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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

N202

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Derby Campus

Course description

^ includes BA (Hons) Business Management, BA (Hons) Business Management (Marketing) and BA (Hons) Economics for Business

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Top10Business and Management at Derby ranked Top 10**The Guardian University Guide 2020
91% Overall satisfaction for Business courses^**National Student Survey 2019

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Why you should study Business Management at the University of Derby

This is your opportunity to combine a highly regarded Business Management degree with an internationally recognised professional qualification – and stand out from the crowd in a competitive graduate job market. It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of business, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years, or five if you choose to take an optional placement year.

Flexibility and choice success

We give you plenty of choice in charting your route to a high-flying, high-achieving career. Flexibility is a cornerstone of the BA (Hons) Business Management so there is ample scope to focus on the areas that reflect your interests and career ambitions.

All students take the same core modules in stage one to give them a solid grounding in the key business disciplines. After that, you can opt to transfer to one of our specialist pathways, combining Business Management with MarketingHRMFinance or International Business. Alternatively, you can continue on the core Business Management route, developing a broader, rounded skillset while drawing on our extensive list of optional modules.

The BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year is offered as a five-year degree to include a placement year. You can, however, study on a four-year full-time basis, with opportunities for internships in the summer breaks.

Professional Accreditation

We have developed the BA (Hons) Business Management in close consultation with the premier professional body for managers, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). It is one of the few degrees in the country where you can graduate with the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree.

The Diploma is the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership and takes you a step towards Chartered Manager status, signalling to prospective employers that you’re suited for senior leadership roles and rapid promotion. You won’t need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Diploma: our combined module and CMI assessments offer a smooth route to both qualifications.

Throughout the degree, you’ll become an affiliate member of the CMI, at no extra cost, with access to networking events, online resources and additional benefits to support your career development and enhance your employability.

If you aspire to a career with a financial focus, the course also features an optional module offering exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) papers. It gives you a head start if you would like to qualify as a chartered management accountant eventually.

 

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Mentoring at every stage 

With our CMI accreditation, we can introduce you to a privileged network of contacts. Ours was the first degree in the country to offer every student the chance to receive support and guidance from an external CMI mentor at each stage of the course.

Your mentor will be a senior business person, either a Chartered Manager or Fellow of the CMI, with a wealth of experience and insights to share with you. From day one, they will advise and coach you from a business perspective, showing how the management theory you are learning can be applied directly to the workplace.

Hands-on learning

You’ll take the theories off the page and put them into practice in real-world scenarios. You can test your ideas through business simulations, topical case studies and employer-led projects. A live consultancy project, where you help an employer to improve business performance, will build your research, project management, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

We support and encourage you to take an optional placement year or summer internship. Our students have gained invaluable experience with major names like DHL, Rolls-Royce, Wincanton, GE and Enterprise. You could also benefit from fieldtrips to see business in close-up: one recent example was to the Sony UK Technology Centre, the company’s manufacturing and customer service base in Wales.

 

Jonathan Storer

I have been able to spend a year working in a Project Management Internship for Rolls-Royce between my second and final year. This has offered great insight into working for an organisation with a reputation for truly world class business.

Jonathan Storer
BA (Hons) Business Management (CMI accredited)

Global thinking

Your learning will be enriched by international perspectives. Ours is a global student community and the BA (Hons) Business Management not only attracts students from all over the world to Derby but is also delivered for our educational partners across Europe and Asia. This means there is a lot of potential for inter-country debates, seminars and guest lectures delivered online, international case studies and joint projects.

In stage two, you’ll have the option to spend an exchange week in Barcelona studying at the EU Business School, one of our academic partners which runs the same degree and where teaching is in English. You could also take advantage of other optional visits overseas: a trip to Copenhagen saw our students investigating issues such as art fraud.  

Expert teaching

You’ll be taught by an experienced and highly qualified team with an impressive track record for research and a national reputation for excellence. They have received recognition in the CMI Higher Education Awards, including runners-up places for the Outstanding Innovation and Delivery Award and the International Award in 2018 and winner of Student Ambassador of the Year 2019.

The team has extensive contacts in the business and professional community regionally, nationally and internationally – and can draw on those connections for inspiration and insight.

Responsible business leadership

One of our priorities is to foster a new generation of responsible business leaders with a strong moral compass – forward-thinkers who take decisions based on the interests not only of shareholders but also of other stakeholders. 

Throughout the course, you will therefore look at the role of business in wider society, exploring issues ranging from environmental sustainability to child labour, ethical governance to responsible innovation.

