Module
descriptions

for Liberal Studies (Business & Management) - BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Foundation Level Modules

Foundation Seminar Part 1 and 2

The purpose of these modules is to introduce students to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. The modules considers the Western tradition (including works of literature, philosophy, religion, art and science) from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. The modules will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other. The modules will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Quantitative Literacy

Quantitative Literacy introduces students to the basic concepts of data analysis. This module covers probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on “real world” application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.

Scientific Understanding - Principles of Biology

This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of biology. The module covers cell biology and introduces the five major kingdoms of life. Genetics, gene expression & evolution are also explored in context with recent discoveries in these fields. The module will also examine the application of current biotechnologies in agriculture, medicine and the environment.

Introduction to the Humanities

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the humanities. It will acquaint them both with the common elements shared between the constituent humanities disciplines and also with the difference in subject matter, approaches and techniques. The module will achieve this by choosing a particular theme that is the subject of interdisciplinary consideration within the humanities. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and diverse examinations of this theme. The module will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Business and Management

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of business, its structure and functions, in a global environment. It will provide students with an understanding of different types of business structure and ownership, key business concepts, economic principles, and major functional areas of a business, including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.

International Relations

This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global problems. It also introduces students to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organizations and international law.

Media Studies

In today’s media saturated environments, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications technologies and processes shape societies and our everyday lives. This module aims to provide students with important conceptual tools for making sense of the relationships between media, society and culture. This module introduces students to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. In terms conceptual tools, this module provides an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications from theories on media as “mass communications” characterizing the 20th century to “convergence culture” which better characterizes the 21st. Students are expected to develop knowledge and understanding of the field of media and communications and to be able to ask critical questions about future directions in media and communications.

Psychology

The aim of this module is to encourage students’ understanding of, and enthusiasm for, psychology by providing a core understanding of the discipline and the topics studied by psychologists. The content will help students build awareness of what modern psychology is and will introduce them to the major branches of psychology. The module will highlight the applied aspects of the discipline and will describe the relevance of psychology to other subjects and disciplines at a theoretical and applied level. 

Political Science

This module aims to introduce students to the main concepts within the field of Political Science. Class will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, government and many more. Students will be introduced to methods of inquiry and theoretical frameworks that will enable them analytically examine wide range of political phenomena both domestically and internationally. 

First year modules

ACC401 Financial Accounting

Accounting is referred to as the language of business. This module aims at introducing student learners to the accounting process and the uses of financial accounting information in the business context. It places an emphasis on the preparation of the financial statements and their analysis The module also introduces students to financial management and in order to enable them to assess the feasibility of investment opportunities.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

ECO402 Introduction to Macroeconomics

This module is an introduction to macroeconomics. The aim of this module is to provide students with more detailed knowledge of the core theories of macroeconomics, for both closed and open economies. The module intends to develop an understanding of macroeconomic theories and relevant policy implications driven from those theories. In addition, this module aims to highlight how theories and policies have evolved throughout the history of global economy and how the world events have contributed in their development. The module will aim to enhance understanding of real-world macroeconomic experiences, especially involving macroeconomic challenges as well as, successful macroeconomic cases. It will demonstrate how macroeconomic modelling driven from simple equations is used in practice.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

ECO401 Introduction to Microeconomics

This module is aiming to give a basic overview of microeconomics. The module provides a solid grounding in theories of microeconomics. By reviewing various case studies of real experiences from different regions/sectors, also, the module seeks to advance the students’ understanding of basic principles of microeconomics. The module aims also to familiarise the students with microeconomics analytical tools which assists them to gain required skills for being able to think like an economist.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

ACC402 Management Accounting

The module aims at introducing students to the theory, concepts, principles and practice of management accounting. In particular, it seeks to explain the relevance of accounting in a business context, and lays emphasis on how cost accounting principles and practice are applied to managerial planning, decision-making and control.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

