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.
Innovation and Creativity Skills for Business
This unit will facilitate idea generation via a range of creative thinking tools. Case studies will be utilised to explore models of innovation. Students will plan and manage a project in groups, demonstrating divergent and convergent thinking, to develop a business concept for a specified target market. The student’s group presentation will display the sources, and interpretation of data in the decision making process, to justify the innovative business concept.
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.
Understanding the Customer Experience
This unit gives students an understanding of the principles of the customer experience. It will introduce students to the customer journey in organisational contexts, the management of the customer experience, the role of technology, and the monitoring and measurement for improvement in the customer experience.
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.
Digital Awareness & Professional Development
The Unit aims to enable students to recognise their digital and professional strengths and build on them, to manage their digital footprint, to engage with professional bodies, to advance their mental toughness, to reflect, and to become more self-aware and confident. The Unit enables students to meet the significant challenges facing individuals and enhances employability in an extremely competitive market.
Introduction to Human Resource Management
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 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.