BA Business Management Year Three Option Module Choices

Dear Second Year Students,

Hopefully you have enjoyed your second year at Coventry on the BA Business Management (BABM) programme. As we are now coming to the end of the academic year you need to make your choices for the optional modules that you will study in your final year!

From the 25th April you will be able to select your chosen modules online using SOLAR. It is essential that you make your choice before the system closes - places on each of the modules are limited so please ensure you act quickly to secure your place! We would encourage you to liaise with current finalists to see what advice they would give you when choosing!

You need to select three optional modules for study in year three. Over the following pages you will see details of each of the modules that you can select from. Please scroll down to see these options.

NOTE 1 - It is important that you select your modules carefully. You will not be able to change your module choices once you have selected them (unless in exceptional circumstances), and at the discretion of senior management.

NOTE 2 - Whilst information within this guide is correct in relation to delivery for 16/17, please note that some module leaders may change. The delivery format (number and length of lectures) may also differ, depending on room availability.

Please feel free to contact module leaders with any questions you have about the module. You can also access the full module information directory by clicking on the link below and searching by module code.

341SAM Ethical Leadership

Aims and Summary: In these uncertain times, clear leadership is becoming more and more important. Good leadership provides a clear vision and encouragement for everyone. However, sometimes leadership can have a darker side. As a leader you are faced with ethical dilemmas on a regular basis and it is vital that the ‘right’ decision is made rather than one that fulfils the needs of a small number of people. This module will look at what we mean by ethics when it comes to leadership and how it differs from person to person. We will explore your own ethics and how these influence the choices you make as a leader.

Content and delivery style: 2 x 1 hour lecture, plus 1 double seminar (2 hours) per week. The basics of leadership will be looked at as well as the concept of ethics. This will involve plenty of real life examples where you will explore the choices made and whether you would have done things differently. In seminars we will use group work, research, presentations and case studies to explore the concepts.

Composition of module mark (including weighting of components): The assessment consists of two pieces of coursework. The first is worth 70% and will focus on a real life example of ethical leadership. The second is a reflective piece looking at your own approach to ethical leadership.

For more information contact - Peter Wolstencroft

342SAM Decision Making for International Business

Aims and Summary: Making good decisions is of vital importance in business yet too often decision making lacks structure and is done in an ad hoc manner. This module is designed to redress the balance and hopefully ensure that the right decision is made. The module looks at both qualitative and quantitative methods of decision making and will include lectures on the psychology of decision making, the dangers of making the wrong decision and the way in which so many decisions are made without referring to all of the evidence.

Content and delivery style: 2 x 1 hour lecture, plus 1 double seminar (2 hours) per week. The first part of the module will look at qualitative approaches to decision making. This links to psychology and how knowledge of the way in which the brain works often helps the decision making process. Seminars will give you the opportunity to apply the ideas looked at during the lectures. The second half of the module will look at quantitative methods and how knowledge of figures can help. Again, the purpose of the seminars is to give you the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt.

Composition of module mark (including weighting of components): The assessment consists of two pieces of coursework. Both are worth 50% and they are an essay and a report which allow you to apply the techniques to examples.

For more information contact - Peter Wolstencroft

357SAM Europe through a Global Lens

Aims and Summary: This module is designed for students who wish to better understand the business environment within Europe. It addresses the development of the E.U., the impact of enlargement and the Euro, and the functioning of the “common market”. In addition, the module details the main variations between and within European countries in relation to aspects such as communication and culture, impact of trading as a common market, the role of governments, approaches to innovation and product development, and the effects of regionalisation and globalisation.

Content and delivery style: 1 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour OIL Project, 1 x 2 hours Seminar. Online international learning project – online discussion forums with students at partner institutions across Europe. The opportunity to investigate current EU issues through a Global Lens and the impact on business across the world.

Student quotations from 15/16: “The seminars are really engaging and the lectures very informative and interesting”

“The lecturer is passionate about the subject and makes lectures interesting and exciting”

“Finally some intellectually stimulating content on what is taking place in the world and the impact on business”

“the OIL project is interesting”

“the use of current issues that are impacting real life situations”

Composition of module mark (including weighting of components): 1 x group presentation and the opportunity to work in a multinational project team, 1 x online portfolio to include evidence of contributions in the OIL project.

Module Lead: Dagmar Johnson

346SAM Exploring Entrepreneurship

Aims and Summary: This module aims to provide students with an understanding of academic perspectives and practice of entrepreneurship in a range of contexts. It also encourages students to develop a critical appreciation of current academic debates on 'entrepreneurship' as well as research evidence on the application of this and other closely related concepts. The module enables students to identify entrepreneurial characteristics and skills, together with how the use of these can contribute to entrepreneurial success or failure. The module also develops students' research and communication skills.

Content and delivery style: 2 x 1 hour lectures, and 1 x 2 hours seminar per week. Group work, Kahoot quizzes, Videos, in-class tests, case studies, peer presentations are all used. Content includes: individual, social and economic perspectives on the concept ‘entrepreneur, entrepreneurial success and failure, creativity and innovation, international aspects of entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, public policy on entrepreneurship.

Student quotations from 15/16: "I have really enjoyed this module. It has been great to learn more about entrepreneurship when I want to start my own social enterprise after uni."

"Cherisse is a great teacher and knows her topic well, I've really enjoyed learning from her."

