Module
descriptions

for BA (Hons) International Business

Year 1 

Academic Environment

This module is designed to equip you with the key skills and knowledge necessary to perform effectively in the academic environment.  The module will aim to enable you to be resourceful in data collection, by using a variety of source types to compare and synthesise information, including databases and social media. You will learn how to acknowledge the origin of your data responsibly and present information in a clear and succinct way.

Accounting and Finance

This module provides you with a fundamental understanding of accounting information systems, with particular reference to external and internal reporting, the nature and implications of costs in business decision-making; and an understanding of the principles of financial management that will enable you to make standard investment and financial decisions both in the long- and short-term.

Analytical Tools and Techniques for Business

This module consists of two parts: business mathematics and statistics. The first will provide you with an understanding of linear and non-linear functions, solutions to systems of linear equations, of linear programming and the introductory concepts of mathematics of finance. In the second part, you will learn basic statistical methods from descriptive statistics to introductory concepts of statistical inference. Leaners also use mathematical and statistical functions in Excel.

Business Economics

This module will introduce you to the key concepts and theoretical models of market behaviour. This module is expected to equip you with the necessary tools to develop a good understanding of both the microeconomic and macroeconomic environment in which a business operates.

Global Perspectives

This is a University-wide common module, which facilitates interpersonal, intercultural and cross-disciplinary learning for all level 4 students enrolled on Regent’s validated degree programmes. The module introduces a range of ideas and ways of thinking based around the University’s values, reflected in its learning outcomes. It encourages students to interact with the broader University community, both socially and academically, asking them to cross the physical and intellectual borders of their degree programmes. Global Perspectives aims to increase self-awareness and prepares students for their subsequent studies by familiarising them with the resources available to meet their lifelong learning needs.

People and Organisations

This module aims to provide a base knowledge of the key issues associated with people in organisations. The rationale of this module is to not only provide you with the key concepts and theoretical knowledge programmes but also to provide exposure to wider academic skills and analytical tools.

The module also aims to help you to identify the challenges which confront management and introduces management models used for the effective analysis and evaluation of those challenges. This module will provide the basis for evaluating the competing perspectives on what determines and influences the behaviour of people and how to manage people effectively and efficiently in contemporary organisations. You will be provided with the analytical tools to creatively understand and solve organisational and people issues.

Language modules

Language study structure and modules are designed with the following stages prior to your SPA subject to the target language level of competence:

Stage 1 Getting started – This language module enables you to use both receptive (reading and listening) and productive (speaking and writing) skills in the target language for everyday routine exchanges in familiar contexts in countries where the target language is spoken, and to develop a limited knowledge and understanding of grammatical and lexical structures of the target language.

Stage 2 Living – This language module enables you to use both receptive (reading and listening) and productive (speaking and writing) skills in the target language for simple predictable exchanges in social and work situations, both formal and informal, in countries where the target language is spoken, and to develop some general knowledge and understanding of grammatical and lexical structures of the target language. You will also expand your knowledge of specific aspects of the societies and cultures in the countries where the target language is spoken and will acquaint themselves with year abroad destinations.

Stage 3 Talking business – This module enables you to use both receptive (reading and listening) and productive (speaking and writing) skills in the target language for dealing simply and directly with most situations likely to arise in social and academic work situations in contexts where the target language is spoken, and to develop good knowledge and understanding of grammatical and lexical structures of the target language, including general business lexis. The module also provides you the knowledge and general understanding of social, cultural and educational features of the countries where the target language is spoken with a specific focus on life in year abroad destinations, and the awareness of recent economic and social developments in those countries.

Stage 4 Going Abroad – This module enables you to use both receptive (reading and listening) and productive (speaking and writing) skills in the target language for dealing operationally with unpredictable situations in social, academic and work situations in countries where the target language is spoken, and to develop very good knowledge and understanding of some complex grammatical and lexical structures of the target language, including discipline-specific business lexis.

The module will prepare you for the year abroad with a particular focus on their destination city or region; and will provide an understanding of aspects of the business environments in the countries where the target language is spoken and raise awareness of economic trends, political and ethical developments in the context of business and the wider society in those countries.

Stage 5 Thinking Business – This modules enables you to use both receptive (reading and listening) and productive (speaking and writing) skills in the target language for interacting quite spontaneously and independently in most social, academic and business contexts, both formal and informal, in countries where the target language is spoken, and to develop solid knowledge and understanding of complex grammatical and lexical structures of the target language, including discipline-specific business and economics lexis.

The module will prepare you for the year abroad with a particular focus on their destination city or region, and provide knowledge and understanding of the social, cultural and educational environments in the countries where the target language is spoken and raise awareness of economic, social and ethical developments in the context of business and the wider society in those countries. 

Stage 6 Mastering – This module enables you to use both receptive (reading and listening) and productive (speaking and writing) skills in the target language for interacting effectively and comfortably in academic and professional situations in countries where the target language is spoken and to develop thorough knowledge and understanding of complex grammatical and lexical structures of the target language, including specialist discipline-specific business and economics lexis.

