BSc International Business

The 2018/2019 academic year 

Year one:

Terms one and two: Study 10 core modules that provide an introduction to key areas of business, including a double module in your chosen language.

Term three:  Revision and exams.

Year two:

Terms one and two: Continue with your language and cultural studies along with five core modules and three electives.

Term three: Revision and exams.

Year three:

Studying or working abroad. You will also take two core modules: International Business in Context, and Year Abroad Portfolio which are submitted on your return in Year 4.  This year counts for 10% of your final degree classification. You will attend a three day seminar in term two which typically takes place in Venice and is an assessed part of your degree.

Year four:

Terms one and two: Three core modules, the double weighted module Critical Issues in Management and Language modules plus International Perspectives in Business, Managemeent and Society and five electives. 

Term three: Revision and exams.

Year 1

CORE Practice

CORE (Creative, Organised, Reflective, Enterprising) is an essential module for all Year 1 students. This module aims to help support your transition into the business school environment, by developing your learning style, build your employability skills and encourage personal reflection. Develop your WBS graduate attributes in an open space, virtual and traditional lecture setting.

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Explore the basic concepts, theories and context that underpin and influence accounting and its development. Learn to record and summarise accounting transactions and events, to integrate and understand the impact of accounting adjustments into the accounting records, and prepare and present financial statements.

Quantitative Analysis for Management 1

Examine basic probability and statistical concepts, and explore realistic problems using case material and making use of Excel to analyse data sets. Apply the concepts and techniques to fully understand how they are used in practice.

Foundations of Financial Management

Critically appraise the value added by a capital project by calculating the present value of expected future cash flows, and estimating the cost of capital. Describe how inflation and tax impact project appraisal. Compare and contrast the main sources of financing for a company. Explain the importance of financial planning over both the short and long term.

Management Organisations and Society

Explore the historical emergence of large organisations, management and of the 'organisational society'.  Be introduced to key social science concepts for understanding Management, Organisation and Society. Learn about topics such as: motivation, knowledge and learning, leadership and change, culture and identity.

Operations Management

Consider four aspects of Operations Management: design operations, delivering operations, directing operations and the link between operations management and operations strategy. This module looks at the challenges that organisations face in effectively and efficiently managing their operations.

Markets, Marketing and Strategy

Identify and evaluate why markets have arisen and the importance of oligopolistic models of competition. How the corporation came into existence and how consumers and competition became key priorities for strategic decision makers.

Business Planning

Try your hand as an entrepreneur in a group exercise. Gain an understanding of the problems and opportunities inherent in establishing a new business and learn how all the things you have learnt so far fit together. Reflect on the entrepreneurial process, team dynamics, and your own personal development.

Language

You will take classes in your chosen language: French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Language

You will take classes in your chosen language: French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Year 2

Economics for Business

Apply analytical techniques to real world problems, especially in the business context, gain an understanding of fundamental concepts in micro and macroeconomics; and develop a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and elementary mathematical methods.

Global Environment of Business

Understand how businesses respond to the influences of the business environment. Appreciate the importance and impact of political, economic, social and cultural factors. Read, analyse, and compare different theoretical perspectives on globalisation, convergence and varieties of capitalism, strategic management, and the role and influence of multinational corporations in both the developed world and in developing countries.

Economics of Strategy

Understand fundamental concepts in micro and macroeconomics, as relevant for the study of strategic decisions of firms. Develop a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and elementary mathematical methods used in the economic analysis of strategy. Develop your capacity to apply analytical techniques to real world business problems and strategy choices.

Global Integrative Project

Develop a critical understanding of major trends and issues in global business. Increase your understanding of how global firms analyse their business environment. Experience and develop an understanding of multi-disciplinary management. Using an international issue based assignment/project, develop project management, decision making, team working, and business research skills.

Governance, Politics and Corporate Accountability

This module explores the changing role of business in global society. We discuss how businesses are affected by and affect many of today's challenges, such as, but not limited to: poverty, environmental sustainability, corruption, and human rights. The module follows an interdisciplinary approach blending insights from management studies, political science, sociology, and international law.

Language

You will take classes in your chosen language: French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Language

You will take classes in your chosen language: French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Elective x 3

In Year 2 you will choose three elective modules from a range of subject areas such as: marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, human resources, customer service management, industrial relations, law as well as accounting and finance. Alternatively you can choose from modules offered through other University departments such as Economics.

Year 3

Year abroad

You are guaranteed an exchange with one of our partner institutions to study in the language you chose for your degree. You also have the option to work for the 12-months or combine both study and work. We are unable to secure work placements but will support you in your search.

Year 4

International Perspectives in Business, Management and Society

This module will facilitate a comparative analysis within a structured framework of the different cultural, societal, economic and political issues that you have experienced during your compulsory year abroad

Critical Issues in Management

This double module will present you with a range of contemporary business-related issues and problems in the management of modern organisations with a particular focus on situations which are relatively unstructured and where there is no "one right answer". You will work in syndicate groups to deliver presentations or critically discuss the presentations of other groups.

Language

You will take classes in your chosen language: French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Language

You will take classes in your chosen language: French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Elective x 5

In Year 4 you will choose five elective modules from a range of subject areas such as: marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, human resources, customer service management, industrial relations, law as well as accounting and finance.  Alternatively you can choose from modules offered through other University departments such as Economics.

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