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Business School Of The Year

Looking to join a graduate training scheme or pursue a graduate career in human resources? This four year course combines broad-based business modules with specialist studies in Human Resource Management (HRM) that run throughout the course and represent around 50% of the degree.

The course has a very successful track record with 100% of students going on to work or further study within six months, and with 90% of those in work being in a professional or managerial job (Unistats 2015).

Northumbria ranks 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Admin Studies graduates 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

The course lasts four years because, between your second and final years, you’ll spend a compulsory year on a work placement or studying in another country.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. The relevance, rigour and internationalisation of the course has been tested through the EPAS accreditation process.

This course is designed to prepare you for a career in HRM whilst also offering you the opportunity to apply for professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD). On completion of the programme you will have achieved the equivalent of the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HRM, which means you will be eligible to apply for Associate membership status.

 

Business School Of The Year

Looking to join a graduate training scheme or pursue a graduate career in human resources? This four year course combines broad-based business modules with specialist studies in Human Resource Management (HRM) that run throughout the course and represent around 50% of the degree.

The course has a very successful track record with 100% of students going on to work or further study within six months, and with 90% of those in work being in a professional or managerial job (Unistats 2015).

Northumbria ranks 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Admin Studies graduates 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

The course lasts four years because, between your second and final years, you’ll spend a compulsory year on a work placement or studying in another country.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. The relevance, rigour and internationalisation of the course has been tested through the EPAS accreditation process.

This course is designed to prepare you for a career in HRM whilst also offering you the opportunity to apply for professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD). On completion of the programme you will have achieved the equivalent of the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HRM, which means you will be eligible to apply for Associate membership status.

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
N600

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
4 years full-time with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK.

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Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Our staff have written and contributed to many articles and books on HRM, with current projects including a book on identities and human resource development. Our specialisms include the management of diversity and inclusion as well as HR audit tools. The quality of Newcastle Business’ research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to the accolade of ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

 

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Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. To facilitate the essential learning that needs to take place outside of formal contact sessions, there will be directed learning tasks during every module.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss academic or personal issues. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

Assessments involve the application of business principles to solve problems, and assessment methods will include business reports, presentations and portfolios. In the final year there is an assessed dissertation or consultancy project.

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Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

There will be plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice. The Student Engagement Centre promotes all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.

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Business Facilities

Newcastle Business School delivers first class teaching in a world class environment.

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University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

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Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Our enquiry-based, problem-solving approach to topics requires the acquisition of research skills like information literacy, sampling, statistical reporting and surveying. In the final year you will undertake a significant investigatory task in the form of either a dissertation or a consultancy project.

Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. Newcastle Business School was the eighth most improved business school in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Our three signature research themes are digital business, strategic innovation and entrepreneurial leadership, and responsible business. Specific areas of research include financial crime, corporate reporting, social entrepreneurship, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility.

 

Research / Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School (NBS) is the 8th most improved Business School in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) National Assessment.

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Employability is at the heart of Northumbria Business School’s courses, with every module reinforcing the transferable attributes that are necessary for graduate employment. In addition there are three modules that explicitly focus on career-development skills: Building Business Practice, Building Professional Practice, and Employability and Career Planning. These modules leverage the resources available at our Careers and Employment Service.

There will be opportunities to gain practical experience that gives you a further career edge. In your second year you can study for a semester in another country. Before your final year you’ll undertake a year-long work placement or study abroad for an academic year. Throughout the course we encourage you to participate in the Business Clinic, joining a team of business students in giving advice to clients.

We’ve designed the course to be aligned with the standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Northumbria Business School is an accredited centre of the CIPD.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll enjoy the advantage of having studied a course that is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School. Our business and management suite of courses are also currently undergoing a re-accreditation process with EPAS to highlight achievements that include academic rigour, practical relevance and internationalisation.

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A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to apply for graduate training schemes and graduate roles within both large corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises. Previous graduates have gone on to a variety of HR roles within both the private and public sectors.