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How Derby student landed a place on the CMI board

Student Danielle Keeling explains how choosing Business Management at Derby has enabled her to become the University's CMI Student Ambassador

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What you will study

Foundation YearFoundation YearYear 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Optional Placement YearOptional Placement YearYear 3Year 3

Code: 3IM501

Contemporary Issues in Business

This module provides an overview of business and management and how recent developments have helped shape current perspectives.. Students will gain an understanding of the broad range of subject disciplines attributed to the world of business and begin to develop an appreciation of the theoretical knowledge and skills required to undertake future study and develop a career path in this area
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM502

Study Skills for Business

This module aims to develop the study skills essential for study at university and within Derby Business School as well as to facilitate the transition into Higher Education. The module will help student understand university systems and processes, the study skills they require to succeed and the role they have in their own learning.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM503

Business Communication and Decision Making

Any future business professional needs to understand the importance of good communication skills and decision making skills from a personal and an organisational perspective. The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of business communication and how, through the process of effective decisions making, this impacts on the success of an organisation.

Business communication is the sharing of information between people both inside and outside the organisation. However, effective communication is not always easy or straightforward, methods and processes of communication will be reviewed.

Good communication also provides knowledge and this provides the basis for successful business decisions. Good decision making is vital for any organisation and a range of decision making processes and situations will be explored.

These two elements will be brought together to provide a holistic perspective of personal and business perspectives of communication and decision making and how one informs the other.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM504

Data Analysis for Business

For any business student a working knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative data handling skills through the use of Excel and other appropriate software is a necessary requirement. This skill is used extensively within Business based programmes and is transferable to the workplace and any future career.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 2MO500

English

This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 2MO501

Mathematics

The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3LA501

Law

This module equips you with an understanding of the English legal system. Looking at sources of law and considering the impact of European Community Law, and the European Convention on Human Rights, you will then examine the relationship between law, morality and justice. Finally moving on to explore the fundamental differences between civil and criminal law and process and liability.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3PO501

Political Studies

This module will introduce you to a range of key issues and approaches taken in the study of Politics at undergraduate level. Understanding Politics as the study of competing interests within society, the module addresses questions such as the differences between - and the different forms taken by - democratic, totalitarian and theocratic political systems; the relationships between foreign and domestic policy; and the influence of economics on political debate and decision-making. As well as introducing you to key debates and approaches, the module will also encourage you to develop the critical thinking, writing and analytical skills you will need to study Politics at degree-level.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3PS500

Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

This module will introduce students to psychology as an integrated and multi-faceted discipline. Students will explore both classic and contemporary aspects of psychology from a position of little or no knowledge. They will gain an understanding of the breadth of psychology and the ways in which the topic areas included can be approached from a number of different theoretical perspectives using a variety of methodological approaches.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3SL501

Sociology

This module provides you with an introduction to the study of sociology. It is intended to encourage an understanding of core sociological theories, and to foster an awareness of sociological issues and phenomena. It is designed to develop your appreciation of how we evaluate the social world.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4AG500

Finance and Business Performance

This module will assume no prior accounting knowledge. You will learn how to prepare accounts for small businesses and then apply that knowledge to larger organisations.

Numbers by themselves can be misleading and you will progress to examining accounting statements to assess just how well a business is performing. Managers cannot improve the performance of a business unless they make correct interpretations of situations and learn how to diagnose problems.

Business costs will be identified and analysed to aid decision making relating to the control and viability of projects. Sources of finance will be identified and discussed. This basic financial knowledge is essential to anyone wishing to pursue a career in business, whether on a self-employed basis or in a larger corporation.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4EC508

Business Economics

Economics is all around us, present in almost every aspect of our lives. Knowledge of economics will therefore provide you with an essential insight in to how markets work and how firms and consumers make decisions in market economies.

Knowledge of economics is important to businesses as it helps them identify opportunities and potential threats they may face in the environment they operate. Therefore, this module aims to develop your understanding of the core principles of micro and macro-economics.

You will use economic models, theories and ideas to investigate current economic issues. The module will help you develop your understanding of economic information and will enable you to develop your ability and confidence to create your own independent thoughts around current economic issues.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4GN501

Developing an Enterprising Mindset

Enterprising individuals are necessary within the economy as they create jobs, wealth and value. These individuals do this through applying an enterprising mindset, an individual and unique combination of enterprising behaviours, attributes and skills which can be used in a variety of contexts.

