Computers in Business
This module will introduce the use of computers and IT in business today, with an emphasis on spreadsheet modelling. By the end of the module, you will have developed knowledge of the development, management, and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations, as well as of the comprehensive use of relevant systems for application in business and management.
The module is delivered through a combination of two weekly one-hour lectures, with four weeks of one-hour computing sessions, and a one-off workshop and tutorial.
Economics of Corporate Strategy
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the economic view of firms, highlighting the implications for firms' decisions. The module will cover topics such as agency theory, transaction cost economics, horizontal and vertical integration and diversification. For this module you will have 11 90-minute lectures and two 60-minute tutorials.
Entrepreneurship and Business
This module presents a formal analysis of entrepreneurship in theory and practice leading on to a consideration of creativity and business concept generation. You will have 11 two-hour lectures with the module concluding with the practical application of these theories and concepts in a business planning and business concept presentation.
Macroeconomics for Business
This module allows you to explore the nature and scope of the macroeconomic policy agenda, and develops the analytical frameworks necessary for the evaluation of policy instruments.
The module enables you to understand the economic arguments that under-lie different views and to evaluate relevant arguments. You'll have nine two-hour lectures, one one-hour lecture, and three one-hour tutorials.
Microeconomics for Business A
This module will introduce you to microeconomic aspects of the market and the firm. Topics will include market demand, supply and equilibrium, firm production and costs, market structure, and oligopoly and monopoly. The teaching consists of a two-hour lecture each week, with three weeks of single one-hour seminars.
Microeconomics for Business B1
This module aims to develop your understanding of important economic concepts, including: exchange and trade, consumer theory, factor markets and welfare economics. You will have ten two-hour lectures and three one-hour seminars.
This module will introduce students to the basic ideas of organisational behaviour. The content will encourage them to develop an understanding of managing and developing people within business organisations. The module will draw its primary material from the major theorists and theories of both organisational psychology and organisational behaviour. The module will also develop links with other aspects of the business school curriculum such as general management and international business.
The module aims to introduce students to the basic ideas and concepts of organisational behaviour.
Quantitative Methods 1B
In this module you'll study key mathematical and statistical techniques and their application to problems and data including: economic application of calculus; confidence intervals; introduction to hypothesis testing; partial differentiation, optimisation of two variables, probability, random variables and sampling distributions. Over the course of this module you'll have ten two-hour lectures and eight workshops.
Plus 40 credits of approved optional modules.
Business Law A
This module will introduce you to aspects of business law within a UK legal framework. You will develop an understanding of major issues, such as the impact of EU legislation, Law of Contract, Tort Law, Employment Law, and law in a global context. The teaching is delivered through a series of two-hour lectures each week, with four weeks of one-hour seminars.
This module will introduce you to key accounting concepts, including the impact of accounting policy selection on profit, accounting standards, and the recording and collecting of accounting information. You will develop accounting reports, such as balance sheets and cash-flow statements, alongside knowledge of some contemporary accounting issues. This module is delivered through a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar each week.
Insurance in a Risky World
This module provides you with an introduction to the demand for and supply of insurance. The module examines how insurance markets operate to satisfy commercial and individual customers' demand for protection against risk, and would usually include topics such as private and social insurance, the historical development of insurance, the supply of insurance, Lloyd's and the London Insurance Market, how insurance is distributed to consumers, the role of insurance in the economy, international aspects of insurance and insurance and catastrophes.
Management Accounting and Decisions I
This module introduces the following:
- Cost concepts and allocation of manufacturing overheads
- Absorption and variable costing
- Cost-volume-profit analysis
- Relevant costing
The module aims to introduce the techniques of management accounting and how they assist in management decision-making.
New Venture Creation
New Venture Creation will engage you in the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity, in terms of creating new businesses and entrepreneurship within the corporate environment. You will become prepared for enterprise activity across a variety of contexts. You will have 11 two-hour lectures and four one-hour mentored groups.
Economics of Innovation
In this module, you will cover topics including: innovation in the history of economic thought, basic concepts in the economics of innovation, Intellectual property, economics of networks, standards and dominant designs, the entrepreneur, innovation, demand and consumption, clusters, innovation and the division of labour, innovation, competitiveness and trade, policy for innovation. You will have 11 90-minute lectures and two one-hour tutorials.