You can also undertake further study at postgraduate level with a course such as our Human Resource Management and Development MA. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is for people who want to study a course with a significant Human Resource Management content alongside a general business and management input, with the intention of seeking employment on graduation in the field of Human Resource Management.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB to include

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A l

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Some costs you may incur include the Student Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). There are various advised books for purchase throughout the duration of this course, and costs are approximately £250-£800.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AF4002 -

Financial Decision Making (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn how financial information can be used to assist managers and external user groups in their decision making processes.

You will initially explore the motivations for entrepreneurial activity and techniques that can be used to appraise investment decisions.

Topic areas will include:

• Investment appraisal techniques (payback, accounting rate of return, net present value and internal rate of return)
• Practical aspects of investment appraisal (inflation and capital rationing)
• Risk and uncertainty

You will then examine how financial information can facilitate managers in making operational decisions in relation to planning and control.

Topic areas will include:

• Cost and revenue behaviour
• Break even analysis
• Costing (full and variable costing, activity-based costing and whole life-cycle costing)
• Budgeting and variance analysis
• Working capital management

Finally you will look at the informational needs of outside user groups, the nature of the information they are provided with, and how this information can be analysed and interpreted in order to enhance the effectiveness of their decision making.

Topic areas will include:

• The reporting frameworks and ethical principles that underpin financial reporting
• The nature of international financial reporting standards
• Format and content of the statement of profit or loss and statement of financial position
• Statements of cash flow
• Analysis and interpretation of financial statements using ratio analysis

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BM9400 -

Business Analysis for Decision Making (Core, 20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills of applying a variety of quantitative analytical tools to support business decision making. The module is delivered to you using weekly lectures and IT workshops, the workshops principally concentrate of the development of your spreadsheet skills and interpretation of the analysis undertaken.

Within this module, you will cover nine main topics:

• Index numbers
• Linear programming
• Correlation and Regression;
• Time Series Analysis;
• Data Presentation
• Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
• Probability and the Normal Distribution
• Questionnaire Design and Sampling

The module will lead you to the development of basic analytical skills and confidence in handling numeric data using a spreadsheet. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of quantitative techniques for use in modelling, analysis and interpretation of business problems. You will become aware of the role of modelling as an aid to business problem solving. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the role of MS Excel as an aid to data analysis and the development of various business problem solving models.

On completing the module you will be able to select and apply the appropriate business techniques to support business problem solving in a variety of situations. You will have developed relevant IT skills to support the theoretical material introduced throughout the module. You will create, use and design appropriate spreadsheet models as well as use appropriate supporting software.

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GA4001 -

Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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HR9405 -

Managing People at Work (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the foundation theory and practice of management. It encourages you to understand the principal challenges facing managers and will give you an overview of the key themes within organisational behaviour (OB). Through weekly lectures you will be introduced to principles of OB and explore the relationships between theory and practice. In weekly seminars you will apply your understanding of theories and relevant research findings to Human Resources (HR) practice related case studies and draw connections to your own experiences of work. Issues you will discuss in this module may vary in order to reflect contemporary circumstances. Topics include:

• Introduction to OB and links to HR practice
• (Rational) organisation structure and work design
• Managing diverse groups and effective teams
• Sex and gender in management
• Managing culture
• Perception and Personality
• Motivation/ Reward/ Performance
• Ethics/ Leadership/ Followership
• Politics and decision making in organisations
• Managing conflict and change

The module will lead you to develop your own understanding of managerial challenges and skills necessary to tackle them. You will be challenged to reflect on your learning and how OB theories and relevant research findings have impacted on you and your journey in becoming a practicing manager. On completing the module you will understand theoretical foundations of OB and its links to HR practice. You will further critically reflect on your own views of management and HR practice. Such reflection will lead and align with your further personal development studies ‘Employability and Career Planning’ (HR9508) and ‘Human Resource Management’ (HR9510).

