Coase theorem, the Arrow impossibility theorem, and economic populism; key concepts of the New Institutional Economics and related applications to the theory of the firm; a modern economics’ view of globalisation; and the application of international political economy concepts to Latin America.

        The module also aims to deepen students'' understanding and awareness of the meaning and importance of national cultures, the relationship between rent seeking and protectionism; corruption; essential aspects of multinational corporations, foreign direct investment, and regulation; specific characteristics of the Argentine and Mexican economic policies and institutions and Chilean ‘exceptionalism’; and the possibility of applying ideas developed in this module to other geographical, national, regional and historical contexts.




        Learning OutcomesStudents will understand the concepts of rational choice and public choice in order to study aspects of a globalised world, which is in key respects different from that of elementary textbook models


        ​Students will gain a deep understanding of international business and the international political economy, in a way compatible with rigorous approaches to economic analysis

        ​Students will become familiar with theoretical concepts from rational choice and public choice theories, with emphasis on theories and models which apply to open economies in a context of globalisation

        ​Students will be able to apply these theoretical concepts in order to study some aspects of the political economy of international business.

        ​Students will be able to apply theoretical concepts to a Latin American case study.

        ​Students will be able to produce and deliver a coherent presentation.

      • International Economic Relations (ECON354)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
        Aims

        The aim of this module is to provide a detailed coverage of the nature and determinants of the pattern of world trade and financial, capital and labour flows.  The module also aims to provide students with a critical appreciation of why conflicts arise between nations due to international economic activity and what policy options are most appropriate for countries both individually and cooperatively to adopt.  Throughout the module emphasis will be placed upon the role of theory in enhancing understanding of the patterns and nature of trade flows (in the context of both goods and services) in the context of the key issues in international economic relations.

        Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to explain why countries gain from trade and what pattern of trade flows exist using classic trade theories.Students will be able to explain why countries engage in trade protection, as well as predict and analyze the consequences that arise in case such protection is applied

        ​Students will be able to explain how key flows of goods, services, money and physical capital are valued.  They will be able to use real and nominal exchange rates, understand, explain and apply the concept of PPP.

        Students will be able to explain the reasons why trade blocs are formed and analyze and explain their costs and benefits.  They will also be able to distinguish between trade blocs among countries of similar as well as different development levels.  ​

        ​Students will be able to explain why conflicts arise in the areas of labour migration and environmental pollution and suggest policy responses which may be used to correct such problems

        ​Students will be able to explain the causes and consequences of financial crises and how financial contagion can spread from one country to another

        ​Students will be able to explain the links between trade and capital flows and economic development using examples of the Latin American and East Asian countries

      • Social Enterprise (MKIB301)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims
      • ​To provide students with an understanding of social enterprises, including the importance of social values, the variety of structures, collective or individual and the scope of activity encompassed by the sector.

      • To develop strategies for social, economic and enviromental sustainability in a live social enterprise environment.​

      • To appraise critically the utility of the social enterprise model in light of the policy, legal and financial frameworks within which the case study organisation functions.​

      • To apply academic theory and/or theoretical knowledge in a practical context and to reflect and report on the relationship between the two.​

      • ​The module will provide an understanding of the different governance challenges that social enterprises present and of the changing legal and financial contexts within which they operate.

      • Learning OutcomesTo demonstrate an understanding of the different explanations and structures of social enterprise.

        ​To critically review the policy, legal and financial environment in which social enterprises operate.

        ​To evaluate the utility of the social enterprise model drawing on applying theory to real case studies.

        To identify problems and offer viable solutions.​

        ​To improve communication skills and present ideas in a coherent concise and structured way.

      • Tourism (MKIB337)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
        Aims

        The aim of this module is to provide a coherent framework through which the structure, management and organisation of the Tourism Industry can be understood and the nature of tourism demand explained. The study of tourism depends on and draws from a wide range of disciplines. Consideration of tourism consumer behaviour involves elements of sociology and psychology, whilst concerns for the impacts of tourism cannot be fully understood without reference to economics, geography and planning. Consequently a multi-disciplinary approach will be adopted and the inter-relationships explored.

