International Business BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China
  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: N120
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 with no score less than 4 / BTEC : D*D*D

Module details

Programme Year One

The first year aims to introduce you to both the fundamentals of management studies and the basic concepts and skills necessary for a broad understanding of the international business environment. In your second semester you will visit a continental European city to experience first-hand another country’s economy for the module Global Capitalist Systems.

Upon successful completion of your first year, you will be able to understand concepts relevant to International Business and the differences between the business systems of the world’s leading economies. With the ability to understand and interpret introductory qualitative and quantitative techniques you’ll be able to communicate research findings in the area of International Business. You’ll also develop your employability skills and attributes.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • 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 weighting0:100
    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 OutcomesStudents will be able to identify relevant characteristics of organisations in terms of structure​Students will be able to consider the nature of differences between individuals and the 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 to distinguish between management and leadership functions in organisations

    ​Students will be able to examine the role and functions of groups and teams in organisations 

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Global Capitalist Systems (MKIB160)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students to the economic and business development of the major industrialised nations since 1945 and the more recent rise of emerging economies.  Different explanations of national competitiveness  will be outlined and the concept of ''varieties of capitalism'' is explained and applied in the assessed work.  Economic and business performance is discussed from several viewpoints - that of nations, cities, multinational and domestic firms.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Be able to explain the main trends in development of the economies of major industrialised countries since 1945.

    ​Be able to explain the rise of a selection of emerging economies.

    Be able to assess the major explanations offered for differing economic and business performance using varieties of capitalism.

    ​Be able to understand different geographical scales of economic activity and the role played by global financial institutions in global captialist systems.

    ​Students will also use peer marking to review each other''s work and increase their capacity for independent research.

  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance (non-specialist) (ACFI107)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    1. A framework to allow understanding of the structure and contents of the key financial statements of business organisations;
    2. ​An understanding of the basic principles of financial accounting;
    3. An understanding of the basic techniques of preparation of such statements;
    4. The ability to analyse firm performance and position using financial ratios;
    5. An understanding of basic costing techniques in order to facilitate managerial decision-making;
    6. Comprehension of the role and structure of budgets in an organisation;
    7. ​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 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


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

Year One Optional Modules

  • 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

  • Advanced French 5 (FREN105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To consolidate skills acquired during the period of ‘A’ level tuition in secondary school, in particular the knowledge of grammar and the written and oral practice of the French language;

    Will introduce students to different registers of French: standard, informal, argotique,  encourage the production of accurate, authentic and fluent French, both written and spoken, in different formats;

    (Re)familiarise students with important cultural and historical references as part of a wider appreciation of the French language, develop students’ active and passive vocabulary;

    To enhance their competence in listening in the target language and will encourage students to take charge of their own language learning and to use the available resources for improving their command of the target language.

    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of the target language.

    Understand and improve knowledge and manipulation of the variety of registers in the target language.

    Improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the target language and their knowledge of basic grammar.

    Understand important cultural and historical references pertinent to French culture and demonstrate a knowledge of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    Express themselves more fluently and accurately, and communicate more effectively in the target language.

    Improve their listening and comprehension skills of authentic and more complex audio clips and videos.

    Improve their understanding of how to assess strengths and weaknesses and apply learning strategies to improve performance.

  • Beginners' German 1+2 (GRMN112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Provide students with basic competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking German;

    ​Provide students with a sound understanding of the basic structures of German grammar;

    ​Develop students'' language learning strategy use and a reflective approach towards language learning;

    ​Explore aspects of contemporary German, Austrian and Swiss culture through the medium of German.

    Learning Outcomes

    Apply basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    ​Communicate in the target language in everyday contexts and basic formal and informal registers.

    ​Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of the target language.

    ​Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.​

    ​Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.​

  • Advanced German 5 (GRMN105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    ​To introduce students to authentic newspapers and thus provide students with good competence in reading longer texts;

    ​To provide students with a sound understanding of the German grammar;To develop students'' language learning strategy and use reflective approach towards language learning;To provide students with skills in a variety of genres;To provide facilities for enhancing and improving listening skills of authentic and graded material.​
    Learning Outcomes

    Ability to use authentic online resources to find, read and understand authentic texts.

