Undergraduate study
 
 

Course overview

This engaging and diverse business and management degree explores the critical areas of business and management practice and underpins this reality with the foundations of organisational theory.

The foundation year helps you develop knowledge and skills to make the transition to university study, and in particular, to gain business and management knowledge and develop academic and personal skills to proceed confidently through the remainder of the course. During the foundation year (year 0) you study a range of fundamental business and management subjects, and develop important practical academic skills to prepare you for the remainder of your course.

Professional accreditation

With dual accreditation at Teesside University, as well as the degree you will receive a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership. Dual accreditation means you will automatically receive a second professional qualification upon successful completion of your programme. By adding this CMI qualification to your University qualification, you’re really on the road to success.

• You instantly become more employable when you receive a CMI professional qualification that is industry-recognised
• You will gain access to exclusive CMI networking events
• You will have the opportunity to attend lecturers from top level CMI industry-expert members
• CMI’s qualifications sit on the RQF framework and are recognised by the European Credit Framework
• CMI qualifications fast-track students into the next stage of training to become Chartered Managers
• During your students you will become a CMI Affiliate member, giving you a host of additional benefits to support your development and employability.

 

Course details

Year 0, the foundation year, allows you to develop key discipline knowledge in business and management, and develops your confidence and creative thinking skills, as well as financial competence and numeracy skills. The content of the remaining years of the course is identical to the content of the BA (Hons) Business Management degree.

Year 1 is mainly tutor led and focuses on providing you with the necessary underpinning in terms of broad business knowledge and skills. It introduces key business and management concepts.

Year 2 takes a more student-led approach with an emphasis on exploring your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning. During this year you develop a broader international perspective to the study of business. As well as studying four core business modules, including a module where you gain practical work experience via self-identified project, you also choose two modules in year 2 based on contemporary issues in business management.

The final year explores more advanced topics within business and management and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader of business. Finally, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project via the Dissertation module.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Academic Skills and Personal Development for Business

This module develops your academic and transferrable skills to support successful study on a business degree course. These skills include a range of personal and transferable study skills including active listening, reading and understanding academic texts, note taking, time management, written and oral communication, analytical thinking and referencing, as well as professional skills linked to employability and career aspirations.

Business Creativity Enterprise and Career Aspirations

You are introduced to the basic elements of research and develop an understanding of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in the context of business organisations. You gain the confidence to explore and research current topics and generate new ideas to solve problems. You will work in teams reviewing relevant literature and considering different methodologies for researching and collecting relevant data to develop a proposal for a small research project.

Collecting Understanding and Presenting Business Information

This module will introduce you to the basic elements of collecting primary and secondary business data, understanding it and then presenting it as meaningful information. It will provide you with the confidence to explore current business topics and the knowledge and skills required for the Team Research Project Utilising Digital Platforms module. You will use digital platforms such as Excel spreadsheets, Word, online survey packages and PowerPoint to facilitate collection, basic analysis and presentation of business information.

Introduction to Business Environment

This broad-ranging module provides you with an introduction to the interrelated nature of business activities and their relationships with the micro (internal) and macro (external) environments. The internal environment will introduce the key concepts surrounding marketing and human resource management (HRM). The external environment, examines the key political, economic, social, technological, and cultural issues affecting the modern firm.


Numeracy and Introduction to Finance

This module provides you with an introduction to core numerical skills and quantitative techniques that are essential to studying business in higher education. You will develop effective quantitative problem-solving skills using practical business problems and gain an appreciation of the contribution that accounting makes to the financial analysis and managerial control of business organisations.

Team Research Project Utilising Digital Platforms

This module provides an opportunity for you to work collaboratively as a team, to carry out a short piece of research using an online survey package to conduct a short survey. As part of a team, you will demonstrate your ability to apply skills of research, analysis and synthesis to present your findings and conclusions using appropriate software packages.

 

Year 1 core modules

Business Design and Development

You gain an understanding of the different types and sectors of businesses and the varying industries in which they operate. This fundamental knowledge of business ventures will allow you to develop your practical application in a safe and supportive environment. In groups students will have the opportunity to set up a simulated business developing their practical skills in line with academic knowledge.

Business Enterprise

This module will inspire you to think about entering the workplace once you have completed your studies. The module is delivered as an interactive learning experience which will enable you to develop an enterprising mind-set and help to identify some of the skills and attributes you already possess. The module content will encourage you to begin to think about your personal career aspirations, whilst addressing potential gaps linked to your knowledge, skills and experience. You will be encouraged to think in an enterprising fashion; learn new approaches to adapt and enhance your individual style. You will have the opportunity to work independently and as a member of a group by participating in personal challenges and group projects, and will learn to understand the importance of networking. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to hear from and to question experienced external practitioners.

