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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Queen's Campus Stockton


  • Business Decisions II: Competition and Strategy (BUSI2041), Business Environment II: the Macro Economy (BUSI2051).


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide final honours students with the opportunity to investigate why globalization is one of the most important issues facing business by: Evaluating critically globalization forces and institutions.
  • Appreciating the impact on business policies, processes and performance.
  • Exploring unresolved issues.


  • The module examines why globalization is one of the most important issues facing business.
  • It focuses on the global business environment, including institutional and policy environment and the impact on the firm.
  • The module critically investigates globalization from different levels: global, regional, national, industry and company.
  • It examines the evolution of international/transnational business, internationalisation processes of the firm, alliance capitalism, typologies of transnational corporations, networks and the digital revolution and unresolved issues surrounding the globalization debate.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students are expected:
  • To have a comprehensive understanding of globalization from different multidisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.
  • To be familiar with the impact of globalisation upon business organisations and the wider business environment.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • To have developed critical analytical abilities to be able to investigate the impact of globalization at different levels: global, regional, national, industry, company and some corporate functions.
  • To have further developed your writing and presentational skills.
Key Skills:
  • Written Communication - by completing summative assessment.
  • Planning, Organisation and Time Management - by observing the strict assignment deadlines and preparing for the summative assessment.
  • Problem Solving and Analysis - by applying the necessary analytical skills, as well as the ability to manipulate concepts in business environment, in undertaking assessed work.
  • Initiative - by searching relevant literature and information in preparation of the summative assignment.
  • Computer Literacy and Information Retrieval - by word-processing the assignments, undertaking bibliographical search and information retrieval for the summative assignment.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching is by lectures, tutorials and support for student-centred learning. Learning takes place through attendance at lectures, preparation for and participation in tutorial classes and private study (inlcuding student-centred learning). Formative assessment is by means of 1500 word essay. Summative assessment is by means of an unseen written examination plus 2500 word essay.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 21 1 Per Week 1 Hour 21
Seminars 8 4 in Term 1, 4 in Term 2 1 Hour 8
Structured Reading Week 1 In Term 2
Preparation and Reading 171
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
one two-hour written examination 100%
Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
one written assignment of 2500 words max. 100%

Formative Assessment:

One 1500 word assignment

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University