        Learning Outcomes

        ​Understand factors influencing the tourist experience

        ​Understand the structure, management and organisation of the Tourism Industry

        ​Understand the role of tourism in the economic development of a country

        ​Appraise the practical implications of the wider impacts of tourism including, environmental, social and cultural impacts

        ​Identify a range of issues, current and future, facing the Tourism Industry

      • Business in the Asia-pacific Region (MKIB338)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
        Aims

        This module aims to familiarise students with the unique and contrasting business environment in the Asia Pacific region and to use concepts and theories from the international business/management literature to evaluate and explain this environment

        Learning OutcomesAppreciate and identify the consequences of national differences in the business and management systems of the Asia Pacific region.

        Analyse and synthesise critical debates in the development of the Asia Pacific economies.​

        ​Evaluate the principal economic, political and social trends in the region and their consequence for the conduct of business.

        Appraise the strategic issues involved in entering Asia Pacific markets.​

        Conduct a comparative analysis of different countries and businesses within the Asia Pacific region. ​

      • Global Strategic Management (MKIB351)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
        Aims

        The module aims:

        • to provide conceptual frameworks within which to formulate and analyse global strategy;
        • ​to provide practical experience of formulating strategy;
        • ​to analyse theory and evidence regarding the configuration and governance of international operations;
        • to analyse conceptual frameworks within which to frame ethical conduct in international business.
        Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to explain resource-based and institutional approaches to international strategy

        ​Students will be able to explain generic forms of growth and diversification

        ​Students will be able to explain the principal forms of internal organisation and governance of multinational enterprises


      • ​Students will be able to explain the main forms of international entry and growth and when each is likely to be the preferred approach

        Students will be able to explain how the nature of global production, logistics and distribution have changed and why and how firms can evaluate their preferred configuration ​

        ​Students will be able to explain how competition evolves in international business and how multinational enterprises can maintain and upgrade their competitive strengths


      • ​Students will be able to explain the nature and form of strategic alliances and when these will be preferred to international mergers and acquisitions

        ​ Students will be able to explain the key ethical issues facing international businesses and apply appropriate frameworks for framing ethical behaviour.

      • International Marketing (MKIB356)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
        Aims
      • To introduce students to the international environment for marketing

      • ​To build an appreciation of how they might go about buildinginternational activities

      • To introduce students to the concept of globalmarketing management;

      • ​To develop an understanding of the key types of international transitions

      • Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to identify the major changes in the international trading environment and their impact on the marketing activities of global businesses.

        ​Students will be able to develop marketing strategies appropriate to industrialised, developing and lesser developed economies, and identify and explain the relevant sources of information and analysis necessary to support the appropriate strategy.

        ​Students will be able to critically evaluate the mix decisions that need to be taken to support global marketing activity.

      • Business in Latin America (MKIB359)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
        Aims

        This module is designed to enable students to undertake an empirical study of the activities and organisation of domestic and foreign business in a significant area of the developing world. Students are expected to build upon the knowledge and techniques developed in earlier modules to understand and analyse critically the behaviour of companies, investors, regulators, employees and consumers in the Latin American economies.

        Learning OutcomesTo develop students'' knowledge and understanding of contemporary Latin American businesses.

          ​To develop students'' appreciation of the problems and opportunities facing companies in the Latin American environment and their responses.

          ​To develop students'' ability to synthesise quantitative and qualitative information and opinion from a range of sources.

          ​To develop students'' abilities of critical analysis.

          ​To develop report writing skills.

          ​To develop the student''s capacity to join groups and engage in group work.

      • Marketing Strategy (MKIB363)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
        Aims

        Thismodule examines the strategic dimensions of marketing, the interface betweenmarketing activity, corporate strategies and tactics and the inter-relationshipbetween marketing activity and other functional areas of business. The aims ofthis module are to provide students with the following:

        •    A critical understanding of the theoretical andpractical aspects of the strategic processes around marketing activity
        •         Awareness and understanding of the strategic significanceof marketing
        •         An appreciation of the way that marketingintegrates with other aspects of the business model
        •         The conceptual and practical tools and models toundertake an internal and external marketing audit and analysis
        •         The conceptual underpinnings and awareness todevelop practical marketing plans
        •         An understanding of the impact of ICT and e-commerceon marketing strategy
        •         An understanding of the corporate and tacticalimpact of communications on the marketing process
        •         To develop a sound theoretical and practicalunderstanding of processes of marketing strategy formulation, implementationand control
        •         An understanding of the barriers that exist toeffective implementation of marketing strategy


        Learning Outcomes
        Students will be able to understand and critically appraise a wide variety of strategic marketing concepts and models.