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HR9406 -

Work Psychology for Human Resource Management (HRM) (Core, 20 Credits)

The Level 4 “Work Psychology for HRM” module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of different psychological theories related to the workplace. In particular you will explore how these theories can be used to improve the understanding of the management of people and the employment relationship. The module will provide you with a strong understanding of how these theories influence HRM practices that are designed to improve employee motivation, leadership ability, learning and development, recruitment and selection, staff productivity, job satisfaction and the quality of working life for employees. Topics covered will embrace cognitive psychology and social psychology. This will include:

Cognitive psychology focusing on cognitive functioning where you will learn about the aspects and dimensions of cognition that are used in everyday life. Topics will include:
• Perception (and sensation)
• Memory and Learning
• Individual differences: Personality
• Individual differences: Intelligence
• Communicative processes
• Thinking, problem solving, deductive reasoning and judgement, decision making
• Attitudes at work: Motivation, satisfaction and organisational commitment

Social psychology focusing on understanding individual behaviour in a social context where you will learn how we navigate through our social world with real-world examples to demonstrate practical implications. Topics will include:
• Formation of attitudes, behaviours, emotions and identities e.g. stereotyping, prejudice and conflict
• Social influence and social identity
• Group dynamics including intrapersonal, interpersonal and intergroup aspects of psychology
• Understanding difference and diversity

Real life case-study examples of workplace issues will be used to illustrate the lectures and you will be asked to actively identify how the concepts and models studied apply to your own experiences of work (where applicable).

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NX9410 -

Building Business Practice (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with the skills and abilities to tackle real life business problems and projects. These problems and research projects will be appropriate to your specific programme of study and will result in an extensive and flexible knowledge base.

There are six main focus areas based on:

An ability to demonstrate and apply an understanding of relevant theory from your professional /academic area where appropriate
Group Work skills (Team work)
Research Skills (Information Literacy)
Problem Solving Skills (Project Management)
Communication Skills
Self-Directed Learning.

On completion of this module you will have developed effective problem-solving skills, become an effective collaborator and team player and further developed self-directed, lifelong learning skills.

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SM9411 -

Global Business Environment (Core, 20 Credits)

The module is comprised of three blocks of material. The three blocks are:

Globalisation
This block will cover topics such as the process of globalisation, barriers to globalisation, the benefits and costs of globalisation for business,
international trade, analysis of the external business environment, corporate social responsibility issues in the global economy, etc.
Economics
This block will focus on the market forces of supply and demand, supply and demand elasticity, government policy, gross domestic product (GDP),
the consumer price index, a macroeconomic theory of the open economy, etc.
Economic Competitiveness
Topics covered in this block include foreign market entry modes, process of foreign direct investment, analytical frameworks for assessing national
competitiveness, the risk assessment for business decisions, etc.

At the end of the module you will be able to:

1. Identify and describe the main features, trends & influences of the global business environment on international organisations.
2. Analyse various global and/or international business contexts and how these affect the strategic development of industries, markets and organisations.
3. Apply basic macro-economic theory in an international business environment and use economic analysis to examine major social and economic issues in the UK and beyond.

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GA5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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HR9508 -

Employability & Career Planning (Core, 20 Credits)

This module gives you the skills and knowledge you need to successfully obtain an undergraduate placement and/or a graduate-level role when you leave university. It is specifically concerned with your employability and therefore includes opportunities each week to practice and develop skills in a safe and supportive environment. You will study a number of important topics such as career planning, writing CVs, cover letters and application forms, psychometric testing, competency-based interviews, assessment centres and current trends in recruitment and selection practice, including use of social media. When you complete this module, you will have the skills, ability, and confidence to make an impactful application to any employer. The module also supports you if you have a compulsory year abroad as part of your programme.

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HR9509 -

Global, Comparative and Cross-Cultural HRM (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of managers, employees and organisations in a global and cross cultural context, both theoretically and in practice.

