Business

Business and Management - BA (Hons)

UCAS code N105;K

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Studying Business and Management at Kent gives you an understanding of the modern business world as well as practical industry experience. This provides a solid skill set and excellent career prospects.

Overview

Kent Business School (KBS) is a leading business school, ranked in the top 30 in the UK and accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB). This places KBS within the top institutions globally for business degrees, with only 5% of the world’s business schools.

There are many opportunities to develop your skills and learn how to analyse business problems and identify solutions. You also gain valuable business and management experience during your year in industry.

Kent Business School provides a friendly, student-focused environment, which helps you to make the most of your studies. Located in a historic dockyard, our newly converted teaching space allows you to benefit from up-to-date facilities within an attractive setting.

As a student at Kent Business School, you also have the opportunity to gain the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Level 5 Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership alongside your degree.

Our degree programme

On this degree programme, you learn about the theories, methodologies and applications of academic knowledge relevant to the business world.

Taught by leading experts from business and the professions, management principles are brought to life through practical case studies as well as live research and consultancy projects.

Our degree is flexible: the wide range of options allow you to tailor your degree to your interests – whether that’s marketing, operations, human resource management or running your own business. There is also a specialist pathway in retail for students interested in building a career in that sector.

Year in industry

It is possible to take this programme with the addition of a Year in Industry between stages 2 and 3. See Business and Management with a Year in Industry.

Exchange partners

Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.

Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:

  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • Renmin University of China, School of Business
  • University of Hong Kong
  • ESSEC
  • Neoma Business School
  • Freie Universitat Berlin
  • University of Florence
  • IE Madrid University
  • Stockholm Business School
  • Georgetown University

Extra activities

Alongside your studies, you can discover how to turn your idea into a successful business at our ASPIRE centre, which provides practical advice and support, and runs our Business Start-up Journey initiative.

You are welcome to attend special events put on by Kent Business School; this allows you to interact directly with the business community. In previous years, events and schemes have included:

  • workshops and seminars
  • business challenges
  • enterprise initiatives, including the Business Start-Up Journey
  • networking events.

You also have the chance to get involved with student-run societies such as Kent Business and Kent Enterprise. Their previous activities include inviting guest speakers from industry and providing support for budding student entrepreneurs.

Professional network

At Kent Business School, we pride ourselves on the strength of our global connections, which include:

  • Bank of England
  • BBC
  • Barclays
  • Cummins
  • IBM
  • KPMG
  • Kent County Council.

Kent Business School also has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Finland and Italy.

Independent rankings

In the National Student Survey 2018, over 86% of final-year Management Studies students who completed the survey, were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course.

For graduate prospects, Business, Management and Marketing at Kent scored 89% in The Guardian University Guide 2019 and 88 out of 100 in The Complete University Guide 2019.

Of Accounting and Finance students who graduated from Kent in 2017 and completed a national survey, over 95% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

Teaching Excellence Framework

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

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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 ‘elective’ 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.

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

Compulsory modules currently include Credits

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. Indicative content:

• 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, , charts and graphs, data management facilities,

• 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.

• Hypothesis testing using z-scores and t-scores

• Simulations- random number generation

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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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The module will cover various aspects of the changing international business environment, and their impact upon business operations and strategy. It will give students an appreciation of the business difficulties faced; the variety of factors influencing the choices and compromises that have to be made in international businesses, and the implications of those for the future viability and effectiveness of the organisations concerned.

An list of topics is given below:

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

• The International Business Environment: World Institutions, Patterns of International Trade and FDI Activities

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

• Developing and Emerging Economies: Opportunities and Challenges

• Cultural Frameworks for International Business

• Entry Modes: Theory and Practice

• Internationalisation Theories

• International Expansion Strategies

• International Stakeholders – Ethical Issues

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This module will develop core understanding and skills of using Microsoft Excel, a market leading analytical tool and software package. It covers the way in which enterprises such as businesses, not-for-profit organisations and governments utilise quantitative data to obtain insights for decision-making. Techniques will be taught and delivered with case studies and simulated datasets.

Topics to be covered include:

• Microsoft Excel functions and formulae: Nested functions, filters, lookup functions, and logical functions

• Data visualisation: Graphic operations

• Data analysis and statistical analysis: conditional formatting, Solver, Add-ins and Trend analysis

• Excel Macros: defining, recording, assigning, running and storing, etc.

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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 for all internal and external stakeholders.

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This module provides fundamental knowledge of a range of business organisations, business purpose, ownership types and stakeholder influence. It further introduces organisational structures, functional areas and the impact of the external environment on business. Furthermore, this module introduces the many factors that shape the nature of organisations operating in an increasingly complex business environment such as innovation, internationalisation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. Module participants explore this dynamic nature of business and consider successful existence within modern organisations through studying and applying employability skills such as leadership, teamwork, and resilience.

