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Business Management (Spanish) BA Honours

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Code
NR41
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
Francisco Dominguez

Our Spanish pathway allows you to shape your studies towards your career ambitions, and develop advanced language skills to support a successful business management career.

Why study BA Business Management (Spanish) 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 Spanish classes with an expert tutor will hone your business language skills and you will study the key functions that underpin business success, with the support of academics who bring industry experience to their teaching. A range of exciting work placement options includes spending a year in a Spanish speaking country, immersing you in the culture. You will also enhance your international business knowledge through studying Spanish business practices.

Course highlights

  • We run classes with expert Spanish tutors offering the highest standard of teaching for both beginner and intermediate Spanish speakers, with the opportunity to progress to an advanced level in one of the top 3 most widely spoken languages on the planet
  • We offer an immersion study abroad year in a Spanish speaking country 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
  • Alternatively you can take either a year-long industry placement abroad (for no extra fee) or join the Erasmus* programme and study at another European university for the year (you will be notified of any changes to the Erasmus arrangements)
  • You can become a student member of the Chartered Management Institute and a full member upon graduation.

*Middlesex University acknowledges the formal support of the European Commission for the Erasmus programme.

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

This is a four year full-time course with a year spent in a Spanish speaking country in the third year. 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 take two Spanish for Business language modules to develop skills and knowledge in writing and speaking Spanish. 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 year's placement or internship in the Spanish speaking world, linked to an HE partner institution, improving your skills through immersing yourself in the culture. Finally, you will be able to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the business concepts and focus your Spanish 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 do a good job 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 Spanish Spoken (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable those with little or no previous knowledge of the subject to acquire basic Spanish language skills writing system, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and usage of Spanish concerned with developing the two skills of speaking and listening within a business context. With its business orientation, the module also aims to introduce the Spanish business culture and increase your awareness of the professional environment in Spanish-speaking countries.

    • Business Spanish Written (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable those with little or no previous knowledge of the subject to acquire basic Spanish language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing but with a strong emphasis on the latter two. It will also promote an understanding of the Spanish/Latin American daily context in which they are located. The module focuses on the world of work.

    • Business Communication Spanish (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build upon and extend your abilities to read, write, listen and speak in 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.

    • Foundations in International Management and Organisation (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to give you an understanding of the nature of international business organisations and factors influencing how people work and manage in them. It puts organisations into their context and introduces you to theories of organisation, management, individual and group behaviour, within an international context.

  • 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 on 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 Communication Spanish (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aim to build upon and extend your abilities to read, write, listen and speak in 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.

    • Business Strategies in Hispanic Countries (30 credits) - Optional

      This module reviews, consolidates and further enhances your existing language skills speaking, listening, reading and writing of Spanish in business contexts to the intermediate level. Particular emphasis is laid upon your ability to understand and critically analyse business texts and case studies in the Spanish-speaking world, in parallel with your knowledge of international business strategies and case studies as taught in the Business module. The module also enhances your awareness of the Spanish-speaking world specific business practices.

  • Year 3

    • Study Abroad I (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to allow you to fully experience the culture and everyday life of Spanish-speaking societies by spending a full year at a host university in a Spanish-speaking country. You will build upon and extend your abilities in Spanish in academic business and cultural contexts by taking a Term of Study Abroad at a Higher Education (HE) 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 HE institution you will be required to take two taught modules, one of which at least must be a business or business-related subject in Spanish. You will 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 Spanish-speaking environment. You will gain an intellectual understanding of subject-related disciplines in the host country and/or actual experience at a placement. You will also consolidate and expand your specialised vocabulary in Spanish as well as your knowledge of specialised bibliography in subject-related issues. This will give you valuable insights into the learning of the discipline in Spanish as you immerse yourself in the host country and consolidate the learning of Spanish. You will have an experience of the host country’s cultural norms and protocols which are invaluable assets in professional life.

    • Study Abroad II (60 credits) - Compulsory

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

  • Year 4

    • 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.

    • 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 to 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.

    • Business Strategies in Hispanic Countries (30 credits) - Optional

      This module reviews, consolidates and further enhances your existing language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Spanish in business contexts to the advanced level. Emphasis is laid upon your ability to understand and critically analyse business texts and case studies in the Spanish-speaking world, in parallel with your knowledge of international business strategies and case studies as taught in the Business module. The module also enhances your awareness of the Spanish-speaking world specific business practices.

    • Global Business Spanish (30 credits) - Optional

      This module reviews, builds upon and extends your existing language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking Spanish in business contexts to the advanced level. Through this module, you will acquire advanced linguistic and cultural knowledge required for business communication in a global environment. It also enhances your awareness of international business and trade issues in the Spanish-speaking world, and how it fits into the global economy today.

    • 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 the 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. The module provides opportunities to improve your analytical, critical and problem solving abilities. The international context will be an integral theme throughout the module and emphasis will be on the difficulties and ethical considerations encountered when managing organisations within differing political, economic, cultural and social contexts.

    • 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 you in pursuing a career in international marketing or business.

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 (Spanish) support your career?

This degree enables you to work in a wide variety of roles including 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. You could even be working for a range of industrial, commercial and third sector organisations like:

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

You would even be prepared to go into business for yourself. Additionally, you could also go on to do further study on courses including MA Education or MA Marketing Management.

  • Natasha Thompson-Campbell

    Business School student

    I benefited greatly from the University's exchange programme as I spent 12 months living, working and studying in Valencia, Spain. As well as learning business skills and Spanish in class, I gained a huge amount from completing four different internships – working in the University's international admissions office; teaching English; supervising children at a summer school; and working for start-up investment firm Business Booster.

    Working at Business Booster was great for building up my business vocabulary in Spanish, while being thrown in at the deep end teaching has prepared me for whatever life throws at me. You've just got to go for it and step out of your comfort zone.

    Experiencing the unique Valencian culture was another eye-opener for me, as it showed me that you need to be appreciative of local differences when operating in international markets. Spending time with the locals was also a great way of improving my interpersonal language skills, having previously only been confident writing in Spanish.

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