Within this module, you will cover the following main topics:

Introduction to International Human Resource Management (IHRM), Cross cultural management and comparative management and the differences and similarities of HRM and IHRM
Cross Cultural Theory
Cultural Dimensions of HR and Management Practices
Environmental factors in relation to IHRM and Cross Cultural Management
Recruitment and Selection in an international context
Training and Development in an international context
Compensation and benefits in an international context
Performance Management in an international context
Re-entry and career issues/management
Ethical and responsibility issues in IHRM
Cross Cultural and International Human Resource management in an example country

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HR9510 -

Human Resource Management (Core, 20 Credits)

“Human Resource Management” will take you on a journey through the modern organisation offering you the opportunity to understand how Human Resource Professionals contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation. You will spend the first week developing a framework for personal skill development in Human Resource Management which you will then use each week when focusing on a specific topic.

Incorporating issues of ethical leadership and sustainability you will cover eleven main topics in Human Resource Management:

• Human Resources Service Delivery
• Recruitment and Selection
• Learning and Development
• Talent Management
• Equality and Diversity
• Managing Absence
• Performance Management
• Total Reward
• Employee Engagement
• Conflict in the Workplace
• Supporting Organisational Change

This module will provide you with the key theoretical arguments in Human Resource Management and on completion of the module you will have begun to identify and develop the skills and knowledge required to be a Human Resource Professional in today’s workplace.

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HR9511 -

Law for HR professionals (Core, 20 Credits)

All employers, regardless of size or sector face a number of ethical and legal considerations when employing people. Attending this module will continue your development as an HR professional by giving you the skills and knowledge to support employers to build on the minimum legal standards.

The key learning aspects of this module are twofold. First, you will learn the main Employment Law required for a career in Human Resources. You will then experience putting your learning into practice via simulations of real cases.

Knowledge of employment law and its practical application underpins various careers in Human Resources. Whichever path you choose, you are likely to be required to understand how Employment Law applies to your field and to be able to interpret it based on different scenarios.

Via this module you will experience all the key areas in which a HR professional will be expected to apply their knowledge of employment law including disciplinary, grievance, absence and equality and diversity. These areas include:

• How employment law is created
• Sourcing reliable information regarding employment law
• Ensuring policy and procedure is compliant
• Equality and diversity legislation and its impact on the workplace
• Legislation and case law regarding grievance, capability and disciplinary
• Legislation and case law regarding absence management
• The legalities of data protection
On completing the module you will be able to demonstrate practical skills which will support your employability for a wide range of roles.

In addition, the skills you will gain on this module, in analytical techniques and problem solving, will serve you well in Human Resources as well as other disciplines.

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MO9522 -

The Marketing and Logistics Interface (Core, 20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills of applying a variety of Marketing and Logistics knowledge at the subject interface to support business decision making in this area. The module is delivered to you using weekly lectures and seminars, principally concentrating on the development of your subject skills and interpretation of the subject area. Within this module, you will cover ten main topics:

• The Global Customer;
• Overcoming Marketing/ Logistic interface barriers;
• The era of Network Competition; Logistics / Marketing Customer Value;
• Synchronous Supply;
• Managing Risk at the Marketing/Logistics Interface;
• Evaluating Market Channels;
• Channel Design;
• Logistics in the world of e-business;
• Digital Marketing and Logistics

The module will lead you to the development of subject specific skills and confidence in handling the knowledge gained. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of subject techniques in the Marketing and Logistics subject area. You will become aware of the role of the subject in the business context. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the role of the Marketing and Logistics functions and the development of various business problem solving models related to these areas.

On completing the module you will be able to select and apply the appropriate techniques to support business problem solving in a variety of situations. You will have developed relevant skills to support the theoretical material introduced throughout the module. You will create and design appropriate models as well as the use of appropriate theory.

