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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to NN12
Tied to N205
Tied to N208
Tied to N201
Tied to N203
Tied to N207
Tied to N500
Tied to N506
Tied to N508
Tied to N501
Tied to N505
Tied to N507
Tied to N509
Tied to N510
Tied to N511


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To develop a critical and deep understanding of specialized aspects of Business, Management & Marketing in topics related to the main research areas in the School.
  • To address worldly and analytical mindsets.


  • Topics available each year will vary, a range will be chosen from current Academic Faculty research interests (for example):
  • Ethics
  • Sustainability
  • Management of Higher Education
  • Globalisation
  • Diversity
  • Organisational Rhetoric
  • Strategic Planning and Improvisation
  • Union Commitment and Participation
  • Research and Consultancy with Voluntary Organisations
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Leadership and management practice
  • Risk Management
  • Organisational ecology

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Be able to demonstrate advanced levels of knowledge and understanding in areas of Business, Management & Marketing
  • Be competent in researching, accessing and assimilating literatures of an advanced nature relating to departmental research interests and topics put forward by invited speakers, and be able to effectively communicate in the written assignments and individually in group presentations the importance and implication of research areas.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to deploy skills specific to the Specialized Aspects they are studying
  • Be able to critically analyze management problems and decisions
Key Skills:
  • Skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis. This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, to detect false logic or reasoning, to identify implicit values, to define terms adequately and to generalise appropriately
  • Skills of effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, motivation, self-starting, individual initiative
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, and individually within group presentations

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

  • The lectures and presentations by invited speakers aim to provide students with an outline of key debates in the topic area for students to expand their learning, to discuss the literature that they should explore, and to give any relevant examples and case studies.
  • The student preparation and reading time is partly devoted to any formative assignments set by staff and partly to the general and specific reading suggested by staff in lectures.
  • The assessments provide a test of the knowledge, understanding and analytical skills acquired by students. For the written assignments students will be expected to research and explore issues relevant to management with critical depth, and will be expected to be able to communicate robustly a well-developed demonstration of the implications of research areas to the management of organisations.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 19 1 per week 1 hour 19
Seminars/Tutorials 8 Varies 1 hour 8
Preparation and Reading 173
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment 1 Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assignment 2000 words max 100%
Component: Assignment 2 Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written assignment 3000 words max 100%

Formative Assessment:

A group presentation, all students are required to present.

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