Business Finance

You gain an understanding of the way in which accounting is used in the external evaluation of organisations and develops the ability to use accounting and finance techniques in decision making, control, management and adding value to performance.

Organisational Theory and Research

You are introduced to the competing perspectives that underpin organisational theory. You consider the theoretical aspects of organisational theory, research skills and broader academic skill development.

The Market Environment

You are introduced to basic economic theories of markets and competition along with aspects of the wider business environment, including government policy and the macro-economy. These ideas are then applied to the practical analysis of markets using segmentation, targeting, and positioning framework.

Understanding Organisations

You study some of the general principles of business management, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, the business environment and the impact of these areas operationally. You are also introduced to the concept of strategic management with an emphasis on organisational resource and competency. And you consider the impact of organisational behaviour on overall business effectiveness, examining the role of the individual within the organisation and exploring motivation, perception and personal impact.

 

Year 2 core modules

Agile Management

In a world of relentless and fast paced change the most important question for any company is ‘are we agile?’ In other words are we able to deal with new situations and changes quickly and successfully. For many the answer is no. In this module you will learn how to get to yes through the greatest resource available: people. You will develop knowledge and understanding of why much of management is no longer fit for purpose (management 1.0), and how a new alternative is emerging (management 2.0) is an alternative fit for the 21st century.

Enterprise and Practice

This applied module allows you to demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge within a work environment. You explore the theoretical and practical world of business and will explore entrepreneurial and wider managerial approaches to the development of business within enterprise. Through your work within an enterprise, you will develop valuable professional skills and first-hand knowledge of an enterprise. If you already work you will be guided to recognise and reflect on this practice and use your own organisation as a case study. You are supported by academic staff and business contacts from across and outside the University.

International Business and Management

You develop an understanding of the main issues affecting international business in the global economy and explore topics including globalisation, trade, economic growth and development. You focus specifically on examining these topics across different cultures. As the module progresses you become able to differentiate cultural variations and the impact of cultural difference on individuals and key organisations. You also have the opportunity to study a culture of your choice in-depth.

Research Methods

Building on prior learning within various stage 1 modules, this module develops your understanding and awareness of the principles and practicalities underpinning ethical and rigorous research. Through interactive seminar sessions with research-active academic staff, the module develops the practical skills you require for conducting a rigorous and ethical research study. The skills developed and knowledge gained will link to the stage 3 Dissertation module.

 

and two optional modules

Career Management

You explore the dual nature of careers, that they are 'owned' by the individual, yet part organisational and societal processes and systems. You will explore their own career development, as well as examining how organisations manage careers, and how these two aspects link.

e-business Management

This module aims to convey an understanding of the diversity of available technologies and approaches to exploiting new business opportunities through the use of advanced contemporary technologies.

The module will also expand your understanding of a range of e-based technologies and the use of this technology in supporting business operations, including a consideration of e-commerce, e-customer relationship management, and e-marketing.

This module provides sufficient knowledge and competency in achieving the Teesside University Entrepreneurship Certificate.

HRM: Contemporary Issues

You will look at the issues around creating a compelling environment for human resources (HR). You will also look at how to align and integrate the HR function and its activities better with the rest of the business. You will also learn about contemporary HRM issues.

Leadership and Mentoring

Leading others and acting as a mentor provides insightful ways of developing self and others. Contemporary methods of leadership, married with mentoring, provides an opportunity for the student to explore both leadership and mentoring in a variety of contexts and purposes. A person who accepts the role of mentor may have to adopt or use many different skills depending on the needs of the learner. The mentor is likely to develop a leader-follower relationship and may carry out a wide range of directing and helping strategies to facilitate successful learning. This module will put mentoring into a learning environment and prepare the student to take on the role of mentor.

Marketing Communications

The module ensures that you understand the potential linkages between key marketing communication options and formats, including online and offline advertising, sales promotion and public relations. Building on previous concepts in marketing, such as targeting, segmentation and positioning, you will be encouraged to think about the problems faced by brand managers involved in the marketing communication industry. You will learn to apply marketing communication models and creative concepts to develop an integrated marketing communications campaign.

Principles and Practice of Marketing

This module extends your existing marketing knowledge and comprehension of marketing management and strategy. It is argued that successful marketing managers must have a sound understanding of the strategic choices available to them if they are to meet the demands of a rapidly changing operating environment.

