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Business Management BA Honours

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Code
N200
Start
October 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
Louise Boulter
Jackie Jeffrey

This course is now available in Clearing

This degree allows you to shape your studies towards your career ambitions and build the knowledge, skills and experience to be a successful business manager in a wide range of industries.

Why study BA Business Management 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 management styles and choose from a range of exciting work placement options. Supported by expert tutors who bring professional experience to their teaching practices, you will study the key functions that underpin business success.

Work placements are an invaluable opportunity to gain employability skills 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.

The career options are broad with our Business Management degree and you will be well prepared to enter businesses, governmental and third sector organisations or even start your own business.

We offer nine exciting pathways so you can specialise your studies towards your career ambitions. After the shared first year you can select from: Business Management (direct route), Human Resources, Marketing, Finance, Project Management, Innovation and Supply Chain. Please note, Spanish and Mandarin pathways are also available but have a separate first year.

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 which can also include a contribution to tuition fees
  • Our Enterprise Development Hub can support you to start your own business and develop essential entrepreneurial skills for a successful career
  • 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 beginner or intermediate level as part of your degree, ensuring you stand out in today's competitive job market
  • 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?

You will develop key business knowledge, skills and experience in order to excel in a management career. Companies and organisations require graduates who have expert business knowledge and can also demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills, with the professional acumen to deal with challenges in a fast-paced corporate world.

You will study the operations of organisations: their functions, structure and management and the models and techniques used to achieve successful results. The Entrepreneurship and Small Business modules provide an excellent foundation for setting up and running your own business. In Year 2 and Year 3 you will take one of our specialist pathways, choosing from Business Management (direct route), HR, Marketing, Finance, Project Management, Innovation and Supply Chain.

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

    • Financial Concepts of Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Quantitative Methods for Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the use of computer software to collect, analyse and present business data. Students will learn to solve business and management problems using Excel or other appropriate software with an emphasis on the application of methods to solve problems, and the interpretation and communication of results. The main aim is to enable the student to become a discerning user of quantitative methods and computers in business analysis, which can be built upon in further study.

    • Management Concepts (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of the management of organisations. It will introduce management concepts such as the business functions,organisational structure, work design, entrepreneurship, and business ethics. Students will develop the ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various management theories and their application in the management of organisations.

    • People Management (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of how people in organisations interact. It will introduce various people management concepts and human resource processes and practices. Students will develop the ability to compare and contrast a variety of organisational psychology and sociological theories and their application in the management of people.

    • 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

    • Operations Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of operations management within a variety of organisations. It examines different aspects of operations management relevant to the design, planning, control and improvement of business operations. Students will learn to evaluate, select and apply relevant operations management concepts, tools and techniques to solve problems, make informed decision sand improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational processes.

    • Business Environment (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Management Information Systems (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with the ability to apply key skills in information systems to the business management domain. The module also aims to enable students to obtain important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as business intelligence (e.g. data analytics), digital technology solutions (e.g. smart environments) and modern forms of communication (e.g. social networks) to improve business processes.The module enables students to acquire knowledge in a number of topics aligned to the following key areas: (i) information systems and business intelligence (in particular the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations, (ii) communications (in particular the comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools) and (iii) digital business (in particular the development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in an environment where digital technology has reshaped traditional revenue and business models).The cross-discipline nature of the module ensures that students will gain experience in using information systems, while engaging in strategic management activities and following a pattern of work resembling project management practices in controlled environments.

    • Principles of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with an introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship. It examines different forms of innovative and entrepreneurial practice including commercial and social enterprise. This includes an introduction into management issues faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners. The module will also introduce students to such concepts as opportunity recognition and the ability to act upon opportunities and problem solving.

    • Organisational Behaviour (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable students to identify the multifaceted social processes that are imperative to organisational life. The module will cover a wide array of theories pertaining to organisational behaviour. Students will develop their own abilities to analyse these theories, build up their own views on how to think and feel about these emergent issues as well as empower themselves with the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.

    • Human Resource Management in Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the key areas of HRM and to develop their skills and competence in human resource management practice. Students will become familiar with a wide range of generalist HR policies and practices within the five key areas of the discipline: employee resourcing, employee reward, employee relations,performance management and employee training and development. They will also be provided with the opportunity to develop competencies in areas such as selection interviews,performance appraisals, managing conflict, and conducting grievance and disciplinary interviews.

