Introduction to Business
This module develops your understanding of theory and practice in Business. There is an emphasis on Research and Inquiry throughout the module. Term 1 covers Motivation, Organisational Behaviour, Leadership, Groups and Teams, Presentation Skills; Term 2 covers Historical development of Economic Thought (Adam Smith, Marx, Keynes et al), elements of business strategy, and we explore why businesses behave as they do in the current environment. Formative Assessment, and development through Tutorial activities, essay writing and library research predominates in this unit.
Academic Skills for Higher Education
This unit usually covers topics such as:
- Academic Skills: Independent study; time management; note taking; reading techniques; academic writing; critical thinking and writing, and referencing methods
- Research Skills: Conducting a research project; research design and methodology; analysing and presenting research data
- Personal Development Planning
- Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic, and mental calculations
This unit introduces you to the fundamentals of the civil justice system. Topics include: the civil court structure including the European courts, judicial precedent & statutory interpretation, legal methods & skills, introduction to the enforcement of legal rules, the role of Supreme Court, the judiciary & legal professions, bringing court proceedings, alternative dispute resolution, aspects of contract & tort and particular case studies. There will also be the chance to visit a local court and report back on the proceedings observed. Teaching is by way of weekly lectures followed by interactive workshops.
This unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning criminal justice system. It will also help you to develop the skills of independent research and use of secondary legal sources.
English and Academic Practice (for International Students only)
International students and students for whom English is not a first language who are studying the foundation year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit which focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The course is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare you for the academic demands of you degree course, as well as helping you with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to helps you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.