    Ability to use correct grammar on a higher level.

    Ability to study independently and to use language learning techniques independently and thus manage time.

    Ability to produce short texts in ​various genres such as an e-mail, blog and a text for tourism purposes.

    Ability to understand a greater variety of audio and video texts of various lengths, and also practice listening skills in their own time.​

  • Beginners Spanish 1+2 (SPAN112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To introduce and consolidate the use of Spanish grammar in a variety of different contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture;

    To develop and consolidate listening comprehension skills in Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers;

    To communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will demonstrate understanding of Spanish grammar in different contexts. 

    ​Students will demonstrate an understanding of the different Spanish-speaking cultures.

    ​Students will demonstrate speaking skills in a variety of contexts and registers.

  • Advanced Spanish 5 (SPAN105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide a stimulating learning environment in which students develop their linguistic skills in Spanish;

    To enable students to understand both written and spoken Spanish and analyse the linguistic nature of Spanish;

    To enhance and develop the oral and listening practical skills;

    To assist the students in speaking Spanish accurately and fluently.​

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to consolidate and extend their existing knowledge and ability to use the Spanish language by developing all skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and interacting.​

    Students will develop their translation and written skills and be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the structures, lexicon and registers of Spanish.​​

    Students will improve their listening and speaking skills in order to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and using the appropriate registers in a more complex or professional environments.​​

  • Beginners Catalan 1+2 (CATL112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    ​Provide students with a sound understanding of the basic structures of Catalan grammar;

    Develop all the skills necessary to begin to communicate confidently in spoken and written Catalan;  Explore aspects of contemporary Catalan culture through the medium of Catalan; Enable students to develop useful language learning strategies and a reflective approach; Develop students'' ability to work collaboratively and independently.
    Learning Outcomes

    Communicate in the target language in everyday contexts and basic informal registers.​

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures.​

    Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.​

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.​

  • Beginners Chinese 1+2 (CHIN112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide students with competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking Chinese at basic level;

    To guide students to explore aspects of Chinese customs, etiquette and culture through the study of its language.

    Learning Outcomes

    Graspthe Chinese phonetics (pinyin): initials & finals; four tones;spelling rules.

    Beable to read approximately 100 Chinese characters, phrases and sentences.

    Knowhow to write the basic characters with the right order of strokes and radicals.

    ​Know the basics of Chinesegrammar

    ​Be able to make basicconversation in Chinese.

    ​Demonstrate basicknowledge and understanding of Chinese culture.

  • Advanced French 6 (FREN106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To consolidate both the skills acquired during the period of ‘A’ level tuition in secondary school, in particular grammar and written and oral French language practice, and the skills acquired in FREN105;

    To introduce students to different registers of French: standard, informal, argotique;

    To encourage the production of accurate, authentic and fluent French, both written and spoken, in different formats;

    To (re)familiarise students with important cultural and historical references as part of a wider appreciation of the French language;

    To continue developing students'' active and passive vocabulary;

    To provide students with enhanced competence in listening in the target language;

    To encourage students to take charge of their own language learning and to use the available resources for improving their command of the target language.

    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of the target language.

    Understand and improve knowledge and manipulation of the variety of registers in the target language.

    Improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the target language and their knowledge of basic grammar. ​

    Understand important cultural and historical references pertinent to French culture and demonstrate a knowledge of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language. ​

    Express themselves more fluently and accurately, and communicate more effectively in the target language.

    Improve their listening and comprehension skills of authentic and more complex audio clips and videos. ​

    Improve their understanding of how to assess strengths and weaknesses and apply learning strategies to improve performance.

  • Intermediate German 3+4 (GRMN134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    ​Provide students with preliminary competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking German;

    Provide students with an understanding of intermediate structures of German grammar.;Further develop students'''' language learning strategy use and a reflective approach towards language learning;​Explore aspects of contemporary German, Austrian and Swiss culture through the medium of German.​
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Consolidate existing listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    ​Communicate effectively in the target language in a some variety of contexts and registers.
    ​Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of the target language.
    ​Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

     

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the countries in which the target language is spoken.
  • Advanced German 6 (GRMN106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    ​To provide students with good competence in reading including a novel in German or business related material;

    To develop further skills in grammar building on semester one grammar topics;To help achieve a good level in oral expression;To write in a variety of genres;To improve listening to both authentic and graded materials even further.​
    Learning Outcomes

    Ability to feel confident reading larger texts including novels and specific language, such as business German.