    • Trade and International Business (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop in-depth understanding of theories relating to trade and international business, their application to an increasingly interdependent world, the role of multinational enterprise in the world trade system, and practical issues, such as inco terms,documentation, payment process and instruments, and trade compliance. Taken together these elements should equip students with comprehensive knowledge and a broader sense of running a business beyond the domestic market.

    • Business Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will examine the laws regulating the conduct of business and business organisations. The first part of the module sets the context and provides essential material on English Business law (English Legal system, Contract, Tort & Employment) whilst the second part covers Company law and Corporate Governance.

    • Accounting and Finance for Business (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to further develop and enhance the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations on the subject areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge and to train students to apply their accounting and finance knowledge and skills into a range of different business situations.

    • Marketing Research and Insights (30 credits) - Optional

      This module description will be available shortly

  • Year 3

    • Workforce Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop students' understanding and critical awareness of issues associated with managing contemporary workforce. Students will learn how increasingly diverse workforce composition and the changing nature of work and socioeconomic environment result in new and unique challenges that managers face today.Through using cutting edge research, case studies and self-reflexive exercises the module will encourage a critical re-evaluation of traditional management thinking and practices and explore alternative approaches and responses to the contemporary management issues.

    • Professional Communication (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables students to develop an understanding of strategies commonly used in professional discourse. It integrates concepts and approaches from applied linguistics and social psychology into the management of professional communication in a range of business settings. By exploring and contextualising professional discourse strategies,students will develop systematic and explicit approaches to analysing, evaluating and constructing strategic communication.

    • Equality Diversity and Inclusion (15 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to promote greater awareness of the importance of diversity issues nationally and internationally. It provides insight to the implications of diversity from a societal, organisational, and employee standpoint, exploring diversity debates, concepts and practices regarding equality, fairness and inclusion. Subjects taught highlight the significance of diversity management to careers and business sustainability. A variety of topics are included such as cross-cultural management, gender disparity, unconscious bias, age disability, effective multicultural team-working, and diversity legislation.

    • Business Start-Up (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to introduce to students the complexities of starting a business. It draws together a range of theories, concepts, and notions from several sources such as Finance, Marketing, and Strategy. The module utilises the development of a unique business plan through which students will learn, practice, and apply the necessary academic and practical knowledge and skill sets, including team working, required for the establishment of a new business, as well as an understanding of the complexities relating to the functioning of a small business.

    • Business Game (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to demonstrate to students the importance of integrated business functions to achieve business success. The module uses a business simulation to provide students with experience of how a firm can integrate key aspects of business and management in order to succeed in a competitive environment.

    • Research Project (30 credits) - Optional

      This module is designed to develop students’ skills and knowledge relevant to planning and conducting a small-scale research project. Students will learn how to do research, including define research aim and objectives, conduct literature review, collect primary data, analyse and interpret data, and organise and present research proposal and final dissertation document. The module requires students to consolidate learning from other modules to plan and complete a small business and management related research project.

    • Principles of Project Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide students with comprehensive understanding of the design,planning, implementation and evaluation of projects in a variety of sectors. Students will explore how projects are managed using up-to-date project management tools and technologies. The module also aims to develop awareness of the role of projects in the wider economy.

    • Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces students to the theories and techniques relevant to the management of global demand and global supply within the parameters of corporate and business unit strategies. Students will develop critical insights in design, implementation and operation of global supply chains while employing these to develop their own case studies.

    • Innovation Management (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop a systematic understanding of the role of innovation as a key factor in a dynamic business environment and to equip students with the knowledge,expertise and skills needed to manage the innovation process at both strategic and operational level. The module provides an up-to-date overview of the mainstream theories and models of innovation and illustrates successful organisational practices through case study analysis.

    • Work Internship (30 credits) - Optional

      This module description will be available shortly.

    • Consulting to Organisations (30 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces students to organisation consulting. It builds on learning from prior modules and provides students with a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation.Students are required to undertake a live team-consulting project to identify solutions to real business issues. This module also provides students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice and to develop employability skills. These include team-building, communication,interpersonal, and reflective skills that can boost employment outcomes.

