BA (HONS) – Business Studies – Pathway

Required Credits/Units: 120

Core Modules

Module Credits/Units: 20

Description to be reviewed *

Module Aims

The module aims to provide high-level research, writing and communication skills both to the international and home cohorts on the above awards. It introduces the international cohort to appropriate methodologies and practices in Business research in the UK, and offers home students the opportunity to advance and put into their practice existing skills.

Content Summary

The module will include investigation of, and activities related to:

  • Research Methods
  • Research Tools and Technologies
  • Advanced Learning Styles
  • Academic Practice
  • Written English
  • Written and Oral Presentation
  • Applied English for Business scenarios (“eg.” press releases, product specifications, in-house magazine articles, web communication)

Module Credits/Units: 20

Description to be reviewed *

Module Aims

  • To encourage students to draw upon, apply and integrate research skills associated with analysis, evaluation and the presentation of complex material.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to pursue, in-depth, a specific area of interest by developing and demonstrating the business-related skills acquired during their studies.
  • To encourage students to adopt a more critical reflective approach to problem solving at University and in employment.
  • To enable students to develop their employability skills, including basic academic skills, higher-order thinking skills and personal qualities achieved through learning methods that ensure sustainable outcomes.

Content Summary

This module provides learners with the opportunity to conduct research. Students will conduct either workrelated or applied course-related research under the guidance of a tutor which will culminate in the completion of a research report.

Students will be introduced to the tools and techniques they will need to conduct a real investigation into a business problem and to produce an appropriate report.

Furthermore, individual development will arise through the personal growth of self directed learning and will strengthen the employability skills namely, communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning, and technology.

Students will form groups of 4-6 people, then they will choose a suitable project to investigate. This will be done in consultation with the module leaders. Each group will be required to produce a research proposal, outlining the problem/ issue to be researched, and an outline of their research design and methods. If they have a sufficiently robust proposal they will then conduct the research with guidance from the tutors. Each group will present their findings to their peer group and the module tutors. Finally, each student will produce a 3500 word research report.

This module will facilitate the development of Personal Development Planning (PDP) through the delivery of the key skills identified in the module descriptor.

Module Credits/Units: 20

Description to be reviewed *

Module Aims

To analyse and critically evaluate the factors which constitute and influence the Global business environment, in terms of the complex and unpredictable variables and contexts important to international business, and their reactions to those variables and contexts and changes to them.
The aims of the module, therefore, are to facilitate a systematic understanding of the key aspects of global business, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge at the forefront of defined aspects of this discipline. Enhancing the student’s ability to manage their own learning by making effective use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to the discipline) is another related aim of the module.

Content Summary

Global Business Environment, in particular those aspects which impact upon the Business Internationalisation Processes.

International Trade and Investment issues, particularly the identification and management of exchange-rate related risk.

Global Business Management Issues, focusing on the international aspects of traditional management functions (such as marketing, Human Resources and Purchasing and Supply), as well as strategic decision making related to issues such as social innovation and sustainability related to energy production and use, impacts of the connected society, local-global relationships, and how this can affect the entrepreneur in international contexts.

Global Industry Issues, highlighting the different environments and issues created by global business in different industries (for example, Agri-Foods; Clothing; Automotive; Semi-conductors/Computing; Financial Services).

This module will facilitate the development of Personal Development Planning through the delivery of the key skills identified below in the module descriptor.

Module Credits/Units: 20

Description to be reviewed *

Module Aims

To provide students with an holistic (strategic) understanding of organisations and their interaction with their environments.

Content Summary

This module is an introduction to business strategy. It has been designed for students who are not following the University’s business studies degree programme, e.g. Accounting; Leisure; Sport; Tourism, Business & Management etc.

The first element of the module develops a conceptual understanding of business strategy through its origins as an academic and management discipline. The module then concentrates on the tools, techniques and structure of organisation. This is achieved by auditing external and internal environments, and also includes a section focused on the first stages of organisational decision making. A significant element of the module therefore examines key areas in implementing strategy; i.e. culture, functions; resources. Following from the analytical techniques a range of important themes impacting on strategic thinking are explored. Themes will include drivers of globalisation; the tension between knowledge management and knowledge environments; governance and corporate social responsibility; external strategic development.

This module will facilitate the development of Personal Development Planning (PDP) through the delivery of the key skills identified in the module descriptor.

Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims

The module aims to provide the student with an in depth understanding and an ability to critically appraise the theoretical and practical aspects of international culture and its effect on communication within the organisation

Content Summary

This module provides learners with a critical understanding of the significant role culture plays in shaping organisational communication. There will be a particular focus on message strategies relating to cultural norms within organisations

Module Credits/Units: 20

Description to be reviewed *

Module Aims

To introduce students to the particular problems and opportunities experienced in adopting or ignoring business ethics and corporate social responsibility. To develop students understanding of sustainable business issues and how they can be managed, promoted and developed in a business context.

Content Summary

  • Environmental orientation and the three main goals of sustainable development; Social, economic and environmental goals.
  • Areas of activity for sustainable business and the development of business strategies for sustainability with reference to sufficiency, consistency and efficiency
  • Transformation processes taking place during the exchange between business nature and society.
  • Operations management for sustainable production, energy and resource use and value chain analysis and operational process.
  • Sustainable consumption, the modern consumer and its impact on society and the wider environment.
  • Systems of legal regulatory, environmental and social norms and standards, the triple bottom line and how organisations report sustainability.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility; definitions, in practice, organisations responsibilities, governance and management of externality.
  • The business as a multi purpose entity and stakeholder concept. General stakeholder spheres of influence, expectations and conflict and management action.
  • Business Strategy to incorporate sustainable practice and environmental management systems such as EMAS and ISO14001.

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