Business Management BA (Hons)

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Our Business Management BA is a flexible programme which allows you to experience a wide range of management functions and helps develop your personal career path. You will be taught by academic staff with professional industry experience in a variety of business sectors.

The programme is accredited by CIMA to give you the skills to understand how businesses operate, are managed, create strategies and how people work together.

The BA Business Management programme provides a thorough grounding in a range of business subjects including entrepreneurship, management, operations and leadership, the chance to work with real businesses and the opportunity to specialise in areas such as marketing, football, finance and events management.

Within the programme, you are introduced to the problems and challenges of the business world and how to solve them. By the final year of the programme, you will have the knowledge, skills, business awareness and confidence to succeed in the wider business world.

Our graduates successfully go on to find a variety of business related careers in organisations such as Jaguar Land Rover, The Co-operative Bank, IBM, Home Office, KPMG, Microsoft, PwC, Santander and a range of smaller companies.

Interested in finding out more? Chenchen shares her experience on the course, below.

 
"What I love most is my teachers and the class atmosphere. For the classroom atmosphere, the teachers encourage us to share opinions freely. Students from all over the world have given me the opportunity to discuss and collaborate with people from different culture backgrounds."
 Xu Chenchen, International Business, Y2.
 

As XJTLU students will join Year 2 at The University of Liverpool, this PDF provides relevant module information for the following programme(s):

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Programme Year Two

In your second year of study you will build upon the foundations you created in your first year at XJTLU by deepening your knowledge of business and awareness of contemporary business issues.

You’ll be able to apply your deeper Business Management knowledge to diverse organisational contexts and communicate this in a variety of more advanced quantitative and qualitative techniques.

You will be able to demonstrate the link between entrepreneurship, innovation and business creation from start-ups right up to large multinational organisations. An international dimension to business will also be introduced alongside a specialist law module and a range of optional modules for you to choose from.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Business and Employment Law (ULMS202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

    (LO1) Impact of England and Wales Law on Business

    (LO2) Impactof EU Law on Business

    (LO3) Using case law

    (LO4) Using legislation

    (LO5) Answering scenario questions

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) International awareness

    (S6) Lifelong learning skills

  • Business in the Global Economy (MKIB225)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aims of the module are:

    •The production of basic knowledge of how businesses operate internationally and their changing context. An understanding of transnational production in a holistic sense is key, including questions of power and ethics.

    •Key trends and issues shaping the (current) international economic order, that is the current and future context of business activity.

    •The relationship between transnational corporations and international organisations, states, labour, social movements, etc

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to think analytically in the production of knowledge of how businesses operate internationally.

    (LO2) Students will be able to analytically read a wide range of texts, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different arguments on key themes and trends. This is to enable the development of an analytical understanding of key approaches, both mainstream and critical, on these themes and trends.

    (LO3) Students will be able to undertake independent scholarly work, albeit in an assisted manner.

    (LO4) Students will be able to communicate knowledge, ideas and analysis clearly and concisely in both written and oral form.

    (LO5) Students will be able to work autonomously and demonstrate initiative, self-organisation and time management, to plan and evaluate independent learning and performance, and to apply learning strategies to improve performance.

    (LO6) Students will be able to function effectively and cooperatively in group work

    (LO7) Students will be able to develop a basic understanding of the (current) international economic order, that is the international context of business activity.

    (LO8) Students will be able to develop a basic understanding of the relationship between transnational corporations and international organisations, states, labour, social movements etc.

    (LO9) Students will be able to develop a basic understanding of power and ethics in the world economy.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Communication skills

    (S7) IT skills

    (S8) International awareness

    (S9) Lifelong learning skills

    (S10) Ethical awareness

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

    This module will provide students with a critical introduction to the institution of the corporation in its wider context. Key areas of study will include corporate governance, the history of the corporation, corporate social responsibility, and business ethics. These issues will be explored through the use of a range of theoretical perspectives and case studies and scenarios. Broadly the syllabus covers: the history and position of the corporation in society; corporate governance and strategy; the ethics of corporate behaviour; corporate codes, boards and regulation; corporate social responsibility; philanthropy. Knowledge of cases relevant to the study of the corporation and of corporate social responsibility.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Develop an understanding of contemporary changes in the business world such as business ethics

    (LO2) Demonstrate an understanding of key ethical frameworks and ideas

    (LO3) Appreciate how frameworks and ideas can be used to develop ethical decision-making skills and reasoning

    (LO4) Understand the current ethical challenges facing managers and employees in organizations today

    (S1) International awareness

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills

    (S3) Ethical awareness

  • Financial Management for Business (ACFI205)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    The module aims to provide: a framework to understand the role of financial managers in the business and how financial management can support the decision making process of these managers;
    an understanding of the basic principles of financial management;
    an understanding of the key numerical techniques used in financial management;
    a fundamental knowledge of the institutional setting ;
    a link between financial management and other principal managerial activity.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to understand the role of finance in a business ; shareholder wealth maximisation principle and agency problem

    (LO2) Students will be able to understand the role of financial statements in the planning process, calculate ratios and explain their significance and assess projected financial statements, risk and uncertainty.