        ​Students will be able to compare, contrast and evaluate the strategic options open to organisations in the contemporary world.

        ​Students will be able to specify a clear rationale when choosing between strategic alternatives, and demonstrate the elements that can be used to create sustainable competitive advantage.

        ​Students will be able to evaluate a range of methods for facilitating innovation in organisations.

        ​Students will be able to conduct and evaluate a marketing audit, and prepare effective and efficient marketing plans.

      • Events Management (MKIB367)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
        Aims

        The module provides students with a critical understanding of events management.

        Learning OutcomesStudents will develop knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, structure, composition and management of the events industry sector

          ​Students will develop their skills in the selection, organisation, analysis and critical evaluation of events.

          ​Students will be able to review and provide a critical analysis of event planning models

          ​Students will enhance their understanding of marketing; management theories, human resources; financial management, planning and law, through the context of events’ management

          ​In addition to subject-specific knowledge, students will develop the practical skills necessary to organise events, drawing on relevant academic theory.

      • Business in Emerging Markets (MKIB369)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        This is an optional module focusing on the business environment in emerging markets and specifically in the BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia, India and China. In 2001, Jim O''Neill of Goldman-Sachs predicted that globalization would help Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRICs), large countries endowed with raw materials but with difficult macro-contexts to develop rapidly and overtake the largest Western economies.

        The aims of this module are to evaluate the extent to which the above prediction has come to pass and to explore the business and political uncertainty which has come with this period of rapid economic development.

        The module aims to provide an insight into whether or not the BRICs can sustain their growth, what the implications of this growth are, and which nations might follow. MNEs based in the BRIC countries will also be discussed.

        Learning OutcomesTounderstand the reasons for rapid emergence of BRIC countries

        ​Tobe able to identify criteria which determine for rapid growth of emergingmarkets

        ​Tounderstand who are the key stakeholders in emerging markets and how theyinteract with each others

        ​Toexplore potential tradeoffs between rapid economic growth and social and otherdimensions of the markets

        ​Toexamine other potential emerging markets to identify those which are mostlikely to grow rapidly

        ​Tounderstand in detail the dynamics in specific markets such as China, India,Brazil and Russia

        ​Tounderstand the importance of development of brands by BRIC countries

        ​To understand the BRIC thesis and arrive atconclusions about whether this has been met and will continue in future

      • Work Experience Module (ULMS300)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        To assist students to further develop their understanding of the workplace and bridge the gap between their academic studies and future employment

        To develop materials and/or undertake tasks within a professional or vocational environment, on a topic relating to business or management

        To engage students in a period of fieldwork or placement and self-directed learning in which they will complete an agreed project for the external organisation

        To apply academic theory and/or theoretical knowledge within a placement experience and to analyse and report on the relationship between the two

        To identify and develop a range of personal/employability skills and to reflect and report on this

        To foster experiential learning by requiring students to reflect on their placement experience and learning
        Learning Outcomes

        Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the host organisation and the roles of individuals and functions of groups within that organisation.

        ​Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to develop materials and/or undertake tasks within a professional or vocational environment, relating to a business or management function or topic.

        ​Students will be able to comment critically on the organisation’s structures and policies.

        Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the broader context in which the organisation operates (this might include commercial awareness and issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability).

        ​Students will be able to apply academic theory and/or theoretical knowledge to the workplace and to analyse and report on the relationship between the two.

        ​Students will be able to demonstrate a range of skills and attributes required in the workplace (including concise and effective communication orally and in writing; commercial awareness; numeracy and IT skills; time management; perhaps team work.

        ​Students will be able to reflect on and evaluate learning and employability skills gained from the placement in a concise and informative manner with peers and tutors.

      • Psychological Approaches to Decision-making (ULMS351)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
        Aims

        This module aims to provide students with the concepts and theories relevant to the cognitive and emotional aspects of decision-making at the individual, group and organizational levels. Particular attention is paid to the problems and potential pitfalls of making decisions amidst uncertainty and conflict including potential pressure to act in an ethically questionable manner. The module also considers negotiated decisions and cognitive techniques for stimulating creativity, innovation and problem-solving.

        Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the main terms used within the psychology of decision-making

        Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major cognitive, social and emotional processes that influence the nature of individual, group and organizational decision-making.

