As a Business School we are always working to improve our degrees to make sure they fit with what both students want and business needs. Every five years we get the chance to make some major changes that really help us to keep our teaching and our modules up to date and relevant for business of the future. The modules listed online are part of this review and will give you a very good indication idea of what you will be studying.
People Management in the 21st Century (20 credits)
This module focuses on the behavioural aspects of people management in organisations. This is a vital area of study because the ability to understand behaviour in the workplace is a necessary prerequisite for making informed choices and for influencing organisational action such as decision making regarding organisational objectives, and leading and influencing the behaviour of others in order to see that the decisions are implemented. It is anticipated that by the end of the module students will be able to evaluate objectively and understand organisational behavioural situations and determine the best course of action from a range of perspectives.
Contemporary Business Issues (20 credits)
The module will provide an introduction to introductory business concepts and models and the information sources needed to research, analyse and apply these concepts to the practice of business. It includes an overview of contemporary and emerging business themes including the changing macro-environment, emergence of new economies and interrelatedness of the global trade, the structure and organisation of different industry sectors e.g. services, SME’s. It will provide an introduction to issues of sustainability, enterprise, innovation, corporate social responsibility and the impacts of globalisation on different business sectors.
Financial Accounting for Professionals (20 credits)
The module provides students with an understanding of accounting with a focus on limited liability companies. It introduces students to key accounting topics. A firm understanding of double entry is established and then used to graduate to the preparation of financial statements for primate limited companies. The accounting framework is introduced and its importance to the users of accounts discussed.
Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)
The module develops student understanding and then provides a forum for critical analysis of the application of marketing techniques in international, multinational, and global market situations. Emphasis is given to the relative importance of political, economic, socio cultural, technological, legal and regulatory, and environmental issues as they apply to (changing) country specific and regional contexts. Market research techniques and practices develop student understanding of market entry and market sustainability techniques as aspects of competitive advantage.
Business Analysis (20 credits)
The module is designed to help students develop a range of statistical and computing skills that will be valuable to them during the course of their academic programs and in their future careers in business.
Although there are no prerequisites for this module it is assumed that students have basic mathematical skills.
Economics (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macroeconomic models to equip students with an understanding of decision-making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.
Management Accounting (20 credits) - single or combined honours only
Management Accounting introduces and develops an understanding of the fundamental concepts and techniques of management accounting and applies these techniques in an appropriate way. It also develops students’ ability to critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of these techniques. The module demonstrates how management accounting information may be used for the purposes of planning, decision making, performance measurement and control within organisations, in order to further the organisation's strategic objectives.
International Financial Reporting (20 credits) - single or combined honours only
International Financial Reporting (NFR) extends the scope of Financial Accounting for Professionals to more advanced topics in financial accounting. It aims to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards particularly in the preparation of financial statements of entities, including groups. Understanding the theoretical framework and how to analyse and interpret financial statements are essential. Financial reporting deals with the preparation of financial statements. These provide information about the financial performance and financial position of the business to which they relate. They are of value to a wide range of users. This module explains the rules that govern the preparation of financial statements for organisations that comply with international standards.
Corporate and Business Law (20 credits) - single honours only
Corporate and Business Law develops knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business, recognising the need to seek further specialist legal advice where necessary; and of compliance with the codes of ethics for professional accountants. This module develops knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework. It examines specific legal areas relating to business, and develops an appreciation of the legal environment, particularly promoting the ability to recognise the need for further specialist legal advice where necessary.
Work-Based Learning (20 Credits) - single or combined honours only
The module develops students’ skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It also develops in students their skills in learning from work experience and applying academic learning to the work place. The overall aim of the module is to improve their success in graduate job search which forms part of our commitment to employability in the Business School.
Contemporary Accounting Issues (20 credits) - single honours only
Contemporary Accounting Issues develops a critical perspective of the developments in company accounting and disclosure. It explores the evolution of international accounting standards and their implications for users. The module reviews controversial issues in the treatment of accounting transactions and develops the skills required for the interpretation of accounting and other relevant information.
The module will build on students existing knowledge of the preparation and analysis of financial reports for business entities. It will contextualise the role of the accountant as a professional steward and analyst by exploring the professional and ethical duties and responsibilities of the accountant to the stakeholders of an organisation. The financial reporting framework and financial reporting requirements in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice and relevant standards will be examined. The accountant’s role in assessing and advising on the implications of accounting regulation will be discussed. The module will critically evaluate current developments in corporate reporting.
Financial Management for Accountants (20 credits) - single or combined honours only
The aim of this module is to build up an understanding of the treasury function and corporate financial strategy, and to develop the practical skills for dealing with the corporate financial issues. The corporate financial issues will be covered within the following categories: financial management function; financial management environment; investment appraisal; business finance; business valuation; working capital management; and risk management.
Audit and Assurance (20 credits) - single or combined honours only
Audit and Assurance plays a vital role in accounting. This module introduces you to key auditing techniques. The importance of the audit function with regard to the independent examination of financial information of any entity, whether profit oriented or not, and irrespective of its size or legal form, is explained. The skills necessary to carry out such an examination are applied, with a view to developing the knowledge necessary to express an opinion thereon.