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain the nature, importance, key stages and methods of investment decision making, capital rationing and projects with unequal lives.

    (LO4) Students will be able to identify the main sources of internal and external finance available to a business; discuss the factors to be considered when choosing an appropriate source of financing and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each source.

    (LO5) 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.

    (LO6) 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 and describe the factors determining the level of dividends.

    (LO7) Students will be able to describe the shareholder value added (SVA) approach and explain its implications for the business management; explain market value added (MVA), economic value added (EVA), total shareholder return (TSA) approaches and discuss their roles in measuring and delivering shareholder's value.

    (LO8) Students will be able to identify and discuss the main reasons for mergers and takeovers and discuss the advantages and disadvantages for each of the main forms of purchase consideration used in takeovers.

    (S1) Global citizenship - Relevant economic/political understanding

    (S2) Problem-solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply the tools and concepts of microeconomics to analyse the behaviour of firms

    (LO2) Explain how market structure influences the behaviour of firms and the levels of profit they can achieve

    (LO3) Explain and evaluate the growth strategies used by firms

    (LO4) Explain and evaluate alternative theories of firm behaviour

    (LO5) Explain the influence of internal organisation on firm behaviour and performance.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) communication skills

    (S5) IT skills

    (S6) international awareness

    (S7) Ethical awareness

  • 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

    (LO1) Students will be able to develop the competences associated with entrepreneurship.

    (LO2) Students will be able todevelop an appreciation of thedevelop an appreciation of thenumerous forms of entrepreneurship.

    (LO3) Students will be able to develop skills in recognising opportunities and maximising their potential.

    (LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate the link between entrepreneurship, innovation and business creation.

    (LO5) Students will be able to appreciate the necessity of ethical business operations in entrepreneurship.

    (LO6) Students will be able to understand how social value is an important aspect of entrepreneurship

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Numeracy

    (S4) Commercial awareness

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Organisational skills

    (S7) Communication skills

    (S8) IT skills

    (S9) International awareness

    (S10) Lifelong learning skills

    (S11) Ethical awareness

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

    This module aims to:

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

    Increase awareness of the importance of identifying innovation in the businessand management process;

    Provide students with a solid theoretical understanding of key issues relatingto innovation and entrepreneurship;

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

    Develop a critical awareness of the main themes of innovation and entrepreneurship in the public and private sectors including both product and service innovations;

    Enable students to develop a range of personal skills such as undertaking research independently and as part of a group, and communicating ideas effectively orally and in writing;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) 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.

    (LO4) 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.

    (LO5) Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively and concisely, orally and in writing.

    (LO6) Students will be able to operate effectively as part of a team.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) International awareness

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Organisational skills

    (S7) Communication skills

    (S8) Ethical awareness

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Practical Methods for Problem Solving (ULMS215)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    1. Further develop students’ academic skills base and improve their engagement with research-connected teaching.
    2. Introduce students to problem-solving in empirical, applied research
    3. Familiarise students with principles and practices of research design and methodology, and enable them to become proficient users of specific data management tools (Excel, and Nvivo).
    4. Provide additional, dedicated research and methodological training, to support students undertaking a final year capstone individual project.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to use relevant business software proficiently

    (LO2) Students will be able to gain a sound understanding of key methodological perspectives, with insights into ways to deploy them in their academic work

    (LO3) Students will be able to enhance their skills in problem-solving, empirical analysis, and written and spoken communication.

    (LO4) Students will be able to develop a self-awareness of their academic and methodological skills proficiency

    (LO5) Students will be able to further develop their understanding of the research process and evidential decision making.

    (S1) Problem Solving

    (S2) Analytical

    (S3) Communication

    (S4) Adaptability

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Organisation

    (S7) Analytical Writing

    (S8) Ethical Awareness

  • Contemporary Developments in Employment Relations (ULMS216)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module seeks to provide students with a deeper understanding of contextual developments in contemporary Employment Relations to prepare them for some of the challenges they are likely to face in work and employment during the course of their careers. This will enable them to make more informed decisions when in work. A key aim of the module is to explore international variations in Employment Relations drawing on comparative data and frameworks.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to understand the nature and context of employment relations.

    (LO2) Students will be able to assess key developments in the labour market and employment relations (including, labour supply and demand) in different national settings and the role of national context in shaping the nature, degree and ethics of these developments.

    (LO3) Students will be able to gain knowledge of employment relations legislation.

    (LO4) Students will be able to understand contemporary developments in employee involvement and participation

    (LO5) Students will be able to gain knowledge of different forms of conflict behaviour and dispute resolution

    (S1) Problem Solving

    (S2) Commercial Awareness

    (S3) International Awareness

    (S4) Ethical Awareness

    (S5) Communication Skills

    (S6) IT Skills

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the terms “equality”, “diversity” and “inclusion” in an organisational and international context.

    (LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the social equity case and the business benefits case for managing diversity in the workplace.

    (LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the legal framework for managing diversity in organisations.