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NX9523 -

Business Professional Practice (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to prepare you for your future studies at Level 6 and work-based learning. It focuses on developing your skills and abilities to critically assess, analyse and manage business-based problems and projects, with emphasis on a range of business models

The module will focus on specific discipline areas to support demonstration of understanding and application of relevant theory from your professional/academic area as appropriate. There also will be some opportunities to consider broader contemporary challenges for organisations in responding to changing practices of responsible and sustainable management.

On completion of the module you will have enhanced your problem-solving skills and will be able to manage complex projects. By focusing on advanced group and team working skills, research and complex problem solving skills, project management, communication skills and self-directed learning, you will also develop employability and leadership attributes, including set direction, engage, drive, collaborate, learn, innovate and act with integrity.

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NX9527 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Semester (Optional, 60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to study abroad in Semester 2 of Year 2. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 60 credits (30 ECTS).

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning.

When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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NX9525 -

Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module available on degree courses which include a work placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. The placement consists of 48 weeks of full time work experience in a host organisation which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University.

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NX9526 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 120 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. At the end of the module you will have adapted to and appreciated a different cultural and learning environment and developed ability. You will have developed your interpersonal and intercultural communication skills as a result of your learning in an international environment.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Study Abroad Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional, 60 Credits)

The Work Placement Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester long work placement. The placement consists of a period of full time work experience in a host organisation equivalent to a full semester of study which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University. Combining this with the study abroad semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional, 60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 60 credits (30 ECTS).

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University. Combining this with the work placement semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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Critical Organizational Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to encourage engagement with Organisation Theory through offering a comprehensive account of ideas, perspectives and practices of organisation. You will learn to analyse organisations, people and organising practices through critical employment of Organisation Theory which challenges conventional understanding of organisations. You will learn to explore the impact of recent trends in Organisation Theory and Practice on people and their behaviour in organisations.

The module links topics on Organisation Theory and Practice:
• Introduction to Organisation Theory, and implications for practice: overview of three main perspectives (Modern, Symbolic and Contemporary)
• Organisation Theory:
o Theorizing relationship between Organisation and its environment
o Theorizing different perspectives on Culture and Organisation, and managing across cultures
o Theorizing organisational (physical and social) structure
o Theorizing power, control and conflict (including the feminist perspective)
o Theorizing Identity and organisational behaviour
• Applications in practice:
o Organisational Design, Sustainable Organisational Design
o Organisational learning, tacit knowledge and knowledge management
o Organisational change, change management, and sustainable development
o Aesthetics and organisations, performance, narrative, theatre and organisation
o Managing culture, people and behaviour in organisations, and managing across cultures

Upon completion of the module you will gain an in-depth understanding of:

o The major perspectives on Organisation Theory
o ‘Critical’ organisation theory and management practices
o The recent trends in organising practices
o Theory and practices involved in working in multi-cultural organisations with an awareness of ethical considerations.
o How to form your own construction of knowledge on organisations, managing people and their behaviour

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HR Resourcing and Development (Optional, 20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with the critical knowledge and understanding of the key strategic HRM/HRD aspects required in the modern workplace. It also aims to provide you with a strong awareness relating to how strategic HRM/HRD contributes to the interests of stake holders and adds value to the business.
Within this module you will cover 12 core topics.
These are:
• Strategic HRM and the Business Partner role
• HR planning linked with Recruitment and selection
• Diversity at work and CSR
• Induction and Performance management
• Managing absence at work and promoting wellbeing
• The challenges for practitioners including redundancy management
• Strategic HRD and promoting a learning culture
• OD and change management
• Shaping and managing the HRD function
• The practice of training and developing business needs
• Methods of design and delivery of training including aspects such as coaching
• Evaluation of HRD and ensuring value for money
This module will allow you to develop your resourcing and development skills by engaging with professional sources (for example CIPD factsheets and reports) as well as your researching academic journal articles.
You will gain opportunities to reflect upon HRM/HRD experience gained whilst on placement activity or during study abroad experiences allowing you to integrate them into your ongoing learning activities. For those students without such experiences there will be opportunities to learn from peers and tutors in order to gain confidence in understanding contemporary HRM/HRD.
This module provides you with a range of understanding and skills transferable to HRM/HRD workplaces

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Coaching for Organisational Development (Optional, 20 Credits)

This Level 6 “Coaching for Organisational Development” module aims to critically examine the importance of Organisational Development (OD) for organisational performance and the role of coaching as an OD intervention. In addition, the practical elements of the module and its assessment, aim to equip you with key transferable, employability skills including persuasion and influence, initiative, creativity and innovation.

