As a Business School we are always working to improve our programmes 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 of what you will be studying.
Financial Accounting for Professionals (20 credits)
The module provides you with an understanding of accounting with a focus on limited liability companies. It introduces you 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.
Business Analysis (20 credits)
The module is designed to help you develop a range of statistical and computing skills that will be valuable to you during the course of your academic programs and in your future career in business. Although there are no pre requisites for this module it is assumed that you have basic mathematical skills.
Economics (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to introduce you 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 you with an understanding of decision making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.
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 you 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 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, SMEs. It will provide an introduction to issues of sustainability, enterprise, innovation, corporate social responsibility and the impacts of globalisation on different business sectors.
Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)
The module develops your 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, sociocultural, 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.
International Financial Reporting (20 credits)
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.
Econometrics (20 credits)
The purpose of this module is to broaden your knowledge and extend your understanding of these econometric methods, through practical application, using appropriate computer software packages to analyse various data. This module follows the standard itinerary of most econometrics textbooks but with more emphasis on understanding how econometric models work through the use of illustrations and how they can be applied to achieve real world solutions in the computer lab. By the end of the module, you will be able to demonstrate the relevance of econometric models in bridging the gap between theory and reality. The range of techniques introduced in the module can be used in business, finance and market research as well as economics.
Foundations of Finance (20 credits)
The module will examine how practical techniques and tools used within a corporate setting form part of a wider understanding of financial management. This will involve exploring the principles of financial management in maximising shareholder wealth. Its focus on the sources of finance and appraisal techniques of investment projects will be addressed first. Decisions on capital structure and management along with dividend policy are issues that students will cover as key factors in company valuation. Frequent reference to the financial crisis will be a feature of this module. This will be looked at in relation to the constantly changing environment and how this impacts on the financial management of different types of organisations. The nature of financial markets and financial risk faced by corporations will be examined as well as the pricing of financial assets using asset pricing models.
Work Based Learning (20 credits)
The aim of the module is develop your skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop your skills in learning from work experience and applying academic learning to the work place.
Portfolio Management (20 credits)
(SINGLE HONOURS ONLY)
This module will critically evaluate the principles of modern portfolio theory and the key components in constructing a portfolio. It will begin with the application of theory to the development of equity based portfolios. This will then be extended by further diversification of portfolios to include other asset classes such as currency and bonds. The module will examine the role of derivatives in portfolio management and analyse different methods of active portfolio management. This will then be followed by an analysis of portfolio performance using various industry recognised performance attribution measures. Emphasis will be placed on relating real world events to the world of portfolio management.
International and Multinational Finance (20 credits)
(SINGLE HONOURS ONLY)
This module requires you to examine the important issues surrounding international financial management. This involves discussing the stylised facts of the international financial markets such as interest rate and foreign exchange market and main drivers of determination. The module will require you to understand issues surrounding international interest rate and foreign exchange rate models of determination such as purchasing power parity, interest rate parity and monetary models. From this starting point, the module will then explore foreign exchange rate risk, ways of managing this risk and its importance to multinational corporations in the light of recent events. In addition, you will gain exposure to the issues surrounding the raising of finance from the international capital markets and international capital budgeting, the cost of capital and capital structure in a multinational context. Further analysis on the implications for financial management by relating case studies real world events to the issues discuss in class.
Financial Markets and Risk Management (20 credits)
(SINGLE HONOURS ONLY)
The Financial Markets and Risk Management module aims to develop student understanding on the role of securities in the financial markets and how the economic environment impacts the value of financial securities. It further provides students exposure into the special regulatory requirements and the accounting implications into being an investor in those securities. Students will be exposed to the importance of identifying the greatest source of risk and how this risk can be managed using derivative instruments. It also exposes students to different investment products that are tailored to the needs of different clients.
Likely optional modules
You will need to choose two options from the following modules:
Corporate and Business Law (20 Credits)
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.
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.
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.
You will need to choose three options from the following modules:
Audit and Assurance (20 Credits)
Audit and Assurance plays a vital role in accounting. This module (AUD) introduces the students 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)
Taxation plays an important role in society. This module (TAN) 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.
Contemporary Accounting Issues (20 Credits)
Contemporary Accounting Issues (CAI) 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.
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 post-modern 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 & integrity, ethics & technology, financial scandals, whistle blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.
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 the student.
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.
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.