        ​Students will be able to demonstrate ability to deal with conflicting evidence and ''data'' within decision-making contexts and to recognise the limitations of ''evidence'' used with the decision.

        Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the manner in which social and environmental factors can inform and shape the process of decision-making through team-work and group discussion.  

        Students will be able to work with others in problem-solving and negotiating teams and to reflect upon the major psycho-social processes involved in that activity.

      • Contemporary Issues in Hrm (ULMS364)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        The module aims to provide students with an understanding of contemporary human resource management issues. It will relate models and frameworks from the human resource management literature to contemporary issues and challenges affecting UK organisations and multinational companies (MNCs).

        Learning Outcomes

        ​Students will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the key components of contemporary human resource management (HRM) and their interrelations.

        ​Students will be able to critically evaluate the changing nature of the UK and international business environment and the HRM issues that arise from this.

        ​Students will be able to recognise the importance of workplace diversity and technology for effective people management and organisation effectiveness.

        ​Students will be able to recognise the need for strategic integration of HRM specialisms and functions with organisation strategy and objectives

        ​Students will be able to demonstrate a good understanding on the emerging topics in the field of HRM, such as knowledge management, workplace informal learning and career management

      • Critical Perspectives in Management (ULMS366)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
        Aims

        A primary aim of the module is to invite students to consider the consequences of traditional orthodox management theory and practice for people in organizations (including managers) and society at large, and to examine the extent to which critical theory can inform more humanist approaches to management thinking. It aims in particular:
        • To provide students with a sound understanding of a variety of critical
        perspectives on management, and their relation to society
        • Provide students with the theoretical tools necessary for the critical analysis of the process of management from sociological and philosophical perspectives
        • To explore the extent to which critical theory can contribute to the
        development of progressive, alternative and future-oriented management thinking.
        • To support the enhancement of skills in critical analysis, critical reflection, and written and spoken communication.

        Learning OutcomesA critical understanding of the theories, concepts and empirical work that
        constitute the field of critical management studies

        ​A critical awareness of the multi-disciplinary aspects of management and the
        ability to critically analyse the activities of contemporary organizations

        ​The ability to develop critical questions about organizations and the tools to
        carry out appropriate critical inquiry to pursue their resolution.

        The ability to evaluate corporate activities with regard to their potential
        consequences for issues that are important from critical perspectives (such as
        equality, control, exploitation, and resistance)​

        ​The ability to craft and communicate arguments from different critical
        perspectives

        ​The ability to critically reflect on their own learning and envisage their future
        management practice critically

      • The Football Business (ULMS370)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
        Aims
      • ​​to enhance students’ understanding and knowledge of the key issues surrounding the contemporary football business and associated industries;
      • to encourage students to apply their knowledge of economics, business and management to the football industry.

      • Learning Outcomes

        Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the key issues surrounding the contemporary football business and associated industries;

        Students will demonstrate an ability to apply business and management concepts to the football industry;

        Students will develop their abilities to analyse critically, synthesise ideas and write reports and opinions.

      • Dissertation (ULMS399)
        Level3
        Credit level30
        SemesterWhole Session
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims
        1. To provide students with the opportunity to produce an extended piece of academic writing on a subject aligned with programme aims and of interest to them.

        2. ​To develop secondary research skills

        3. ​To extend the range of knowledge of theoretical debate in a specific area of business

        Learning Outcomes

        Utilise bibliographical tools to create and maintain a range of sources for the dissertation


        ​Conduct a systematic literature review drawing from existing primary and secondary research

        ​Devise research questions pertinent to the chosen area of investigation

        ​Formulate key research aims and objectives

        Synthesise knowledge gained from in depth examination of the body of literature

        ​Produce critical analytical argument based on detailed understanding of theoretical perspectives relevant to the chosen theme.

      • Advanced Entrepreneurship (ULMS360)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        This module is aims to develop an ability to develop entrepreneurial ideas and to turn them into a concrete business plan. It aims to support those students who are considering a career in business support and consultancy and at developing entrepreneurship and small firms.  

        Learning Outcomes

        Effectively use a computer-based simulation (Simventure) in order to actively run a "virtual" start-up firm and experience the different elements as well as challenges involved in trying to grow a small business.

