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Timetable and Modules

Note:  Modules offered each academic year are subject to change. Listed below are the modules and timetable for 2020/21.

Michaelmas Term
Hilary Term
Trinity Term
Financial Management Strategic Management Dissertation - this project allows students to showcase the knowledge they have gained and enhance their career potential by specialising in a particular area.
Operations Management Human Resource Management
Entrepreneurship Leading Change in a Complex World
Negotiation Theory and Practice The Psychology of Management
Research Methods

Ethical Business

Project Management

Implementing Marketing: Theories and Practices


Module Descriptions

Financial Management (5 ECTS)
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the key financial objectives that influence organisations in the business environment;
  • Apply investment appraisal techniques to a range of settings, and make appropriate recommendations;
  • Evaluate and cost the various sources of finance, and apply them appropriately to corporate funding scenarios;
  • Apply ratios to financial statements, and make business decisions based thereon;
  • Exercise judgement and apply appropriate techniques when addressing complex areas such as optimal management of working capital and company valuation;
  • Assess and select appropriate dividend policies based on financial and strategic analysis.

Operations Management (5 ECTS)
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Understand from the perspective of the general manager the central role of operations and its relationship to the other business functions;
  • Appreciate the strategic contribution of operations to value creation and organisation success, and an awareness of the impact of operations decisions and activity beyond profit to the wider economy and society;
  • Appreciate the application of the course material in both services and manufacturing contexts;
  • Select and apply appropriate theories, concepts, models, tools and techniques to improve the operations function;
  • Appreciate the role of trade-offs in operations management and understand that cost reduction and value addition are often not mutually exclusive.

Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the role of entrepreneurship in an international content;
  • Understand the process of entrepreneurship and the major phases undertaken to create a successful innovation driven venture;
  • Discover and quantify entrepreneurial opportunities;
  • Create, formulate and present a new business idea;
  • Display personal skills including creativity, idea generation, initiative, research and reflection.

Negotiation Theory and Practice (5 ECTS)
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Recognise, define and describe different types of negotiation and identify and describe core negotiation elements and common negotiation tactics;
  • Analyse and evaluate negotiation processes and outcomes, and formulate and communicate actionable improvement approaches;
  • Identify intra-personal, inter-personal and contextual factors that can contribute and detract from effective negotiations;
  • Execute literature-based research into specific negotiation issues;
  • Comprehensively plan and prepare interpersonal and team-based negotiations;
  • Conduct after-action reviews, negotiation debriefs, and reflective analyses of in-class and real-life negotiations.

Ethical Business (5 ECTS)
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Learn to analyse complex business situations and be conscientious of the underlying ethical dilemmas facing businesses and individuals;
  • Be conversant with major aspects related to Ethical Business, namely stakeholder logic, corporate governance, and CSR;
  • Critically evaluate current debates concerning the purpose of the business, and the social and environmental impact of businesses;
  • Distinguish between a range of stakeholders in relation to the functioning of business, identify their various interests and concerns; and appraise the complexity involved in managerial decision making;
  • Understand how businesses approach their social and environmental responsibilities and evaluate their potentials and limits;
  • Effectively work as an individual and as a member of a dynamic multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural team.

Strategic Management (5 ECTS)
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Articulate the role of strategy in the modern organisation;
  • Explain the content of strategic decisions, the process of strategic management and the wider context in which they occur;
  • Make accurate use of the frameworks and models covered in the course, applying them to a wide range of situations and demonstrating an ability to critically assess them;
  • Incorporate learning from other subject areas into the strategy framework;
  • Demonstrate how strategic priorities vary across levels and settings;
  • Display an awareness of the business - society relationship and the implications for the strategic manager.

Human Resource Management (5 ECTS)
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Explain and apply the key concepts and theories of HRM into practice;
  • Critically evaluate the role and responsibilities of the HR function in organisations and the context within-which HR professionals operate;
  • Critically evaluate the use of HR practices (e.g. recruitment, selection, training, performance management and reward) in specific organisations in terms of: (1) their alignment with the organisation’s strategy and context, and (2) their contribution to organisational performance;
  • Prepare and present a consultancy report which analyses a specific HR-related challenge within their chosen organisation and provides evidence-based recommendations for managers;
  • Search for and identify reliable, appropriate and high quality HR research, and evaluate its relevance to real-world HR practice and cases;
  • Clearly and professionally communicate in oral and written formats.