    Ability to build on grammar skills and practice also the future tense, comparative, superlative, modal verbs etc.

    Apply oral skills in class and in the reading or business project.

    Apply genres such as writing a story, a letter to the editor, a portrait of a famous person and a summary.

    Confidence in listening to longer audios and videos.

  • Intermediate Spanish 3+4 (SPAN134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To consolidate the student''s knowledge of Spanish grammar in a variety of different contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture;

    To develop and consolidate listening comprehension skills in Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers;

    To develop socio-cultural awareness about Spanish-speaking countries;

    To communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students will communicate in writing in Spanish in a variety of contexts for description and giving information.

    Students will demonstrate understanding and appreciation of the cultural values of the Spanish-speaking world.

    To communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture.​

  • Advanced Spanish 6 (SPAN106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    ​To provide a stimulating learning environment in which students develop their linguistic skills in Spanish;

    To enable students to understand both written and spoken Spanish and analyse the linguistic nature of Spanish;

    To enhance and develop the oral and listening practical skills;

     To assist the students in speaking Spanish accurately and fluently.​

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to consolidate and extend their existing knowledge and ability to use the Spanish language by developing all skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and interacting.​

    Students will develop their translation and written skills to demonstrate a deep understanding of the structures, lexicon and registers of Spanish​.

    Students will improve their listening and speaking skills in order to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and using the appropriate registers in a more complex or professional environments​.

  • Intermediate Catalan 3+4 (CATL134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Provide students with basic competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking Catalan;

    Provide students with a sound understanding of the basic structures of Catalan grammar;

    Develop student''s language learning strategy use and a reflective approach towards language learning;

    Explore aspects of contemporary Catalan culture through the medium of Catalan.

    Learning Outcomes

    Apply basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of the target language.

    Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistics contexts of the country of the target language.

  • Intermediate Chinese 3+4 (CHIN134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide students with competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking Chinese at post-basic level;

    To guide students to explore aspects of Chinese customs, etiquette and culture through the study of its language.

    Learning Outcomes

    Be able to write approximately 250 Chinese characters and read short passages of Chinese.

    Demonstrate post-basic knowledge of the Chinese grammar.

    Be able to hold short conversations on various topics.

    Demonstrate post-basic knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture.

Programme Year Two

In your second year of study, you will continue to be familiarised with the main management functional areas and extend your knowledge of international business as well as exploring entrepreneurship and innovation. Those choosing the language pathway can continue with their chosen language modules.

Upon successful completion of your second year, you will be able to further understand concepts relevant to International Business and International Management and interpret and analyse introductory statistical techniques appropriate to understanding international commerce. You will also be able demonstrate the link between entrepreneurship, innovation and business creation from start-ups right up to large multinational organisations

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Theory of the Firm (ECON254)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    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 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

  • 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

  • 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

Year Two Optional Modules

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 objectives of the employment relationship in contemporary organisations, and the factors that impact upon it.

  • 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

  • Organisational Structures and Design (ULMS250)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    • To provide students with knowledge of the fundamental processes which make up a typical business
    • To explore the interactions between the problems and decisions faced by these functions and build awareness of the complexity of business activities
    Learning Outcomes
    • To understand why businesses are divided into specialist functions
    • To be aware of the roles that each function plays within the business
    • To appreciate the interface and synergies required between each function
    • To utilise business knowledge and skills to investigate a business issue or problem
  • Leadership and Performance Management (ULMS266)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    AimsThis 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

    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’

    ​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

    ​Compare and contrast a range of theoretical perspectives concerning Leadership and Performance Management​

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

      The ability to undertake independent scholarly work, albeit in an assisted manner.

      The ability to communicate knowledge, ideas and analysis clearly and concisely in both written and oral form.

      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.

