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Business and Management with a Year in Industry - BA (Hons)

UCAS code N104:K

2017

Business and Management is regularly one of the most popular degree subjects, as it combines excellent academic training with good career prospects. Studying business at the University of Kent at Medway gives you an understanding of the modern world of business that will greatly enhance your opportunities for employment.

Overview

The programme includes a year in industry, which reflects the applied nature of the course. You spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 working in full-time employment, earning a salary and gaining invaluable experience of business management in practice.

The course teaches you theories, methodologies and applications of academic knowledge relevant to the business world. In addition, it provides you with a wide range of opportunities to develop your business skills, you learn how to analyse a wide range of business problems and policies and identify solutions. There is also a specialist pathway in retail for students who are looking for a business management degree that meets their specific personal interests.

Our applied business research is a distinguishing feature of studying at Kent Business School. Staff are passionate about their research and ensure that the management principles they teach are brought to life through practical case studies and live research and consultancy projects.

Our engagement with business and the employability of our graduates is further supported through a number of strategic business partnerships, resulting in businesses contributing to the design of modules, delivering guest lectures and offering business placement opportunities for students.

Accreditation

Kent Business School has joined forces with the Chartered Management Institute to give you the opportunity to gain, alongside your degree, the Level 5 Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership. CMI qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and map alongside our own degrees which ensures we provide you with the best opportunities for a successful management career.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered body committed to excellence in management and leadership. The CMI vision is for “first-class management and leadership to drive up personal and corporate performance, national productivity and social well-being”. 75% of employers believe professional qualifications make you more employable through having a greater understanding of the skills needed in the workplace.

As part of this partnership you will have access to Management Direct, designed to provide you with material, videos, podcasts, insight papers and more, developed by professional managers for managers. As well as this, you will benefit from the mentoring scheme ‘CMI Achieve’ and have access to the CMI careers hub.

About Kent Business School

Studying at Kent Business School is an exciting life experience, especially if you are moving away from home. We have combined a solid academic portfolio with excellent accommodation options, as well as hosting plenty of social and cultural activities.

Kent Business School delivers a high standard of business education and is the largest department at the University of Kent. Our academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is both rigorous and current.  We are a top 30 UK business school for our academic teaching and student satisfaction.

Independent rankings

Business, Management and Marketing at Kent was ranked 18th in The Guardian University Guide 2017. In the National Student Survey 2016, Management Studies at Kent was 9th for overall satisfaction.

Management Studies students who graduated from Kent in 2015 were the most successful in the UK at finding work or further study opportunities (DLHE).

Course structure

The course structure provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Based on sector research and curriculum developments, we intend to offer the following innovative new modules on this programme from 2016/17, subject to availability:

CB718 - Consumer Insight
CB726 - Corporate Strategy and Leadership
CB724 - Critical Thinking for Contemporary Business Issues
CB741 - E-Commerce
CB743 - Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour
CB727 - Marketing and the Value Chain
CB719 - Sales Forecasting

The following modules are offered to our current students. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:

Stage 1

Modules may include Credits

This module aims to give students a better understanding of the importance of accounting in the modern world, and how accounts are produced and regulated to produce meaningful information to all stakeholders in a business.

The key topics of the module are:

1) Role and evolution of accounting

2) Single entry accounting; double entry bookkeeping

3) Financial reporting conventions

4) Recording transactions and adjusting entries

5) Principal financial statements; monetary items; purchases and sales, and bad and doubtful debts

6) Stock valuation; fixed assets, and depreciation methods

7) Liabilities and provisions

8) Accounting for sole traders and Limited Companies

9) Cash flow statements

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Synopsis of the curriculum

  • Definition of management accounting;

  • Relationship to financial accounting;

  • Absorption costing; marginal costing;

  • Process costing; joint costs;

  • Activity based costing;

  • Cost behaviour;

  • Breakeven analysis;

  • Pricing: external, internal, transfer pricing;

  • Forecasting costs;

  • Regression analysis;

  • Information and management accounting

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    The module will cover various aspects of the changing global environment. An indicative list of topics is given below, however the main aim of the module is to examine contemporary issues within the global business environment that are likely to impact upon business operations and strategy:

