BSc Management

The 2019/2020 academic year

Our BSc Management course is one of our most flexible degrees. You can choose in your second and final year to specialise in Finance, Marketing or Digital Innovation, which will be reflected on your transcript upon graduation, adding even more value to your degree when applying for work in either sector.

Year One:

Terms one and two: Study 8 core modules that will introduce the key areas of business.

Term three: Revision and exams.

Year Two:

Terms one and two: Study 3 core modules and 5 electives.

Term three: Revision and exams.

Year Three:

Terms one and two: One year-long core module, Critical Issues in Management, and 6 electives.

Term three: Revision and exams.

How will I be assessed? 

Throughout the study programme you will be assessed by a mix of examinations, essays, reports, case study analyses and group work.

Work placement 

Extend your degree by a year and carry out a work placement in your third year. We do not organise work placements, however our dedicated CareersPlus team will provide support in making your applications. You would typically work for a company such as IBM or Microsoft in a consulting role.

Your year working should improve your confidence, provide you with a more developed knowledge of business, and improve your personal skills ready to put into practice for your final year at Warwick.

Study Abroad

We also support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities.

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. 

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 term and long term.

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.

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.

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.

Management, Organisations & 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.

Markets, Marketing & 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.

Business Analytics or GPCA*

Business Analytics

Business Analytics is used by companies committed to data-driven decision-making. It is the practice of methodical and intelligent exploration of an organisation’s data to gain insight and drive business strategy and operational decisions. Extend your understanding of probability and statistical concepts and further develop your competence in the use of a variety of quantitative tools and techniques. Apply these tools and techniques to solve real-life problems using case study material.

Governance, Politics and Corporate Accountability

This module enables you to recognise and understand differing forms of governance within a wider political environment of business activity and the constraints and opportunities this presents.

 

Year 2

CORE: Global Environment of Business

Understand the business responses of global firms to the features and 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.

 

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 managing their operations.

Elective modules x 5

In Year 2 you will choose five elective modules from a range of subject areas such as: marketing, digital innovation, 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 or a language.

Year 3

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.

Elective modules x 6

In your final year, you will choose six elective modules from a range of subject areas such as: marketing, digital innovation, 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 or a language.

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