This module examines the degree of organisational change required for an organisation to become market driven in the face of opportunities and threats presented by external forces. Consumer behaviour and the selection of markets are also considered before placing the focus on managing the marketing mix.

You will be introduced to a range of important strategic planning concepts and will consider a range of marketing strategies available to managers; this consideration will include a critical assessment of their suitability across a range of organisations and situations. You also consider the components of the marketing plan. Case studies, videos and hypothetical scenarios will be utilised to allow you to apply academic underpinning to practical situations.

 

Final year core modules

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

Dissertation

Your final year dissertation is an opportunity to do an independent piece of research, demonstrating that you know how to take a systematic approach to research, analysis and evaluation within a structured business-orientated framework. It also encourages you to reflect and critically evaluate your personal development.

Strategic Management and Responsible Leadership

You are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively lead change in business and enterprise. You will consider macro environment and contemporary issues, specifically relating to leading change, leading and implementing strategy and leading commercial development. You identify personal leadership qualities and skills and improvement strategies which will promote change and organisational development.

 

and two optional modules

Current Issues in Business Ethics and CSR

Business operates today in a marketplace where increasingly companies are expected by consumers to not only do well but also to do good. "Doing the right thing" is seen as "the next big idea", a realisation by companies that embracing corporate social responsibility can be a driver to success because other groups in society see you as acting correctly. In the light of Enron and the BAe bribery case; the anti-globalisation protestors; endless "mandate" groups each with their own set of demands; and even demands from institutional and retail shareholders, companies of all sizes are increasingly aware of the new marketplace and seeing the growing importance of being (or at least appearing to be) seen embracing business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Digital Marketing Strategy

You focus on developing e-marketing strategies for products and services. You appraise the impact that the rise of digital has had upon traditional marketing practice, whilst allowing you to develop e-marketing plans that will utilise a range of digital marketing techniques.

Emerging Technologies for Enterprise

You gain an insight into developing and implementing emerging technologies in relation to information management and the technological aspects of business enterprise. You learn how these technologies affect all organisations in a wider business and technology context.

Marketing Planning Application

This module explores the role of marketing in the modern organisation. It considers a review of important concepts and techniques that managers need in order to analyse today’s markets and to capitalise on the opportunities that are continually emerging.

Project Management

This module aims to introduce the fundamental concepts of project management and to build on the role of the project manager in managing teams and providing support for organisational change. It will also be a focus for understanding how to manage several projects from feasibility to post implementation stages, including risk and contingency management. The module will also introduce one of the most prominent project management software used in the industry, Microsoft Project.

Psychology of Self

You carry out in depth study of one of the most intriguing and misunderstood aspects of psychological experience – selfhood. You explore a number of sub-disciplines that throw light on selfhood and subjective experience. You study social, developmental, and clinical psychology and explore what selfhood means and how different constructs of selfhood can be enriching to the human experience.

Social Enterprise

Social entrepreneurs are people who combine vision, innovation and commercial skill to alternative business models aimed at making a positive difference to society. Social enterprises often fill gaps in the local economy that are of little or no interest to profit driven enterprises. Through this module you gain an understanding of the factors that influence the development of social enterprises. You study organisational structures, social auditing, managing people, volunteering, trading development, funding and networking. The module provides inspiration, skills and knowledge to successfully develop, launch, manage or support a social enterprise. Throughout the module you develop critical thought, insight and entrepreneurial spirit. Interactive workshops give you the opportunity to appreciate entrepreneurial concepts, ideas and developments through practical engagement and application.

Work and Organisational Psychology

This module provides you with a theoretical understanding of the various psychological models which have been developed to examine behaviour in the work place. You gain insights and understanding which will enable you to manage yourself and others more effectively.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

Modules are taught by lectures, seminars, practical workshops, work-based activities and group work. Teaching staff adopt a range of web-based technologies to deliver module content, assess, provide feedback and communicate with students.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed via a variety of methods including assignments, examinations, group work, presentations and live practical projects.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent) in English and maths.

We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We will take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement

Between Year 2 and your final year, you have the opportunity to spend a year in industry on placement, or study abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively you could proceed on to the final year.

Career opportunities

Due to the diverse nature of the degree our students progress to a range of businesses and sectors securing roles from general business manager to digital marketing executive, international business representative to social entrepreneur, and retail manager to new business adviser.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the ‘extra’ practical employability characteristics that will make you more interesting to employers in the job market in the years to come.

Our staff utilise their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops across all four years that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for students to find and secure industry year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year or 5 years also including a work placement)
  • UCAS code: N201 BA/BMgFY
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 32-64 tariff points

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