    • Globalisation: Definition, Evolution, Implications for countries, firms and people,

    • The Triad: European Union, United States, Japan - Investment, Trade, Relations

    • International Capital and Financial Markets: New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo

    • World Institutions: World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund, United Nations

    • International Economic Environment: Exchange Rates and patterns of trade

    • Environment: Global Warming – Kyoto Agreement

    • Business and Corporate Culture: Japan & Germany VS UK & US

    • Innovation & Technology

    • Mergers and Acquisitions

    • Firm and Stakeholders - Ethical Issues

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    This module will cover the key concepts of microeconomics and theories related to the individual, firm and industry in the short and long run, underpinned by existing evidence on past and current economic trends in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

    • Key microeconomic concepts such as opportunity cost and equity versus efficiency

    • Supply and demand; elasticity

    • Cost and revenues

    • Profit maximisation under different market structures

    • Input markets; labour and capital

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    Management Principles aims to provide an understanding of the challenges of managing people within complex work organisations. The experience of work and employment are being affected by rapid change as a result of a number of factors including new technology, the growth of global competition and the changing demographic profiles and values of the work force. These developments are considered within an historical context. An exploration of their implications for management practices and organisational forms will be conducted.

    Students will be introduced to the main concepts and theories through readings and discussions of the main authors in the field. Case studies will be used to show how these concepts can impact upon management decision making within work organisations.

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    The aim of this module is to give students a solid grounding in key statistical techniques required to analyse effectively business data and data relevant for business. The content includes:

    • Maths and statistical skills for business; revision of algebra and basic mathematical functions.

    • Summarising data with histograms, bar charts, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion.

    • Spreadsheets: features and functions of commonly-used spreadsheet software including: workbook, worksheet, rows, columns, cells, data, text, formulae, formatting, printing, graphics and macros, charts and graphs, data management facilities, data validation, spreadsheet security and documentation.

    • Probability: The relationship between probability, proportion and percent, addition and multiplication rules in probability theory and Venn diagrams.

    • Common Probability Density Functions.

    • Sampling and its use in inference, and applications of sampling in business management.

    • Regression and correlation: scatter plots; simple regression; interpreting computer output.

    • Forecasting using spreadsheets.

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    The module introduces to students the importance of marketing in competitive and dynamic environments. The key topics of the module are:

    • The marketing concept

    • The marketing environment

    • Market segmentation & targeting

    • Brand development and management

    • Management of the marketing mix

    • Marketing research and new product development

    • The implications of internationalisation for marketing managers

    • Ethical issues in marketing

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    Topics the module will cover include:

    • Orientation to studying at university: including time management, learning styles and making sense of feedback.

    • Cognitive development: writing essays and reports in higher education; referencing and plagiarism; how to construct a reasoned argument, and an introduction to critical and analytical thinking.

    • Research skills: understanding what is meant by business and/or management research, including in brief its process from generating a hypothesis to data collection, sampling and analysis; how to develop a literature review, and the differences between quantitative and qualitative research and primary and secondary sources.

    • The theories underlying the personal skill development needed to achieve success at university and in the workplace, including: effective communication skills; group and team working; problem solving; creative and innovative thinking, and presentation skills.

    • Personal Development Planning for Employability: including career exploration, CV writing, and making sense of employers' skills requirements.

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    Stage 2

    Modules may include Credits

    Managing People and Teams aims to provide an understanding of the key concepts within management theory. This core knowledge is applied to a range of organisational settings so that the influence of management theory on management practice is understood. The role played by specialist management functions within Human Resource Management (HRM) and Employment Relations is investigated.

    Students will be introduced to the main concepts and theories through readings and discussions of the main authors in the field. Case studies will be used to show how these concepts can impact upon management thinking and decision making within work organisations.

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    This module aims to develop a critical understanding of project management to enable students to recognise the importance of the discipline in a variety of organisational and functional contexts. Students should develop a critical understanding of the concepts employed in project management at strategic, systems and operational levels, and an appreciation of the knowledge and skills required for successful project management in organisations. The syllabus will focus specifically on the 4D & 7S models of project management.

