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Business Management (Mandarin) BA Honours

Learn about the course below
Code
NT19
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
4 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Rui Su

Our Mandarin pathway allows you to shape your studies towards your career ambitions, and develop advanced language skills to successfully work within one of the world's leading business economies.

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

Tailored towards students with ambitions to work internationally, you will apply theory to practice in a business environment, and learn how organisations operate. Specialist Mandarin classes with an expert tutor will hone your business language skills. Supported by academics who bring industry experience to their teaching, you will study the key functions that underpin business success. A range of exciting work placement options includes spending a year in China, immersing you in the widest spoken language in the world. You will also enhance your international business knowledge through studying Mandarin business practices.

Course highlights

  • We run classes with expert Mandarin tutors offering the highest standard of teaching for both beginner and intermediate Mandarin speakers
  • We offer an immersion study abroad year in China and recognise the value employers place on international business experience.
  • You will have access to cutting-edge business resources including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub
  • You can become a student member of the Chartered Management Institute and a full member upon graduation.

What will you study BA Business Management (Mandarin)?

This is a four year full-time course with a year spent in China in Year 3. We offer two different language pathways for beginners and intermediates. You will be introduced to a range of disciplines within the broader world of business, including corporate culture and effective practices, and you will develop skills and knowledge in writing and speaking Mandarin. You will progress your language skills and develop your knowledge and understanding of the world of business with a particular focus on management principles.

In Year 3 you will undertake a full study abroad year in the China, linked to an HE partner institution, improving your skills through immersing yourself in the culture. In the final year you will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the business concepts which you explored in previous years, and focus your Mandarin language skills towards the world of business.

What will you gain?

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

    • Business Functions (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to introduce the fascinating world of marketing, and organisational behaviour. The module will provide you with a comprehensive overview to the wide range of marketing concepts and frameworks, and will also explore the variety of factors influencing attitudes and behaviour in organisations, what makes people perform well at work from a scientific point of view.

    • 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.

    • Business Mandarin - Spoken (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce Mandarin to those with little or no previous knowledge of the language. It aims to form basic skills in listening to and speaking Mandarin and develop your understanding of contemporary Chinese societies and business-related cultures.

    • Business Mandarin - Written (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce Mandarin Chinese to those with little or no previous knowledge of the language. It forms basic literacy skills in reading authentic Chinese texts and writing simplified Chinese characters and develops your understanding of contemporary Chinese societies and business-related cultures.

  • Year 2

    • International Business Environment (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you will acquire the knowledge and skills required to investigate the complexity of businesses operating across borders. 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) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Work and Organisational Behaviour (30 credits) - Compulsory

      During this module, you will be introduced to the idea of management as a function and how people in organisations can be effectively managed by gaining understanding of their behaviours. However, the module will go beyond these functionalist and managerialist approaches by actively questioning the rationale of management. You will be introduced to classical theories in organisational behaviour and learn how to think about them more critically by recognising their limitations.

    • 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 in order to appreciate relevant specialised vocabularies and underlying cultural assumptions.

  • Year 3

    • Study Abroad I (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to allow you to fully experience the culture and everyday life of Chinese-speaking societies by spending a full year at a host university in China. You will further build upon and extend your abilities in Mandarin in academic business and cultural contexts by taking a further Term of Study Abroad at a Higher Education (HE) partner institution and/or a placement in the host country. You may also seek to undertake a company placement in the host country as part of the Immersion year, but this is subject to approval at Middlesex University. At the HE institution you will be required to take two taught modules, one of which at least must be subject-related in Mandarin. This module also allows you to set goals for important aspects of the Immersion Year, to log and evaluate your experiences, to review your goals and to record and assess details of personal and academic development in a Mandarin-speaking environment. You will gain an intellectual understanding of subject-related disciplines in the host country and/or actual experience at a placement. It will also consolidate and expand your specialised vocabulary in Mandarin as well as your knowledge of specialised bibliography in subject-related issues. You will gain valuable insights into the learning of the discipline in Mandarin as you will be able to immerse yourself in the host country and consolidate the learning of Mandarin. You will have a concrete experience of the host country’s cultural norms and protocols, which will be invaluable assets in your professional life.