The module is supported by sessions covering the following topics:
• Perspectives on OD and conceptual framework: OD as a strategic process
• Designing tools for OD interventions for enhancing organisational sustainability
• Evaluating the strategic impact of learning and OD interventions
• The ethics of OD
• Evaluating barriers to effective OD
• Overview of popular approaches / models (e.g. GROW) and examination of the philosophical and theoretical underpinning
• Evaluation of coaching in the workplace
• Exploration and application of selected coaching perspectives
• Coaching skills and competencies: including, appreciative inquiry - perspective taking, questioning and active listening, NLP

Upon completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Analyse and critically evaluate the theories and models applicable to organisational development and to coaching;
2. Recognise the drivers and barriers to OD;
3. Develop knowledge, understanding and practice in coaching as a management competence, capability and behaviour,
4. Demonstrate the application of these competences, capabilities and behaviours in a practice context

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Diversity in the Workplace (Optional, 20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the concept of ‘diversity’ in the workplace. It acknowledges that everyone is a unique person and that there a variety of differences that need to be considered. These differences are visible and non- visible, for example, background, culture, personality and work style, size, accent, language and so on. A number of these personal characteristics (‘protected characteristics’) are covered by the Equality Act 2010. You will therefore learn on this module about the ‘protected characteristics’- race, disability, gender reassignment, sex, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sexual orientation and age.
This module starts will an overview of equality/diversity historical perspectives and context then moves to lectures/seminars on the protected characteristics. It also considers issues such as bullying at work before concluding with your reflections on contemporary equality/diversity in the workplace and how it can be effectively promoted.
This module allows you to develop your research skills by affording you the opportunity to examine both professional sources (e.g. ACAS/CIPD) as well as academic journal articles from sources such as ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ and ‘Gender in Management’.
It also develops your presentation skills as the focus is upon your own learning then being able to facilitate the learning of others, for example, managers and employees. So this module provides you with a range of skills that can be applied in the workplace for the benefit of existing and future employers.

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Compensation: conflict and cooperation (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn a critical and practical approach towards the management of employee rewards and the employment relationship. By the end of the module you will have designed a comprehensive reward system and negotiated its implementation in the face of opposition – you will not be able to get everything you want, you will learn to bargain and compromise.
You will learn about the strategic role of employee rewards, and how important rewards are in the employment relationship. This will lead you to understand that organisations and their employees will often seek different rewards sometimes resulting in conflict.
You will be introduced to a wide range of reward practices, both traditional and modern, understanding how each of these may have very different meanings for each side of the employment relationship.
You will learn the principles and skills of negotiation and compromise: finding your way to agreement through a complex mix of cooperation, consensus, power play and shrewd bargaining.

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Management Enquiry (Optional, 40 Credits)

The Management Enquiry module is a student-led individual project that enables you to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module. The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate an authentic engagement with managers and/or professionals in your discipline, and to integrate the knowledge you have developed during your programme to explore the theory in practice. The learning on this module is experiential and problem based, where the focus is upon you discovering, probing and questioning key practice-based issues. Through the module you will be offered the opportunity to develop and enhance key transferable employability skills including; time management, project management, communication (written, aural and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, problem-solving and analysis.

The module has five thematic areas; explore, review, engage, reflect and connect. These form the key elements of the assessed submission.