    (LO4) 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.

    (LO5) Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the organisational strategies used to develop the effective management of diversity

    (LO6) 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.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) International awareness

    (S8) Lifelong learning skills

    (S9) Ethical awareness

  • Sustainable Forms of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (MKIB235)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aims of the module are as follows, To provide students with:  
    A conceptual basis from which to understand other, alternative and sustainable forms of enterprise and entrepreneurship
    Those critical skills to analyse the role of enterprise and entrepreneurship in today’s society
    Analytical skills that enable students to think about how social problems might be addressed through enterprise
    Knowledge of how forms of enterprise, such as prosocial business, not-for-profits and worker cooperatives have emerged
    The ability to articulate how and why complex societal problems might be solved through sustainable business planning.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills by conceptualising forms of enterprise and entrepreneurship.

    (LO2) Students will be able to be analytical in the review of complex social problems.

    (LO3) Students will be able to evaluate how enterprise can provide (in-part) solutions to complex social problems.

    (LO4) Students will be able to show ethical and empathetic understanding in the development of business solutions to complex social problems.

    (LO5) Students will be able to articulate solutions in new, coherent ways.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Ethical awareness

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Organisational skills

  • 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

    (LO1) Students will be able to identify the applications of fundamentals of finance in an international context

    (LO2) Students will be able to examine how the process of Globalization extends to a MNE and the implications for risk and returns of a business

    (LO3) Students will be able to explore the theory of competitive advantage to justify international trade

    (LO4) Students will be able to evaluate the characteristics of an ideal currency

    (LO5) Students will be able to identify the impact of the Balance of Payments in international foreign investment decisions

    (LO6) Students will be able to explore the main approaches to exchange rate determination

    (LO7) Students will be able to develop a critical perspective on the choice of exchange rate regimes

    (LO8) Students will be able to distinguish between the three major foreign exchange exposures experienced by firms

    (S1) Problem Solving Skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Commercial Awareness

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Communication skills

    (S7) IT skills

    (S8) International Awareness

    (S9) Ethical Awareness

  • Operations Management: Tools and Techniques (EBUS209)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims to introduce a range of operations management theories to students and considers their application to contemporary business environments

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to critically examine operations strategies and their impacts within different contexts

    (LO2) Students will be able to evaluate a range of planning and control systems and tools appropriate for different organisations

    (LO3) Students will be able to determine an appropriate system design and implementation programme

    (LO4) Students will be able to understand the role of lean thinking and alternative operations philosophies in contemporary environments

    (LO5) Students will be able to understand the role of operations management for the efficient operation of the complete supply chain

    (LO6) Students will be able to understand the impact of a range of operations management tools and techniques and their influence on an organisation’s competitive advantage

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Information skills - Evaluation

    (S4) Commercial awareness - Relevant economic/political understanding

  • 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 national and international 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to define the nature, scope, and key characteristics of services marketing.

    (LO2) Students will be able to critically evaluate theoretical frameworks and terminology drawn from the services marketing literature.

    (LO3) Students will be able to apply services marketing concepts that acknowledge the inherent distinction between (tangible) goods and (intangible) services marketing.

    (LO4) Students will be able to apply extended marketing mix strategies appropriate to the objectives, resources, and environment of both profit and non-profit service organisations.

    (LO5) Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the ethical implications with in service delivery.

    (LO6) Students will be able to demonstrate an international awareness of diverse service organisations in developed and emerging markets.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) International awareness

    (S7) Leadership

    (S8) Ethical Awareness

    (S9) Creative Skills

  • 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

    (LO1) An appreciation of the not-for-profit sector in the United Kingdom

    (LO2) Increased their ability to relate academic theory to the work environment

    (LO3) Developed work-related skills including: bid writing; event organisation; volunteer management, and strategies for funding

    (LO4) An ability to critically reflect on the development of a fundraising strategy

    (LO5) Enhanced career opportunities within the not-for-profit sector

    (LO6) An ability to research not-for-profit bodies and potential sources of funding

    (LO7) Prepared and written two reports (e.g., event proposal, bid to a trust) to raise monies for a not-for-profit body.

    (S1) Communication

    (S2) Evaluation

    (S3) Research

    (S4) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

    (S5) Relate theory to work environment

    (S6) Bid Writing

    (S7) Managing Volunteers

    (S8) Strategic Planning

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe and critically evaluate the contrasting theoretical perspectives on identity and identification;

    (LO2) Explain how organisational strategies and decision-making processes are mediated by individual and group identities;

    (LO3) Critically interrogate the implications of organisational initiatives in terms of their impact on employee and manager self-identities

    (LO4) Outline how and why organisational, regional and inter/national contextual differences inform identities at work.

