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Timetable and Modules


Michaelmas Term
Hilary Term
Trinity Term
Financial Management (5 ECTS) Strategic Management (5 ECTS) Dissertation (30 ECTS)
Marketing Management (5 ECTS) Human Resource Management (5 ECTS)  
Operations Management (5 ECTS) Work & Wellbeing (5 ECTS)  
Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS) Leading Change in a Complex World (5 ECTS)  
Negotiation Theory and Practice (5 ECTS)

The Psychology of Management (5 ECTS)

 
Ethical Business (5 ECTS) Research Methods (5 ECTS)  

NB - All modules are mandatory. Timetable and modules are subject to change. Information correct as of 17/18.

Module Descriptions

Financial Management
On successful completion of this module, students will 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.

Marketing Management
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Define, understand and critically evaluate key marketing concepts and philosophies within a marketing plan framework and with a digital focus.
- Determine the core marketing management issues needed to generate and apply practical marketing strategies within the contemporary business environment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the different approaches to data analysis and market research using technological advances in this domain.
- Construct distinct segments within a market and identify and select optimum target market(s) for companies.
- Formulate a positioning and differentiation strategy and design a positioning map.
- Identify, select, combine and compose an optimum marketing programme from the range of marketing mix (7P) activities.
- Manage the design of a marketing plan for a company aligned with the customer experience journey and a digital imperative.

Operations Management
On successful completion of this module, students will 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
On successful completion of this module, students will 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
On successful completion of this module, students will 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
On successful completion of this module, students will 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
On successful completion of this module, students will 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
On successful completion of this module, students will 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
TBC

Leading Change in a Complex World
On successful completion of this module, students will 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
On successful completion of this module, students will 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
On successful completion of this module, students will 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.

Dissertation
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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