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MAR8076 : Commercial Awareness and Sustainable Business

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aims of this module are:
A1: To raise the students’ commercial awareness and equip them with the basics of key business, financial and management concepts, tools and techniques;
A2: To help students appreciate the importance of management, interpersonal and communications skills and how these can be enhanced;
A3: To highlight the importance of sustainability and its intersection with business.

Outline Of Syllabus

The following materials will be covered in this module:
Management and Leadership; Change Management; ESG, CSR, EDI; Management Skills and Self Awareness; Business Model Canvas, Operations Management, Business Strategy, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Essentials of Finance (P&L, Balance Sheet, Ratios etc), Costing and Investment Appraisal.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion113:0013:00Preparation for and completion of end of semester exam
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials17:007:00Online recorded lectures of the finance material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Scheduled Present-in-person lectures to be Recapped.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Completion of formative activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Present-in-person - 1st: management skills & self awareness; 2nd: interpreting financial statements
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0061:00General revision, reading and consolidation of lecture notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are designed to assist students in the acquisition of a knowledge base that will facilitate understanding of concepts, methods, tools and techniques.

Independent study involves:

1. Study following lectures and practicals
2. Study in preparation for the exam, which provides an opportunity to bring together relevant knowledge and understanding and cognitive, research-related, and assessed key skills.

Students should consult their timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by synchronous online sessions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100End of semester 1.5 hour exam
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1M(1)online self awareness questionnaires & (2)exercise on interpreting financial statements
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The material covered in the module is assessed via a comprehensive end of semester 1.5 hour examination reflecting the ten credits allocated to the course. The formative assessments (online self awareness questionnaires and an exercise on interpreting financial statements) will help students to apply key module learnings and also help students in formulating answers to exam questions.

Should the public health situation require it, the planned examination scheduled to be completed present-in-person will be replaced by an open book, online examination to be completed within a defined 24 hour period.

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