For instance, this could be in starting and growing a business (ie in an entrepreneurial context) or applying their skills to existing organisations, whether large companies, SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) or not-for-profit organisations (ie in an intrapreneurial context - being entrepreneurial inside a larger organisation).

Being able to apply an enterprising mindset is highly desirable in today’s fast-moving business environment where reacting to gaps in the market or competitor actions, dealing with uncertainty, being able to make decisions and take action will all extend your commercial awareness and business acumen. Therefore, this module is all about developing your enterprising mindset and then applying it in a real life situation.

Building on and integrating the other first year business function modules, this module will overlay elements such as funnelling your creative energy, recognising the difference between a business idea and a business opportunity, deciding which approach is most beneficial, and then designing and implementing an appropriate plan of action.

The aim of the module is to help you understand the relevance and interaction of these elements within a business context, and to give you transferable skills you can apply in any organisational situation. Moreover, strong emphasis will be placed upon you to demonstrate these skills and to reflect upon your progress.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HR503

Understanding People in Organisations

This module introduces organisational behaviour (OB) theory and research to help you gain an understanding of the range of individual, group and organisational factors which can influence the way that employees behave in the workplace.

You will practice applying the theory to case study organisations to explore how it can be used as an analytical tool to gain a clearer understanding of the complex causes of workplace behaviour in order to develop effective management interventions.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4IM510

Understanding the Global Business Environment

Key to a successful career in business and the ability to make an impact is having an understanding of how different business departments and functions work (whether locally or globally) and how they can impact each other, such insight can be termed as having business acumen.

Parallel to business acumen is having the ability to communicate effectively, network with people and demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour, this can be termed as having business etiquette. This module will act as a foundation in developing your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour to allow you to make the desired impact when seeking your professional career.

Over 12 weeks, you will be introduced to key business subject areas and, through a simulation, apply your learning to a business scenario (or series of scenarios). The application of the key subject areas will further develop your business knowledge and level of acumen. 

In addition to the business subject areas, you will be introduced to concepts, techniques and skills development opportunities to enhance your communication and personal presentation skills, these activities will give you more confidence in business scenarios such as networking and interviews, and are designed to give you knowledge and awareness of appropriate business etiquette. As this is such an important area when meeting employers and in the place of work, the assessment strategy takes attendance into consideration as part of the grading.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4MK514

Marketing Fundamentals

This introduction to the “fundamentals of marketing” module will provide you with a basic understanding of the current and emerging marketing principles and techniques within the business environment.

It seeks to establish that sustainable market success within a highly competitive environment can only be achieved by developing products or services based upon an understanding of the external environment and customers’ needs and wants.

During the module you will not only consider how to add value for customers and other stakeholders but also learn to assess the impact that marketing activities have on consumers’ lives.

Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to enable you to demonstrate your ability to approach a business challenge as a marketer and business manager. The assessment methods used on this module will also help you to develop key skills desired by employers, for example digital and visual communication and presentation skills, and business report writing.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EC511

Quantitative Skills for Business

This module develops key skills for your future employment in business - the ability to use spread sheets for quantitative analysis, and the skills to interpret and communicate the results of data analysis. These are key skills required by the Chartered Management Institute.

The skill base developed gives you the confidence and experience to prepare an analysis of real data to inform a business decision or underpin a business strategy. These skills also prepare you for evidenced based analysis required in other modules within your programme including finance, marketing and strategy. This module contributes to the CMI accreditation for BA (Hons) Business Management students.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HR515

Managing Performance through People

Managing the performance of staff is essential to the smooth running of organisations. This module analyses the range of human resource management (HRM) activities undertaken within organisations to manage the performance of its employees and explores the devolution of many of these roles and responsibilities to line managers. It provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to undertake these activities professionally and effectively in the workplace.

By the end of the module students will be able to analyse the causes of poor performance within organisations and the principles and practices of effective performance management. They will be able to explain how these practices can be integrated into high performance work systems (HPWS) and analyse barriers to high performance working and the development of high performance cultures.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO507

Applied Operations Management

The modern business environment is highly volatile and intensely competitive, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. The role of the operations function - how the organisation actually sources, produces and delivers goods and services to demanding customers - becomes a key contributor to superior performance and customer satisfaction.

The module provides a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations to business success. This module will provide an understanding of the systems and processes whereby, people, capital, materials, equipment, knowledge, technology, information and time are combined to produce goods and services.

This module will also provide you with opportunities to experience real workplace operations scenarios where their skills and knowledge can be applied in a practical way with real organisations or in valid case study situations.