    (S1) Organisational skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) International awareness

    (S5) Lifelong learning skills

    (S6) Ethical awareness

  • International Management (MKIB253)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Explain trends in foreign investment and the growth of the multinational enterprise (MNE) in different home economies

    (LO2) Analyse key issues in the governance and decision-making processes of MNEs

    (LO3) Evaluate the major considerations to be taken into account in MNEs in determining investment decisions

    (LO4) 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

    (LO5) Appreciate the importance of and analyse the inter-cultural issues that managers of MNEs face

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) International awareness

    (S7) Lifelong learning skills

    (S8) Ethical awareness

  • Leadership and Performance Management (ULMS266)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module introduces students to the theoretical perspectives, roles, and practical activities associated with Leadership and Performance 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

    (LO1) Students will be able to 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’

    (LO2) Students will be able to outline and explain Leadership styles and practices, and their links to organisational and HR strategies

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain the factors affecting the ‘leader-led’ relationship, and the variety of frameworks (both formal and informal) that exist to facilitate this.

    (LO4) Students will be able to consider the various models of Leadership and Performance that exist, and outline arange of methods for assessing Leadership and Performance in contemporary organizations

    (LO5) Students will be able to explain the roles and responsibilities of line managers, employees andHR specialists in the performance management process

    (LO6) Students will be able to critically evaluate the relationship between performance management and:  performance appraisal; employee development; the management of poor performance; and employee reward

    (LO7) Students will be able to explain the contribution of performance management to the development of individual, group and organisational capability

    (LO8) Students will be able to recognise the need for strategic integration of performance management with other HR specialisms and with organisation culture and objectives

    (LO9) Students will be able to compare and contrast a range of theoretical perspectives concerning Leadership and Performance Management

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) Commercial awareness

    (S5) International awareness

    (S6) Organisational skills

    (S7) Ethical awareness

    (S8) Critical thinking

    (S9) Teamwork

  • Market Research (MKIB256)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module 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;

    to develop an understanding of ethics in market research.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to understand the range of contemporary market research techniques

    (LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the handling and analysis of both questionnaire-derived data and qualitative data.

    (LO3) Students will be able to apply their understanding of market research to designing their own market research project and critically evaluating methods of market research that have been used in marketing projects.

    (LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues, and questions of relevance in market research

    (LO5) Students will be able to demonstrate and apply ethical processes when applying market research techniques.

    (LO6) Students will be able to explore a range of international market research case studies.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) International awareness

    (S7) Lifelong learning skills

    (S8) Ethical awareness

  • Sales and Negotiation (ULMS217)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims are to introduce students to the complex field of sales and selling techniques as well as introducing them to a thorough assessment of negotiation skills. These skills are as important to employees as they are to entrepreneurs. Students on completion will:

    1. Develop an appreciation that achieving sales is the only way in which businesses can flourish
    2. Understand how an enterprise that fails to adopt competent selling skills will struggle to survive.
    3. Encourage students to appreciate that selling is an art and can be learned by everyone.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to develop an appreciation that achieving sales is the only way in which businesses can flourish

    (LO2) Students will be able to understand how an enterprise that fails to adopt competent selling skills will struggle to survive.

    (LO3) Students will be able to appreciate that selling is an art and can be learned by everyone.

    (S1) Problem Solving

    (S2) Commercial Awareness

    (S3) Ethical Awareness

    (S4) Communication Skills

    (S5) IT Skills

    (S6) Teamwork

Programme Year Three

Your final year of study consolidates your knowledge and understanding of management through a much greater degree of personal study and research. A range of modules that probe more deeply into contemporary issues allows you to pursue areas of study that interest you and benefit your future career plans.

Upon successful completion of your final year, you will have developed a deep understanding and knowledge of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed. You will also have a deep understanding of contemporary changes in the business world such as knowledge management; globalisation and business ethics.

You will graduate with the ability to understand and critically evaluate theory and practice in the core business and management areas of: Human Resource Management; Organisational Behaviour; Marketing; Strategic Management, Accounting and/or Finance; Operations Management; ICT and the application of economic principles to business.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to analyse the meaning, influence and importance of leadership within contemporary organisations and the changing environments in which the organisations exist.

    (LO2) Students will be able to critically assess and reflect upon the personal nature of leadership styles.

    (LO3) Students will be able to develop a personal leadership style and brand and consider how personal inspiration and incentive can develop future leadership styles.

    (LO4) 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.

    (LO5) Students will be able to outline and analyse different styles of leadership and how they are influenced by motivation, culture and organisational practice.

    (S1) Problem-solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) IT skills

    (S6) International awareness

    (S7) Lifelong learning skills

    (S8) Ethical awareness

  • 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

    (LO1) understand the function of corporate communications

    (LO2) demonstrate an appreciation of the key issues and problems associated with corporate communications

    (LO3) explore methods of evaluating corporate communications, including corporate image

    (LO4) apply core communication, marketing and sociolinguistic theory to the business environment

    (LO5) demonstrate an ability to analyse critically and undertake independent research

    (LO6) develop an ability to write concise reports and opinions, and to communicate ideas effectively

    (LO7) develop an ability to apply ethical considerations to communications development and implementation

    (LO8) develop an awareness of international communications approaches so that effective communications is achieved across a variety of markets and consumers

    (S1) A Team Player

    (S2) Excellent Communicator Presentation skills – oral via discussions in seminars on report content and proposals