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    This module will require students to develop the ability to use appropriate techniques of analysis and enquiry within the management of operations, and to learn how to evaluate alternatives and make recommendations.

    The key topics of the module are:

    1) Strategic role of operations and operations strategy

    2) Design of processes and the implications for layout and flow

    3) People, jobs and organisation

    4) Capacity planning and scheduling

    5) Inventory control

    6) Supply chain management, lean systems and enterprise resource planning

    7) Quality planning and managing improvement

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    Information Systems (IS) are at the heart of every business and pervade almost every aspect of our lives (work, rest and play). Information Systems are treated in this module within the context of the social sciences, offering students a management and organisational perspective on the role of IS in business and how they are managed. This one term module is not technically orientated but designed to show how information systems are conceived, designed, implemented and managed in contemporary organisations.

    The aim of this module is to provide students with the methods and approaches used by managers to exploit new digital opportunities and position their organisations to realise enhanced business value. By the end of this module, students will be equipped with the necessary tools to deal with current business issues including digital transformation through information systems and emerging business models via technological innovations.

    The first part of the modules looks at the transformations in contemporary organisations and the strategic and operational decisions in managing digital IS in organisations. In particular, we shall see how some organisations have centred themselves on their information systems and highlight critical issues in the debates regarding the use of information technologies in organisations. The second part of the module provides a view of state-of-the-art enterprise systems applications, cloud computing, big data, cyber-defence and social networking/media and Web 2.0 (including mobile) tools and discusses how they are integrated into business life and used to improve organisational performance. The third part focuses on green IS/IT / green business practices and sustainability and core legislative frameworks (DPA, Computer Misuse Act, Intellectual Property).

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    This module explores the ever-changing trends of retailers both in the UK and globally. It will explore the dynamics of multi-channel retailing following the development of on-line retailing. It will also consider the store design and visual merchandising techniques that influence the characteristics of the retail brand and environment, which encourage a satisfying retail experience. The learner will understand how to analyse and interpret how the location of products in line with store purchasing and marketing policies influences sales and profit. The complexities of store management will further be explored.

    The key elements of the curriculum are as follows:

    1. The dynamics of retail management and the macro environment

    2. Retail theories and strategic approaches

    3. Store formats

    4. Store location and international factors

    5. E-Retail

    6. Store design and visual merchandising

    7. Store operational management

    8. Customer service and the customer experience

    9. Commercial management and selling skills

    10. Case Studies of Food and Fashion retailing

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    The law affects the commercial world in many ways. This module focuses on the importance of law in governing transactions between individuals and businesses; what is required for legally compliant contracts; what the law expects of organisations in terms of protecting the consumer, and how businesses manage and avoid disputes. By enabling students to become familiar with those parts of the law they are most likely to encounter in their careers and in business the module helps them better understand the obligations that parties have to each other in law.

    The module covers the following topic areas:

    • The English Legal System

    • The Legal Process and Dispute Resolution

    • Law of Contract – including:

    • Formation

    • Contract terms

    • Vitiating elements, such as misrepresentation and economic duress

    • Performance and discharge of contract, including frustration

    • Common law and equitable remedies, including damages

    • Consumer Protection

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    This module will review contemporary approaches to marketing research design, data collection and analysis. A range of customer, market and competitor analysis techniques will be explored from conventional marketing research techniques as well as from ecommerce, geodemographic and new-media sources. Students will also develop an understanding of the importance of effective performance measurement (i.e., making marketing more accountable). Students will further develop their appreciation of market information and intelligence and acquire the specialised skills needed to plan, manage and report marketing research studies.

    The key topics of the module are:

    - Marketing research planning and process

    - Research design and data acquisition

    - Qualitative and quantitative consumer research

    - Data analysis

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    This module will cover the basic principles of macroeconomics; such as the definition and measurement of key macroeconomic variables. Students will consider competing theories related to the macro economy in the short and long run. This will be underpinned by existing evidence on past and current levels of macroeconomic indicators in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

    • The Macro economy – as a system: the circular flow (including injections and withdrawals), national income measurement, economic growth and international comparisons

    • Macroeconomic variables: GDP, unemployment, inflation, money supply and balance of payments

    • The open macro economy; including imports and exports; the role of exchange rates and an introduction to trade.

