Organisations and businesses are always looking to improve their project success rates. They want them delivered quicker, on time and within the agreed budget. As projects become more global and more complex, improved project management is always at the forefront of an organisation's mind.
Project management isn’t just about being organised. Much like entrepreneurs, they need to take responsibility, be organised and have the ability to drive a project team to success. During this course, we’ll show you how to take deliver it successfully.
This course is tailored to ambitious students who are keen to learn theory in practice. Supported by our academic team you’ll learn how organisations work and operate in a business environment.
During your course you’ll study project management using software applications. You’ll gain the knowledge and capability to use these tools in a dynamic environment. You’ll learn to use Microsoft Project, SAP, and a host of other software that helps you to manage and control projects.
You’ll also learn about the key functions of a successful business – strategy development, management styles, business resourcing and more.
You’ll take part in group projects, talking to project managers who work on live projects so you can understand more about the role in business. You’ll also have guest speakers and coursework based on ongoing projects in a range of industries.
We ensure that every student has adequate support throughout their time with us. That’s why you’ll get matched with a Personal Tutor as well as a Student Learning Assistant and a Graduate Academic Assistant. They’ll have experience in your subject area and will be able to help whenever you need.
A degree in business management with a focus on project management can lead to a challenging career in virtually any sector. Previous graduates have gone on to work for companies like Avanade, Cancer Research UK and Downing LLP.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 decisions and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational processes.
This module aims to develop students’ knowledge of internal and external business environment and their impact upon choices available to business in planning and decision making. Students will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using different techniques, models and frameworks.
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
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.
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.
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.
>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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The aims of this module are organised in two parts: in the first part students use the essential components of strategic analysis with the primary aim of developing an applied knowledge of tools and techniques. In the second part students explore a variety of special topics with the primary aim of examining strategy concepts applied in different organisations. Overall, the module aims to build students’ ability to process and interpret information from different internal functions and from multiple external sources for decision-making leading to long term organisational success.
This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the role of project plans in delivering strategic objectives. The module will also analyse how the different components of a project are linked and contribute to successful delivery of a project. Students will also enhance their leadership, team working and communication skills by contributing to planning and development of project plans.
Projects are becoming increasingly complex and technology has become an inherent part of the project management arena. This module aims to develop students’ understanding of various technologies and how they can be used for managing and controlling different types of projects. Students will be able to use software applications to design, plan and manage projects. They will be also able to identify the most appropriate software for a given a scenario.
This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the project management methodologies (PMM) used by organisations to manage and successfully deliver project objectives. A wide range of different project methodologies and the complex processes they entail will be examined. In order for the students to appreciate the application of such methodologies one key PMM will be examined in detail.
This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the role and processes of finance and risk management in project planning and delivery. Finance in projects is influenced by various factors that will be examined. Risk identification,assessment, response development and contingency planning will be analysed to appreciate their relevance for project management. The link between risks and cost will also be explored.
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.
This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations and outlines a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy. It will introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels and provide a range of analytical models and concepts that can be applied in assessing the strategic capability of an organisation and the environment in which it operates.
This module aims to provide an understanding of the role of project plans in delivering strategic objectives and to show how the links between different components of a project contribute to successful delivery of projects. You will be able to enhance your individual effectiveness in contributing to planning and development of project plans
This module aims to provide an understanding of how Microsoft Project relates to the discipline of project management and will demonstrate how it can be used to design, plan and track project resources and schedule. You will also be able to understand the effectiveness and limitations of the software in project management and enhance individual effectiveness in using MS Project to track and correct project costs and schedule
This module aims to provide you with a through grounding in the fundamental concepts, techniques and tools of decision modelling and discrete-event simulation. You will be familiarised with the general process of conducting simulation studies from defining the goals of the simulation project to analysing the simulation results, their implications and making recommendations for system improvement.
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, to learn independently and through supervision, and undertake an extended, methodical piece of work. A well-executed research project will give you something to distinguish yourself from your peers as well as the opportunity to show why you might be a superior candidate for graduate employment.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. 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.
Business Management BA graduate
Start: October 2020, January 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time
Start: October 2020, EU/International induction: September 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 4-6 years part-time
Start: Autumn 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time