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Business Management (Innovation) BA Honours

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Code
N990
Start
Autumn 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Ignatius Ekanem

Our innovation pathway allows you to shape your studies towards your career ambitions, and develop your personal and professional knowledge, skills and competence to support companies to innovate their products and services for the 21st century.

Why study BA Business Management (Innovation) at Middlesex University?

Tailored towards ambitious students who are keen to apply theory to practice in a business environment, you will learn how organisations operate from developing strategy to styles of management. Supported by academics who bring professional expertise to their teaching practices, there is a strong practical emphasis firmly based on relevant theories and you will study the key functions that underpin business success and build specialist knowledge of innovation (focused on developing systems, products and services).

Work placements are an invaluable opportunity to gain employability skills and develop your business knowledge so we have introduced two options by which you can integrate into your time at Middlesex. Those who wish to do a placement can take either a 36 week sandwich placement in Year 3 as part of a 4 year degree or two 18 week summer placements allowing you to complete your degree within 3 years.

You will graduate with the skills and confidence to support companies to engage in technological changes to improve business performance. The career options are broad with our Business Management (Innovation) pathway. You will be well placed to enter a wide range of businesses, governmental and third sector organisations, and will have the specialist knowledge and skills needed to start up, manage and grow your own viable business.

Course highlights

  • We offer a one year study abroad option in your second year by joining the EU Erasmus programme, linked to a partner university in Europe and the USA
  • You will have access to cutting-edge business resources including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub
  • You can choose to study Spanish or Mandarin at beginners and intermediate level as part of your degree, ensuring you stand out in today's competitive job market
  • You will be given practical and pastoral support which can include counselling, employability and career services, and disability support services
  • You can become a student member of the Chartered Management Institute and a full member upon graduation

What will you study on the BA Business Management (Innovation)?

You will develop essential skills and knowledge in business management and will study modules designed to expand your knowledge of the behaviour of people in organisations, the financial aspects of business, and the wider business environment.

At the end of Year 2 you can take a year-long placement option before returning to complete your degree. In your final year, you will advance your skills and knowledge in business management and can also choose to study a business start-up, managing business projects, or a research project.

What will you gain?

You will develop key business skills, knowledge and experience in order to excel in a management career. Companies and organisations require graduates who have expert business knowledge, who can also demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills with the professional acumen to deal with challenges in a fast-paced corporate world. You will also have developed the skills of analysis, research, the verbal and written presentation of arguments and be able to apply theory to practice. If you wish to, you will have the skills to start up, manage and grow a business.

You will learn to work effectively in teams, and be able to present and communicate business management ideas with confidence. We also ensure you develop specialist knowledge in:

  • Stakeholders: their expectations and behaviour
  • The environment of business and its impact on strategy
  • Design, production and distribution of products and services
  • Business resources: acquisition, application and control
  • Business process: planning, improvement and control

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Applications and Research in Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an interesting and enjoyable introduction to basic statistical, research, and ICT methods for the collection, analysis and presentation of business data. You will be required to do calculations by hand and use appropriate software, though the emphasis is on the interpretation and communication of results.

    • Financial Aspects of Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your financial understanding and knowledge within business organisations to enable you to make effective decisions and to assess the cost, economic and financial implications and outcomes of these decisions. It aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for those who do not need to develop specialist knowledge as well as to provide an understanding of key microeconomic and macroeconomic principles that inform business thought and practice.

    • Management and Organisations (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable you to understand how managers operate in organisations in an international context. It will cover the development of management and theories explaining organisational behaviour. You will develop the ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various management theories.

    • Marketing Theory and Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide you with an overview of key marketing concepts and techniques, as they apply in a variety of organisations and in both conventional and online environments. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the core role of marketing in determining the growth potential of an enterprise, including the value of the marketing mix in ensuring successful marketing implementation and the significance of external and internal operating environments for marketing practice.

  • Year 2

    • Work, Organisation and Society (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable you to develop a critical understanding of the multifaceted social processes that are imperative to organisational life, and through which organisations may exert influence on ourselves as much as on society at large in order to pursue their objectives. The module will cover a wide array of theories pertaining to organisational behaviour, organisation theory, sociology, psychology and economic issues as far as they are relevant for the understanding of these social processes. You will develop your own abilities to analyse these theories critically, build up your own views on how to think and feel about these emergent issues as well as empower you with the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.

    • Business Communications in Mandarin (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build upon and extend your ability to listen, speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese in business contexts, and to promote an understanding of Chinese culture, in general and in the business world. You will analyse the main types of business communications to appreciate relevant specialised vocabularies and underlying cultural assumptions.

    • Business Environment (30 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will begin to acquire the knowledge and skills typically required for more advanced study of businesses and in managerial decision-making. You will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using techniques, models and frameworks that will also start to build higher level employability skills.