        ​Work independently and within a small group in order to effectively organise and cooperate to complete the range of tasks required to transform an entrepreneurial idea into a business plan

        ​Carry out in-depth research and analysis on the different elements required to draft a detailed business plan (including sales and marketing; organisation; operations; finance; and overall strategy) which is realistic and comprehensive

        ​Synthesise the main elements of the business plan into a professional presentation with the aim of attracting financial support for the start up idea from a range of potential investors

        ​Recognise and reflect on the key skills and attributes required in order to develop a coherent business plan as well as the challenges involved in trying to develop a real start up

      • Behavioural Finance (ACFI311)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
        Aims
      • Provide students with knowledge and understanding of theoretical and empirical limitations of and challenges to the efficient markets hypothesis
        • ​Present the psychological foundations of Behavioural Finance and how they impact upon investors’ rationality and arbitrage

        • ​Provide the opportunity for students to critically evaluate behaviourally induced market puzzles

        • ​Present key behavioural trading patterns from a theoretical perspective and outline their empirical design

      • Learning Outcomes

        ​Possess a good command of the key theoretical and empirical literature in behavioural finance

        ​Have practiced skills of problem-solving and critical thinking

        ​Be familiar with the main implications (theoretical and empirical) of Behavioural Finance findings

        ​Construct and present critical evaluations of key academic papers in Behavioural Finance

        Development of key skills in terms of writtencommunication (e.g. by completing formative class questions and assignment;through a summative assignment and examination)​

        Developmentof key skills in oral presentation (e.g. through group work)

        ​Development of key skills in terms of classparticipation

        ​Development of key skills in terms of planning &time-management (e.g. preparing for classes; observing assignment deadlines),problem-solving, critical thinking & analysis, numeracy (e.g. by applyingtheir extant quantitative knowledge in understanding behavioural financeissues) and initiative (e.g. searching relevant literature and information inpreparation of seminars and summative assignment)

      • Football Financial Reporting, Analysis and Valuation (ACFI322)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
        Aims

        ​This module aims to give students to develop an understanding of how financial transactions have an impact on football clubs, and the integration of finance into the success or otherwise of clubs.

        The module will attract students with an interest in the sport and provide them with an insight into how financial metrics in relation to clubs can be produced, and the valuation techniques used by investors when buying and selling clubs.

        Learning Outcomes

        Students will be able to explain the contribution and inherent limitations of financial statements, apply the International Accounting Standards Board''s (IASB) conceptual framework for financial reporting in relation to incorporated football clubs.

        Students will be able to prepare and present financial statements from business transactions for football clubs in corporate forms, in conformity with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and explain the application of IFRS to specified scenarios.

        Students will be able to measure the value of a football club using appropriate valuation methods.

        ​Students will be able to understand and apply football financial fair play rules, and the ethical responsibilities of clubs in adhering to these rules. 

      • Management Accounting for Business (ACFI307)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
        Aims

        ​The module aims to provide students with an overall understanding of the various techniques and practices utilised by management accountants within the function of business management, all of which can be classified under one of the below headings:

         ·         Costing ·         Decision making·         Planning and control·         Performance management and control
        Learning Outcomes

        ​Students will be able to understand and apply the concepts of Activity Based Costing and other modern manufacturing techniques.

        ​Students will be able to understand and apply the concept of relevant cash flows regarding various business decisions.

        ​Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques utilised to effectively plan in the presence of limiting factors.

        ​Students will be able to understand various approaches to budgeting and to apply quantitative methods used as part of the budgeting process.

        ​Students will be able to understand the concept of standard costing and to perform the calculations and analysis necessary for basic variance analysis.

        ​Students will be able to understand the issues faced as part of the performance appraisal process (including that of transfer pricing) and to appraise both the financial and non-financial performance for a given business.

      The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


      Teaching and Learning

      The principal forms of teaching are lectures and seminars. Lectures will normally be supported by material such as hand-outs and computer based presentations. Seminars give the opportunity for detailed discussion of a topic under the direction of a tutor.

      You are normally expected to prepare work in advance for seminars and may be expected to present work or give presentations from time to time. On some modules, such as quantitative techniques and IT, seminars may take the form of practical sessions using computers.

      All our degrees depend on you spending a good part of the week in private or group study in preparation for lectures and seminars. This involves making extensive use of the excellent library and IT facilities, just one minute’s walk away from the Management School.


      Assessment

      You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. The exact weighting will vary from one module to another. As well as individual assignments and exams, you may also be assessed on group reports and presentations.