    • Macroeconomic theories: including the classical approach, the Keynesian demand management approach and monetarism

    • Macroeconomic policies: demand versus supply side economic management

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    This module covers the key strategic and operational elements of distribution and supply chain management in the retail sector. The key topics include:

    • An introduction to supply chain management

    • Operations performance objectives

    • Demand forecasting and capacity management

    • Just-in-time inventory management

    • Technology and e-supply chain management

    • Managing supply chain relationships

    • Purchasing and supply management

    • Performance measurement

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    This module aims to enable students to understand the social and economic changes that have raised the status of enterprise, small business and entrepreneurial ventures in the global economy. It examines the diverse nature of entrepreneurs, their characteristics and motivations, as well as the barriers and issues facing entrepreneurs when planning and establishing a new venture.

    The key topics of the module are:

    1) Factors that have influenced the growth of the enterprise culture in the UK.

    2) The role and relevance of SMEs in the UK economy; definitions of SMEs; statistical information; Government policies and initiatives, and support agencies.

    3) Whether entrepreneurs are born or made; whether enterprise skills can be taught or learned, and whether entrepreneurs differ from business owners and other managers.

    4) Enterprise and innovation development in organisations.

    5) Differences in attitudes, objectives, skill requirements and business strategies between small and large firms.

    6) Surviving the early stages of business development, including failure rates in new and small enterprises and barriers to growth and development.

    7) The planning process for starting a new venture – including risks and liabilities; problems and pitfalls, and potential profit and success.

    8) The protection of ideas and intellectual capital.

    9) Funding a new enterprise, including via 'friends, family and fools', business angels and venture capitalists.

    10) Enterprise in different contexts, including corporate enterprise, public sector enterprise and social enterprise.

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    The aim of the module is to develop an understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability informed by ethical theory and stakeholder perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to familiarise with essential readings and cases in CSR to enable them to recognise key issues that are raised by stakeholder groups such as shareholder activism; socially responsible investment; employee discrimination; working conditions; ethical issues in marketing; management; consumer protection; gifts/ bribes; accountability; collaboration with civil society organisations, and corruption of governmental actors. The module will therefore contribute in building an understanding on contemporary social issues in business by highlighting the importance of a collaborative approach with internal and external stakeholder groups.

    1. Business Ethics

    2. Corporate Social Responsibility

    3. Sustainability

    4. Social responsibilities of sectors and industries

    5. Implementation of socially responsible and sustainable programmes and initiatives

    6. Stakeholders of organisations, including:

        Consumers

        Employees

        Suppliers

        Competitors

        Shareholders

        Civil society

        Government

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    Year in industry

    All students spend a year in industry, supported by a dedicated placement team and a programme designed to ensure that students gain experience in the functional areas and industries of their choice.

    The placement allows you to experience, first hand, many of the issues addressed in the taught programme and to use the tools, techniques and applications in a real business setting. It will become a vital component of your CV and will give you a distinct advantage over other business graduates.

    Modules may include Credits

    Synopsis of the curriculum

  • The placement provides you with a structured opportunity to combine work experience with academic study.

  • It allows you to develop and reflect on managerial and/or professional practice in real and often complex situations, and to integrate this with the study of the relevant subject(s) of your main degree programme.

  • Where relevant, you develop, reinforce and apply professional and/or technical expertise in an employment context.
  • The placement report requires you to integrate theory and practice, and to show how you have developed as an independent learner able to reflect effectively on what you are doing.

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    Synopsis of the curriculum

  • The placement experience provides you with a structured opportunity to combine work experience with academic study.

  • It allows you to develop and reflect on managerial and/or professional practice in real and often complex situations, and to integrate this with the study of the relevant subject(s) of your main degree programme.

  • Where relevant, you develop, reinforce and apply professional and/or technical expertise in an employment context. The placement portfolio requires you to document your experiences in relation to both your university studies as well as to a wide range of employability skills.

