International Business BA (Hons)

Key information


The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

Since 1911 the two Liverbirds (Bertie and Bella) have looked over Liverpool with Bella looking out to sea (our Prosperity) and Bertie over the city (our people). They are both our inspiration for the design of the BA International Business programme.

Like Bella, the curriculum is designed to help you look internationally and:

  • Navigate through the complexity of the international business environment
  • Identify and take advantage of opportunities (prosperity)
  • Identify the dangers and challenges of international business
  • Take calculated risks when operating at home and abroad
  • Instil a mind-set of international awareness.

Like Bertie, the curriculum also incorporates a local perspective to help you:

  • Understand the benefits and challenges of globalisation for local communities
  • Inspire local communities to experience the benefits of globalisation
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the main ethical problems facing international business organisations
  • Understand and critique critical issues in international business.

Looking towards your future, our graduates successfully go on to find careers in multinational organisations such as Amazon, Santander, Mars, PwC, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Vodafone Group, Deutsche Bank. Google, Budweiser Brewing Group, the Hut Group, and Bank of New York, as well as that our graduates find jobs in policy making organisations.

Links with Professional Bodies

With excellent teaching and quality content the programme is accredited by the Institute of Export (IOE) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Exemptions from various examination papers are available upon successful completion of certain modules.

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

 
"What I love most is my teachers and the class atmosphere. For the classroom atmosphere, the teachers encourage us to share opinions freely. Students from all over the world have given me the opportunity to discuss and collaborate with people from different culture backgrounds."
 
Xu Chenchen, International Business (Year 2)

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

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Programme Year Two

In your second year of study, you will continue to be familiarised with the main management functional areas and extend your knowledge of international business as well as exploring entrepreneurship and innovation.

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

  • Advanced Academic and Professional Skills for International Business (MKIB216)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module has the following aims:  
    Introduce students to Business Philosophy and Ethics  
    Teach students how to gather and interpret a range of macro-economic and firm-level data  
    Encourage students to think critically about data
    To develop in-depth understanding of software used in the workplace
    To develop a self-awareness of their skills and career-readiness

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to use Bloomberg Terminals

    (LO2) Students will be able to write a Report

    (LO3) Students will be able to use macro-economic and firm level quantitative data

    (LO4) Students will be able to critically evaluate macro and firm level data.

    (LO5) Students will develop a self-awareness of their skills and career-readiness

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2) IT skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) Lifelong learning skills

    (S6) International awareness

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

    (S1) International awareness

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills

    (S3) Ethical awareness

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand in some depth alternative theoretical perspectives associated with international development;

    (LO2) Describe and critically assess major economic and social issues that persist indeveloping world;

    (LO3) Suggest remedies and define obstacles associated with international development;

    (LO4) Critique remedies and policies using some of the contrasting viewpointsassociated with development studies;

    (LO5) Improve students' citation and referencing skills;

    (LO6) Show an awareness of the relationships between economic and policy concepts and actual policies;

    (LO7) Critically assess the role of international trade strategy and regional trade blocks in the development process;

    (LO8) Critically assess the international role of the Global Governance Institutions;

    (LO9) Understand other issues central to international development

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Communication skills

    (S7) IT skills

    (S8) International awareness

    (S9) Lifelong learning skills

    (S10) Ethical awareness

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Problem Solving Skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Commercial Awareness

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Communication skills

    (S7) IT skills

    (S8) International Awareness

    (S9) Ethical Awareness

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

    (LO4) Evaluate the reasons for the success and failure of MNEs including an understanding of the problems that may arise between foreign MNEs and host governments

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

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) International awareness

    (S7) Lifelong learning skills

    (S8) Ethical awareness

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

    (LO4) Explain and evaluate alternative theories of firm behaviour

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

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) communication skills

    (S5) IT skills

    (S6) international awareness

    (S7) Ethical awareness

Year Two Optional Modules

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

    (LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the issues related to gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion and belief, and sexual orientation in the workplace.

