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Business Management (Marketing) BA Honours

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Code
N504
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 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
Natalie Staub

This course is now available in Clearing

Our marketing pathway allows you to shape your studies towards your career ambitions and develop the specialist marketing skills to thrive in a business environment.

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

Our degree is the ideal choice for students who wish to develop marketing expertise within a range of businesses and companies, and learn to communicate and 'sell' their ideas to commercial audiences. Supported by expert tutors who bring industry experience to their teaching, you will study the key functions that underpin business success and learn to deliver marketing campaigns with confidence.

The career options are broad with our Business Management (Marketing) pathway. You will be well placed to enter a diverse range of businesses, governmental and third sector organisations and can choose from a range of exciting work placements to support your career 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.

Course highlights

  • We also 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. It can include a contribution towards your tuition fees
  • 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 (Marketing)?

You will develop essential skills and knowledge in business management and learn essential business issues. 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 business environment. 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 withinbusiness organisations so as to enable them to make effective decisions and to assess thecost, economic and financial implications of these decisions. It aims to provide anunderstanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for business students whodo not need to develop specialist knowledge as well as to provide an understanding of keyeconomic principles that inform business thought and practice.

    • Marketing Theory and Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide students with an overview of key marketing concepts and techniques, as they apply in a variety of organisations and in bothconventional and online environments. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the core role of marketing in determining the growth potential ofan enterprise, including the value of the marketing mix in ensuring successfulmarketing implementation and the significance of external and internal operatingenvironments for marketing practice.

    • Quantitative Methods for Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the use of computer software tocollect, analyse and present business data. Students will learn to solve business andmanagement problems using Excel or other appropriate software with an emphasis on theapplication of methods to solve problems, and the interpretation and communication ofresults. The main aim is to enable the student to become a discerning user of quantitativemethods 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 oforganisations. It will introduce management concepts such as the business functions,organisational structure, work design, entrepreneurship, and business ethics. Students willdevelop the ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various managementtheories 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 organisationsinteract. It will introduce various people management concepts and human resourceprocesses and practices. Students will develop the ability to compare and contrast a varietyof organisational psychology and sociological theories and their application in themanagement of people.

  • Year 2

    • Operations Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Business Environment (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop students’ knowledge of internal and external businessenvironment and their impact upon choices available to business in planning and decisionmaking. Students will learn to analyse business environments and handle information usingdifferent techniques, models and frameworks.

    • 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 toobtain important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as businessintelligence (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 thefollowing key areas: (i) information systems and business intelligence (in particular thedevelopment, management, application and implementation of information systems and theirimpact upon organisations, (ii) communications (in particular the comprehension and use ofrelevant communications for application in business and management, including the use ofdigital tools) and (iii) digital business (in particular the development of strategic priorities todeliver business at speed in an environment where digital technology has reshapedtraditional revenue and business models).The cross-discipline nature of the module ensures that students will gain experience in usinginformation systems, while engaging in strategic management activities and following apattern 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. Itexamines different forms of innovative and entrepreneurial practice including commercialand social enterprise. This includes an introduction into management issues faced byentrepreneurs and small business owners. The module will also introduce students to suchconcepts as opportunity recognition and the ability to act upon opportunities and problemsolving.

    • Organisational Behaviour (15 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Marketing Research and Insights (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to familiarise students with the importance of marketing research and insights to business and, in particular, the marketing management process. Students will learn how to conduct a marketing research project, including establishing business research needs, gaining insights into the consumer market, designing an appropriate research design, creating research instruments, gathering data primary and secondary data, conducting both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and using the findings to improve marketing decision-making.

    • Digital Marketing (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide students with an overview of digital marketing from a theoretical and practical perspective. The practice of digital marketing in today's marketing landscape will be outlined in addition to how digital marketing plays a vital integrative role in an organisation’s marketing strategy. Students will gain hands-on practical digital marketing skills such as the development of digital marketing tools, website design and creation, management of social media platforms and writing effective email campaigns.

  • Year 3

    • Services Marketing Management  (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores services marketing management from an operations perspective. Itaims to offer an in-depth exploration of services marketing management, emphasisingconcepts, practices and techniques that are pertinent to the service sector. Students willsynthesise and apply services management marketing theories, concepts and techniques topractice through the use of specialised service-sector case studies. Many students willeventually work in the service sector, and it is hoped that this module will inspire and shapetheir career.