  • In addition, the portfolio allows demonstration of professional development through the collection and presentation of relevant evidence.

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    Stage 3

    Modules may include Credits

    This module will explore the historical context, current perspective and emerging issues for contemporary businesses, including the challenges, opportunities and threats they face. External speakers will be invited to address the students on specific issues of relevance to their businesses.

    The key topics of the module are:

    1) Global business

    2) Sustainable business models

    3) Open innovation

    4) Leadership and organisational change

    5) Public-Private partnerships

    6) Managing risk and building resilience

    7) The digital age

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    The aims of this module are to develop an insight into the key concepts and theories of human resource management (HRM) and organisational behaviour (OB). It will develop in students an understanding of the links between HRM policies and practices and organisational performance, and the factors that influence the management of employees

    Content will include:

    1) An introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organisational Behaviour (OB)

    2) Strategic HRM

    3) Performance Management

    4) Strategic Recruitment and Selection

    5) Leadership

    6) Power, Politics and Decision Making

    7) Making the business case for diversity

    8) Organisational Culture and International HRM

    9) Pay, Performance and Reward

    10) Managing Innovation and Change

    11) HRM and Ethics

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    Leadership and Corporate Strategy aims to provide an understanding of strategic analysis, strategic decision-making and strategic processes within organisations. The module content comprises two complementary components. The first involves the understanding and learning of the main strategic management concepts and theories. The second implies its application in organisations.

    These two core components of the course are then divided into four main sections:

    1) Strategy development: comprising topics on how strategies are developed;

    2) Strategic decision-making: introducing students to concepts and theories on strategic methods; evaluation (including risk assessment and management), and implementation and change;

    3) Strategic context: introducing issues of leadership and their impact on strategy;

    4) Strategic content: comprising topics on management issues such as resource management.

    Topics on this module include:

    1) Strategic leadership

    2) Identification of strategic issues and options

    3) Evaluation of strategic options

    4) Implementation of strategic options

    For each of these topics the students will be introduced to the main concepts and theories. Further to that, contemporary issues of businesses and case studies will be used to show how these concepts affect the strategic management of organisations.

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    This module integrates theory and practice to give students experience of using real market data for marketing planning and decision making. Students are expected to be able to identify opportunities where consumer value can be created in specific marketing contexts.

    The key topics of the module are:

    1. Overview of marketing and the value chain

    2. Consumer behaviour and the value proposition

    3. Value creation and new product development

    4. Marketing research for the identification of consumer value and willingness to pay

    5. Communicating value-added proposition to consumers

    6. Promoting value-added propositions to consumers

    7. Distributing value-added propositions to consumers

    8. Marketing sustainability in the value chain

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    The understanding and application of enterprise knowledge is seen as a transferable skill that can have cross-school application within the University, in that it has relevance to students from a broad range of academic disciplines who might be considering self-employment after graduation.

    The curriculum is based on the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (National Standards-setting body for small business) Standards for Business Start-up, but has been expanded to include contemporary issues such as Intellectual Property and recent legislation.

    The module will include the following areas of study:

    1) Why firms become insolvent – economic financial and operational reasons for business failure; risks & liabilities; skills requirements for business ownership; self-development planning; sources of advice, and support for businesses.

    2) The new business planning process and format - developing and evaluating the business idea, and producing a business plan for potential lenders.

    3) Financial aspects – budgetary planning and control; cash-flow and working capital; understanding financial accounting and key financial documents; break-even analysis; credit control, and debt recovery.

    4) Market research, competition and barriers to market entry - identifying customers; market segmentation; planning the sales and marketing processes; customer perceptions and customer care, and developing quality standards for the business

    5) Legal issues - reporting requirements; UK & EU law relevant to small businesses; business formats and trading status and their respective risks and liabilities; insurance; insolvency, and intellectual property rights such as patents and copyright.

    6) Planning and employing staff - planning and obtaining premises; physical and financial resources, and the phased implementation of the business plan.

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the techniques of retail merchandising in a variety of different retail contexts, and its importance in achieving profitable sales as well as its contribution to corporate image. It provides an overview of the range planning and cataloguing required to meet the demands of the consumer, and how this is influenced continuously by new trends that affect consumer behaviour in both Fashion and Food retailing.

