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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

N100

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

If you would like to study part-time, you may be interested in Business and Management HND and BA (Hons) Business Management (top-up)  

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Why you should study Business Studies at the University of Derby

Offering a firm foundation for your career, this challenging degree explores the theories and practices which underpin our knowledge of business.

Skills and knowledge to take you far

The BA (Hons) Business Studies equips you with the vision, resourcefulness and high-level skills which employers need to shape strategy and drive change. The qualification will set you apart as a ‘business-ready’ graduate who can rise rapidly to higher level roles and make a significant impact in any sphere of business, in any organisation.

You will gain a deep understanding of why businesses perform in the way that they do, along with valuable research and analytical skills to support business decision-making and problem-solving.

This Course is ideal for anyone keen to deepen their knowledge of business theories models and frameworks. It combines traditional business disciplines with insights into contemporary issues such as business analytics, digital media, innovation and globalisation.

Conduct in-depth research

We focus on fostering your skills in research, analysis and critical thinking, drawing on current business practice. You will become adept at collecting and interpreting data, evaluating evidence and presenting your findings in compelling ways. You will also develop the confidence to articulate arguments and challenge the status quo.

We introduce you to a wide range of business research methods so that you can devise your own research proposal covering a theme of your choice. You will then devote a large proportion of your final year to independent research and producing a dissertation style report.

Find your business niche

We give you the chance to explore a broad spectrum of business areas before deciding where your main interests lie. You can then tailor your studies to match your personal strengths and preferences.

In stage one, you will gain a solid grounding in areas such as strategy, finance, HRM, marketing and enterprise. In stages two and three, almost half of the course is made up of optional modules so that you can chart your own direction and gain more specialist knowledge. You could, for example, explore consumer behaviour, harness social media for business or investigate financial markets.

If, after stage one, you decide that you would like to focus more on the management aspects of business, there may be the opportunity to transfer to one of our suite of BA (Hons) Business Management programmes.

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Learn beyond the classroom

We specialise in real world learning, so there will be ample opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to practical work-related scenarios, business simulations, consultancy projects and case studies.

We support all students to undertake valuable work placements. You can complete your degree over four years to include an optional year on placement. If, however, you decide to study over three years, we encourage you to undertake internships, particularly during the summer breaks. Our former students have undertaken placements with famous names such as Bentley, Enterprise and Rolls-Royce.

Professional credibility

This course has been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) so you can gain an internationally recognised Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership alongside your degree. You will have access to the CMI mentoring scheme, networking events and specialist lectures.

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

To help you advance in a career with a financial focus, the course also features optional modules which offer exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) papers. This will give you a head start if you would like to qualify as a chartered management accountant eventually.

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Focused on your future success

Our academic team is made up of business experts who will foster your talent. We pride ourselves on education with the personal touch. You will learn in a stimulating environment.

You can also draw on latest business thinking through our thriving research community. Our staff are undertaking influential research which not only extends academic understanding but also helps business organisations to improve their performance.

In addition, we give you the opportunity to enrol in our Futures Award programme where you can undertake extra-curricular activities to reinforce your development as a business professional.

Broaden your networks

We can put you in touch with some of the brightest business minds. We have strong links with employers across the spectrum, from SMEs to major multinational firms. 

You will engage with leading professional bodies and prominent employers. By attending guest lectures, business conferences, recruitment fairs and major networking events, you can bolster your contacts book for the future. 

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

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: 5IM512

Research Methods for Business

Relevant study of business, organisational contexts and operating environments is dependent upon clear understanding and application of robust research processes. This module enables the student to consider the importance of research methods in informing business practice.

The module includes developing an understanding of research philosophies for business, reviewing existing studies, examining appropriate research designs and the problems which emerge from poor project specification. It will also cover issues relating to conducting ethical studies and applying for ethical approval. Students will also explore analytical methods and develop skills in using SPSS and NVivo. Contemporary thought regarding theory and practices relating to research design are explored in this module in order to develop students’ knowledge, appreciation and skills in this area.

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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: 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: 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: 5LA526

Law for Accounting

The module provides the essential foundations of the legal system and the opportunity to study key substantive legal areas that will be directly applicable to those entering into a career in accountancy or even those wishing to pursue employment within the general business environment. Although a knowledge of the rules is required, the focus of the module delivery will be on practical applications and solutions for business.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
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: 5MK511

Convergent Media

For companies to compete in today’s increasingly competitive market place, communicating effectively with consumers and stakeholders is essential for survival. Marketing Communications plays a central role in this increasingly dynamic environment where all elements of the marketing mix and the communication of brand values combine to establish competitive advantage.

Through this module you will explore why an integrated approach to marketing communications is essential if such communications is to be both efficient and effective. With the continued rise of digital media it is essential to consider how media converge and diverge.

The module has been informed by businesses across a wide spectrum of industries throughout the UK who are involved in Marketing Communications, together with current research findings. Incorporation of industry requirements is aimed directly at enhancing your employability post-graduation and students will have the opportunity to experience the role and application of Integrated Marketing Communications through contact with practitioners in both local businesses and communication agencies.

