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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)

Module BUSI45H15: International Perspectives on Management

Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)

BUSI45H15: International Perspectives on Management

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.
Tied to N1K607
Tied to N1K507
Tied to N1K307
Tied to N1KL07


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To enable students to explore a contemporary management issue from an international perspective and relate theory to practices in a range of organisations.


  • Topics will vary from year to year. They will be linked with the sessions on the International Study Tour, which will provide students with opportunities to reflect on critical issues in management across a range of organisations and sectors.
  • Indicative topics could include:
  • Sustainable development, CSR and business ethics
  • Management across cultures
  • Learning and performance improvement in the international organisation
  • Leadership styles and issues
  • Learning-to-learn and barriers to learning
  • Innovation

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students should:
  • have acquired advanced levels of knowledge and understanding in specific areas of management.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students should:
  • be competent in accessing and assimilating literatures of an advanced nature and relating them to practice, based on the input from speakers and activities on the International Study Tour.
Key Skills:
    By the end of the module students should:
Key Skills:
    be able to demonstrate the cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis;
Key Skills:
    have enhanced their ability to think critically and creatively and to argue coherently;
Key Skills:
    be able to challenge traditional approaches and examine with alternative perspectives;
Key Skills:
    be able to communicate effectively in writing.

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

  • The module provides students with the opportunity to engage with a range of major organisations as part of the International Study Tour.
  • The teaching input will take a number of forms. Initially there will be some input on the topic(s) which provide the focus of the study tour. Secondly there will be input on skills for engaging effectively with individuals and organisations during the tour. Finally, following the tour there will be an opportunity for students to share their reflections and learning as they start to prepare their assignment.
  • The summative assessment consists of an individual report on the topic, testing students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject-matter, and individual reflection on learning.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 1 N/A 6 hours 6
Seminars 1 N/A 3 hours 3
International Study Tour (includes time engaged with organisations, and evening work) 1 N/A 50 hours 50
Post-Tour review 1 N/A 6 hours 6
Preparation, reading and assignment 85
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Individual written assignment with reflective report Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual written assignment with reflective report 2500 words (maximum) and 1000 words (maximum) 100%

Formative Assessment:

Outline of assignment, for peer and tutor feedback

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