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Stage 2

Compulsory modules currently 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.

Indicative topics are:

• Groups and teams

• Motivation in the workplace

• Communication theory and practice

• Power and control

• Job design

• Flexible working practices

• Diversity in the workplace

• Managing learning

• Managing change

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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 module adopts the Project Management Institute (PMI) approach to delivering projects, and is structured as follows:

1. Introduction to Project Management

2. Scope Planning

3. Time Planning

4. Cost Planning

5. Risk Planning

6. Earned Value Management

7. Human Resources Management

8. Agile Project Management

9. Benefits Management

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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 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.

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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.

Indicative topics of the module are:

• Strategic role of operations and operations strategy

• Design of processes and the implications for layout and flow

• People, jobs and organisation

• Capacity planning and scheduling

• Inventory control

• Supply chain management, lean systems and digital operations

• Quality planning and managing improvement

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Optional modules may include Credits

This module will cover the core principles of macroeconomics; including the measurement of key macroeconomic variables and limitations to existing practices. Students will consider competing theories related to the macro economy in the short and long run and their overall consequences for the business environment. 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. Indicative topics are:

• 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 trade theory.

• 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 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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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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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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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 begins by looking at the role of investments and finance in an organisational context. It then considers the role of financial markets and the links between investors and businesses. Students will learn different investment appraisal techniques used in capital budgeting decisions, such as NPV and IRR. The module also covers the basics of any investment decision, such as the relation between return and risk. In the second part of the module, student will learn about short and long term sources (i.e. capital structure) of finance available to businesses and how to determine the cost and value of each source of long-term finance.

Topics covered include:

- Short-term and long term investment appraisal and capital budgeting techniques

- Estimation of return and risk in the context of portfolio theory

- Short-term finance and working capital management

- Long-term finance and the cost of each source of finance

- Capital structure and weighted average cost of capital

- Interaction of investment and financing decisions

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Stage 3

Compulsory modules currently include Credits

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 is designed to expose students to contemporary business issues and the strategic and operational choices that businesses have to make when dealing with them. 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. Indicative topics of the module are:

• Sustainable business models

• Open and User innovation

• Managing risk and building resilience

• 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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This module examines recent developments in marketing thinking and market strategy development. It focuses on the dynamic aspects of market strategy development, and current issues such as relationship and Internet marketing.

The key topics of the module are:

• Marketing orientation and the marketing planning process

• Strategic thinking and barriers to planning

• Models for assessing the macro and micro environments and internal environments, including PESTLE, SOSTAC, Porter's 5 Forces, customer, competitor and channel analysis

• Core competencies, capabilities and assets utilising innovation auditing and brand equity analysis to value chain and financial techniques

• SWOT and TOWS analysis to clarify the key issues and constraints

• Marketing operations and globalisation

• Formulating strategy utilising such models as Ansoff’s growth matrix and Porter’s generic strategies

• STP approach

• Stages in project management in developing and implementing a marketing plan

• Measures for controlling the plan

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Optional modules may include Credits

Students will be expected to develop the ability to use appropriate techniques of analysis and enquiry within supply chain and service management, and to learn how to evaluate the alternatives and make recommendations. Topics include:

• The nature of services and service strategy

• Supply chain management

• Managing quality within supply chains

• Service development and technology

• Service quality and the service encounter

• Project/Event management and control

• Managing capacity and demand in services

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The law affects the commercial world in many ways. This module focuses on how businesses fulfil their legal obligations to customers, suppliers and their workforce. As well as exploring how businesses are structured and the duties on directors and partners it also considers the legal obligations individuals and organisations have over those to whom they have a duty of care. The module further covers the main laws governing the employment of staff and contractors. By applying the law to real-world business situations students are able to fine-tune their problem solving skills and their ability to construct well-reasoned and persuasive arguments.

The module covers the following topic areas:

• The English Legal System, Legal Process and Dispute Resolution;

• Law of Negligence – including general principles and negligent mis-statement

• Law of Business Organisations - classification of business organisations; main principles applying to general and limited liability partnerships and registered companies, and directors' duties

• Employment Law - the general scope of the legal obligations owed by employers to employees, including the employment contract, discrimination and dismissal

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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 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 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 of contemporary social issues in business by highlighting the importance of a collaborative approach with internal and external stakeholder groups.