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20 Credits
optional
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: 6IM510

The Business Research Study

This module is a programme of extended study which allows the student to undertake a research project related to an area of their specific interest. The research study enables students to demonstrate theoretical knowledge and to extend this knowledge by examining this in a business/organisational context. Students will scope the project themselves using underpinning knowledge derived from the prerequisite module of Research Methods for Business at stage 2.

They will engage in a programme of research which will develop their skills as a researcher, allowing them to deepen their knowledge of the complexities of business. This study will be presented as a final research dissertation demonstrating the students’ skills in research and application to business/organisational settings.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6MK511

Ethics Sustainability and Community

This module aims to provide you with knowledge of ethical issues involving business, in particular it is concerned with the implications for marketing.

The module aims to develop your capacity to critically engage with issues such as human rights, environmentalism and sustainable development, consumerism and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Ultimately, the aim of the module is to enable you to recognise and reflect upon complex ethical problems with a view to enhancing your analytical and decision-making skills which are valuable for employability in international businesses.

The role of sustainability as an integral component of business strategy is becoming more common. A number of factors seem to be important in helping to explain this trend including the need to comply with a growing volume of environmental and social legislation and regulations. The concern about the cost and scarcity of natural resources, additionally a greater public and shareholder awareness of the importance of socially responsible financial investments, the growing media coverage of the activities of a wide range of anti-corporate pressure groups and finally more general changes in social attitudes and values within modern capitalist societies. 

Sustainability according to McCann-Erickson (2007): can be summarised as “a collective term for everything to do with responsibility for the world in which we live. It is an economic, social and environmental issue. It is about consuming differently and consuming efficiently, it also means sharing between the rich and the poor, protecting the global environment while not jeopardizing the needs of future generations.” 

This module aims to provide you with knowledge of ethical issues involving business, in particular it is concerned with the implications for marketing. 

The module aims to develop your capacity to critically engage with issues such as human rights, environmentalism and sustainable development, consumerism and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Ultimately, the aim of the module is to enable you to recognise and reflect upon complex ethical problems with a view to enhancing your analytical and decision-making skills which are valuable for employability in international businesses.

Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to enable you to demonstrate your ability to approach a community 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 critical analysis, business report writing, presentation and strategic marketing skills.

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20 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: 6AG504

International Business Performance Appraisal

This module expands on the knowledge and understanding you will have gained on previous business accounting modules. You will learn how to provide managers with useful information by achieving a good understanding of management accounting concepts and techniques. The information requires clear presentation and the ability to communicate in an appropriate manner, whether it is written or verbally presented. You will investigate the areas of control, performance appraisal and evaluation in organisations. You will discuss the specific requirements of different industries, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and the needs of global businesses.

During this module you will practice presenting your thoughts to an audience and developing and improving your presentation style. Presentations will be filmed so you can watch yourself and reflect on how you can improve. Also you will experience informal lectures and seminars to build up your understanding as to how and why organisations perform in the way they do.

Understanding how a business performs and being able to communicate this to all levels in business is a key employability skill. This module will give you the confidence that you can critically evaluate a business scenario and make a verbal presentation to a small audience.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EC501

Investing and Financial Market Behaviour

This module brings together major themes from economics, finance and psychology in order to develop your awareness of financial markets issues and to expand your understanding of investment decision making, investor behaviour, regulation and financial markets in crisis.

All along, you will develop critical practical skills like using Excel, analytical reasoning, interpreting data, following financial media and interacting with external financial market experts and potential employers. You will learn about the main investment classes, you will build your own portfolio of investments and analyse its effectiveness and performance. We will introduce you to behavioural aspects of investor activity. You will examine the underlying issues in financial markets that lead to crisis and failure using economic theory both traditional and behavioural. You will be analysing issues like asset bubbles, bank failures and the problems of regulating financial activity in domestic and global markets.

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20 Credits
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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: 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: 6LO506

Supply Chain Systems Modelling

The Module provides opportunity for learners to develop knowledge of advanced topics in statistics through the study and critical evaluation of its use in specialised areas with regard to business. The module will introduce students to modelling tools and techniques and how they can be used to understand business processes/scenarios within Logistics and Supply chain management, for example, queuing systems, route planning in logistics, process flow in Supply Chain operations, Warehouse network planning.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MK513

Market Sensing

Market Sensing is a new approach to marketing research which seeks to achieve greater depth and meaning in research projects. It is strongly aligned with marketing research, business intelligence, strategy formulation, brand development, understanding consumer behaviour, and internal marketing. It is presented that currently main stream texts in areas of Marketing Research, Business Research, Marketing Strategy, Consumer Behaviour, tend to focus on traditional research methods such as surveys, interviews, case studies, and focus groups.

We will present that beyond these methods there are several other methods which may be used for depth and meaning. These methods have largely been confined to the realm of ‘specialist texts’ and therefore are generally less accessible (and consequently not well integrated into modules and programmes for students engaged on undergraduate and post-graduate in Marketing and Business).