      ​The ability to function effectively and cooperatively in group work

    1. Advanced French 7 (FREN207)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      AimsTo provide students with enhanced competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking in French, building on the skills acquired in the year one language modules; To provide students with a greater understanding of the grammar, syntax and idioms of French; To prepare students for their period of study in France, focusing on the world of work and applying for internships in a French speaking country; To explore aspects of French culture, topical issues and changes affecting French society; To increase students'' confidence in the manipulation of language; To develop translation and interpreting skills; To develop students'' language learning strategy use and a reflective approach towards language learning.
      Learning Outcomes

      At the end of this module students should be able to improve their language skills and be able to cope with longer, more difficult texts and videos, express themselves more fluently and accurately in French.

      Apply the rules of syntax and grammar in their written work, using a wider range of lexis and idioms.

      Produce a CV and supporting statement; communicate effectively during an interview.

      Identify some of the changes affecting French society, discuss topical issues and identify cultural differences.

      Select important information from a document and reformulate the main ideas in a summary.

      ​Demonstrate an understanding of the structures, lexis, registers of the target language and translate them into English.

      Assess strengths and weaknesses and apply learning strategies to improve performance.

    2. Advanced German 5+6 (GRMN256)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      ​Provide students with grammar knowledge and good competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking required for a B1.1 standard;

      Provide students with cultural aspects and awareness of Austria and Switzerland​; Provide students with academic writing skills.​
      Learning Outcomes

      Apply good listening, speaking, writing and reading skills to B1.1 standard.

      ​Good use of grammar

      Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of​ Austria and Switzerland.

    3. Advanced German 7 (GRMN207)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      AimsThis module aims to assist students in developing their skills in written and spoken German to an advanced level, also in a work context, and practice listening skills and read extensive texts in German.
      Learning Outcomes

      Ability to apply high standard grammar in written and spoken German.

      Ability to apply basic skills in translation techniques

      Ability to apply research skills​​

      Ability to apply work-related German language skills​

    4. Advanced Spanish 5+6 (SPAN256)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      To consolidate the student''s knowledge of Spanish grammar in a variety of different contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture;

      To develop and consolidate listening comprehension skills in Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers;

      To communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers.

      Learning Outcomes

      At end of the module students will have improved the four linguistic skills in Spanish which will equip them to successfully pass to the next level.

      Students will be able to translate texts from Spanish into English from a variety of socio-cultural and literary texts.

       To communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture ​

    5. Advanced Spanish 7 (SPAN207)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      ​To provide a stimulating learning environment in which students develop their linguistic skills in spanish;

      To enable students to understand both written and spoken spanish and analyse the linguistic nature of spanish;

      To enhance and develop the oral and listening practical skills;

      To assist the students in speaking Spanish accurately and fluently.

      Learning OutcomesUpon completion of the module, students will have consolidated and extended their existing knowledge and ability to use the Spanish language and will have developed all skills - speaking, listening, reading, writing and interacting.

      Upon completion of the module, students will have developed their translation and written skills and will be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the structures, lexicon and registers of Spanish.

      ​Upon completion of the module, students will have improved their listening and speaking skills in order to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and using the appropriate registers in more complex or professional environments.

    6. Advanced Catalan 5+6 (CATL256)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      Provide students with a greater proficiency in written Catalan;

      Develop all the skills necessary to communicate fluently and confidently in spoken Catalan;

      Enable students to develop useful language learning strategies and a reflective approach;

      Explore aspects of contemporary Catalan culture. ​

      Learning Outcomes

      Apply intermediate listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

      Communicate in good Catalan on a wide range of topics.

      Understand any kind of Catalan text other than those demanding some kind of specialised knowledge.

      Express themselves in writing at the same level with complete orthographical and morphological correctness and adequate syntactical sophistication.

    7. Advanced Chinese 5+6 (CHIN256)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To develop receptive skillsin reading and listening as well as productive skills in writing and speakingat pre-intermediate level;

      ​Todeepen understanding and appreciation of Chinese society, culture and customs.

      Learning Outcomes

      Beable to write approximately 500 Chinese characters andread articles at pre-intermediate level.


      ​Demonstrate knowledge of Chinese grammar at pre-intermediate level

      Be able to make conversation at some length on a variety of topics.