    • Leadership (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to further develop and enhance the leadership knowledge and understanding of students within business organisations on the subject areas of leadership styles and approaches, ethics, equality and diversity as well as personal leadership development. It aims to provide a more in-depth appreciation of the challenges faced by leaders in contemporary businesses who need to meet the needs of a range of stakeholders,assess the impact of leadership on organisational culture and behaviour as well as recognise when change is necessary.

    • Coaching and Mentoring (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop and enhance students’ understanding and knowledge of coaching and mentoring in different sectors and contexts. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of coaching and mentoring in supporting individuals and teams,in additional to providing an overview of coaching and mentoring programme design,implementation and evaluation.

    • Business Ethics (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enhance students’ critical thinking skills by engaging in an in-depth exploration of ethics and social responsibility in business. It aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify, analyse, and develop effective responses to ethical issues and challenges in business. Students will develop an ability to assess issues from different points of view, including from individual, organisational and societal perspectives;and to apply and critically evaluate mechanisms and tools typically used to address ethical and social responsibility issues.

    • Sustainable Business (15 credits) - Optional

      This module focuses specifically on the development of the competences needed to develop sustainable business. The module aims to provide the knowledge and skills of sustainable business to enable students to make a strong contribution to society, economy and the environment. Students will be enabled through a competency-based approach that links real-world orientation, with personal development and coaching, to the development and management of sustainable business.

    • Services Marketing Management (15 credits) - Optional

      This module description will be available shortly.

    • Strategic Management Accounting (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build on students’ knowledge of management accounting by looking at the wider measures of performance and decision making and the techniques that can be applied to such situations. The module attempts to give a broad understanding and critical evaluation of performance measurement. This includes quality and innovation as well as financial measures. The techniques and theory covered lead to a wider understanding of strategic decision making as well as overall company performance.

    • Entrepreneurial Finance (15 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to provide students with an awareness and understanding of the mechanics, challenges and issues related to the different ways of financing an enterprise.The includes an understanding of key financial statements, the financial planning process,sources of funding and the financial risks and rewards of entrepreneurship.

    • Organisational Change (15 credits) - Optional

      All contemporary organisations operate in an increasingly dynamic environment. This module aims to develop students critical understanding of organisational change and managing organisational change. It explores different theoretical frameworks, concepts,techniques and tools for managing change.

    • Business Analytics (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in business analytics. It examines the roles of data analytics in today’s business world using real world examples of businesses that have applied business analytics tools to solve critical problems. The module aims to equip students with a wide variety of data mining, visual and analytical techniques which can be applied to data generated from different markets, businesses, and business functions.

    • Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations. It will outline and offer a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy and introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels. You will focus on 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.

Modules

  • September 2018 entry - Year 2 entry only

    • Year 2 modules

      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 gain the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.

      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.

      Human Resource Management in Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim is to introduce non-HR specialist students to the key areas of Human Resource Management and to build on relevant knowledge and skills developed in introductory organisational behaviour modules. By the end of the module you will be familiar with a wide range of generalist HR policies and practices within the five key areas of the discipline: employee resourcing, employee reward, performance management employee relations, and employee training and development

      Managerial Finance (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to further develop and enhance your financial understanding and knowledge within business organisations. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of accounting and finance for those who do not need to develop specialist knowledge and to train you to apply your accounting and finance skills into a range of different business situations.

      Law for Business (30 credits) - Optional

      The aims of the module are to examine the laws regulating the conduct of business and business organisations. The first part of the module provides the essential basic knowledge and understanding of English law (English Legal System, Contract, Tort and Employment) whilst the second part covers Company law and Corporate Governance.

      Sustainable Products (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to examine the importance of sustainable products to firms 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 modules

      Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations. It will outline and offer a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy and introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels. You will focus on 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.

      Developing Leaders and Managers in Organisations (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. Alongside this, it will provide opportunities to develop personal skills through workshops in leadership and team building.