It provides an overview of the key areas of operations management, particularly in maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services and making sure that this is also reflected in the organisations performance. The modern organisation cannot stand still, performance needs to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the standards expected in a changing marketplace.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5MK520

Principles of Responsible Management

This module aims to provide you with knowledge of the responsible leadership including exploring concepts of ethics, global social responsibility, and creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value for organisations and corporations.

The module will also encourage you to consider the importance of these issues from both the organisation’s and other stakeholder perspectives. You will also reflect on the relevance of responsible leadership as a basis for sustainable competitive advantage. The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the complex ethical issues that are encountered by organisations on a frequent basis.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5AG517

Project Strategy

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the relevant concepts and models as well as appropriate project planning software. It will enable you to develop an effective project plan, monitor the progress of the project, while simultaneously identifying and managing the associated project risks.

This module will enable you to further develop the ideas introduced within the Operations Management module such as the principles of system changeover methods to ensure the project, and the associated information, is effectively implemented and managed. The module will equip you to discuss and apply project management methodologies and key project management tools, as well as developing knowledge of the project lifecycle and comprehension of how to keep project stakeholders informed and ‘on-board’.

The CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Global Business Challenge Case Study will be comprehensively used within this module and students will be encouraged to enter this international competition – where students can join together in small groups or teams. A CIMA representative is invited to introduce the group to the global competition.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG521

Managing Financial Resources

This module will equip you with the skills needed to evaluate the financial data used to produce company financial statements. You will learn the importance of choosing the correct form of finance for a given business.

You will gain an appreciation of the value of corporate governance and the responsibility of good managers to wider stakeholders in the business. Without good management control and coordination of financial resources, businesses frequently fail to meet their potential.

You will study common pitfalls in performance management and how to avoid them. This module will equip you with key skills, such as the ability to understand, analyse and interpret financial, management and non-financial information in the context of modern business. Such skills are vital to any business manager, irrespective of discipline.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5EC507

Public and Third Sector Economics

The aim of this module is to explore the various issues surrounding the very topical issue of public and third-sector economics.

First, while studying public sector economics, you will be examining topics which directly impact your everyday lives (eg taxes you pay and public transport on which you may travel). You will examine the economics of democratic elections and voting and you will study the power and control of bureaucracies.

You will examine the justification for governments’ existence and understand how they may affect economic activity. The module will enhance your understanding of tax systems and fiscal policies and their impact on business and consumer behaviour.

Second, the module will give you an overview of a transition of public sector administration from traditional public administration (passive public sector clients) to new public management (active consumers and public-private partnerships) and to the current new public governance, with its emphasis on citizen participation and third-sector involvement.

In this module you will explore the rise of ‘co-production’ and the dynamics of the third sector, which includes non-profit organisations and charities. You will examine this sector in terms of its economic viability and the value of such organisations in traditional economic theory.

Understanding of both the public and third-sector economies will give you a greater appreciation of the economy as a whole and the varying types of organisations operating in it. The module will greatly contribute to you being a well-informed and engaged citizen, enhance your awareness of economic issues and help your decision-making.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5EC509

Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics

This module aims to enable you to use macroeconomic theory and data to make sense of the economic world around us and develop your own informed opinion on the issues of the day. In this module you will focus your efforts on applying economic theory to real-world data, policies and current events.

The module will take an integrated and applied approach to macroeconomic topics from economic growth, inflation and unemployment, to financial markets, interest rates and investment, and to policy making in an open economy. You will develop competence in using data analysis skills using real macroeconomic data and effective statistics and graphical tools.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5GN501

Enterprise Management

The module aims to bring together elements of business management which are usually taught separately, for example: enterprise and entrepreneurship, human resource management, finance, marketing, innovation and logistics and international business.

The module is designed to help you fully understand the relevance of these elements, giving you transferable skills you can apply in an organisational context. Strong emphasis will be placed upon you to demonstrate skills and reflect upon your progress on how knowledge can be applied in a business environment. The skills you will develop will be transferable from an academic context to business environmental context.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5GN507

Creativity and Innovation

Being creative can be thought of as coming up with new and original ideas, whereas innovation can be defined as the development and application of these new ideas to develop new opportunities, create original products and services and to solve problems. Both of these activities are necessary for the innovation funnel to be successful.

In this hands-on module, you will discover how to generate new and creative ideas, and how to develop innovative products and services out of those ideas. Crucially, this may mean looking to other areas and subjects for inspiration and progress.