Part A (35%, 3,500 Words)
• Explore: Interviewing a manager and/or professional in your discipline. In this interview you will either explore a key issue which you feel the discipline is facing or, alternatively, explore with the manager or professional the key issues that they feel they are facing in practice. It is expected that you will apply appropriate interview methods and provide evidence of the interview within the submitted enquiry report (e.g. within the appendices).
• Review: Critically examining the appropriate literature to support the exploration, displaying an ability to critically assess and appraise the knowledge of your discipline related to a specific key issue arising from your exploration.

Part B (65%, 6,500 Words)
• Engage: Displaying an authentic engagement with the discipline problem/issue identified in Part A, by collecting/generating and analysing further live data (beyond the initial interview) regarding the discipline problem/issue. This live data may be primary data (e.g. further interviews with, or questionnaire to, managers and/or professionals in practice) or secondary data (e.g. industry data). Application of appropriate, ethically-considered, research methods and appropriate qualitative or quantitative data analysis.
• Reflect and Connect: Demonstrating an ability to critically evaluate and reflect on the issues arising from the Management Enquiry. Demonstrating how you have connected and fed-back to the participants of the Enquiry (usually the manager and/or participants) your key findings to provide clear prioritised, well-justified, practical and actionable recommendations for change/enhancement/improvement to existing practice to show how the recommendations would potentially affect workplace professional decision making.

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Dissertation (Optional, 40 Credits)

The dissertation module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into an applied business (or the named degree) problem or issue. In addition, the dissertation aims to equip you with key transferable, employability skills, including: time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving, analysis.

The module is student-led but you are supported by, initially, weekly lectures and seminar-workshops which provide an introduction to undertaking Business-Management research followed by one-to-one or small-group supervision meetings.
The lectures and seminar-workshops will cover the following topics:
1. Developing a research aim/question (focusing and scoping the research)
2. Developing a literature review
3. Writing a research proposal
4. Researching ethically
5. Quantitative research techniques
6. Qualitative research techniques
7. Quantitative analysis techniques
8. Qualitative analysis techniques

Upon completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Conduct independent and ethical academic research involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and models,
2. Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the results of your primary or secondary research
3. Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method
4. Analyse your data using an appropriate and justified method of analysis
5. Recognise the ethical implications of your work
6. Critically evaluate the source of your data and the method you adopted

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Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional, 40 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge acquired during the programme and apply this to a consultancy project for a real organisation. This consultancy project provides a vehicle for participants to develop and demonstrate key employability skills, to relate theory to practice, and to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module.

You will work on behalf of an external organisation, which has identified a business problem or question, requiring a solution, working in small group of typically 4 individuals (you will select their own team members), participating in group and individual activities. The host organisation will provide a project briefing, and review; students will be supported by appropriate academic input and guidance from Newcastle Business School in the form of a mentor and via the Business Clinic.

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Sustainable Strategies (Core, 20 Credits)

1. Understanding strategy as a concept and developing a broad perspective on different schools that comprise it.
2. Deliberate perspective: Examining the premises and application of design, planning and positioning. Examining the limitations and moorings and critiquing analytical frameworks, some of which have been delivered in level 4 and level 5. E.g. SWOT and SSWOT (sustainability SWOT), five forces, value chain, value activities (including a focus on social and environmental value) and generic strategies will be looked at in conjunction to build on prior discrete knowledge students will have of these concepts.
3. Emergent perspective: The premises of strategic learning, strategic leadership (including power), culture as some of the emergent perspectives.
4. Innovation, value creation and value appropriation from an ethics and broadly scoped sustainability perspective.
5. Understanding how delivering innovation has become the holy grail of firm pursuits, and how it relates with different stakeholders. This will include a perspective on the digital internet enabled environment to examine path breaking innovation at a macro level in interface with firm capabilities to survive, adapt and sustain growth.
6. A stakeholder view on sustainability: Understanding the wider set of stakeholders that business organisations need to keep in perspective & how it affects long run sustainability.

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