• This module will build upon Introduction to Business and Management and Introduction to Management and consider further the management role, while providing you with the opportunity to develop the business decision-making skills that are vital to how managers make effective and strategic decisions. The module will consider organisational goals and objectives, will consider what are managers, and the differences between managers, before considering what managers do, and what influences their decision making and effectiveness with a particular focus on the planning role as a crucial component of the strategic role of managers. Modules at level one, which explore alternative approaches to the management role such as leading, motivating, and controlling (this is explored further in Understanding Organisations and People and Contemporary Issues in Business) support this.

    In addition, this module will introduce you to evidence-based decision-making in business, using numerical data to analyse business scenarios, and justify strategic approaches. The module will support you in developing numeracy skills for business, and developing skills that you will require when collecting your own primary data in your level 2 research project. You will also learn how to develop your findings into a business report format, developing skills in professional presentation and report writing.

  • In exploring the impact of contemporary business issues on organisations and worker from a political economy perspective, the module will address the following topics utilising these as an opportunity for students to engage in enquiry and develop a range of academic and research skills. This module provides students the opportunity to explore the contested role of Business in Society. The module’s underlying goal is to help students recognise that the study of ‘business’ goes far beyond a functional focus on the mechanisms of business, it is the study of contemporary society and political economy, and the role of business within this.

    The module aims to support students in recognising that the role of business in increasingly global and international businesses requires the delivery of goods and services and of course the creation of wealth – but leadership also requires clear responsibility towards people and the societies in which the company operates and stewardship of the natural resources on which it relies. The role of business in society is not only a legitimate aspect of business management, but increasingly central in ensuring growth, profitability and sustainable business building. This challenge extends across a range of issues which fall under the umbrella of ‘Corporate Social Responsibility or Sustainability’ but includes much of the topic areas the module allows students to research; the use of zero-hours contracts, gender discrimination; the exclusion of disabled workers; the impact of new technology on workplace discrimination.

  • On successful completion of this module students will:

    1. Explore the role of marketing within a business management and international context.
    2. Understand the importance of market orientation for those working within a business management context as a cross-functional activity relating to all business functions.
    3. Explore the value of a marketing plan in achieving and evaluating organisational objectives,
    4. Understand the premise of the marketing audit concept
    5. Understand the concept of the marketing mix
    6. Explore the difference between the ‘product’ marketing mix (4Ps) and the ‘service’ marketing mix (7Ps).

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

    1. Identify and understand the range factors that influence the behaviour of individuals between individuals and within organisations
    2. Understand theories on the nature of groups and teamwork and to be able apply to own experience
    3. Understand the nature and role leadership, power and culture in shaping organisations and the ways in which they function
    4. Recognise the ways the emergent themes of technology and globalisation are impacting on organisations and the people who work within them.
    5. Understand and apply a range of both mainstream and critical approaches to the understanding of people in organisations.

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate the following:

    1. Ability to comment on and analyse the global, national and local economic and business environment in way using the appropriate terminology and concepts.
    (Component A, Component B)
    2. Application of simple economic and business theories to analyse specific economic and business phenomenon.
    (Component A, Component B)
    3. Use and interpretation of simple diagrams and schematic representations of key economic and business concepts.
    (Component A, Component B)
    4. Interpretation, manipulation, and analysis of both graphical and tabular business and economic data.
    (Component A, Component B)
    5. An ability to apply economic principles and their impact on international business, their human resource and other management functions. (Component A, Component B)

  • The overarching aim of this module is to introduce students to the basic concepts of accounting and financial reporting. Within this context the module aims to enable students to read, prepare and evaluate financial information, to introduce students to the motivations for generating this information in relation to the needs of a variety of user groups and to encourage students to be aware of and to question current practice in financial reporting.

    This is an introductory accounting module for business studies students. It is designed to inform students of the type and validity of financial information currently produced in the UK and its relevance in relation to the wider business environment.

  • The syllabus is split into three distinct sections, which enables the teaching team to embed a variety of distinctive pedagogic techniques in each phase. On successful completion of this module, students will have developed an awareness of enterprise and understanding ‘of what enterprise means to me'. They will have begun to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set: through participation in enterprising learning and activities. In addition they will have started to develop entrepreneurial capability and confidence through guided experience and practice.

  • This module offers a key identity module for all BA (Hons) Business and Management students, a degree that covers a broad spectrum of business-related subjects. The module prepares students for their future study on a programme which allows them to develop a broad understanding of business organisations and provides them with subject-specific knowledge in areas such as markets, customers, finance, operations, communication, information technology and business policy and strategy. The focus of this module is the provision of a multidisciplinary view of business and management as part of a broad and comprehensive degree programme. The study of business and management is not a subject with clearly defined boundaries. It is necessary and helpful to appreciate the contributions that different disciplines have made to our understanding of organisational behaviour and management.

    Therefore, this module offers BA (Hons) Business and Management students an opportunity to develop knowledge of the foundations of business and management. This is an introductory course, which is designed to engage students with the key concepts, models, debates and problems in the study of BA (Hons) Business and Management. Developing this foundation is fundamental as it provides students with the ability to make clear connections between the subsequent study of specialised subjects as part of a generalist programme, providing broad knowledge of business and management; a distinct feature of this module in the context of the BA (Hons) Business and Management programme. For students, this module has three overarching aims, and these directly relate to the major themes that will be emphasised throughout the syllabus.