      Demonstrate deeper understanding and appreciation of Chinese society, culture and customs.

    8. Advanced French 8 (FREN208)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      To provide students with enhanced competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking in French, building on the skills acquired in the year two, first semester language module;

      To provide students with a greater understanding of the grammar, syntax and idioms of French;

      To gain confidence when dealing with practical situations during their year abroad; To explore aspects of the French Education systems, French culture, topical issues andchanges affecting French society; To further increase students'' confidence in the manipulation of language; To develop further translation and interpreting skills; To provide students with basic research skills in the target language; To give students'' an understanding of different registers and dialects of French; To develop students'' language learning strategy use and a reflective approachtowards language learning
      Learning Outcomes

      Atthe end of this module students should be able to improve their language skills and be able to cope with longer, more difficult texts and videos, express themselves more fluently and accurately in French.

       

      ​Apply the rules of syntax and grammar in their written work, using a wider range of lexis and idioms.

      Identify the differences between France and Britain in relation to accommodation, banking system, health system, transports, administration

      Understand the French Education system and the issues affecting secondary and higher education in France.

      Select important information in a document and reformulate the main ideas in a report.

      Demonstrate an understanding of the structures, lexis, registers of the target language and apply the understanding when translating in and out of French.

      Apply research skills and produce well structured essays and presentations.

       

      Recognise the various registers of French, use them in appropriate situations. Identify different dialects of French.

    9. Advanced German 7+8 (GRMN278)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      ​To provide students developing their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking German to a foundational level;

      To provide information about Germany and their year abroad;To develop students'' reading skills;To develop students'' presentation skills;To develop students'' German grammar, vocabulary and general language skills.
      Learning Outcomes

      Students will demonstrate the ability to apply good skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

      Ability to apply knowledge on German speaking countries.

      Ability to apply presentation skills​

      Ability to apply correct use of grammar​ and vocabulary

      Ability to apply translation skills

    10. Advanced German 8 (GRMN208)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      AimsThis module aims to assist students in developing their skills in written and spoken German and practice listening skills and read extensive texts in German.
      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should expect to have improved their ability to read extended texts in everyday German (such as newspaper articles) with a high degree of comprehension, to recognise and deploy a wide range of syntactical strategies current in everyday German, to make accurate use of relatively advanced grammatical constructions to produce longer pieces of discursive writing in German in different genres (essay, formal letter, business letter, formal e-mail).

      Demonstrate confidence in dealing with situations during their year abroad.

      Ability to demonstrate knowledge of German (Landeskunde) and of some of the social issues of current concern in the German, Swiss and Austrian societies.

      Demonstrate a general awareness of translation issues in addition to using translation as a language exercise to improve text comprehension, grammar and vocabulary in context.

      Ability to perform basic interpreting tasks.

      ​To be able to apply business-related language and be prepared for the year abroad. ​

    11. Advanced Spanish 7+8 (SPAN278)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      To consolidate the student''s knowledge of Spanish grammar in a variety of different contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture;

      To develop and consolidate listening comprehension skills in Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers;To communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers.​
      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students will have markedly improved their linguistic skills in Spanish speaking, listening, understanding, reading, writing and translating, which will equip them for a successful next year spent abroad.

      Students will be able to translate texts from English into Spanish from a variety of socio-cultural and literary texts.

      To communicate effectively in oral Spanish in a variety of different contexts and registers and to explore aspects of contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Spanish language and culture.​

    12. Advanced Spanish 8 (SPAN208)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      ​To provide a stimulating learning environment in which students develop their linguistic skills in Spanish.

       

      To enable students to understand both written and spoken Spanish and to analyse the linguistic nature of Spanish.

       

      To enhance and develop the oral and listening practical skills.

       

      To assist the students in speaking Spanish accurately and fluently.

      Learning Outcomes

      Upon completion of the module, students will have consolidated and extended their existing knowledge and ability to use the Spanish language and will have developed  all skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and interacting.