To do all this, you will have the opportunity to work with other students on a real business problem, finding out your strengths and abilities, but also areas for development. You will work with an actual employer and their organisation, based in the local area, by applying your ideas, combined with the theories we will study, to promote creative solutions to issues they are facing right now.

You are then going to present your ideas, backed up by academic references, in the form of a video presentation. The context for this innovation may be within the small firm or corporate organisation and your scope may include product, service, process, technology and marketing innovations of any kind. Being innovative, creative and confident of your own ideas is a key employability skill in today’s challenging business environment.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5HR506

People Resourcing and Talent Planning

This module explores approaches to talent planning and resourcing adopted by organisations in response to different labour market conditions and strategic business needs.

You will analyse the range of human resources (HR) tools and techniques used to manage the attraction, retention and departure of employees within the UK legal framework. By the end of the module, you will be able to describe HR planning, recruitment and retention methods and demonstrate skills required to undertake many of these in the workplace.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5HR507

Employee Development

Employee development is regarded as important to individual, organisational and national growth and success. As organisations change and develop to meet the demands placed upon them by customers, competitors and the changing market place employees need to develop new knowledge, skills and attributes to keep pace.

You will explore the learning and development context within which organisations form their development strategies and plans and critically evaluate a range of development methods to make effective choices in the design, delivery and evaluation of employee development programmes.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5LO503

Sustainable Supply Chains

A supply chain is the network of all the individuals, organisations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product, from the delivery of source materials from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to its eventual delivery to the end user. In fact, with environmental pressure, this has been increased to include the return of packaging in some cases. As supply chains have become increasingly complex and global in recent years, there has been an increasing focus on sustainability.

Globalisation has meant that that few products are manufactured in national markets: they are outsourced and manufactured in developing nations, particularly in South East Asia and then shipped around the world.

In complex supply chains, such as consumer electronics and automobile production, components and sub-assemblies are manufactured globally before being shipped to the factory for final production.

In addition, fresh food such as fruit, vegetables and fish are available year round. Improvements in chilling and refrigeration technology combined with the reducing costs of airfreight make it possible to eat whatever we want whenever we want.

As a result of these activities, logistics and supply chain management have dramatically increased their impact on the natural environment.

This module will focus on the interlinking components of supply chains and examine the role that each has and how the environmental impact of these can be reduced. It will address issues such as existing and planned technology along with how effective management contributes.

You will critically examine sustainability in supply chains across a broad representation of industry as well as the differing and often conflicting perspectives from both academics and business practitioners. There will be a strong emphasis on practical applications.

You will focus on key current themes and perspectives on globalization; performance management and financial control; hierarchies and networks; and knowledge management is included to provide students with a more ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework.

The module will be up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in supply chain sustainability and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally, the module encourages you to develop a wider global/national perspective: increase your awareness of the impact that logistics and supply chain management has on the environment and the competitive position of the Organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5LO504

Asset Management

There are many types of assets within a business, including physical, financial and human or intangible. However, what is common between them all is the need to maximise value through the asset, both financially and from the stakeholders’ perspective.

As a manager of any business it is important to understand the impact of the physical assets with regard to the bottom line, this module will give you insight into how to measure the financial return on specific physical assets of the business (for example – vehicles) and the financial impact of factors such as depreciation.

In order to maximise asset value, optimisation is fundamental, this module will enable you to investigate and evaluate some of the methods and approaches for efficient asset management, for example – asset maintenance and integration of technology through Enterprise Resource Management systems. To complement the specific subject areas, you also learn new skills to enhance your development with regards to working in a business, including the development of risk assessments.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MK510

Digital and Social Media

This module will give you the tools, techniques and theory behind how digital marketing works within a business environment.

During this module you will learn about best practice and key elements of managing digital marketing in an ‘always on’ 24/7 environment. You will learn how to audit and evaluate competitors’ digital footprints as well as understand how to gain consumer insights using digital techniques.

Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to provide practical life and employment skills, developing an outline digital marketing plan. This assessment will contribute towards key skills sought by employers, including: evaluation, understanding of digital tools, presentation and business report writing.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MK513

Public Relations and Media Management

Relationship management and its implementation via public relations activities is an increasingly important aspect of corporate communications. Along with marketing communications it remains an area which stimulates wide differences of opinion as to where it lies in relation to the marketing function of organisations. The module is designed to allow you to recognise which is the most appropriate approach given particular business contexts and the issues affecting it.

