Developing Academic & Professional Skills
This unit introduces students to key skills designed to build their professionalism. It encourages students to develop their self-awareness and to think about how they appear to other people. It explores theories and practices of team working in order to develop skills in these areas.
Managing People in a Contemporary Economy
The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the wider world of work. It introduces students to tools for analysing the external environment (e.g. PESTLE, SWOT etc.) in order for them to understand how social-economic factors influences organisational and HR strategies. It examines features of the contemporary economy such as labour markets, changes in workforce demographics, changing composition of the economy (rise in service and knowledge work, decline of manufacturing) and the global economy. It explores the implications of specific contexts of the contemporary economy for managing people; for example, service workers, knowledge workers, precarious workers, an international workforce, social care, and differences in public/private sector work.
This unit is assessed by a seen case study exam. Students will be provided with a case study in advance, which will focus on a particular aspect of the contemporary economy and will answer unseen exam questions about the implications of managing people within the case study context. It is recognised that in the first term of year one, the majority of students will have limited experience of the contemporary economy and so will have limited experience to draw upon in their assessments and limited time in order to engage with relevant academic literature. The provision of a case study in advance will provide students with contextual information which they will have time to familiarise themselves with and enable them to apply theory to the case which is an essential skill for their academic and professional development. In years two and three it is expected that students will have more time to engage with relevant academic literature and gain employment experiences and so this particular assessment method will not be relevant in subsequent years.
Introduction to Technology and Big Data
The rapid growth in digital technologies and the associated use in smart devices, sensors and internet applications has resulted in a proliferation of big data, which are defined as data having large volume, high velocity and wide variety. This emergent trend has not gone unnoticed by business and other organisations, which consistently aim to utilise digital technologies to their advantage. As such, they aim to extract value and reap the potential benefits of big data by seeking ways of transforming these high complexity data sets into meaningful business opportunities. The unit will introduce the digital technologies, which enable potential value to be captured from big data sets. It will also consider the methods and applications that are used to analyse and translate such data into meaningful, actionable information, which could inform current as well as future business models. Finally, ethical, security and privacy aspects of big data will be considered over the backdrop of some recent high profile and widely publicised case studies, such as Facebook and Google.
Accounting and FinTech for Managers
This unit gives students an understanding of finance within organisations, with a specific focus on budgeting, and an introduction to FinTech, the key technologies and business models that will re-imagine the global economy in the 21st century.
Global Concerns In Sustainable Development
This unit introduces students to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through a focus on case studies and an understanding of the key concepts and the relationship to concerns such as climate change, poverty and sustainable development.
Working in a Digital Era
The unit aims to review the digital context for work and its implications for managers. It explores how technology is used in the management of people and resources. It critically analyses how technology provides opportunities for collaborative working along with the strengths and limitations of technology for people and organisations, including ethical considerations.
Introduction to HRM
This unit reviews the evolution of HRM and introduces students to the key underpinning theories. It explores the employee life cycle including recruitment and selection, development, reward and recognition, performance management, wellbeing, engagement, diversity and inclusion, conflict and departures. The unit highlights various influences both internal and external to the organisation, which shape HR policies and practices, such as labour markets, CSR, political environment and the legal framework and their implications on workforce planning.
Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
The purpose of this unit is to examine the influence and impact that individuals, groups and organisational structure have on human behaviour in the work environment. The unit also examines the implications of human behaviour on job structure, performance, communication, motivation, leadership, decision-making, well-being etc. for applying such knowledge toward improving organisational effectiveness.