LAW402 Principles of Business Law

The module introduces students to the fundamentals of law relating to business and management transactions and the legal implications of conducting different types of business activity. Students will be introduced to the principal concepts which engage in contract, company, tort and employment law. Particular emphasis is given to the legal system in England and Wales, which underpins domestic commercial transactions and also international commercial transactions which accept the jurisdiction of the English courts. Students will additionally be introduced to international law, human rights and the law of the EU. Upon successful completion, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the legal issues and complexities that exist within a business environment. They will also know how to apply relevant legal principles to facts, to argue both sides of the issue and to reach appropriate conclusions.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

Second year modules

HRM501 People, Management and Organisations

This module builds on the premise that people are at the very heart of successful organisations. It explores the tripod relationship between people, management practice and organisations by drawing on the fields of Organizational Behavior (OB) and Human Resource Management (HRM).

Core module for Business & Management majors.

BUS501 Business Ethics

This module introduces students to fundamental moral questions which are relevant to business – such as, how can we bridge the gap between shareholder and stakeholder interests in business operations and long-term strategy. Students explore the various ethical theory frameworks (e.g. utilitarianism, deontological views, and virtue ethics) and learn how to use them in solving ethical dilemmas that arise in business, such as when managers struggle to maintain their moral integrity while trying to fulfil their duties as agents of an organisation. Students also explore the concept of corporate social responsibility and evaluate different ways in which business can fulfil its role in society.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

MKT501 Principles of Marketing

The basic objective of the module is to provide students with a broad introduction to marketing concepts, the role of marketing in an organization, and the various factors that influence marketing decision-making.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

MGT501 Operations and Supply Chain Management

Businesses buy and sell. They have inputs and they have outputs. The object of this module is to introduce students to the transformation processes that convert – at a profit – those inputs into outputs. To achieve this goal, the module covers three broad areas. The first is operations management: how to structure and to run the internal workings of an organization, including planning for production and/or service provision. The second area is supply chain management: extending operations management beyond the boundaries of the organization to include suppliers and customers. The third area is project management: dealing with discrete, time-limited projects instead of on-going and repeating activities. This module provides students with concepts, techniques and tools to design, analyze and improve the operational capabilities of an organization.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

FIN501 Business Finance

This module integrates accounting concepts with time value of money and risk concepts in the understanding of and application to: security valuation and capital market theory, capital budgeting, short and long-term financing and working capital management. Value maximisation and risk/return trade-offs in financial decision making are employed as integrative concepts throughout the module.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

Third year modules

BUS601 International Business and Management

This module examines the issues confronting international companies (“business”) and the tools and approaches for dealing with those issues (“management”). It aims to provide students with an understanding of (a) the development and structure of the global political economy within which businesses operate, (b) the issues, problems and complexities confronting businesses and their managers, (c) tools and concepts for approaching those issues, and (d) an appreciation of likely future developments.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

BUS602 Advanced Topics in Business and Management

This module explores a variety of advanced topics in business and management, which are of current relevance and reflect the breadth of a liberal arts programme. It will cover a wide range of issues like Corporate and White-Collar Crime, Global Financial Crisis, Managing Complexity, Managing Innovation, and International Business Law. Lecturers will use case studies and up-to-date material in discussing each issue, and provide students with an insight into how a particular topic relates to the world outside the classroom, and can therefore be explored in an interdisciplinary manner.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

MGT601 Creative Leadership

‘Creative Leadership’ is a an inter-disciplinary, reflective and experiential module designed to inspire learners to explore leadership from a holistic perspective as it recognizes that leaders interact concurrently with a variety of stakeholders in multiple, complex and dynamic settings.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

STG601 Strategic Management

This is an integrative module for the Business and Management major and its aim is to bring all the core disciplines together which, coupled with specific strategic management skills taught in this module, will provide the student with the knowledge and practice to develop a credible strategic plan for a business or company.

Core module for Business & Management majors.

Major Capstone (Dissertation)

The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.