The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Computers in Business
This module will introduce you to the use of computers and IT in business today - and in particular spreadsheet modelling - via a lab based assessment, case study group report and presentation. You’ll have 17 one-hour lectures; 4 one-hour computer lab sessions; 1 one-hour presentation tutorial and one 15 minute project review meeting.
Business Economics B1
In this module you will cover a range of topics including: exchange and trade; consumer theory; indifference analysis; market failure; public goods; factor markets and labour markets. You’ll have ten 2-hour lectures and three 1-hour seminars to study this module.
Quantitative Analysis for Business
This module provides a grounding in practical aspects of quantitative analysis with an emphasis on understanding and analysis of data. You will learn to apply statistical techniques to formulate and solve quantitative business problems as well as develop skills in the use of spreadsheets for statistical analysis and in interpreting statistical results. A group project forms part of the assessment allowing you to improve your team working and management skills. You’ll have 10 two-hour lectures, 5 one-hour example classes and 3 one-hour computer labs.
This module charts the development of the social sciences and their relationship to the natural sciences. You’ll begin with a brief history of social science followed by examples of research and then move on to focus on methodological issues including quantitative and qualitative research. You’ll finally consider the move away from positivism towards qualitative interpretive research processes by looking at the work of ethnographers in organizations. You’ll have 20 one-hour lectures and 1 two-hour tutorial.
People and Organisations
This module introduces you to the basic ideas of organisational behaviour and allows you to develop an understanding of how individuals behave as members of groups and organisations. You’ll have 9 two-hour lectures, 1 one-hour lecture a one two-hour computer lab-based simulation tutorial and a one-hour tutorial session.
Business Economics A
This module introduces you to the microeconomic theory of the market and the firm. Topics covered include: market demand; supply and equilibrium; firm production and costs; market structure; perfect competition; monopolistic competition; oligopoly and monopoly. For this module you will have 10 two-hour lectures, and 3 one-hour 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’ll 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.
Lengua Española: I
This module will combine revision of grammar with exposure to a variety of types and registers of written and spoken Spanish, focusing on appropriate thematic areas. It will consolidate and build on basic written, aural and oral language skill. You’ll spend three hours per week in lectures and seminars.
Spain and Portugal in the Twentieth Century
In this module you’ll study the evolution of Spanish and Portuguese history, politics and culture from 1898 to the present day. You’ll be encouraged to draw links between the Portuguese and Spanish experiences, and place both countries’ experience of the twentieth century within the broader context of European and wider global history in this period. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the development of both countries from a (perceived) position of ‘difference’ and ‘backwardness’ to relatively prosperous, economically developed and culturally diverse members of the European Union. You’ll spend around four hours in lectures each week.
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’ll become prepared for enterprise activity across a variety of contexts. You’ll have 11 two-hour seminars, seven hours lecture-based learning and four hours of mentored group work/practical enterprise activity.
Tourism futures: the challenge of sustainability
You’ll survey the international tourism industry in the 21st Century, starting with lectures on the history and sociology of tourism and its broader cultural significance, you’ll analyse 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. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 one-hour seminars.
Contemporary Economic Policy
This module introduces you to 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 underlie different views and to evaluate relevant arguments. You’ll have 10 two-hour lectures and three 1-hour tutorials to study for this module.
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 ninety-minute lectures and 2 one-hour seminars.
Managing the Marketing Mix
This module introduces the operational aspects of marketing through analysis of the design and implementation of the marketing mix. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 sixty-minute seminars per semester to study for this module.
Economics of Business Decisions
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the various economic views of firms that have recently been developed. Each view has its own implications for the objectives that guide firm decisions. Particular emphasis is given to the practical implications of the theoretical analysis. Topics covered include: managerial theory of the firm, behavioural theory, agency theory, transactions cost economics, evolutionary theory, resource-based view of the firm, horizontal and vertical firm boundaries, vertical integration, diversification, mergers and divestment. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 one-hour tutorials.
Organising and Managing in Practice
This module will explore some of the key issues that arise when attempting to manage employees at work. It will develop understanding of the impact of management policies and behaviours on employee attitudes and behaviours. This will help you to appreciate how your activities as managers will affect organisational performance. You’ll have 11 one-hour lectures and 4 two-hour tutorials to cover material for this module.
Designing and Managing Organisations
Introducing you to the characteristics of organisations and organisations as systems, you are provided with concepts, theories and illustrations which will help you become effective managers in a rapidly changing world. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures plus 2 sixty-minute tutorials to study for this module.
Lengua Española: II
This module will build on grammatical knowledge and communication skills developed in “Lengua Espanola I”. Written classes will concentrate on developing essay writing skills in Spanish using a range of Spanish texts as stimuli. Special attention will be given to developing complex sentence structures and rhetorical devices. Laboratory classes will use a range of contemporary audio-visual materials from Spanish and Latin-American sources to develop aural comprehension and conversational ability in Spanish. There will be one written and one laboratory class per week.