"The staff are good, seminars are informative, group activities are brilliant"

Composition of module mark (including weighting of components): 25% Coursework and 75% Exam

Module Lead: Dr Cherisse Hoyte

354SAM Global Logistics Management

Aims and Summary: To develop the skills and knowledge of the students regarding the physical distribution channels used to deliver goods in both the industrial and retail contexts. This will include planning at the strategic level and analysis of the operational techniques available to the practitioner.

The module will also explore the increase in global logistics trade and the opportunities and threats that can also arise for logistics organisations competing in the global market.

Content and delivery style: 2 x 1 hour lectures, and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week. The lecture classes cover the theoretical concepts, strategies and operational approaches on managing logistics globally. The lectures are supported by real business examples and showcasing videos from the industry.

The seminar classes involve highly interactive and dynamic processes of carrying out case studies and business games. The seminars combine individual, team, and cross-team tasks, all closely aligned to the industry requirements on managing global logistics operations.

Student quotations from 15/16: "The teaching team on this module is very passionate about global logistics management area. They are interactive and have wealth of knowledge and examples to back up the theory. Also, the module leader is very supportive and willing to adapt lectures, seminars and learning materials to suit our learning styles and needs."

"The seminar activities on this module are engaging and interactive, and closely resemble the real business scenarios. I have developed logistics management knowledge and skills connected to the industry."

"The Global Logistics Management module is very interesting. Lecturer and tutors are very knowledgeable. Clear and constant access to the further learning materials via Moodle, for each of the lecture topics, has been very helpful."

Composition of module mark (including weighting of components): 40% Coursework and 60% Exam

Module Lead: Alexandre Metreveli

366SAM Critical Issues in Globalisation

Aims and Summary: This module defines the scope of international business and differentiates between domestic operations and business in an international context. International business now touches the lives of everyone across the globe; therefore it is important to understand the events, trends and forces that play a vital role in International Business.

Nearly all business is now international – even for small companies. This means dealing with the complexities of different cultures, business environments, legal and political systems. While the opportunities are immense, so are the challenges. This module will introduce you to key issues in international business. The focus will be on giving you the tools to be more effective as international managers.

Content and delivery style: 1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week. Lectures will include many real world examples, and there will be a focus in seminars on real world business situations, through analysis of case studies and role play exercises.

Student quotations from 15/16: "Neil’s lecturers are well structured and the content is extremely applicable. I like the fact that he takes our feedback very seriously and adapts his module to suit our needs. There's strong application to companies which strongly aid in the understanding of certain theories."

"The module leader is truly an amazing lecturer and makes this module interesting, engaging and challenging."

Composition of module mark (including weighting of components): 50% Coursework and 50% Exam

Module Lead: Dr Neil Pyper

348SAM Managing Change

Aims and Summary: It is a common theme of management thinking that we are working in a time of increasingly rapid change, both technical and social. In this module, we will explore the implications of change for managing organisations and managing self. Current theoretical and practitioner approaches to managing change will be discussed and critiqued.

The module will be facilitated from a particular perspective; that change is ongoing rather than an event, and that organising is a social process, taking place within change. As a consequence, students taking this module will focus upon social processes and their 'ability' to take responsibility for promoting or denigrating certain types of organisational action/change. Such processes may include the students' own encounters with learning about change through this module.

At a pragmatic level, this module will lead to the development of participative styles of organising and management in ongoing change. The social processes of negotiation, co-ordination and collaboration will be stressed.

Content and delivery style: 2 x 1 hour lectures and a 2 hour seminar per week. Seminars are highly interactive. Everyone is encouraged to engage in debates, discussions and activities which are designed to reinforce theory introduced in the lectures and/or to support the development of coursework answers.

Composition of module mark (including weighting of components): 100% Coursework

Module Lead: Dr Tina Bass

364SAM Supply Chain Management Strategy

Aims and Summary: This module focuses on the strategic management issues and decision- making in the context of International Supply Chains and Operations management. It aims to present a research informed approach to strategic supply chain decision-making, in areas such as corporate strategy, globalisation, make or buy, outsourcing, reciprocity and strategic alliances.

Core to the module will be an examination of management decision-making, and the range of tools and techniques used to support global strategic supply chain operations.

Content and delivery style: 2 x 1 hour lectures, and a 2 hour seminar per week.

  • Supply Chain Management Strategy
  • Supply Chain Management and Corporate Strategy
  • Green Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Strategy
  • Business Improvement and Performance
  • Outsourcing and Off-shoring
  • Global Logistics and Distribution
  • International Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Composition of module mark (including weighting of components): 50% Coursework and 50% Exam

Module Lead: Dr Devon Barrow

347SAM Purchasing and Procurement

Aims and Summary: Purchasing and Procurement Management has now evolved to the point that it is considered to make a strategic contribution to the organisation by enabling the organisation to operate successfully in a dynamic, complex environment.

The module introduces the student to a range of purchasing and procurement concepts and techniques that are employed within the purchasing and procurement departments of both public and private sector organisations, enabling organisations to be both competitive and successful in today’s global marketplace.

Content and delivery style: 1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 2 hour seminar. The module provides students with the concepts, frameworks and techniques of purchasing and procurement decision making to enable them to assess and evaluate competitive conditions, identify the appropriate processes for organisations to establish sustainable competitive advantage in its industry sector.

Student quotations from 15/16: "Clear information delivered, deadlines clearly set"

"Passionate and enthusiastic, organised slides"

"Feedback on coursework is excellent!"

Composition of module mark (including weighting of components): 25% Coursework and 75% Exam

Module Lead: Stella Despoudi


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