    • Global and Cross Cultural Marketing (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces students to current theory and practice in global marketing and develops their ability to apply cultural concepts to marketing challenges. Students will learn about new cultures in both the developed and emerging world and how to adapt marketing strategies accordingly for business success.

    • Marketing Strategy and Implementation (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with an overview of the key concepts of strategic marketing from a managerial perspective. As such, students will learn about the key marketing tools that will enable them to develop the knowledge and skills necessary in order to: analyse the marketing environment, customers and the factors influencing the purchasing process; develop marketing strategies and plans to reflect the environment; and implement such plans through the development of appropriate product, price, place and promotional activities. In addition, you will appreciate how leadership and managerial styles influence the strategic marketing process.

    • Research Project (30 credits) - Optional

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

    • Marketing Internship (30 credits) - Optional

      The primary aim of the work marketing module is to provide students with the opportunity toundertake a period of work experience (minimum of 30 days) from which students will learnabout, how business run in general, the organisation and the sector within which it operatesas well as the key drivers of business success. The marketing internship will providestudents with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of work and developeffective strategies to deal with work and organisational life. It will therefore facilitatestudents to develop an understanding of work, reflexivity, resilience, wellbeing and the linkbetween theory and practice. Through reflection on experiential learning students willenhance their awareness of their own abilities, and attributes and undertake a journey ofpersonal and professional development.

    • New Venture Creation (15 credits) – Optional

      This module is underpinned by the ethos that ‘Entrepreneurship’ is now a career choice for many students in these challenging, dynamic and uncertain times. This module is designed to foster entrepreneurial talent and encourage and develop entrepreneurial new venture management skills. It also aims to make students aware of opportunities in the market place and how to use Effectual Entrepreneurship to implement and generate sustainable incomes in a world outside the academic environment.

    • Social Media and Viral Marketing (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide students with an understanding of social media and viral marketing and will incorporate owned, earned and paid tactics. The practice of social media and viral marketing in today's marketing landscape will be outlined in addition to how social media and viral marketing facilitates and changes the behaviours of consumers in the marketplace. In preparation for future employment, the module will allow students to apply taught theories to real-life organisations.

    • Public Relations and Corporate Reputation (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will provide a solid grounding in the theory and practice of Public Relations and the content will build upon knowledge and skills gained from previous core and optional modules on the Programme. Students will develop understanding of the ‘diversity’ in publics and the processes of managing and maintaining complex relationships. Through an understanding of the importance of managing corporate reputation, students will explore the effectiveness of public relations as an important communication tool when looking at managing public perceptions during moments of organisational or individual crisis. Additionally, the module will explore the wider cultural and societal landscape in which public relations operate, and will provide critical insight into areas such as celebrity, power and the impact of globalization.

    • Marketing Consultancy Project (15 credits) - Optional

      The module builds on learning from prior modules and provides students with the experience of working collaboratively on a real, client-driven consultancy project. External clients will provide a project brief and students will work in teams to develop practical solutions.  The module gives students an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to real organisations and facilitates the practice of team-working, problem-solving, reflective and presentation skills, as well as an understanding of the complexities relating to client management and project deliverables.

    • Fashion Marketing (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces students to fashion marketing and encourages them to apply marketing theory that underpins the subject to real world examples.  Students will explore cultural, environmental, social and ethical trends that influence the fashion industry, identify business opportunities and create marketing proposals to improve fashion brands and fashion retail spaces.

    • Professional Communication (15 credits) - Optional

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

  • September 2018 entry - Year 2 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 empower yourself with 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.

      Consumer Behaviour (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to enable you to learn factors that influence consumer behaviour; how we buy, what we buy, why we buy. Relevant theories of consumer behaviour will be explored and critiqued to explain these behaviours.

      Entrepreneurship and Small Business Marketing (30 credits) - Optional

      This module is designed to foster entrepreneurial talent and encourage and develop entrepreneurial /small business management skills. Highlighting the diversity of entrepreneurship in today’s dynamic commercial and social environments will challenge you to think entrepreneurially. It also aims to make you aware of opportunities in the market place and generate a can-do mentality.

    • Year 3 modules

      Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

      E-Marketing Strategy and Social Media (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explains the concepts and tools required to build and maintain an effective e-marketing and social media strategy. The module will discuss e-marketing and social media from a strategic perspective as well as focus on specific technologies and tactics.

