Contemporary Business Issues
This module prepares you for the academic study of business by developing knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support your personal, academic and professional development to prepare you for work in the modern business environment.
Accounting and Finance for Business
Accounting and Finance for Business introduces you to key accounting and finance topics. You will be introduced to financial statements, and use a number of case studies to understand the role of finance in the business environment.
Marketing Principles and Practice
The aim of the module is to provide you with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice. You will cover the development of the marketing concept and examine the ways in which it differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business. This will develop into a wider understanding of the differences between the operational role of marketing and how it is applied as an organisational focus.
Introduction to Digital Marketing
The aim of the module is to develop your practice, knowledge and professional skills across a range of digital marketing tools and appreciate the implications of digital marketing planning in both business to consumer and business to business markets.
This will help you understand the nature and role of digital marketing on the whole marketing function and explore the implications and effects of digital marketing for the design and development of the modern marketing. As part of this you will also need to appreciate the ways in which digital media and marketing activity can be monitored and evaluated to improve future performance.
The aim of this module is to explore the business paradigm shift that arises from application of emerging information and communication technologies. The module is aimed at anyone wishing to gain an understanding of business activities and interaction between business and the business environment (customers, suppliers…) and how technologies can be deployed to enhance these activities.
Likely optional modules
Marketing and Communications Planning
This module will enable you to differentiate between tactical and strategic marketing activity. You will use a range of analytical models to help you in your decision-making and enable you to write a marketing plan.
You will appreciate the wider use of corporate communications and its role in building a brand image and corporate reputation and develop your written skills applicable to a range of marketing communication methods and channels. You will analyse and identify effective writing, develop good communication skills to craft and convey original and persuasive marketing messages to the target audience, appreciate how different media and platforms require a different written skills to improve communication effectiveness and explore the use style and tone of voice to communicate brand image.
The aim of the module is to develop a critical awareness and understanding of consumer and organisational buyer behaviour and how they can be influenced by marketing activity. The module will cover three aspects of consumer behaviour. First, it will cover the psychology of the individual consumer and the roles that memory, learning, motivation and perception play in consumer decision making. Second, it will examine the social, cultural and environmental influences on the consumer. Third, it will cover the main characteristics of organisational buyer behaviour and how they differ from household buyer behaviour.
Management Accounting introduces and develops an understanding of the fundamental concepts and techniques of management accounting and applies these techniques in an appropriate way. It also develops your ability to critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of these techniques.
It demonstrates how management accounting information may be used for the purposes of planning, decision making, performance measurement and control within organisations, in order to further the organisation's strategic objectives.
The module will explore the nature, scope and recent development of marketing research and its context in the marketing decision process.
A range of both primary and secondary data sources as well as quantitative and qualitative research techniques will be explored, evaluated and contextualised. For example, government and commercial sources of data and the use and design of questionnaires, focus groups and in-depth interviews will be used to demonstrate various aspects of the research process.
In line with current practice the use of current information technology software will be introduced in order to facilitate data analysis and presentation.
Work Based Learning
The aim of the module is to develop your skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop your skills in learning from work experience and applying academic learning to the work place.
Digital and Social Media Marketing
The module will develop your critical understanding of the main activities involved in designing and implementing marketing communications using social media and online marketing. It will explore the activities and implementation of the social media and online marketing for companies. You will create the basic elements of an effective website and explore online communication using digital media channels such as search engine marketing, online public relations, affiliate marketing, display advertising, e-mail, social media and viral marketing. Finally, the module will examine the procedures used for monitoring and measuring the effectiveness of digital campaigns with a focus on Google Analytics.
Digital Group Project
The aim of the module is to teach you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills so that you can work on a real marketing problem requiring a digital solution. You will need to demonstrate practical digital marketing skills and consider how this might apply to marketing objectives. You will learn to evaluate current digital activity for an organization and be able to suggest and implement improvements
Likely optional modules
The module will consist of a broad syllabus addressing practical considerations of the nature of ethics, progressing through learning of a range of traditional and post-modern ethical theories, and the appreciation of these theories in the practical setting of modern business processes. You will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the environment, professionalism and integrity, ethics and technology, financial scandals, whistle-blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.
Marketing Culture and Communication
This module develops your understanding in relation to the importance of an appreciation of how the cultural context(s) for global marketing activities can be regarded as similar, or dissimilar to their home-country situation. Emphasis is given to language (spoken and ‘silent’) as a barrier to effective communication across the full range of marketing activities, but with particular emphasis on its value in relation to both personal and non-personal marketing communications activities such as face-to-face personal selling, and advertising and packaging, respectively.
Individual Research Project (20 credits)
The aims of this module are to enable you, under guidance of a tutor, to undertake an extended piece of focused research, building on work done in previous years by developing an in-depth study of one aspect of the media, provided that the project is deemed viable and ethical. It also aims to provide an opportunity for you to develop your research and analytical skills in conjunction with awareness of ethical issues in research by combining disciplined academic study with personal interest. The module also helps you to develop your employability and professional skills and aids you to prepare for the world after graduation.
The aim of this module is to provide you with an appropriate critical awareness and understanding of marketing in a constantly changing global context. You will critically analyse the nature of international, multinational and global marketing and the ways in which the contexts in which they operate are similar to, or different from domestic marketing and examine current trends in world trade to anticipate key developments and appreciate the process of globalisation.
This module will help you develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of PR in building relationships with stakeholders and gain an appreciation of the strategic and specialist roles of PR.
The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of the major aspects of strategic marketing and their role in the development of sustainable competitive advantage in an organisation. By the end of the module, you will be able to apply models of internal and environmental analysis, analyse the strategic role of the marketing mix and critically evaluate the contribution of strategic marketing to the organisation.
Dissertation (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity for the practical application of theory to a business oriented problem and to develop research skills.
New Venture Creation
The aim of the module is to enable you to understand the social impact of new communication technologies and the features of the networked world. The module also aims to enhance your ability to apply critical thinking and communicate effectively your position on complex issues regarding the networked world of communications and public relations using a wide range of information sources and tools available to you.