Economics of Organisation
In this module, you'll study topics such as: organisational architecture, decision rights, reward systems, Individual performance evaluation, tournament theory, shareholder activism, CEO performance and turnover. You'll study this through 11 90-minute lectures and two one-hour seminars.
Economics of Pricing and Decision Making
This module presents an introduction to economic decision making with a focus on the firm's pricing decisions and mechanisms, including: monopoly pricing; oligopoly pricing (non-co-operative and collusive); auctions and pricing under uncertainty. Over the course of the module you will have 11 90-minute lectures and two one-hour seminars.
This module examines the international business environment; in particular the impact of international firms on the economy, the determinants of Foreign Direct Investment and their significance on regional and global economic integration. Attention is paid to cultural and organisational aspects of international business and their impact on Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as differences in corporate governance across economic areas. The structure of the module is based on three sections focusing mainly on the activities of MNEs, firm organisation and performance, and the impact of international firms on the economy.
The module aims to convey knowledge to students and expose them to a learning process involving teamwork experience in research and writing of reports.
This module will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of quantitative economic modelling at a basic level. The theoretical framework will be developed around the classical regression model and its extensions, with theoretical understanding being supplemented with computer-based practical examples of modelling and data analysis. You will have two one-hour lectures for nine weeks or examples classes per week and five one-hour formative computer lab tests.
Quantitative Methods 2A
In this module you'll study further maths and statistics including topics such as linear algebra, constrained optimisation, difference equations and hypothesis testing. You'll have ten two-hour lectures and eight one-hour workshops.
Plus 50 credits of approved optional modules.
Accounting Information Systems
This module looks at the use of accounting information systems in financial and management accounting and their control and audit. You’ll cover topics such as: introduction to systems, business processes, budgeting and decision support systems, internal control and audit, computer crime and external audit and enterprise resource planning systems. You'll have 11 one-hour lectures and four two-hour laboratory sessions.
Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
This module develops an understanding of corporate entrepreneurship and an appreciation of how larger firms can be designed to be more entrepreneurial, flexible and innovative. You'll have 11 90-minute lectures and two one-hour seminars.
Database Design and Implementation
This module examines the process of relational database design and implementation using relevant theory. Applications of modern databases will be studied and all students will be required to create a database system, fully documented, to solve a given problem. You will have 11 90-minute lectures and two one-hour hands-on teaching on database skills.
This module will develop a critical understanding of the theory and practice of corporate financial management and will introduce you to the corporate investment and financing decision as well as the interaction between the investment and financing decision.
Human Resource Management
The module looks at theories of HRM, recruitment and selection, reward, training and development, performance appraisal and broader contextual issues.
The module aims to introduce students to the concepts and ideas of Personnel Management and HRM.
This module will introduce and analyse the key concepts, theories and frameworks integral to the strategic management of organisations and to apply them to real-world situations. It will provide you with a theoretical and applied overview of strategic management in today's operational environment.
This module focuses on the strategic dimension of marketing with reference to the ways in which organisations compete with different product-market offers. There is an emphasis on the processes involved in the development of a marketing strategy and the ways in which such strategies evolve. You'll have 11 90-minute lectures and two one-hour seminars.
Risk Management Decisions
This module will help you understand the different aspects of corporate risk, including the negative impact of risk on the stakeholders of a modern organisation, the risk-creation process in an organisation, and the nature of value-creating risk management decisions. This module is delivered through a 90-minute lecture each week, with two weeks of single one-hour seminars.
Topics in Labour and Personnel Economics
This module will foster your understanding of the process by which business organisations make effective use of labour, and the policies they employ to this effect. Topics covered include: employees' incentives in organisations, the hiring process, training and labour turnover, employee pay and performance, trade unions and employment relations.
Tourism Futures: the Challenge of Sustainability
This module interweaves the various disciplines of tourism studies, to provide an understanding of how tourism fits into what may be described as postmodern society. It also explores the historical origins of the tourism industry, assesses the role of tour operators, as well as the internet and other media in providing postmodern tourist experience.
The module analyses the challenge of sustainable transport options, trends in tour operation management, sustainable transport practice, niche markets like eco-tourism, and investigate and evaluate the various social, cultural and environmental impacts which the tourist industry has on destinations.
Corporate Restructuring and Governance
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the analysis of different forms of corporate restructuring, with a focus on the internal and external factors influencing restructuring as well as the effects of restructuring on a variety of firm level outcomes. It examines the antecedents and consequences of corporate restructuring and factors triggering corporate restructuring are considered in a number of alternative organisational settings.
