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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2014/15 Module Cap
Tied to NPK017
Tied to N1KP17
Tied to N1KD17
Tied to N1KB17


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The Pacific Rim poses major opportunities and challenges for Eastern and Western business and management. This module seeks to enable students to gain an advanced understanding of the global positioning, internal macro regional dynamics and national construction of business and management of the Pacific Rim, and how this might change.


  • The global and international context of the Pacific Rim.
  • The socio-economics of the Pacific Rim and East Asian Regional Governance.
  • The development and management of Japanese business networks.
  • South Korean business management, recovery and renewal.
  • Offshore Chinese family business networks.
  • Mainland Chinese business and economic reform.
  • Mainland Chinese organisational management trends and prospects.
  • East-West business interaction.
  • Developing Asia Pacific Business Champions.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Upon successful completion of the module, the students will be able to:
  • contextualise the Pacific Rim both regionally and globally;
  • situate and critically compare the individual role and character of Japanese, South Korean and Chinese business networks;
  • engage the complex problems of championing Pacific Rim business from a managerial viewpoint.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Upon successful completion of the module, the students will be able to:
  • critically analyse leading core examples of emerging business and management practice.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

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

  • Learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading. The written assignment will test students' understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned to the analysis of a particular issue in depth.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops (a combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion) 28
Preparation and Reading 122
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 4,000 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:


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