      Services Marketing Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to offer in-depth exploration of services marketing management, emphasising those concepts, practices and techniques that are pertinent to service. You will synthesise and apply previous study of management and marketing concepts and techniques and relate business theory to practice using specialised service-sector case studies.

      Consulting in Organisations (30 credits) - Optional

      The module builds on learning from prior modules and provides you with a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. The module then provides an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to organisation practice by working in small teams on a real-time consultancy project which takes place in a variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. It gives you the responsibility of approaching and pitching to potential clients, managing yourself, your time, your team relationships and your relationships with external clients, to achieve outcomes that make a real difference to the organisation. The module provides a bridge between academic study and full-time employment by focusing on the significance and relevance of the consultancy experience. It aims to enhance your prospects of employment following the completion of the degree.

      Creative Advertising and Promotion (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your knowledge of the theory and practice of advertising and promotion. You will learn how to use both broad communication theory and specific promotion-related theory to inform and develop advertising and promotion programmes. You will learn how these promotional activities fit within and contribute to overall marketing strategies and objectives while learning to develop, implement and evaluate advertising and promotion campaigns.

      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.

      New Venture Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module is underpinned by the ethos that entrepreneurship is now a career choice for many in these challenging, dynamic and uncertain times. This module is designed to foster entrepreneurial talent and encourage and develop entrepreneurial new venture management skills. It also aims to make you aware of opportunities in the market place and how to use Effectual Entrepreneurship to implement and generate sustainable incomes in a world outside the academic environment.

      Public Relations and Corporate Reputation Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop detailed understanding of public relations theory and practice and its role in influencing corporate reputation. The module uses practical tasks and professional simulations to enable you to engage critically with public relations planning, implementation and evaluation.

      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.

      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 for a minimum of 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.

  • September 2018 entry - 3 year 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, to outline a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy, and to introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels. It will 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.

      E-Marketing Strategy and Social Media (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explains the concepts and tools required to build and maintain an effective e-marketing and social media strategy. The module will discuss e-marketing and social media from a strategic perspective as well as focus on specific technologies and tactics.

      Services Marketing Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to offer in-depth exploration of services marketing management, emphasising those concepts, practices and techniques that are pertinent to service. You will synthesise and apply previous study of management and marketing concepts and techniques and relate business theory to practice using specialised service-sector case studies.

      Consulting in Organisations (30 credits) - Optional

      The module builds on learning from prior modules and provides you with a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. The module then provides an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to organisation practice by working in small teams on a real-time consultancy project which takes place in a variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. It gives you the responsibility of approaching and pitching to potential clients, managing yourself, your time, your team relationships and your relationships with external clients, to achieve outcomes that make a real difference to the organisation. The module provides a bridge between academic study and full-time employment by focusing on the significance and relevance of the consultancy experience. It aims to enhance your prospects of employment following the completion of the degree.

      Creative Advertising and Promotion (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your knowledge of the theory and practice of advertising and promotion. You will learn how to use both broad communication theory and specific promotion-related theory to inform and develop advertising and promotion programmes. You will learn how these promotional activities fit within and contribute to overall marketing strategies and objectives while learning to develop, implement and evaluate advertising and promotion campaigns.

      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.

      New Venture Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module is underpinned by the ethos that entrepreneurship is now a career choice for many in these challenging, dynamic and uncertain times. This module is designed to foster entrepreneurial talent and encourage and develop entrepreneurial new venture management skills. It also aims to make you aware of opportunities in the market place and how to use Effectual Entrepreneurship to implement and generate sustainable incomes in a world outside the academic environment.

      Public Relations and Corporate Reputation Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop detailed understanding of public relations theory and practice and its role in influencing corporate reputation. The module uses practical tasks and professional simulations to enable you to engage critically with public relations planning, implementation and evaluation.

      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.

      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 for a minimum of 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.

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.

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

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

Upon graduation, you could be working in a range of industrial, commercial and third sector organisations such as 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, Comet, Santander, Progressive Recruitment, Valid Security, Morrisons.

This degree also enables you to set up your own business.

Other courses

Business Management (Marketing) (Top-up) BA Honours

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

Duration: 1 year full-time

Code: N505

Marketing BA Honours

Start: September 2018

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

Code: N500

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