Public Relations is about managing a corporate image and reputation. Deciding which public a company needs to engage with and which media to utilise in delivering the corporate ‘message’ are key issues that the module will equip you to make. With that understanding, you will then be in a position to suggest creative ideas for an optimised PR plan that is likely to optimise a company’s corporate reputation and increase its brand equity.

Management of media/press relations plays a central role in the delivery of PR activities and requires sensitive and imaginative management if these channels are to be fully utilised to the organisations benefit. This area will be explored extensively during the module allowing you to fully appreciate the interrelationship between PR and the Media. While doing this, you will develop an understanding that reputation management needs to be an continuous ongoing core activity within a company. You will also see the importance of PR in the management of exceptional (crisis) situations, corporate social responsibility and the needs for all PR activity to fall within acceptable legal and ethical parameters.

The module has been formulated with the requirements of the appropriate PR professional body in mind and skills embedded that resonate with those expected by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Your learning will be enhanced through the use of guest lectures by media professionals.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5IM888

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline.

During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IM889

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting.

The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives students an opportunity to relate their academic knowledge to the work environment.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6EC513

Global Business and Strategy

This module studies the global business using a combined strategic and economic approach. As part of this module, you will explore the recent major global economic shifts and analyse current international business events.

You will study the key theoretical underpinnings, trends and challenges of international trade and foreign direct investment. You will analyse the importance of government and institutions in controlling/regulating international business behaviour. This will allow you to consider the long-term sustainability of businesses in the ever-changing, and often hostile, global business environment and help you understand the critical role played by strategic management. You will learn how to weigh up a range of complex issues like culture, leadership, corporate governance and others when developing a strategy for an international business.

Throughout this module, you will develop critical practical skills valued by employers and professional accreditation bodies. These include selecting and interpreting data, problem-solving and decision-making, positioning analysis, and developing and evaluating strategic options. Such skills are vital for successful careers in a variety of international and domestic organisations.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6HR510

Developing Leadership and Management

This module is about the concepts of Leadership and Management. It explores the similarities and differences in the roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers in the workplace and the development of leadership theoretical approaches as well as the practical application of these within organisations. Students will analyse the skills and competencies of effective organisational leaders and examine alternative methods of leadership development to enhance these.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6IM511

The Business Consultancy Project

Improvements to processes, services, products, people, and systems are core to the strategy of organisations. Improvements bridge the gap between current and required performance to add value and achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the long-term.

Effective consultation and project management using appropriate business improvement and research methodologies is key to the successful implementation of change. In this module students will explore how to plan, organise, motivate, and control resources to achieve defined goals, on time and to agreed cost and quality criteria.

Using a consultative approach, students will be challenged to make decisions based on their own research to provide practical advice and solutions to real-life scenarios taking into consideration the organisation’s constraints. They will liaise with employers, establish agreed objectives and present their findings in a clear, business focused report and presentation.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6AG502

Financial Statement Analysis

The analysis of financial statements can tell us a great deal about the health of a company and its ability to deal with future challenges, which is a key skill in any business environment, whether or not profit is the primary motivation. This module concentrates on using the financial, economic and non-quantitative information available to assess the relative strengths of entities and their ability to react to the impact of outside forces on their performance.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EC508

Economics of Sustainable Business Growth

This module explores issues concerning how businesses, government and not-for-profit leaders and managers can better integrate the needs of the environment, people, and profits in the short and long term.

In this module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of what is meant by the term sustainability and the values that help develop a model for business sustainability. You will analyse the UN Global Compact, which is a strategic policy initiative for businesses, and apply this to case studies introduced in the module.

During this module you will be expected to reflect on the theory presented and real-life examples introduced. This will enable you to develop your own thoughts and propose potential solutions to the opportunities and challenges of sustainable growth that face businesses at a local, regional, national and international level today.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EC510

International Business Economics

This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the economics of international business. You will discuss the major global economic shifts and you will gain an understanding of the theories on the globalisation of business. We will explain international trade and foreign direct investment and you will examine the importance of government and institutions in controlling/regulating international business behaviour. You will also gain an insight into the workings of the international financial system and the challenges faced by multinational companies when dealing with foreign exchange and interest rates.

All along, you will develop critical practical skills required by professional accreditation bodies such as selecting and interpreting data, analytical reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making skills which are vital for successful careers in a variety of international and domestic organisations.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GN502

International Entrepreneurship

This module seeks to develop your understanding of the emerging area of international entrepreneurship and how you can apply that knowledge in a real life situation.