    (S3) Excellent Communicator - Report writing

    (S4) Analytical - Reason with numbers/mathematical concepts

    (S5) Digitally Confident

    (S6) Commercially Aware - Relevant understanding of organisations

    (S7) Globally Aware

    (S8) Resilient and Adaptable - Personal organisation

  • 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 a critical understanding of the theories, concepts, and alternative perspectives on knowledge and innovation management.
    Provide students with a critical understanding of different tools for managing knowledge and of the contingencies of their use.
    Introduce students to the current issues concerning knowledge and innovation management and their application within contemporary business and organisational environments.
    Support the development of subject specific and transferable skills necessary for future employment in careers that ultimately have a managerial component.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of alternative approaches to knowledge management in contemporary innovation-oriented organisations.

    (LO2) Students will be familiar with the core theories, concepts and empirical work that underpin the knowledge management for innovation.

    (LO3) Students will be to demonstrate an ability to analyse critically and to undertake independent research concerning knowledge management in an organizational context.

    (LO4) Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate the outcome of their research effectively.

    (LO5) Students will be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of practices and tools used to manage knowledge for innovation.

    (LO6) Students will demonstrate awareness of the range of factors that influence the practice, implementation, and success of knowledge management strategies and tools.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem Solving Skills

    (S3) Numeracy (Pre-Requisite)

    (S4) Commercial Awareness

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Organisational Skills

    (S7) Communication Skills

    (S8) IT Skills

    (S9) International Awareness

    (S10) Lifelong Learning Skills

    (S11) Ethical Awareness

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

    The module 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

    (LO1) Familiarity with the alternative approaches to strategic management.

    (LO2) An awareness and understanding of the 'strategic management' process

    (LO3) To think critically and analyse various sources of information relating to the management of strategy and business policy in organizations

    (LO4) The ability to conduct environmental and internal analyses

    (LO5) An awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of strategic analytical tools

    (LO6) An awareness of the range of forces that influence the formulation and implementation of strategy

    (LO7) 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

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Communication skills

    (S7) IT skills

    (S8) International awareness

    (S9) Lifelong learning skills

    (S10) Ethical awareness

Year Three Optional Modules

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

    This module aims to develop a solid understanding of the entrepreneurial business cycle. It aims to support those students who are considering a career in business support and consultancy and at developing entrepreneurship and small firms.

    Among other aims, at the end of the course, you should be able to:

    1. Explain why a buoyant transfer market is fundamental to an entrepreneurial economy

    2. Focus on the process through which entrepreneurial firms are able to gather the strategic resources needed to support their growth and bring their products and services to market

    3. Understand the typology of resource providers available to entrepreneurs, as well as their incentives

    4. Understand the liquidity events through which the entrepreneurial cycle ends, as well as their differences and similarities

    5. Develop written and oral communication skills through group discussions, in-class presentations and coursework

    6. Think critically about entrepreneurial organizations’ issues and dilemmas. This will be accomplished by gathering and synthesizing information, analysing alternative perspectives and options, and presenting a considered opinion or course of action

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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

    (LO2) 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

    (LO3) Synthesise the main elements of the entrepreneurial cycle to attract financial support for the start-up idea from a range of potential investors

    (LO4) Recognise and reflect on the key skills and attributes required in the module

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem-solving skills

    (S3) Numeracy

    (S4) Commercial awareness

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Organisational skills

    (S7) Communication skills

    (S8) International awareness

    (S9) Lifelong learning skills

    (S10) Ethical awareness

    (S11) Leadership

  • Behavioural Finance (ACFI311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    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

    (LO1) Understand the key concepts and issues in behavioural finance

    (LO2) Possess a good command of the key theoretical and empirical literature in behavioural finance

    (LO3) Have practiced skills of problem-solving and critical thinking

    (LO4) Be familiar with the main implications (theoretical and empirical) of Behavioural Finance findings

    (LO5) Construct and present critical evaluations of key academic papers in Behavioural Finance

    (LO6) Development of key skills in terms of writtencommunication (eg by completing formative class questions and assignment;through a summative assignment and examination)

    (LO7) Developmentof key skills in oral presentation (eg through group work)

    (LO8) Development of key skills in terms of class participation

    (LO9) Development of key skills in terms of planning and time-management (eg preparing for classes; observing assignment deadlines),problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis, numeracy (eg by applyingtheir extant quantitative knowledge in understanding behavioural financeissues) and initiative (eg searching relevant literature and information inpreparation of seminars and summative assignment)

    (S1) Teamwork

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) IT skills

    (S5) International awareness

    (S6) Lifelong learning skills

    (S7) Ethical awareness

  • Business Analytics and Big Data Management (EBUS305)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of what Business Analytics and Big Data are and to assess its relevance to business environments;
    2. Evaluate potential for use of Business Analytics and Big Data, tools and their potential to give positive insights into decision-making and business intelligence;
    3. Understand potential for new business opportunities and business models for adopting Business Analytics techniques and Big Data initiatives, and evaluate challenges associated with their implementation.
    4. Appreciate the legal and wider ethical issues involved in the gathering of personal information
    5. Understand types of solutions and applications used for Business Analytics and Big Data Management.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to understand what Business Analytics and Big Data are and to assess their relevance to business environments.