Taxation (20 credits) - single honours only
Taxation plays an important role in society. This module provides an introduction to the most common taxes in the UK; income tax, corporation tax, VAT and capital gains tax. The basic rules are explained, and the taxes are discussed in the context of government policy.
Likely optional modules
Human Resources Management (20 credits)
This module aims to equip students with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational human resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts.
E Business (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to explore the business paradigm shift that arises from application of emerging information and communication technologies. The module is aimed at anyone wishing to gain an understanding of business activities and interaction between business and the business environment (customers, suppliers…) and how technologies can be deployed to enhance these activities.
Project Management (20 credits)
This module aims to examine critically the role of project management within a contemporary business context. It also explains how specific project management applications play an important role in producing successful business outcomes and examines the philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies of project management.
Developing Sustainable Enterprise (20 credits)
The aims of the module are to introduce students to the relationship between business and the challenges and opportunities of business sustainability, and to encourage the development of enterprising skills to meet these challenges.
Research Methods (20 credits)
This module is designed to enable students to develop their skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research.
Work Based Learning (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to develop students’ skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of four weeks’ duration, or 120 hours. It will also develop in students their skills in learning from work experience and applying academic learning to the work place. The overall aim of the module is to improve their success in graduate job search.
Innovation and Enterprise Management (20 credits) - combined honours only
The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of creativity, innovation and problem-solving processes in organisations and how these contribute to business sustainability and competitiveness. It aims to develop students’ awareness of how entrepreneurial skills and capabilities impact on and relate to business start-up, development and management.
Management and Leadership (20 Credits)
The module explores the context within which management and leadership takes place; the historical context within which the fundamental principles of management arise; the context of the external environment which impacts on organisational strategy and may cause ambiguity in relation to organisational objectives, policies, working practices, ethical considerations and management approaches. It also explores a range of different perspectives on management and leadership and focuses in on particular managerial/leadership issues that lead to ambiguities and problems.
Strategic Management (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable students to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make them aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.
Business Ethics (20 credits)
The module will consist of a broad syllabus addressing practical considerations of the nature of ethics, progressing through learning of a range of traditional and postmodern ethical theories, and the appreciation of these theories in the practical setting of modern business processes. Students will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the environment, professionalism and integrity, ethics and technology, financial scandals, whistle blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.
Investment Analysis (20 credits)
The module ensures that students can apply appropriate knowledge, theory and understanding required to assess client’s current financial position and future requirements, make suitable investment recommendations, monitor performance and respond appropriately to changing needs and circumstances. This would in the first place, require students have an understanding of market infrastructure, operation, regulation and practice.
Individual Study (20 Credits)
The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular line of enquiry related to a business issue selected by you.
Service Management (20 credits)
The module will acquaint students with the complex demands made upon service management organisations and the challenges that staff within them face. An understanding of the environments in which they operate will be developed and an appreciation of the different constraints placed upon them will be explored. The module will exam the range of alternatives that organisations can draw from and will include an investigation into the issues associated with service management across a wide range of situations. This will include the process of servitisation, managing the service encounter, service quality, service level, customer management and capacity management.
Knowledge Management (20 credits)
The module will cover the nature of knowledge. Epistemological issues, including typologies of knowledge, and the distinction between tacit and explicit knowledge will be examined as will the sources of knowledge. Knowledge as an intangible asset will be explored as will the measurement and evaluation of the contribution of knowledge to the strategic management of the organisation and the role of knowledge in business functions. In addition, the module will examine ethical issues in knowledge management and the nature and protection of intellectual property.
Securities (20 credits)
This module examines the various approaches to security investment analysis. In doing so, the module discusses the importance of information contained in the balance sheet to external decision makers. There will be an overview of financial markets and instruments as well as a though examination on the valuation of common stocks using technical and fundamental analysis. Students will be exposed to analysing earnings estimations and forecasts; analysts forecasts and security returns and how financial markets respond to accounting information. Emphasis throughout the module will be to relate the issues introduced in the classroom to real world events.
Marketing: Culture and Communication (20 credits)
This module develops student understanding in relation to the importance of an appreciation of how the cultural context(s) for global marketing activities can be regarded as similar, or dissimilar to their home country situation. Emphasis is given to language (spoken and ‘silent’) as a barrier to effective communication across the full range of marketing activities, but with particular emphasis on its value in relation to both personal and nonpersonal marketing communications activities such as face-to-face personal selling, and advertising and packaging, respectively.
New Venture Creation (20 credits)
The module aims to provide a practical perspective on the development and planning processes involved in the creation of a new venture, either as a new business start-up or as a new product or service development within a public or private organisation setting. It aims to develop an understanding and awareness of business models underlying successful new business ventures, and the potential of business model innovation.
It will explore the fundamental building blocks of a business model, the interrelationships between the building blocks and the links to the external business environment, and aims to arrive at a detailed operational and financial feasibility study that assesses the real potential of the new venture creation project.
Dissertation (40 Credits)
The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity for the practical application of theory to a business oriented problem and to develop research skills.
Public Relations (20 credits)
This module aims to develop in students a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of PR in building relationships with stakeholders and gain an appreciation of the strategic and specialist roles of PR.