      Upon completion of the module, students will have developed their translation and written skills and will be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the structures, lexicon and registers of Spanish.​

      ​Upon completion of the module, students will have improved their listening and speaking skills in order to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and using the appropriate registers in more complex or professional environments.​ ​​

    13. Advanced Catalan 7+8 (CATL278)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      ​Achieve greater proficiency in written and speaking Catalan;

      Provide students with a range of written, oral and comprehension exercises;Enable students to develop useful language learning strategies and a reflective approach;Explore aspects of contemporary Catalan culture and literature.​
      Learning Outcomes

      Maintain a good conversation in good Catalan on a wide range of topics.

      Understand any kind of Catalan text other than those demanding some kind of specialised knowledge.

      Express themselves in writing at the same level with complete orthographical and morphological correctness and adequate syntactical sophistication.

      Apply high intermediate listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    14. Advanced Chinese 7+8 (CHIN278)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To further develop receptive skills in reading and listening as well as productive skills in writing and speaking at pre-intermediate level;

      To further deepen understanding and appreciation of Chinese society, culture and customs.

      Learning Outcomes

      Be able to write approximately 750 Chinesecharacters and read articles at pre-intermediate level.


      Be able to master approximately 200 patterns of key sentence structure, demonstrate deeper knowledge of Chinese grammar at pre-intermediate level

    15. Be able to make conversations about daily life on a variety of topics.

      Demonstrate deeper understanding and appreciation of Chinese society, culture and customs.

    Programme Year Three

    Your final year will consolidate your knowledge and understanding through a much greater opportunity for personal study and research, as well as study modules that probe more deeply into contemporary issues in global business. With more optional modules to choose from you are able to pursue areas of study of particular interest to you and your future career plans.

    Upon successful completion of your final year, you will have developed a sound understanding and knowledge of management theory and practice as well as the functional elements of international business and management. You’ll develop a knowledge of the global economic environment and the main ethical problems facing international organisations. You will also develop your strategic thinking and the ability to critique critical issues in international business.

    Year Three Compulsory Modules

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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

      • 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.

      • Independent Study Module (international Business) (MKIB335)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        1. To give students the opportunity to study a subject of their choosing related to their specialist area of study;

        2. To develop an expertise over that subject area;

        3. To develop techniques which will improve research skills in problem definition, information collection, analysis, synthesis and reasoned argument;

        4. To develop individual initiative and judgement.

        5. To develop writing and other communication skills.

        Learning Outcomes

        To design and undertake an individual research project with supervision.

        To defend the research proposal using oral and written communication skills.

        ​To present a logical, critical and sustained argument in the final submission.

      • 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

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • Issues in Development Finance (ECON307)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
        Aims

        This module aims to give students the theoretical foundations to understand and critically evaluate recent developments in the areas of microcredit, relationship of finance and growth, overseas development assistance, foreign direct investment and Islamic Finance.  The module provides students with ample opportunities to engage with the current empirical literature focused on these areas and seeks to enable students to apply theoretical concepts to real problems in these areas.

        Learning Outcomes

        Students will be able to understand the fundamental principles andconcepts of finance and their application and relevance in the context ofdevelopment and development finance​.

        ​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.

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

        ​Students will be able to critically evaluate financial issues in a clear international context.

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

      • 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.

      • Independent Study Module (international Business) (MKIB336)
        LevelQ6
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        1. To give students the opportunity to study a subject of their choosing related to their specialist area of study;

        2. To develop an expertise over that subject area;

        3. To develop techniques which will improve research skills in problem definition, information collection, analysis, synthesis and reasoned argument;

        4. To develop individual initiative and judgement.

        5. To develop writing and other communication skills.

        Learning Outcomes

        To design and undertake an individual research project with supervision.

        ​To defend the research proposal using oral and written communication skills.

        ​To present a logical, critical and sustained argument in the final submission.

      • 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. ​

      • 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 weighting50:50
        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 an international context.

        ​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 demonstrate the importance of organisations having an ethical awareness within their marketing strategies.

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

      • 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

      • 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

        ​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 to attract 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

      • 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.

      • Social Enterprise (MKIB301)
        Level3
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims
        1. ​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.

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

        3. 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.​

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

        5. ​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.

      • 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 to the students 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

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

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

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

        ​Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate the outcome of their research effectively.  

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

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

      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 our PC suites.

      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 (see individual module details above). As well as individual assignments and exams, you may also be assessed on group reports and presentations.