Our aim will be to explain and demonstrate the concept of Market Sensing and identify and explain associated research methods. Specifically our objectives will be to:

  • Present, explain, and critically evaluate the concept of Market Sensing and how this differs from conventional Marketing Research
  • Present, explain, and critically evaluate the concept of Market Sensing and the links to; Marketing Strategy; Brand Development; Understanding Consumer Behaviour, and internal marketing
  • Present, explain, and critically evaluate a range of specialist Market Sensing research methods to achieve depth and meaning in research
  • Locate these specialist Market Sensing research methods within the marketing research domain
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MK516

Services and Experiential Marketing

This module assesses the importance of designing and delivering marketing which effectively applies an understanding of customer expectations (and beyond) . The module will highlight the impacts of service variability, perishability and demand fluctuation on marketing. It will also consider the measurement of customer expectations and perceptions and satisfaction monitoring. The need for and process of resource planning and the management of service encounters will also be encountered.

The importance of the service sectors is growing in all national economies and is increasingly provides the basis for national comparative advantage. Tourism, leisure, retail, entertainment, sport and events are just some of the big services sectors represented in the Derbyshire region. Services are also increasingly employed to differentiate tangible products and provide competitive advantage for organisations.

Services marketing represent significant challenges for organisations and marketers, simply because the service element is itself intangible. At a great concert, the ticket, programme, facilities are all tangible, but the service itself, the music, is intangible. Furthermore, the service cannot occur without a customer being present. (The concert can be rehearsed, but it isn’t a service without a customer.) It is due to this intangibility of the service which makes services management so difficult to assure and services marketing such a challenging and exciting topic to study. How can an experience be promoted? What are the elements of the marketing package –from researching customer needs, wants and expectations through to promoting something which cannot be easily captured in a promotion.

This module assesses the importance of designing and delivering marketing which effectively applies an understanding of customer expectations (and beyond) . The module will highlight the impacts of service variability, perishability and demand fluctuation on marketing. It will also consider the measurement of customer expectations and perceptions and satisfaction monitoring. The need for and process of resource planning and the management of service encounters will also be encountered.

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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

How you will learn

We take a ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning, so you have full support and direction in the early stages of your studies and gradually move towards stronger understanding and greater independence.

This course instils all the attributes and qualities of a successful business professional, including time management, prioritising, effective communication and networking. Through your contact with academic tutors, mentors and participation in University events, you’ll become well attuned to professional business behaviour.

The course incorporates formal lectures, sometimes involving external speakers; tutor-led and student-led seminars; one-to-one and small group tutorials; research skills workshops; and self-directed study. We place significant emphasis on developing your research skills, critical thinking and confidence in articulating arguments.

By stage three, you are expected to be more in charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies, particularly when you undertake your Business Research Study.

How you are assessed

Our assessment strategy is designed to ensure you can identify issues; decide how to collect, analyse and present evidence about those issues; draw robust conclusions based on the evidence; and then present your findings via different methods of communication.

Assessment is mainly through coursework which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, group project work, presentations, posters, design of digital materials, and the development of a research proposal to support your independent study. There are also in-class tests and computer-based assessments. At the final stage of the programme your research study will be assessed by a dissertation.

Who you'll meet

You will be taught by an experienced and highly qualified team with outstanding contacts in the wider business community.

They include our Programme Leader, Olivia Ramsbottom who, before she became a lecturer, worked for 16 years as a manager in a number of organisations.  She also runs her own training and consultancy business, providing training and consultancy services to a number of external clients.  She is currently finalising her PhD in conceptualising management for the 21st century, and has a MSc in Management and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. 

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

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Dr Olivia Ramsbottom
Programme leader

As Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Business Studies programme, Dr Olivia Ramsbottom is responsible for the recruitment and success and progression of students.  She is co-Programme Leader for the MSc Level 7 Apprenticeship Senior Leaders programme and a Senior Lecturer, with teaching responsibilities across Derby Business School.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
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.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
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

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Additional costs and optional extras

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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Clearing

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Careers

By strengthening your knowledge of business theory and research, the BA (Hons) Business Studies is the ideal preparation for success. When you graduate, you will be armed with an extensive understanding of all the key business disciplines, together with the practical data collection and research skills that mean you can play an influential part in shaping business strategy and performance.  This powerful combination gives you a real advantage when applying for opportunities such as graduate training schemes with major companies.

You will have the professional and ethical attitudes, character strengths, commercial acumen and ambition to make a difference in any work environment. Global perspectives are embedded in every aspect of the course to stand you in good stead for senior roles anywhere in the world.

Our Business Studies graduates are now carving out fulfilling careers in consultancy and client-facing roles in areas such as accounts and finance, HRM, sales, marketing, project management and retail management. Ed Hollands set up his own company, Driven Media, once he graduated.

With its strong focus on research evaluation and analytical skills, the course is also an excellent platform if you want to progress to postgraduate studies. You could, for instance, consider our Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). As one of our alumni, you would be eligible for a 10% fee discount.

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† Additional information about your studies

4 with optional placement year

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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Optional costs not included in your fees

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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