    • Study Abroad II (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to allow you to fully experience the culture and everyday life of Chinese-speaking societies by spending a full year at a host university in China. You will do this through an exchange with a partner university in China where you will attend lessons taught in Mandarin but also by studying subjects related to your degree at Middlesex. You will build upon and extend your abilities in Mandarin in academic business and cultural contexts by taking a Term of Study Abroad at the Higher Education partner institution. You may also seek to undertake a company placement in the host country as part of the Immersion year, but this is subject to approval at Middlesex University. At the host HE institution, you will be required to take two taught modules, one of which at least must be a business or programme-related subject in Mandarin. This will give you the intellectual understanding of subject-related disciplines in the host country and/or actual experience at a placement. It will also consolidate and expand your specialised vocabulary in Mandarin as well as your knowledge of specialised bibliography in subject-related issues. You will gain valuable insights into the learning of the discipline in Mandarin and will be able to immerse yourself in the host country and consolidate the learning of Mandarin. You will have a concrete experience of the host country’s cultural norms and protocols, which are invaluable assets in the professional world.

  • Year 4

    • International Business Strategy (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the main concepts, analytical tools and theoretical frameworks in the field of international business strategy. The module is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together and integrating knowledge and skills that you have learned previously, and applying them to the issues typically faced by organisations when they operate internationally. It intends to develop your awareness to and sensitivity of the differences between international and domestic business, and improve your analytical, critical and problem solving abilities. It also develops your employability skills through various learning, teaching, and assessment strategies.

    • Leadership and Management Development in an International Context (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide grounding in the core competencies related to management and leadership in organisations, enabling you to apply theory to practice in management and leadership development in an international context. Alongside this, it will provide opportunities to develop personal skills through workshops in leadership and team building.

    • Business Strategies in Mandarin (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to review, consolidate and further enhance your existing language skills speaking, listening, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese in business contexts to an advanced level so you can function more comfortably and confidently in the Chinese business environment. It is also intended to help you gain a better understanding of the macro and micro Chinese economic situations and specific market needs through a selection of case studies, in parallel with the International Business Strategy module.

    • International Marketing (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides you with a thorough understanding of the nature of the international market place and the complex and challenging forces that shape the current international business environment and highlights future trends. You will learn how to critically assess the implications of such forces and trends for marketing strategy and decision making when organisations operate across borders. You will also develop international marketing decision-making skills and know-how that will assist in pursuing your career in international marketing or business.

    • Global Business, Culture and Strategy (30 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the main concepts, analytical tools and theoretical frameworks in the field of global business strategy and cross-cultural management. This module develops your ability to analyse and manage the complexities of the environment of organisations that operate in a global context. Furthermore, the module develops a critical appreciation of the theory and practice of organisation design to achieve effectiveness, and will provide opportunities to improve your analytical, critical and problem solving abilities. The international context will be an integral theme throughout the module and particular reference will be made to the difficulties and ethical considerations encountered when managing organisations within differing political, economic, cultural and social contexts.

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 feeback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

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

This course will leave you ideally placed to begin working in a range of industrial, commercial and third sector organisations in such roles as Operations Manager, Junior Operations Manager, HR Consultant, Trainee Manager, Depot Manager, Practice Manager, Housing Officer, L&D Adviser, Investment Banker, Sales Manager, Analyst and Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Previous graduates have been successful in prestigious international organisations including:

  • Manpower
  • Larkspur Training
  • SEI Investments
  • Foxtons
  • Next
  • William Hill
  • Sports Direct
  • Co-op
  • M&S
  • Waitrose
  • Chelsea FC

This degree also enables you to set up your own business. Additionally, you could go on to further study on courses such as MA Education or MA Marketing Management.

  • 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 weakness 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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