    (LO2) Students will be able to evaluate potential for use of Business Analytics and Big Data tools and analyse their output to business areas, such as Marketing and Operations.

    (LO3) Students will be able to apply new business opportunities and business models for adopting Business Analytics techniques and Big Data initiatives, and evaluate challenges associated with their implementation.

    (LO4) Students will be able to appreciate the legal and wider ethical issues involved in the gathering and evaluate the use of personal information associated with Big Data, such as from social media applications and internet websites.

    (LO5) Students will be able to apply some knowledge of systems and tools used for Business Analytics and Big Data Management.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) International awareness

    (S8) Lifelong learning skills

    (S9) Ethical awareness

  • 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

    (LO1) Demonstrate a critical awareness of the key components of contemporary human resource management (HRM) and their inter-relation;

    (LO2) Recognise the significance of leadership, ethical issues and corporate social responsibility (CSR), and employee commitment for effective people management and organisation effectiveness;

    (LO3) Recognise the need for strategic integration of HRM specialisms and functions with organisation strategy and objectives.

    (LO4) Critically evaluate the changing nature of the UK and international business environment and the HRM issues that result from this

    (LO5) 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

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) International awareness

    (S6) Ethical awareness

  • Corporate Governance (ACFI320)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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 based on UK regulation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) understand the need for corporate governance and the reasons for its continued development;

    (LO2) understand the key principles within corporate governance frameworks, with specific reference to the UK Corporate Governance Code;

    (LO3) be able to critically analyse and discuss the corporate governance arrangements for several types of organisation.

    (S1) Organisational skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) International awareness

    (S4) Lifelong learning skills

    (S5) Ethical awareness

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) A critical understanding of the theories, concepts and empirical work that constitute the field of critical management studies

    (LO2) A critical awareness of the multi-disciplinary aspects of management and the ability to critically analyse the activities of contemporary organizations

    (LO3) The ability to develop critical questions about organizations and the tools to carry out appropriate critical inquiry to pursue their resolution.

    (LO4) The ability to evaluate corporate activities with regard to their potentialconsequences for issues that are important from critical perspectives (such asequality, control, exploitation, and resistance)

    (LO5) The ability to craft and communicate arguments from different criticalperspectives

    (LO6) The ability to critically reflect on their own learning and envisage their futuremanagement practice critically

    (S1) Analytical skills

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Analytical writing skills

    (S5) International awareness

    (S6) Ethical awareness

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will develop knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, structure, composition and management of the events industry sector

    (LO2) Students will develop their skills in the selection, organisation, analysis and critical evaluation of events.

    (LO3) Students will be able to review and provide a critical analysis of event planning models

    (LO4) Students will enhance their understanding of marketing; management theories, human resources; financial management, planning and law, through the context of events’ management

    (LO5) In addition to subject-specific knowledge, students will develop the practical skills necessary to organise events, drawing on relevant academic theory.

    (S1) Problem-solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

  • The Price of Football (ACFI322)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) Students will be able to measure the value of a football club using appropriate valuation methods.

    (LO4) Students will be able to understand and apply football financial fair play rules, and the ethical responsibilities of clubs in adhering to these rules.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) IT skills

    (S6) International awareness

    (S7) Lifelong learning skills

    (S8) Ethical awareness

  • Global Strategic Management (MKIB351)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain resource-based and institutional approaches to international strategy

    (LO2) Students will be able to explain generic forms of growth and diversification

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain the principal forms of internal organisation and governance of multinational enterprises

    (LO4) Students will be able to explain the main forms of international entry and growth and when each is likely to be the preferred approach

    (LO5) 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

    (LO6) Students will be able to explain how competition evolves in international business and how multinational enterprises can maintain and upgrade their competitive strengths

    (LO7) Students will be able to explain the nature and form of strategic alliances and when these will be preferred to international mergers and acquisitions

    (LO8) Students will be able to explain the key ethical issues facing international businesses and apply appropriate frameworks for framing ethical behaviour.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem-solving skills

    (S3) Numeracy

    (S4) Commercial awareness

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Organisational skills

    (S7) Communication skills

    (S8) IT skills

    (S9) International awareness

    (S10) Lifelong learning skills

    (S11) Ethical awareness

  • Hrm Skills and Professional Practice (ULMS315)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module is designed to enable students to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by HR professionals. This includes the competencies needed by HR professionals in a personal capacity, when collaborating and working with others, and when functioning efficiently and effectively in an organisational context. It will enable students to assess their own strengths and identify a continuing professional development plan, based on the capabilities required for ethical, business-focused and interpersonal professional conduct.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to understand what is required to be an effective and efficient HR professional.

    (LO2) Students will be able to critically reflect on the rhetoric and reality of HRM in practice.

    (LO3) Students will be able to perform efficiently and effectively as an HR professional.