Indicative topics are:

- Business Ethics

- Corporate Social Responsibility

- Sustainability

- Social responsibilities of sectors and industries

- Stakeholders of organisations, including:

Employees

Suppliers

Competitors

Shareholders

Civil society

Government

- Implementation of socially responsible and sustainable programmes and initiatives

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Would you like to volunteer for a cause you believe in while learning useful skills and gaining real world experience? If you would this is the module for you!

Social Justice Practice provides an opportunity for you to gain practical experience of the voluntary and community sector and combine it with academic study of the sector and related theoretical concepts such as social capital, social justice, volunteering, altruism and philanthropy. Lectures also cover topics such as the role, management, financing and governance – essential knowledge if you are planning to work in a wide range of different professions.

Students undertake at least 100 hours of voluntary work with a charity in Kent or Medway during the academic year. Once you sign up for this module you will be invited for an interview to discuss your volunteering plans and so you can find out more about the module and the volunteering you plan to do for it. Register in the usual way and you will be invited for an interview towards the end of the summer term (late May or early June).

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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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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

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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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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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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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 an academic adviser 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.

Contact Hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • 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 
  • Develop key transferable skills in the areas of numeracy, communication and digital literacy
  • Students should develop a range of specific business knowledge and skills together with improved self-awareness and personal development 
  • The programme also seeks to encourage positive and critical attitudes towards change and enterprise, so as to reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the business environment

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Organisations: their internal aspects, functions and processes including their diverse nature, purposes, structures, size/scale, governance, operations and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures that exist within and between different organisations and their influence upon the external environment
  • The Business Environment: the fast pace of change within a wide range of factors, including economic, environmental, cultural, ethical, legal and regulatory, political, sociological, digital and technological, together with their effects at local, national and global levels upon the strategy, behaviour, management and sustainability of organisations 
  • Management: the various processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations, including theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management and the management of people and corporate social responsibility, together with rational analysis and other processes of decision-making within different organisations
  • Within the framework of the areas of Organisations, Business Environment and Management graduates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in: Markets; Marketing and Sales; Customers; Finance; People; Organisational Behaviour; Operations; Information Systems and Business Intelligence; Communications; Digital Business; Business Policy and Strategy; Business Innovation and Enterprise development, and Social Responsibility

Intellectual skills

You develop the ability to:

  • Analyse and critically evaluate a range of data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies to support evidence-based decision-making
  • Analyse facts and circumstances to determine the cause of structured and, to a more limited extent, unstructured problems and draw reasoned conclusions to identify and select appropriate solutions
  • Apply core numeracy and digital literacy skills to manipulate data, evaluate, estimate and model problems, functions and phenomena

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 about business issues
  • Apply core numeracy and digital literacy skills to business problems
  • Demonstrate commercial acumen based on an awareness of the key drivers for business success; causes of failure, and the importance of providing customer satisfaction and building customer loyalty

Transferable skills

You develop the ability to:

  • Identify, analyse, evaluate and make effective use of information from various sources to assess ideas
  • Apply numeracy and digital literacy skills appropriately
  • Be an effective self-manager of time, so as to plan and deliver required outputs effectively, and to show resilience, responsibility, proactivity, flexibility and, where appropriate, assertiveness
  • Communicate effectively using media appropriate for the purpose
  • Work in groups effectively and collaboratively, both internally and externally, and apply inter-personal skills to build teams and relationships, lead and motivate others
  • Be a self-aware and reflective practitioner with awareness of cultural and individual diversity 
  • Act entrepreneurially to generate, develop and communicate ideas, gain support and deliver successful outcomes

Careers

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have taken up management positions with a wide range of companies, including:

  • Deloitte UK
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Tesco
  • Vodafone.

Help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses globally. This network is very useful to students when looking for work.

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

The Backpack to Briefcase scheme provides bespoke career and skills development events and activities for all Kent Business School students. Available from first year through to graduation, Backpack to Briefcase is designed to prepare you for a successful career after university.

You graduate with a solid grounding in business management concepts, theories and skills, together with valuable industry experience.

To help you appeal to employers, you also learn transferable skills that are essential for all graduates. These include the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • manage your time effectively
  • work independently or as part of a team.

You can also gain skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as adding much-sought-after analytical skills to your degree via Kent’s Q-Step Centre or learning a language.

Professional recognition

As a student at Kent Business School, you have the opportunity to study for the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Level 5 Professional Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree. CMI qualifications are highly sought after by employers.

The Year in Industry was the most important aspect of my course, enabling me to put my learning into practice

Joey Hosier Business Studies with a Year in Industry

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. 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.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
A level

BBC

GCSE

Mathematics grade C

Access to HE Diploma

The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 15 points at HL including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL

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. 

However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

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 advice 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 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas
Full-time TBC £16200
Part-time TBC £8100

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.* 

Your fee status

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.

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.

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.