Work & Wellbeing (5 ECTS)

Leading Change in a Complex World (5 ECTS)
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and critically evaluate essential context-specific features associated with leading change;
  • Clinically illustrate good understanding for the practice of leadership in organisational change;
  • Judge the appropriateness and suitability of theoretical traditions in leading change;
  • Exemplify how technology can both drive and shape organisational transformation;
  • Differentiate between approaches to create positive change;
  • Apply relevant tools and techniques to support decision making concerning design, implementation and transition choices.

The Psychology of Management (5 ECTS)
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Define psychology and explain its role in the context of optimal human functioning at work;
  • Critically analyze the literature relating to the psychology of optimal functioning at work;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of employees’ mindsets and behaviours, as well as list ways in which to change them, when applicable;
  • Apply evidence-based and evidence-informed psychological tools to boost team’s psychological capital, motivation, performance, and well-being at work;
  • Describe various techniques for developing leadership for optimal human performance;
  • Present methods that can be applied to move employees from average to optimal functioning at work.

Research Methods (5 ECTS)
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Define, introduce and outline a Research Question, contextualise the topic in its wider research area, demonstrate the motivation for the research and indicate to whom it is relevant; these actions form part of the Experiential Learning environment;
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and critically review the relevant academic literature relating to the Research Question topic using the techniques and tools learned in the course. A chronological summary of the literature is not sufficient;
  • Describe the methodology being applied (including data collection and analysis) and justify that it is appropriate to the Research Question;
  • Present arguments in a coherent manner written in a clear style in adherence with academic standards and with conclusions that flow logically from the analysis.

Project Management (5 ECTS)

This course explores the role of project management in improving organisational performance and exposes participants to the methods of planning and implementing projects. The course develops an appreciation of the project management context, the process as it occurs, and the key techniques required for successful project delivery. This will enable participants to develop a practical knowledge of project management as well as the tools and techniques commonly used in the discipline. Students who complete the course will be able to better understand the project management environment and any projects they work on in their future careers. Further, they will be equipped to assume the role of project manager themselves. 
Having successfully completed this module, students should be able to:

  • Articulate the role of project management in the modern organisation
  • Understand the project management process and project life-cycle
  • Utilise the major methods and approaches to project management, and the specific techniques required to successfully deliver a project
  • Appreciate the unique nature of international projects
  • Make accurate use of the frameworks and models covered in the course, applying them to a wide range of situations
  • Incorporate learning from other subject areas into the project management framework
  • Demonstrate how project requirements vary across contexts and the implications for the project manager

Implementing Marketing: Theories and Practices (5 ECTS)

Within this module each student will learn to critically evaluate and explore a diversity of marketing theories, techniques, tools, technologies and practices. The focus is on the integration of this knowledge within a marketing implementation mindset. Implementation requires ongoing monitoring and adapting of marketing strategies to deal with changing consumer needs, global realities, competitor actions and dynamic technological challenges. A marketing philosophy is more important than ever in shaping a company's vision, mission and for both tactical and strategic implementation. It is the aim of this course to introduce students to marketing concepts, tactics and strategies, which they can apply within the realities of the business environment. The module uses digital game based learning and interactive applications of theories in practice to support student learning. 

Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  1. Define, understand and critically evaluate key marketing theories and practices within a marketing implementation framework. 
  2. Explore the application of core marketing management issues needed to apply practical marketing strategies and tactics within the contemporary digitalised business environment.
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation for how data analytics can be used during implementation and explore the technological advances in this domain.
  4. Consider appropriate implementation for distinct segments and for optimum target market(s) success while operating and maintaining brand positioning strategies.
  5. Combine and compose various aspects of a marketing programme using the marketing mix (7Ps) activities.
  6. Manage the totality of an implementation plan aligned with the customer experience journey and a digital imperative.

Dissertation (30 ECTS)
A piece of primary research is the capstone of your MSc experience. Students in recent years have undertaken diverse specialist projects; from cinema and marketing management, fashion and supply chain, and engineering and strategy.  Importantly, you are assigned an experienced member or faculty who will personally mentor you and help you tailor and complete your research. This project allows you to showcase what you have learnt in management throughout the year and leverage the project to assist you to the next stage of your career. The goal is to reflect on the career that you want to have, and then to craft a piece of research that interests you.

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