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

    (LO6) Students will be able to reflect on their own diversity in terms of the topics covered on the module and demonstrate how this might influence their interactions with others.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) International awareness

    (S8) Lifelong learning skills

    (S9) Ethical awareness

  • European Union and Business (MKIB250)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    1. to give students an understanding of the working of the development of the EU and the implications for business.
    2. to give students an understanding of working of EU institutions and the implications for business.
    3. to give students an understanding of EU business policies.
    4. to give students an understanding of UK's membership of the EU, Brexit and the business perspective.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to understand the operation of EU institutions and their impact on the business environment

    (LO2) Students will be able to understand the impact of key EU policies on the business environment

    (LO3) Students will be able to understand all sides in contemporary political debates related to EU institutions

    (LO4) Students will be able to understand the impact of EU policies on specific industries

    (S1) Commercial awareness

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) International awareness

    (S6) Ethical awareness

  • Government and Business (ULMS205)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An understanding of the relationship between government and business

    (LO2) An understanding of government regulation of business

    (LO3) An understanding of government support for business

    (LO4) An understanding of the role of business in the governing process.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) International awareness

    (S6) Lifelong learning skills

    (S7) Ethical awareness

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Organisational skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) International awareness

    (S5) Lifelong learning skills

    (S6) Ethical awareness

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

    This module aims to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role,value and function of innovation and entrepreneurship (internal and external) ina global business and management context.

    (LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the main themes, key current issues and problems associated with innovation in public, private and international business/management environments.

    (LO3) Students will be able to apply and integrate core theory to the business environment (in both local and international contexts) and specifically to the pressure for responding to expectations for innovation and entrepreneurship in all organisations.

    (LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to undertake independent research, acquire and analyse data and information, evaluate their relevance and validity, synthesise a range of information and evaluate decisions and priorities in complex situations.

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

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

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) International awareness

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Organisational skills

    (S7) Communication skills

    (S8) Ethical awareness

  • International Business Law (MKIB240)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    We seek through this module to engage with our students and introduce them to what will be, for the majority, the unfamiliar context of law and regulation, as it impacts on business at both the local national, but more significantly and in particular, the transnational level. The ultimate aim is to instil in students a degree of comfort and confidence, in accessing and considering the legal implications of conducting business on a transnational basis, encouraging the students in developing their identities as global citizens, with an emphasis on and an exploration of, the social impact of cross border corporate business behaviour, issues of justice and fairness inherent within this. In this way, we will encourage and help our students to develop an insightful, critical and responsible approach to their future participation in, and contribution to, a global and an inter- connected economy.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to develop knowledge of a number of selected issues in international business law, enable students to begin to evaluate the scope and the ways in which business is regulated in a global economy, and consider also the ethical considerations inherent within this.

    (LO2) Students will be able to gain an understanding of transnational consumer law, encompassing product liability, through an analysis of tort and contract law.

    (LO3) Students will be able to critically consider the law that governs international contractual relations conducted and concluded electronically across borders and over distances.

    (LO4) Students will be able to consider and analyse the ways in which international business law seeks to align and enforce national intellectual property protection mechanisms.

    (LO5) Students will be able to consider and critically analyse how the law seeks to regulate international corporate behaviour and corporate culture in the context of a global and inter-connected economy with a focus on larger listed public companies

    (S1) Flexible and adaptable learning

    (S2) International awareness

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Legal awareness

    (S5) Ethical Awareness

    (S6) Problem Solving Skills

    (S7) Organised and Able to Work Under Pressure

    (S8) Lifelong Learning Skills

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

    This module seeks to introduce students to the theoretical perspectives, roles, and practical activities associated with people management in contemporary organisations. It aims to introduce current issues concerning people management and its application within contemporary business and organisational environments, preparing students for the workplace. 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; the enhancement of skills in written and spoken communication and to create independent team learners able to demonstrate progression from fundamental learning skills through to critical analysis, reflection and problem-solving.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to analyse the roles and functions of People Management within its historic international context.

    (LO2) Students will be able to describe the activities, functions and roles related to People Management in a variety of international organisational contexts, and explain both the rationale for this and analyse the implications for managers and staff.

    (LO3) 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

    (LO4) Students will be able to explain the factors affecting the employment relationship, and the options available to manage and support this relationship

    (LO5) Students will be able to outline the main objectives of the employment relationship in contemporary organisations, and the factors that impact upon it.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) Ethical awareness

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

    This module aims:

    to develop an understanding of the need for, and place of, market research in supporting marketing decisions;

    to develop a practical and applied understanding of developments of market research, and an appreciation of its strengths and weaknesses;

    to develop the ability to critically evaluate the methodologies used in market research projects;

    to develop an understanding of ethics in market research.

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) International awareness

    (S7) Lifelong learning skills

    (S8) Ethical awareness

  • International Technology and Innovation Management (MKIB205)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The International TIM module aims to provide the students with the following:
    1. The ability to understand the core international innovation and technology management concepts
    2. The ability to understand internationally accepted ethical innovation and technology practices.
    3. The ability to critically discern the failings or advantages of international innovation and technology management frameworks and tools.
    4. The ability to implement international innovation and technology management principles and frameworks in their individual and organisational decisions.
    5. The ability to work together as a team and identify solutions to solve technology and innovation management challenges within an international setting.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to develop an understanding of international innovation and technology management concepts.