In recent years, international business and entrepreneurship have been coalescing into a single cognate area that is now becoming regarded as cohesive in its own right. Trading blocs such as the EU have placed emphasis on entrepreneurship as an engine of economic growth and the trend towards greater international involvement of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) is accelerated by technological advances.

At the same time, globalisation has prompted the re-emergence of local cultures which influence the growth of entrepreneurship in diverse ways. We can therefore see a tension between the global and local elements. Creating an in-depth appreciation of these elements will enable you to apply theory to inform, evaluate and enhance potential international entrepreneurial ventures. Ultimately, all organisations need to be aware of the development of international business and that they can no longer rely simply on national trade.

The purpose of this module is therefore for you to explore entrepreneurial activity across boundaries paying attention to cultural and political differences, choice of markets, supply chain relations and appropriate marketing implementation. You will apply your learning to a local SME to produce an international market entry strategy and critically evaluate the process you have undertaken.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GN507

The Lean Business Venture

Developing a business opportunity, whether in a new venture or any existing business if often about spotting what you think is an opportunity and then developing a product or service to address that opportunity. However, businesses often develop new products and services in isolation from customers as they do not want their ideas copied by competitors. However, if there is no conversation with and feedback from the potential end customer during this phase, there is a high risk of wasted time and money as that the product will be require further development at best and at worst, could be a total failure.

An alternative approach is that of the lean business venture. In this approach, a minimum viable product or service is developed and tested with potential customers. The results of this are fed back into the further development of fulfilling the business opportunity. However, the immediate customer feedback means less waste and is, as such, a lean process.

This lean process is what we will be asking you to demonstrate within this module. The aim is for you to take a minimum product or service which addresses a business opportunity, present it to possible customers, learn from their actions and reactions and then develop and improve the product or service. You will then need to reflect on the pros and cons of achieving that goal.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HR507

Comparative International HRM

As companies need to become more established in the international environment, the challenge to create, establish, maintain and develop effective policy and practice in managing a more culturally diverse workforce is seen as a pivotal component of business success. The module explores, examines and compares different approaches to HR and how these opportunities available to organisations can facilitate entry or help confirm their position in the global market.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HR508

Managing the Evolving Employment Relationship

This module explores a range of contemporary employment issues that cover individual and collective aspects in organisations. Theory, application and skills development are all components of the module.

Trade unions remain strong in the public sector. This is partly through the existence of institutions of collective consultation, reinforced by continued reliance in many cases on industry-level bargaining and the public policy emphasis on ‘partnership’.

The collective aspect of the employment relationship is too often regarded as being synonymous with disruption, conflict and contradiction, but this is not necessarily the case and a range of viewpoints will be examined. Additionally, trade unions and collective employment relationship mechanisms are also evident in other countries and the reasons for this will also be explored as part of recognising the global aspects of managing the employment relationship.

Despite instances of industrial action and workplace conflict the emphasis on employee relations continues to embrace concepts of the psychological contract, employee voice and employee involvement, commitment and engagement.

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) suggest that evidence shows that the informal workplace climate appears to have a stronger influence than collective consultation machinery on employee satisfaction and commitment levels.

Employers should also pay attention to the mechanisms that contribute to good employee relations, such as effective approaches for employee voice including two-way communications, project teams and joint consultation, together with electronic media, attitude surveys and 'partnership'.

The employment relationship is a vital component of the workplace jigsaw and how this is understood and managed is vital to the organisation and the well-being of the individual and society at large.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LO501

International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

This module provides a comprehensive analysis of the principles and practices of the international supply chain and the strategic impact this can have on the organisation.

With the ever-increasing pressure of competition among companies, the move towards consolidation of global production and the improvements in communication and transportation systems the supply market is now a global phenomenon. To that end the sourcing and outsourcing of materials or the engagement of service providers is taking on an international perspective. This alters dramatically the role of purchasing, to a more strategic and global posture. This module explores the forces that guide the development of the supply chain: the supply chain concept, the trends within global business and a strategic shift being taken by an increasing number of enterprises towards core competencies.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LO503

Supply Chain Strategy

A Supply Chain is the network of all the individuals, organizations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product. It spans from the source materials to the supplier, from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to eventual delivery to the end user. With environmental pressure this chain has been extended to include the return of packaging. Supply Chains are present not only in manufacturing, but also in service organisations. Supply Chain Management and Strategy are playing increasing roles in an organisation’s competitive position, with particular relevance to productivity, cost, distribution and speed. Supply Chain Strategy focusses on how the Supply Chain should compete, whereas Supply Chain Management involves the processes of the Supply Chain and the transformation of the materials into semi- finished or finished products. Supply Chain Strategy evaluates the cost, benefits and the trade-offs of the Supply Chain’s operational components.