The module will prepare you for the year abroad with a particular focus on their destination city or region, and provide knowledge and understanding of aspects of the business and academic environments in the countries where the target language is spoken and raise awareness of economic trends, political, social and ethical developments in the context of business and the wider society in those countries.

Year 2 

International Business

The module aims to foster you with an international perspective on the challenges facing business managers. The objectives of this module are to a) Gain a realistic perception of the cognitive framework that you will need to apply in international business interactions. This will support the programme theme of intercultural intelligence; b) Analyse factors defining framework within which international business take place; c) Differentiate between domestic and cross-border business logics; d) Identify different ways companies seek to gain international competitive advantage; e) Raise awareness of how international business might evolve in the years to come.

Marketing Principles

The module aims to give you a good understanding of the key principles and core concepts of marketing in order to effectively apply marketing theory to different business and marketing scenarios in a national and global context. It will also give you the ability to develop successful and creative integrated marketing projects. This module also aims to provide a good understanding of specific subjects related to marketing such as branding, marketing communications, strategic segmentation, targeting and positioning. It will provide you with a solid understanding of how marketing contributes to the success of any organisation and will provide a robust theoretical and practical knowledge in marketing. In addition, this module intends to make you aware of how digital technology, social media, events and experiential marketing are changing the nature of business.

Sustainability

This module is the main introduction to broader concepts around stewardship for the programme. It aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the historic, contemporary and long term drivers and challenges impacting on the economy, society and the environment, and how business and societies respond to the various factors that affect them.  The module will introduce you to a range of Sustainability concepts/ models and frameworks that relate to business practice, and will also provide you with a futures focus. Being able to identify opportunities and risks towards finding sustainable solutions is crucial for enterprises to develop successfully, be it locally, globally and by sector.

Introduction to Business Law

The module aims to enable the student to understand the fundamental principles of law relating to business transactions and commercial entities, as well as being aware of consumer rights.

The module will introduce you to the law relating to business and management transactions and the legal implications of conducting different types of business activity. You will examine the principal legal concepts which engage in contract, tort and consumer protection. Further consideration will be given as to how business law engages with entrepreneurship and stewardship, as well as its role in ethics, sustainability and responsibility.

You will gain an understanding of the sources and characteristics of English law, you will also examine international law, human rights and the law of the European Union. Comparative jurisdictional differences will be explored within the context of entrepreneurship.

Sustainability

This module is the main introduction to broader concepts around stewardship for the programme. It aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the historic, contemporary and long term drivers and challenges impacting on the economy, society and the environment, and how business and societies respond to the various factors that affect them.  The module will introduce you to a range of Sustainability concepts/ models and frameworks that relate to business practice, and will also provide you with a futures focus. Being able to identify opportunities and risks towards finding sustainable solutions is crucial for enterprises to develop successfully, be it locally, globally and by sector.

Language modules

As above 

Year 4 

Applied Business Project

The module is the capstone and culmination module of the BA (Hons) International Business degree programme. It is designed to simulate and reflect a realistic business situation, giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply and synthesise the knowledge and skills acquired through the taught elements of the course, as well as the work placement experience.

The module aims to bring together all the taught elements of the programme to reinforce their interrelationship and to provide an experience which enables students to move forward from the understanding of a discrete knowledge based to synthesising and exploring new areas of applied research study. The process of ABP will require students to identify and examine a Problem of Practice (POP), which is an area of concern for the organisation that students have previously observed through the work placements completed by students. The POP can be a tactical or strategic issue related to financial, sales, marketing, human resource, intercultural challenges, corporate social responsibility, and/or sustainable practices facing the organisation. The ABP topic will be derived from students’ identified POP, and the goal is to use creative problem solving skills to provide the organisation with possible solutions or recommendations. This module will furthermore help students’ transition into the professional work environment upon graduation.

Strategic Management in Theory and Practice

The module aims to deliver a holistic module that ties previously studied disciplines together at a strategic level to allow the student to interact with developing effective competitive and corporate level strategies. Particular emphasis is placed on strategy in intercultural context and global connectedness, complexity, and networks. The module also explores ethical dimensions of strategy practice in the context of sustainability and global governance frameworks. The module also aims to help you to develop a more critical approach by focusing on a range of models and frameworks from which the same problem can be approached comparatively.

Planning a New Venture

The module aims to help you study key aspects of forming a new venture and assess opportunities for value creation. It introduces you to the main issues that need to be considered when planning a new business venture and how to make more informed decisions and judgements. The journey covers concept development, through research and feasibility, to the marketing and operations. Management skills also feature alongside the development of competences as an owner and manager.

Leading with Intercultural Intelligence

The module aims to develop your leadership skills and cultural intelligence. Cultural intelligence and intercultural competence have been identified as key skills for the development of future global leaders and the recruitment of young graduates. Cultural intelligence (CQ) is a critical capability for effective leadership in our multicultural, global world.

Language modules 

As above