    (LO4) Students will be able to refine their professional HRM knowledge, skills and practice through reflective thinking.

    (LO5) Students will be able to apply CPD techniques to construct, implement and review a personal development plan.

    (LO6) Students will be able to know how to deliver clear, business-focused reports on an HR issue that demonstrate their commercial awareness, problem solving and communication skills.

    (S1) Flexible and Adaptable

    (S2) Problem Solving

    (S3) Commercial Awareness

    (S4) Ethical Awareness

    (S5) Communication Skills

    (S6) Reflective Thinking

    (S7) Connected

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain why countries gain from trade and what pattern of trade flows exist using the key concepts in international trade theory.

    (LO2) 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

    (LO3) Students will become familiar with key measures and data sources on international trade.

    (LO4) Students will be able to explain the effects of multilateral and regional trade agreements and institutions.  

    (LO5) 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

    (LO6) Students will understand how the key concepts of international trade are useful when analysing business decisions regarding internationalization and global production.

    (LO7) Students will understand which countries/groups will benefit or loose from trade and trade protection and what policies can help these groups.

    (S1) Problem-solving skills

    (S2) numeracy

    (S3) commercial Awareness

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) It skills

    (S6) International awareness

    (S7) Lifelong learning skills

    (S8) Ethical awareness

  • International Marketing (MKIB356)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module aims:

    to introduce students to the international environment for marketing;

    to build an appreciation of how they might go about building international activities;

    to introduce students to the concept of global marketing management;

    to develop an understanding of the key types of international transitions.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to identify and write critically and creatively about a case study focused on the major changes in international marketing environments, the ethical issues involved and their impact on the marketing activities of businesses.

    (LO2) Students will be able to identify and critically apply key international marketing theories and concepts to specific contexts

    (LO3) Students will be able to develop marketing strategies appropriate to industrialised, developing and/or less developed economies, and identify and explain the relevant sources of information and analysis necessary to support the appropriate strategy.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) IT skills

    (S6) International awareness

    (S7) Team work

    (S8) Ethical Awareness

  • Issues in Development Finance (ACFI317)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module will provide an advanced, albeit non-technical, critical understanding for students with a variety of academic backgrounds of the issues and developments in the area of finance for development. This will include, for example, the impact of overseas development assistance (foreign aid) and foreign direct investment upon development, the role played by the IMF and World Bank and recent developments in the areas of microfinance and Islamic Finance.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to understand the fundamental principles and concepts of finance and their application and relevance in the context of development and development finance.

    (LO2) Students will be able to develop a deeper understanding of the financial problems and constraints faced by individuals, households, firms and financial institutions in the context of developing countries.

    (LO3) Students will be able to critically evaluate the impact of different sources of finance such as foreign aid, FDI and microfinance.

    (LO4) Students will be able to critically evaluate financial issues in a clear international context.

    (LO5) Students will be able to develop a critical awareness of the ethical issues involved in financial decisions and topics covered in the module

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) IT skills

    (S3) International Awareness

    (S4) Ethical Awareness

  • 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

    (LO1) Students will be able to understand and apply the concepts of Activity Based Costing and other modern manufacturing techniques.

    (LO2) Students will be able to understand and apply the concept of relevant cash flows regarding various business decisions.

    (LO3) Students will be able to understand and apply the techniques utilised to effectively plan in the presence of limiting factors.

    (LO4) Students will be able to understand various approaches to budgeting and to apply quantitative methods used as part of the budgeting process.

    (LO5) Students will be able to understand the concept of standard costing and to perform the calculations and analysis necessary for basic variance analysis.

    (LO6) 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.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) International awareness

  • Marketing Strategy (MKIB363)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module examines the strategic dimensions of marketing, the interface between marketing activity, corporate strategies and tactics and the inter-relationship between marketing activity and other functional areas of business. The aims of this module are to provide students with the following:

    A critical understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the strategic processes around marketing activity;

    Awareness and understanding of the strategic significance of marketing;

    An appreciation of the way that marketing integrates with other aspects of the business model;

    The conceptual and practical tools and models to undertake an internal and external marketing audit and analysis;

    The conceptual underpinnings and awareness to develop practical marketing plans;

    An understanding of the impact of ICT and e-commerce on marketing strategy;

    An understanding of the corporate and tactical impact of communications on the marketing process;

    To develop a sound theoretical and practical understanding of processes of marketing strategy formulation, implementation and control;

    An understanding of the barriers that exist to effective implementation of marketing strategy.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to understand and critically appraise a wide variety of strategic marketing concepts and models.

    (LO2) Students will be able to compare, contrast and evaluate the strategic options open to organisations in an international context.

    (LO3) 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.

    (LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate the importance of organisations having an ethical awareness within their marketing strategies.

    (LO5) Students will be able to conduct and evaluate a marketing audit, and prepare effective and efficient marketing plans.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) International awareness

    (S8) Lifelong learning skills

    (S9) Ethical awareness

  • Project Management (EBUS308)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Introduce students to the role of project management in organisations;
    Introduce students to a toolkit to apply project-based problem solving to strategic projects within an organisation;  
    Develop student competence to control and monitor project performance related activities within organisations.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) At the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the theories/concepts associated with project management.