Metropolis and Empire: Spain, Portugal and the Americas 1492 to Independence
You’ll be introduced to the broad patterns of historical development of Spain and Portugal and of their emerging and evolving American colonies, over the three centuries of the imperial experience. You’ll focus mostly on the interconnections between metropolis and colonies in each case, but also on the discrete experiences of Spain, Portugal and of the major colonial centres, thus providing an understanding of the background to modern Spain, Portugal and Latin America. You’ll have a weekly one-hour lecture and one-hour seminar to study for this module.
Business Law A
In this module you will study topics such as: UK legal framework, impact of EU legislation, law of contract (essential elements, performance and remedies), business and the Law of Tort, employment law and law in a local and global context. You’ll have 10 two-hour lectures and 4 one-hour tutorials.
This module develops an understanding of corporate entrepreneurship (CE) and an appreciation of how larger firms can be designed to be more entrepreneurial, flexible and innovative. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 one-hour seminars.
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 ninety-minute lectures and 2 one-hour seminars.
This module will pay particular attention to the application of financial reporting principles by listed companies and the impact of International Financial Reporting Standards. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 sixty-minute seminars to study for this module.
Strategic Management I
This module examines the different approaches and techniques of strategic management including analysis of the external and internal environments, the nature of competitive advantage and the development of the firm. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 sixty-minute seminars to study for this module.
Strategic Management II
This module examines the managerial and organisational factors that influence the formation and subsequent realisation of strategy. The course enables you to develop skills in the analysis of strategic processes, with particular reference to the role of leadership, change, learning, and power strategy. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 sixty-minute seminars to study for this module.
Human Resource Management I
This module introduces the basic concepts of Human Resource Management (HRM) in broader perspective and subjects them to critical analysis. Areas covered will include: HRM models, recruitment and selection, appraisal and pay, training, job design, work-life balance and HRM and performance. You’ll study through 11 ninety-minute lectures plus 2 one-hour tutorials.
Human Resource Management II
This module examines a number of advanced topics in the area of Human Resource Management (HRM). It builds on ‘Human Resource Management I’. The topics covered include ethical issues in HRM, employment regulation, equality and diversity, and voice and participation. You’ll have 11 one-hour lectures and 2 two-hour tutorials to study for this module.
This module explores business-society relations through the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility (BE&SR). The first part of the module will address the concept of business ethics, a discussion of citizenship theory and the challenges of globalisation and sustainability. The second part of the module will address the issues, impacts of business on individual stakeholder groups and analyse BE and SR in relation to each group. You’ll have 11 one-hour lectures and 4 one-hour seminars to cover material for this module.
Lengua Española III
This is a module for all students of Spanish language, and will consist of 1 hour per week of oral work and one of writing skills. Recognising that significant progress will have been made in colloquial and informal language skills during the Year Abroad, this module intends to introduce you to a more formal and sophisticated register of spoken and written Spanish using print, off-air and internet sources.
Advertising, The Media and Marketing Communications
You’ll develop a critical understanding of communications theory and relevant debates that apply to business journalism and marketing communications. You’ll also critically appraise various forms of communications by and about business and understand the role of social media in communications by and about business. You’ll have 11 ninety-minute lectures and 2 one-hour seminars to study for this module.
The module aims to develop an understanding of entrepreneurs and the firms they create and manage. It is designed to examine the nature and role of smaller enterprises, set the context for entrepreneurship and consider characteristics, attributes and resources of entrepreneurs. You’ll have 11 sixty-minute lectures and 3 sixty-minute seminars to cover material for this module.
Marketing and Society
In this module, you’ll be given an overview of marketing and society, marketing and public policy issues in advertising and promotion, marketing and public policy issues in pricing, marketing and public policy issues in distribution, marketing and consumer protection policy, consumer response to product information and disclosure. Teaching for this module will take place through 11 one-hour lectures and 2 two-hour seminars.
Creative Writing in Spanish
This module aims to develop and improve your writing skills in Spanish by providing you with practice in creative writing in the target language supported by the study of creative features of relevant contemporary fiction in Spanish. You will work in prose forms such as short stories, flash fiction and autobiography. You will spend around three hours per week in seminars studying for this module.
Civil War and Memory Wars in Contemporary Spain
This module will give you an understanding of the origins of the Spanish Civil War, the character of the war itself, the factors which determined its outcome, and the implications of that outcome for Spanish history since 1939. The module will also consider the legacy of this period of history in contemporary Spanish politics and culture. You’ll have 2 two-hour seminars each week to study for this module.
Politics and Literature in Contemporary 'Hispanic' Writing
This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the interfaces between literature and politics through the study of the way in which crucial social and political issues are articulated in contemporary Spanish cultural artefacts. You’ll have a weekly two-hour seminar to cover material in this module.