      Authentic Leadership Development (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on leadership. It will explore key concepts which present the complexity of leadership effectiveness in the 21st Century which include communication and conflict management, ethics, social responsibility, diversity, change, power and politics. The module provides you with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts in order to develop and enhance your own personal leadership effectiveness in preparation for your chosen career.

      Business Game (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to present a view of the importance to firms of integrating key business functions in order to achieve business success. It will facilitate your understanding and application of appropriate business and management academic theories in managing a business. You will gain experience, through business simulation, of how a firm can integrate key aspects of business and management to succeed in a competitive environment - to use simulation techniques as a means of encouraging you to think strategically.

      Business Start-up (30 credits) - Optional

      This is a synoptic module which ensures you can demonstrate how to develop a business plan and put it into operation. This will be achieved by demonstrating 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 your own 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.

      Enterprise and Small Business (30 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to develop the awareness, skills and mindset relevant to enterprise, entrepreneurship and small business. This includes abilities required to recognise and act upon opportunities, solve problems, and apply initiative and creativity in achieving development goals, and to explore the nature and impact of enterprise in a wider socio-economic context, by addressing key policy-relevant issues.

      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.

      Strategic Management Accounting (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build on your knowledge of management accounting by looking at the wider measures of performance and decision making and the techniques that can be applied to such situations. The module attempts to give a broad understanding and critical evaluation of performance measurement. This includes quality and innovation as well as financial measures. The techniques and theory covered lead to a wider understanding of strategic decision making as well as overall company performance.

      The Service Encounter (30 credits) - Optional

      This module builds upon knowledge and skills gained on general business functions and their impact on work. It explores, in more depth and on a critical basis, the interrelationship of the workplace and individuals in the organisation of services. It looks at contemporary issues unique to the organisation of work within services, including management approaches to control, the interaction between customer and service provider at the point of delivery and the role of aesthetics in service provision.

      Work Internship (30 credits) - Optional

      The primary aim of the internship module is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience minimum 30 days. This will facilitate you to gain an insight into, the world of work and appropriate conduct at work, and the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both your development and the link between theory and practice. You will also develop an understanding of the organisation, sector and the environment in which it operates.

      Innovation Management (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

      Managing Business Projects (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

      Global Operations Management (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of those managerial concepts and techniques required in the design, management and control of work systems. The term "work systems" is used in a broad sense and includes both manufacturing and service systems. The module will look at the configuration and coordination of international business operations. Through configuration the location choices will be examined. The theories and decision making methodologies will be explained in detail. In coordination, the advantage of international operations will be discussed in detail including technology/knowledge transfer and general operations management issues.

      International Marketing (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module puts marketing into the global context and shows the importance of international marketing in the era of globalisation. The module assists you to gain sound knowledge of international marketing and provides them with a thorough understanding of the nature of the international market place. You will develop international marketing decision-making skills and know-how that will assist them in pursuing a career in international marketing or business.

      Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to promote greater awareness and understanding of the importance of diversity issues from both a national and international perspective. This module also provides insight to the implications of diversity from a societal, organisational, and employee standpoint. A range of diversity debates, concepts and practices regarding equality, fairness and inclusion are also explored. This is used as a means for endorsing the significance of diversity management to careers and business sustainability and success. A variety of topics are covered including cross-cultural management, gender disparity, age perception, disability awareness, effective multicultural team-working, and diversity legislation.

      Leading Change (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enable you to critically analyse approaches to organisational change and to develop the skills required to be effective change agents. To do this, the module will, firstly, explore organisational change including the need for change, triggers of change, response/barriers to change and approaches for overcoming resistance to change. Secondly, the module will explore the importance of business/HR strategy, communication, project management, and team work in managing change, as well as leadership as a key facilitator of change. Finally, the module will equip you with the knowledge, skills and competences to become effective change agents and will engage you in a reflection of your past career and life experiences in relation to individual and/or organisational change.

Modules

  • September 2018 modules - Year 3 entry only

    • Year 3 modules

      Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations. It will outline and offer a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy and introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels. You will focus on 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.

      Developing Leaders and Managers in Organisations (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. Alongside this, it will provide opportunities to develop personal skills through workshops in leadership and team building.

