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MAR8076 : Commercial Awareness and Sustainable Business

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor D John Mangan
  • 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
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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion137:0037:00Preparation for and completion of end of module report.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials17:007:00Online recorded lectures of the finance material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Present-in-person - 1st: management skills & self awareness; 2nd: interpreting financial statements
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study137:0037:00General 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Individual report of 2000 words.
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 a post module individual report of 2,000 words – this allows the student to apply the key learnings from the module to a focal organisation of their choice. 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.

Reading Lists