Effective Supply Chain Strategy is able to provide major strategic advantage for an organisation through both customer service and efficient use of capital.

In this module, you will critically examine Supply Chain Strategy across a broad representation of industry. You will observe differing and sometimes conflicting perspectives, of academics and business practitioners. There will be a strong emphasis on practical applications.

You will focus on key, current themes and perspectives; on globalization; performance management and financial control; hierarchies and networks; sustainability and knowledge management. This will provide you with a ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework.

Supply Chain Strategy and Management are fast advancing. The module will provide contemporary perspectives in Supply Chain Strategy and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally the module will encourages you to develop wider, global/national perspective, increase your awareness of the impact that effective Supply Chain Strategy has in the competitive position of an organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MK500

Brand Impact and Popular Culture

This module has been developed in response to demand from employers for graduates who understand the importance and complexity of branding for 21st-century marketing. One of the key challenges for organisations and individuals (eg celebrity) is to create distinctive, sustainable and differentiated identities and positions for themselves in an increasingly cluttered marketplace.

Developing celebrity and brands based on other forms of popular culture that accurately and effectively reflect their goals, values, personality and aspirations on the one hand and benefits and satisfaction sought by a variety of customers on the other is one way in which organisations can increase their visibility, desirability and constructive advantage.

Successful alignment of brand goals with the satisfaction sought by diverse customers also acts as a platform from which to generate customer engagement and brand loyalty in the form of co-creation and brand (re)development.

Maintaining successful popular culture brands is equally challenging and imperative in order to balance product/ service portfolios and so ensure investment funds for future development and growth.

You will develop a thorough understanding of the role of branding in positioning from a unique and interesting context of celebrity and popular culture. It further provides you with an opportunity to evaluate branding strategies and tactics and, using existing research and frameworks as underpinning, to acquire the insights, skills and competences necessary to develop brands in a range of popular culture settings.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MK509

Marketing Across Cultures

As a student of Marketing and a future Marketing professional, you must have a thorough understanding of the added complexities involved in global marketing and how these impact on the formulation of marketing plans and strategies. Organisations in all sectors and industries face increasing international competition; this could be from multi-nationals or competitors establishing themselves in their domestic environment, the need for foreign suppliers or indeed when they seek to establish operations abroad. This module seeks to build on the knowledge and concepts you will have encountered at earlier stages of the programme. It aims to familiarise you with a range of issues and concepts encountered by international marketers and to provide the theoretical framework that will enable you to analyse and implement these in a real-life business situation.

Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to enable you to demonstrate your ability to approach a business challenge as a marketer and business manager. The assessment methods used on this module will also help you develop key skills desired by employers, for example, critical analysis, business report writing and presentation skills.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Our ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning provides a smooth transition so that you can ease your way into both university-level study and business management practice. You ca be assured of our full support in the early stages of the degree but will gradually move towards greater independence as your knowledge deepens and you start to immerse yourself in the wider business community. By stage three, you will be able to take more charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.

Through the contact with personal tutors, engagement with CMI mentors and participation in University events, you’ll become more attuned to professional behaviour and build your skills in creativity, critical thinking, and self-reliance.

Another of our priorities is to foster a new generation of responsible business leaders with a strong moral compass. Throughout the course, you will therefore look at the role of business in wider society, exploring issues ranging from environmental sustainability to child labour, ethical governance to responsible innovation.

You’ll learn through different methods including:

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Christine Harrop-Griffiths

Christine Harrop-Griffiths
Programme leader

Christine Harrop-Griffiths is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) Business Management programmes. Her passion is in enhancing the student experience to develop employable and caring individuals, and seeing students realise their potential and go on to achieve success they never thought possible.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

Your qualifications will equip you for a rewarding leadership career in any area of business and management, from sales and marketing to HR and operations.

They will also mark you out as having the potential for rapid promotion to senior positions, someone who can work competently and ethically in global and cross-cultural environments.

You could progress to roles such as operations manager, business analyst, business development manager, sales executive, marketing officer, HR advisor – the list is endless.

Our former students now work in a wide range of companies, from major names such as DHL, Barclays, Tata and IBM to small or family-owned businesses. Some have gone on to use the skills and entrepreneurial spirit they gained during their degree to set up their own businesses after graduating.

If you’d like to take your studies to the next level, you can also progress to any business masters programmes.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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