      Authentic Leadership Development (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on leadership. It will explore key concepts which present the complexity of leadership effectiveness in the 21st Century which include communication and conflict management, ethics, social responsibility, diversity, change, power and politics. The module provides you with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts in order to develop and enhance your own personal leadership effectiveness in preparation for your chosen career.

      Business Game (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to present a view of the importance to firms of integrating key business functions in order to achieve business success. It will facilitate your understanding and application of appropriate business and management academic theories in managing a business. You will gain experience, through business simulation, of how a firm can integrate key aspects of business and management to succeed in a competitive environment - to use simulation techniques as a means of encouraging you to think strategically.

      Business Start-up (30 credits) - Optional

      This is a synoptic module which ensures you can demonstrate how to develop a business plan and put it into operation. This will be achieved by demonstrating 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 your own 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.

      Enterprise and Small Business (30 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to develop the awareness, skills and mindset relevant to enterprise, entrepreneurship and small business. This includes abilities required to recognise and act upon opportunities, solve problems, and apply initiative and creativity in achieving development goals, and to explore the nature and impact of enterprise in a wider socio-economic context, by addressing key policy-relevant issues.

      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.

      Strategic Management Accounting (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build on your knowledge of management accounting by looking at the wider measures of performance and decision making and the techniques that can be applied to such situations. The module attempts to give a broad understanding and critical evaluation of performance measurement. This includes quality and innovation as well as financial measures. The techniques and theory covered lead to a wider understanding of strategic decision making as well as overall company performance.

      The Service Encounter (30 credits) - Optional

      This module builds upon knowledge and skills gained on general business functions and their impact on work. It explores, in more depth and on a critical basis, the interrelationship of the workplace and individuals in the organisation of services. It looks at contemporary issues unique to the organisation of work within services, including management approaches to control, the interaction between customer and service provider at the point of delivery and the role of aesthetics in service provision.

      Work Internship (30 credits) - Optional

      The primary aim of the internship module is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience minimum 30 days. This will facilitate you to gain an insight into, the world of work and appropriate conduct at work, and the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both your development and the link between theory and practice. You will also develop an understanding of the organisation, sector and the environment in which it operates.

      Innovation Management (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

      Managing Business Projects (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

      Global Operations Management (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of those managerial concepts and techniques required in the design, management and control of work systems. The term "work systems" is used in a broad sense and includes both manufacturing and service systems. The module will look at the configuration and coordination of international business operations. Through configuration the location choices will be examined. The theories and decision making methodologies will be explained in detail. In coordination, the advantage of international operations will be discussed in detail including technology/knowledge transfer and general operations management issues.

      International Marketing (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module puts marketing into the global context and shows the importance of international marketing in the era of globalisation. The module assists you to gain sound knowledge of international marketing and provides them with a thorough understanding of the nature of the international market place. You will develop international marketing decision-making skills and know-how that will assist them in pursuing a career in international marketing or business.

      Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to promote greater awareness and understanding of the importance of diversity issues from both a national and international perspective. This module also provides insight to the implications of diversity from a societal, organisational, and employee standpoint. A range of diversity debates, concepts and practices regarding equality, fairness and inclusion are also explored. This is used as a means for endorsing the significance of diversity management to careers and business sustainability and success. A variety of topics are covered including cross-cultural management, gender disparity, age perception, disability awareness, effective multicultural team-working, and diversity legislation.

      Leading Change (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enable you to critically analyse approaches to organisational change and to develop the skills required to be effective change agents. To do this, the module will, firstly, explore organisational change including the need for change, triggers of change, response/barriers to change and approaches for overcoming resistance to change. Secondly, the module will explore the importance of business/HR strategy, communication, project management, and team work in managing change, as well as leadership as a key facilitator of change. Finally, the module will equip you with the knowledge, skills and competences to become effective change agents and will engage you in a reflection of your past career and life experiences in relation to individual and/or organisational change.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BA Business Management support your career?

This degree will leave you ideally placed to start a career 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 be working in a range of industrial, commercial and third sector organisations such as:

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

Other courses

Business Management (Fast-Track) BA Honours

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: 2 years full-time

Code: N2FT

International Business BA Honours

Start: September 2018

Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Code: N121

Business Management (Human Resource Management) BA Honours

Start: September 2018

Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time

Code: N601

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