    The key elements of the curriculum are as follows:

    1. The role of merchandising in retail buying

    2. Pricing and margin management

    3. Sales forecasting and demand management

    4. Cataloguing and stock management

    5. The role of sales promotions

    6. Sources and impact of forecast error

    7. Measuring and improving forecast performance

    8. Impact of decisions on the supply chain

    9. Managing retail communications with selling teams

    10. Synthesising and communicating trading and sales within an organisation

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    This module investigates the importance of having a dynamic buying function in retailing to meet the ever changing needs of the consumer and maintain a profitable business. It explores both Fashion and Food retailing and the differences between these industries. It considers how different strategic approaches influence new product design and purchasing as well as the importance of economic, legal and financial issues. Students will acquire expertise in how to plan and develop a range of products; how to develop pricing strategies, and how to work with strategic suppliers and partners to get a product that exceeds consumer needs to market ahead of the competition.

    The key elements of the curriculum are as follows:

    1. Organisational approaches to buying and the impact on the brand

    2. Process models of buying

    3. Competitor analysis

    4. Impact of trends and fashion on new product development

    5. Impact of innovation and technology on new product development

    6. Range planning

    7. Quality strategies and quality assurance

    8. Supplier selection and management

    9. Sustainability of product sourcing

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    A synopsis of the curriculum

    Students will be expected to develop the ability to use appropriate techniques of analysis and enquiry within Operations and Service Management and to learn how to evaluate the alternatives and make recommendations. Topics include:

    • The nature of services and service strategy

    • Service development and technology

    • Service quality and the service encounter

    • Project/Event management and control

    • Managing capacity and demand in services

    • Managing inventories

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    A synopsis of the curriculum

    • Introduction to Business/Management Projects

    • Research Methodologies

    • Literature search and Literature Review

    • Data collection and questionnaire

    • Structuring a Project Report

    • Data Analysis

    • Presentations

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    A synopsis of the curriculum

  • English Legal System, Legal Process, Dispute settlement (outline);

  • Law of Contract –formation, terms, vitiating elements, discharge and remedies;

  • Contracts for the sale of goods – implied terms;

  • Consumer credit (outline);

  • Negligence – general principles and negligent mis-statement;

  • Law of Business Organisations - classification of business organisations, main principles applying to partnerships and registered companies;

  • Employment Law - contract of employment, the main employment rights created by the common law and statute.

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    A synopsis of the curriculum

    The curriculum is organised into two parts.

    Part I:

    Understanding the European Business Environment (Autumn)

    The European Business Environment (PESTEL), History and Development of the EU, Political and Institutional Framework of the EU. Impact of EU policies on business operations: from Single Market to Single Currency, EU Competition and Social Policies, Regional Policy and Industrial Policy, EU Trade Policy.

    Part II:

    Doing Business in the 'New' Europe (Spring)

    Formulating a European Business Strategy, Identifying Market Opportunities and Evaluating Modes of Entry. Understanding the impact on business of cultural diversity. Management within a European environment. Finance, Marketing and HRM issues for European Business.

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    Teaching and assessment

    We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case-study analysis, group projects and presentations, and computer-based packages. You have approximately 12 hours of class time per week, and regular access to a personal tutor for advice on any matter concerning your studies or your performance on the course.

    Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-module examinations, with the examinations normally counting for up to 60-70% of the marks for each module.

    Programme aims

    The programme aims to:

    • develop understanding of a broad range of management functions and their integration, and the critical examination of management practice
    • prepare students for a career in business and management
    • bring critical insights from the social sciences to bear on management issues
    • provide a sound academic base from which students may continue to benefit from formal and informal management education and experiential learning
    • provide a curriculum that enhances further study opportunities and student employability
    • develop and maintain contacts with local employers via the work placement and other programmes
    • provide teaching and learning opportunities that are responsive to, and supportive of, the needs of our individual students
    • develop an understanding of key concepts, skills and techniques within the field of business and management, and appreciate how these are applied in the world of work
    • provide a highly supportive environment for students
    • maintain high standards of academic rigour, currency and innovation
    • develop key skills in numeracy, communication, financial and computer literacy.

    Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding

    You gain knowledge and understanding of:

    • organisations, their environments and their management, including of people, operations, finance, marketing and organisational strategy
    • social science concepts and theories and the ability to apply them to business and management contexts
    • contemporary and pervasive issues, deepening and/or integrating core knowledge
    • European and international developments relevant to management
    • the processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations, including theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles, together with rational analysis and processes of decision making within organisations and in relation to the external environment
    • markets, customers, finance, people, operations, information systems, communication and IT, business policy and strategy, and contemporary and pervasive issues.

    Intellectual skills

    You develop the ability to:

    • critically evaluate arguments and evidence
    • analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured problems
    • apply core numeracy and IT skills to problems.

    Subject-specific skills

    You develop the ability to:

    • identify, formulate and solve business/decision-making problems using appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools
    • create, evaluate and assess options, in a range of business situations, applying concepts and knowledge appropriately
    • communicate effectively, orally and in writing, about business issues
    • apply core numeracy and IT skills to business problems
    • conduct research into business/management issues for project work, using a variety of sources and appropriate methodologies that inform the learning process.

    Transferable skills

    You develop the ability to:

    • identify and make effective use of information from various sources to assess ideas
    • be an effective self manager of time, so as to plan and deliver required outputs productively
    • communicate effectively, orally and in writing, using appropriate media
    • work in groups and apply other interpersonal skills
    • apply numeracy and IT skills appropriately.

    Careers

    We are ranked 15th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing graduating students' career prospects according to the Guardian University Guide 2015.

    The BA (Hons) Business & Management with a Year in Industry programme will be a foundation for higher learning or prepare you for the advancement to a junior management position in industry, commerce or the public sector.

    Kent Business School presents a wealth of opportunities for you to gain much more than your valuable business degree. We have strong connections with many global organisations, and provide chances for you to network with them and acquire useful connections to enable you to enhance your student experience and increase your employability. We hold events or activities with such organisations and associations that will also benefit your learning experience and enhance your future career prospects. We provide ideal facilities in an international learning environment for you to forge associations with friends and colleagues whilst at the School and after graduation, as part of the Kent Business School alumni, which will remain with you long after you graduate and may provide assistance in your future career.

    At Kent Business School you will gain many of the key transferable skills employers are looking for. You are taught to analyse critically, think creatively, express your views cogently, manage your time effectively, and work well independently and in groups.

    Entry requirements

    Home/EU students

    The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. 

    It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

    New GCSE grades

    If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

    International students

    The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.

    If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.

    Meet our staff in your country

    For more advise about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events. 

    English Language Requirements

    Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

    Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme. 

    General entry requirements

    Please also see our general entry requirements.

    Fees

    The 2017/18 tuition fees for this programme are:

    UK/EU Overseas
    Full-time £9250 £13810

    UK/EU fee paying students

    The Government has announced changes to allow undergraduate tuition fees to rise in line with inflation from 2017/18.

    In accordance with changes announced by the UK Government, we are increasing our 2017/18 regulated full-time tuition fees for new and returning UK/EU fee paying undergraduates from £9,000 to £9,250. The equivalent part-time fees for these courses will also rise from £4,500 to £4,625. This was subject to us satisfying the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework and the access regulator's requirements. This fee will ensure the continued provision of high-quality education.

    For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

    The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

    Fees for Year Abroad/Industry

    As a guide only, UK/EU/International students on an approved year abroad for the full 2017/18 academic year pay an annual fee of £1,350 to Kent for that year. Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

    Please note that for 2017/18 entrants the University will increase the standard year in industry fee for home/EU/international students to £1,350.

    General additional costs

    Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

    Funding

    University funding

    Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

    Government funding

    You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

    The Government has confirmed that EU students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support for the duration of their course.

    Scholarships

    General scholarships

    Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

    The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

    At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

    The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.

    The Key Information Set (KIS) data is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.

    If you have any queries about a particular programme, please contact information@kent.ac.uk.