    (LO2) Students will be able to apply the international innovation and technology management principles in individual and organisational decision making frameworks.

    (LO3) Students will be able to understand how to communicate innovation and technology management practices in an international setting.

    (LO4) Students will be able to critically evaluate the shortcoming of current international innovation and technology management tools and develop an ethical awareness in its use.

    (LO5) Students will be able to demonstrate willingness and ability to critically evaluate own understanding of international technology and innovation management.

    (LO6) Students will be able to develop employable skills akin to those required in roles: innovation and technology officers in international organisations and demonstrate associated responsible decision making abilities.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

    (S3) Practical and Policy Awareness

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) International Awareness

    (S6) Ethical Awareness

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

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) To understand the reasons for rapid emergence of BRIC countries

    (LO2) To be able to identify criteria which determine for rapid growth of emerging markets

    (LO3) To understand who are the key stakeholders in emerging markets and how they interact with each others

    (LO4) To explore potential trade offs between rapid economic growth and social and other dimensions of the markets

    (LO5) To examine other potential emerging markets to identify those which are most likely to grow rapidly

    (LO6) To understand in detail the dynamics in specific markets such as China, India,Brazil and Russia

    (LO7) To understand the importance of development of brands by BRIC countries

    (LO8) To understand the BRIC thesis and arrive at conclusions about whether this has been met and will continue in future

    (S1) adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Communication skills

    (S7) IT skills

    (S8) International awareness

    (S9) Lifelong learning skills

    (S10) Ethical awareness

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

    To provide conceptual frameworks within which to formulate and analyse global strategy;

    To provide practical experience of formulating strategy;

    To analyse theory and evidence regarding the configuration and governance of international operations;

    To analyse conceptual frameworks within which to frame ethical conduct in international business.

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

    (LO5) Students will be able to explain how the nature of global production, logistics and distribution have changed and why and how firms can evaluate their preferred configuration

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

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

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

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem-solving skills

    (S3) Numeracy

    (S4) Commercial awareness

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Organisational skills

    (S7) Communication skills

    (S8) IT skills

    (S9) International awareness

    (S10) Lifelong learning skills

    (S11) Ethical awareness

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

    (LO2) Students will be able to explain why countries engage in trade protection, as well as predict and analyze the consequences that arise in case such protection is applied

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

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

    (LO5) Students will be able to explain why conflicts arise in the areas of labour migration and environmental pollution and suggest policy responses which may be used to correct such problems

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

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

    (S1) Problem-solving skills

    (S2) numeracy

    (S3) commercial Awareness

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) It skills

    (S6) International awareness

    (S7) Lifelong learning skills

    (S8) Ethical awareness

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

    The module aims:

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

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

    to provide students with a critical understanding of the strategy process;

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

    (LO4) The ability to conduct environmental and internal analyses

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

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

    (LO7) To research and provide both academic and personal employment-relevant written communication concerning strategic management theories, policies and practices, in a human resource management context

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Communication skills

    (S7) IT skills

    (S8) International awareness

    (S9) Lifelong learning skills

    (S10) Ethical awareness

Year Three Optional Modules

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) International awareness

    (S8) Lifelong learning skills

    (S9) Ethical awareness

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) To develop students' knowledge and understanding of contemporary Latin American businesses.

    (LO2) To develop students' appreciation of the problems and opportunities facing companies in the Latin American environment and their responses.

    (LO3) To develop students' ability to synthesise quantitative and qualitative information and opinion from a range of sources.

    (LO4) To develop students' abilities of critical analysis.

    (LO5) To develop report writing skills.

    (LO6) To develop the student's capacity to join groups and engage in group work.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem-solving skills

    (S3) Numeracy

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Communication skills

    (S7) International awareness

    (S8) Ethical awareness

  • Corporate Governance (ACFI320)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the history and development of corporate governance and the key principles and systems that underpin corporate governance today. It also provides the opportunity to assess the practical application of corporate governance systems across major international organisations based on UK regulation.

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

    (S1) Organisational skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) International awareness

    (S4) Lifelong learning skills

    (S5) Ethical awareness

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

    A primary aim of the module is to invite students to consider the consequences of traditional orthodox management theory and practice for people in organizations (including managers) and society at large, and to examine the extent to which critical theory can inform more humanist approaches to management thinking. It aims in particular:

    To provide students with a sound understanding of a variety of critical perspectives on management, and their relation to society;

    Provide students with the theoretical tools necessary for the critical analysis of the process of management from sociological and philosophical perspectives;

    To explore the extent to which critical theory can contribute to the
    development of progressive, alternative and future-oriented management thinking;

    To support the enhancement of skills in critical analysis, critical reflection, and written and spoken communication.