In particular, the role of corporate governance in inducing and shaping corporate restructuring receives special attention (in particular, executive compensation and the market for corporate control). The process of restructuring is discussed against a background of resource-based, agency and behavioural theories of the firm.
The impact of corporate restructuring on the size, complexity, incentive systems and ownership structure of large firms is examined. Finally, the evidence relating to the effects of corporate restructuring on performance, employment, R&D and corporate governance is examined.
Economics of Regulation and Competition Policy
This module covers the two broad areas of regulation and competition policy. Topics covered include:
- natural monopoly regulation
- retail price control
- access pricing
- universal service obligations
- public policy on inter-firm agreements and restrictive practices
- abuse of monopoly power and merger control
The module aims to develop an understanding of the main issues relating to the regulation of industries and competition policy, and to apply economic reasoning in a critical manner to regulated industries and competition policy cases.
This module presents an introduction to Financial Economics focusing on topics such as: the determination of interest rates; the role of financial institutions in the financial and monetary system; banking regulation and risk management in banks. You'll have 11 90-minute lecture and two one-hour seminars.
Industrial Economics A: Structure, Conduct and Performance
This module presents an introduction to industrial economic analysis, focusing on the relationships between market concentration, conduct and performance. You will cover the measurement and determinants of market concentration, links between structure and industrial/firm performance, advertising and R&D in the context of industrial economics. You'll have 11 one-hour lectures and two two-hour tutorials.
Industrial Economics B: Games and Strategies
This module will analyse conduct and strategies of firms from a game theoretic point of view. Topics to be covered include: basic game theory, models of oligopoly, pricing tactics and strategic entry deterrence. You will have one two-hour lecture per week for eight weeks and four one-hour tutorials.
Public Choice and Economic Policy-Making
This module examines the processes and influences involved in the making of UK economic policy, from a public choice perspective. You will have 11 one-hour lectures and three one-hour seminars to cover material in this module.
Plus 60 credits of approved optional modules.
Auditing, Governance and Scandals
In this module you'll develop an understanding of alternative perspectives on the role of external audit, audit theory and practice and the role of judgement in audit. The module also includes a critical review of corporate scandals and the associated failures in corporate governance systems/procedures. You'll have ten two-hour lectures and three one-hour seminars to cover material in this module.
This module explores the relationships between business and society through the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility. You will begin by looking at the concept of business ethics, discussing citizenship theory and the challenges of globalisation, before going on to discuss the impact of businesses on individual stakeholder groups and analysing business ethics and social responsibility in relation to each group.
This module consists of a one-hour lecture each week, with four one-hour seminars.
This module introduces and develops frameworks which enable businesses to understand the buying behaviour of consumers.
Contemporary Developments in Human Resource Management and Organisations
This module examines a number of advanced topics in the area of Human Resource Management and you will cover topics including employment regulation; equality and diversity; voice and participation.
This module examines markets for equity and debt and markets for derivative instruments. It will introduce you to the processes of portfolio building, management and performance measurement and examines the workings of the major financial markets, looking at the way in which the prices of financial instruments are calculated. The module covers the key theoretical models of modern finance, capital asset pricing model, arbitrage pricing model, financial risk management with derivative instruments.
Law and Economics
This module provides an insight into the law and legal processes which have arisen from the application of economic analysis, as well as exploring the applications from the law of tort, contract and commercial law. Teaching will take place through 11 one-hour lectures and two two-hour tutorials for this module.
Marketing and Society
An overview of marketing and society, macro-marketing issues, responsible and sustainable marketing, consumer response to marketing activities, marketing's impact on society and consumption.
This module explores issues at the interface of marketing and society including:
- Macro-marketing Issues
- How the changing political, economic and social environment is affecting marketing decision making
- Responsible and sustainable marketing
- Consumer rights, responsibilities and resistance
- Issues of the consumer society
Risk, Information and Insurance
You'll examine individual decision-making under conditions of risk and uncertainty, and investigate the effectiveness of insurance as a means of controlling risk. You will have 11 one-hour lectures and two two-hour tutorials.
Risk Management Processes
This module will discuss the processes utilised by corporate enterprises to manage the risk of fortuitous loss. Once corporate risks have been identified and their impact on the firm measured, risk management attempts to control the size and frequency of loss, and to finance those fortuitous losses which do occur. You'll have 11 90-minute lectures and two one-hour seminars.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.