    • Operations Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to broaden and expand your knowledge of the concepts and techniques required for the design, operation and control of business processes. Cases and practical exercises are relevant to a variety of commercial, manufacturing and service organisations. The module builds on the IT and quantitative skills developed in the first year.

    • Brand Management (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of branding, brand management and brand communications. The module will focus on developing strategies to create and sustain successful brands and on developing efficient brand communication strategies.

    • Business Communication Spanish (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aim to build upon and extend your abilities to read, write, listen and speak Spanish in business contexts and to promote an understanding of Hispanic culture in general and in the business world. You will analyse the main types of business communications to appreciate relevant specialised vocabularies and underlying cultural assumptions.

    • Human Resource Management in a Global Context (30 credits) - Optional

      This module builds upon knowledge gained in Year 1 on the business environment and the general management functions operating within organisations. You will develop an understanding of the international context of dealing with people issues in organisations.

    • Sustainable Products (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to examine the importance of sustainable products to firms in order to reduce climate-related risks. The module explores the factors behind developing sustainable products from the perspectives of the environment, the firm, and the product itself.

  • Year 3

    • Innovation Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop a systematic understanding of the role of innovation as a key success factor in dynamic business environment, and the main strategic and organisational challenges firms face in managing innovation. The module provides an up-to-date overview of the main theories and models of innovation, as well as illustrates successful organisational practices through analysis of case studies.

    • New Product and Service Development (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to teach you how to use state-of-the-art management techniques to identify markets, develop new product or service ideas, measure customer benefits, design successful new products services. It focuses on how companies can analyse and effectively manage their risks while innovating. The module will be relevant to those who expect to work directly or indirectly in product or service management as well as those who are interested in general management and consulting.

    • Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations and outline a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy. It will introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels and provide a range of analytical models and concepts that can be applied in assessing the strategic capability of an organisation and the environment in which it operates.

    • Managing Business Projects (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a detailed understanding, based on professional work in the field, of the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of projects in a variety of sectors. You will be able to explore how projects are managed using up-to-date project management tools and technologies. The role of projects in the wider economy, within organisations will also be analysed and you will be able to enhance individual effectiveness in the world of work through practical work on project management.

    • Business Start-up (30 Credits) - Optional

      This is a synoptic module which aims to ensure that you can demonstrate how to develop a business plan and put it into operation. This will be achieved by you showing an understanding of the appropriate academic theories and an application of the necessary analytical tools to achieve a successful business start-up. The module aims to facilitate the development of a unique business plan in which you will learn, practice and apply the necessary academic and practical knowledge base and skills set, including team working, required for the establishment of a new business. This preparation follows through to provide you with the opportunity to study the establishment of small business in a practical context, giving you an insight into the nuts and bolts of setting up and running a small business. Especially important is the reconciliation of theory to practical realities including interaction with the appropriate government agencies, professional and commercial bodies. Finally, you are encouraged to reflect on whether you are suited to setting up your own small business or continuing your college business on a commercial basis.

    • Research Project (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate high quality employability skills such as the ability to design and deliver a small research project, learn independently and through supervision, and undertake an extended, methodical piece of work. A well-executed research project will give you something to distinguish yourself from your peers as well as the opportunity to show why you might be a superior candidate for graduate employment.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BA Business Management (Innovation) support your career?

This course will leave you ideally placed to begin working in a variety of business management roles in prestigious international organisations including:

  • Technocrats Middle East
  • CosMedocs
  • Western Union
  • Dulsco
  • Emirates
  • Noor Islamic Bank
  • Consult AIV
  • Jumbo Line
  • Peprofac
  • Barnard Marcus
  • Kimberley Clark
  • International School
  • Central Bank Nigeria
  • Santander

Vinita Mithani
Lecturer

Vinita is a chartered accountant (member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and has over fifteen years' experience in Practice. She was previously a senior manager in a City firm of accountants servicing owner managed businesses. She managed her clients' personal and corporate tax planning, tax compliance, statutory audit and financial reporting. More recently she was Head of Finance in a commercial organisation; during that time, Vinita was a part-time lecturer at the University, where she had been leading the module, Financial Aspects of Business.

As from the 16/17 academic year, Vinita will have moved across fully into academia, but she continues to strive to bring her practical experience into her teaching to make the subject real and relevant to her students.

  • Peter Fernandes

    Business Management BA graduate

    Every aspect of the course has been exciting. I particularly enjoyed the third year modules. Strategic Management gave me a deep insight into the workings of a business environment and Leadership Management helped me discover my strengths and weaknesses in order to become an effective leader in the future.

    I loved working closely with academics, who are leaders in their field. They ensured the entire course provided not only academic theory but also practical and relevant information specifically designed and tailored towards my future career.

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