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Analytical skills

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Analytical writing skills

    (S5) International awareness

    (S6) Ethical awareness

  • Innovation in A Global Perspective: Challenges and Opportunity (MKIB308)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The Innovation in a Global Perspective module aims to provide the students with the ability to:
    1. Explain what global innovation is, and what its effects are;
    2. Critically evaluate the opportunities that global innovation presents for businesses, regions, and policymakers;
    3. Explain which factors are believed to contribute most to the pursuit and achievement of global innovation, and which barriers exist;
    4. Assess how particular grand challenges may be addressed through global innovation efforts;
    5. Understand and synthesize the main findings of recent studies on the globalization of innovation and formulate critical questions on the academic state-of-the-art;
    6. Formulate and communicate an informed opinion on global innovation approaches at the business and policy level.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to acquire and develop an understanding of global innovation and its effects.

    (LO2) Students will be able to assess the opportunities that global innovation presents for businesses; society in general.

    (LO3) Students will be able to apply relevant theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and empirical insights from the broad literature to evaluate which factors contribute and detract from the pursuit and achievement of global innovation.

    (LO4) Students will be able to outline and communicate an informed opinion on global innovation approaches at the business and policy level.

    (S1) Flexibility and Adaptability

    (S2) Ethical Awareness

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Problem-Solving

    (S5) Time Management

    (S6) Commercial Awareness

    (S7) IT Literacy

    (S8) International Awareness

    (S9) Excellent Communication

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

    This module aims to:

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

    develop an expertise over that subject area;

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

    develop individual initiative and judgement;

    develop writing and other communication skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To design and undertake an individual research project with supervision.

    (LO2) To defend the research proposal using oral and written communication skills.

    (LO3) To present a logical, critical and sustained argument in the final submission.

    (S1) Organisational Skills

    (S2) Communication Skills

    (S3) Lifelong Learning Skills

  • Independent Study Module (international Business) (MKIB336)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims:

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

    to develop an expertise over that subject area;

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

    to develop individual initiative and judgement;

    to develop writing and other communication skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Design and undertake an individual research project with supervision.

    (LO2) To defend the research proposal using oral and written communication skills.

    (LO3) To present a logical, critical and sustained argument in the final submission.

    (S1) Organisational Skills

    (S2) Communication Skills

    (S3) Lifelong Learning Skills

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

    This module aims:

    to introduce students to the international environment for marketing;

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

    to introduce students to the concept of global marketing management;

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) IT skills

    (S6) International awareness

    (S7) Team work

    (S8) Ethical Awareness

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem Solving Skills

    (S3) Numeracy (Pre-Requisite)

    (S4) Commercial Awareness

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Organisational Skills

    (S7) Communication Skills

    (S8) IT Skills

    (S9) International Awareness

    (S10) Lifelong Learning Skills

    (S11) Ethical Awareness

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

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

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

    Awareness and understanding of the strategic significance of marketing;

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

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

    The conceptual underpinnings and awareness to develop practical marketing plans;

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

    (LO3) Students will be able to specify a clear rationale when choosing between strategic alternatives, and demonstrate the elements that can be used to create sustainable competitive advantage.

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

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

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) International awareness

    (S8) Lifelong learning skills

    (S9) Ethical awareness

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

    (LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major cognitive, social and emotional processes that influence the nature of individual, group and organizational decision-making.

    (LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate ability to deal with conflicting evidence and 'data' within decision-making contexts and to recognise the limitations of 'evidence' used with the decision.

    (LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the manner in which social and environmental factors can inform and shape the process of decision-making through team-work and group discussion.

    (LO5) Students will be able to work with others in problem-solving and negotiating teams and to reflect upon the major psycho-social processes involved in that activity.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem-solving skills

    (S3) Numeracy

    (S4) Commercial awareness

    (S5) Teamwork

    (S6) Organisational skills

    (S7) Communication skills

    (S8) IT skills

    (S9) International awareness

    (S10) Lifelong learning skills

    (S11) Ethical awareness

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

    (S1) Problem-solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Commercial awareness

    (S4) Team-work

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Communication skills

    (S7) IT skills

    (S8) International awareness

    (S9) Lifelong learning skills

    (S10) Ethical awareness

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

    (LO2) Understand factors influencing the tourist experience

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Problem-solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) International awareness

    (S5) Lifelong learning skills

    (S6) Ethical awareness