    (LO2) At the end of this module students should be able to assess and evaluate projects utilising project-based tools and techniques.

    (LO3) At the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate the ability to independently structure organisational projects.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) IT skills

  • Psychological Approaches to Decision-making (ULMS351)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the main terms used within the psychology of decision-making

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) 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.

    (LO4) 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.

    (LO5) 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.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem-solving skills

    (S3) Numeracy

    (S4) Commercial awareness

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Organisational skills

    (S7) Communication skills

    (S8) IT skills

    (S9) International awareness

    (S10) Lifelong learning skills

    (S11) Ethical awareness

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate an understanding of the different explanations and structures of social enterprise.

    (LO2) To critically review the policy, legal and financial environment in which social enterprises operate.

    (LO3) To evaluate the utility of the social enterprise model drawing on applying theory to real case studies.

    (LO4) To identify problems and offer viable solutions.

    (LO5) To improve communication skills and present ideas in a coherent concise and structured way.

    (S1) Develop empathy with responses to address social problems

    (S2) Financial and managerial aspects of enterprise management

    (S3) Research skills

    (S4) Analytical skills

    (S5) Problem solving skills

    (S6) Working as part of a team

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management (EBUS306)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The management of sustainable 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. Modern day supply chain management also has a focus on sustainability, as the supply chain is a key area when improvements can be made. The module provides the student with comprehensive understanding of key principles and techniques of sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) 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 sustainability logistics, information management, inventory management, partnerships and information technology.

    The aims are to enable the student to:

    understand the principles and role of SCM in organisations;

    understand the nature and importance of inter-relationships within the supply chain;

    understand the role of supply chain management in improving the sustainability of business, using real-world examples.

    understand and apply a range of tools and techniques relevant to the optimisation of supply chains.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to define and document a supply chain operation

    (LO2) Students will be able to analyse and evaluate the performance of the supply chain.

    (LO3) Students will be able to apply supply chain optimisation tools and techniques in a range of situations.

    (LO4) Students will be able to understand the role of supply chain management in improving the sustainability of business, using real-world examples.

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) International awareness

  • The Digital Business (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 Outcomes

    (LO1) To understand the basics of business strategy;

    (LO2) To understand the capabilities and therefore business capabilities and therefore business strategies enabled by the Internet;

    (LO3) To be able to analyse, understand and constructively criticise an existing e-business strategy;

    (LO4) To be able to formulate an e-business strategy to help in addressing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by a business;

    (LO5) To have well founded views on the future development of e-business models.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) Lifelong learning skills

  • The Football Business (ULMS370)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims:
    to enhance students’ understanding and knowledge of the key issues surrounding the contemporary football business and associated industries.
    to encourages students to apply their knowledge of economics, business and management to the football industry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the key issues surrounding the contemporary football business and associated industries;

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate an ability to apply business and management concepts to the football industry;

    (LO3) Students will develop their abilities to analyse critically, synthesise ideas and write reports and opinions.

    (S1) Problem-solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Team-work

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Communication skills

    (S7) IT skills

    (S8) International awareness

    (S9) Lifelong learning skills

    (S10) Ethical awareness

  • 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

    (LO1) Define and analyse the nature of contemporary tourism demand

    (LO2) Understand factors influencing the tourist experience

    (LO3) Understand the structure, management and organisation of the Tourism Industry

    (LO4) Understand the role of tourism in the economic development of a country

    (LO5) Appraise the practical implications of the wider impacts of tourism including, environmental, social and cultural impacts

    (LO6) Identify a range of issues, current and future, facing the Tourism Industry

    (S1) Problem-solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) International awareness

    (S5) Lifelong learning skills

    (S6) Ethical awareness

  • 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) Students will be able to comment critically on the organisation’s structures and policies.

    (LO4) 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).

    (LO5) 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.

    (LO6) 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.

    (LO7) 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.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Communication skills

    (S7) Lifelong learning skills

  • Fundraising Management (ULMS330)
    Level3
    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

    (LO1) Students will be able to develop an appreciation of the not-for-profit sector in the United Kingdom.

    (LO2) Students will be able to increase their ability to relate academic theory to the work environment.

    (LO3) Students will be able to develop work-related skills including: bid writing, event organisation, volunteer management and strategies for funding

    (LO4) Students will be able to develop an ability to critically reflect on the development of a fundraising strategy.

    (LO5) Students will be able to enhance career opportunities within the non-for-profit sector.

    (LO6) Students will be able to develop an ability to research not-for-profit bodies and potential sources of funding.

    (LO7) Students will be able to prepare and write reports (e.g. event proposal, bid to a trust) to raise monies for a not-for-profit body.

    (S1) An Excellent Communicator

    (S2) Evaluation

    (S3) Research

    (S4) Commercially Aware

    (S5) Relate theory to work environment

    (S6) Bid Writing

    (S7) Managing Volunteers

    (S8) Strategic Planning