BSc International Business

The 2019/2020 academic year 

Year One:

Terms one and two: Study 6 core modules that will introduce the key areas of business in addition to 2 core language modules.

Term three: Revision and exams.

Year Two:

Terms one and two: Study 4 core modules, 2 elective modules and 2 core language modules.

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: Study 2 core modules and 2 core language modules in addition to 3 electives.

Term three: Revision and exams.

Year 1

CORE: Foundations, Skills and Debates

Foundations, Skills and Debates is a pivotal module for all first year students which supports the transition from formal education to the business school environment. Engage with other students and develop essential WBS attributes that are not only fundamental for your time here, but sought after by top employers. You will work on creativity, presentation and teamwork skills as well as negotiation, complex problem solving and debate. This is a year-long module. 

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. Develop a broad awareness of the influence of elements of the UK system of taxation on business decisions and financial reporting practice.

Business Statistics

The ability to use and make sense of quantitative information is an essential skill for any student taking a business or management degree. Business statistics provides you with a basic knowledge of probability and statistical concepts, including the ability to be critical of reported quantitative information - skills that are essential for other modules and careers in business.

Teaching is through a flipped classroom approach, via online pre-recorded lectures and smaller group tutorials and workshops. There is an emphasis on solving real-world problems, using case material where appropriate, and mastering basic statistical tools. You will be encouraged to analyse data in a spreadsheet environment where possible.

The tutorials and workshops offer you the opportunity to work in groups to apply the concepts outlined in lectures and to see how the techniques 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.

Markets, Marketing and Strategy

Define markets and evaluate: why markets exist; how corporations evolved; and how understanding customers and competition became key priorities for marketing and strategy decision makers.

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.

Language

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

Year 2

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.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module will facilitate students in developing an entrepreneurial mindset, attitude and skills through a combination of lectures, case study and creativity exercise sessions. Learn the practical steps needed to establish a new business venture and enable valuable creation.

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.

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 throughout the year: French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Elective x 2

In Year 2 you will choose two 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

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.

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

Language

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

Elective x 3

In Year 4 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.

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