NBS8401 : Business Context and Operations

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enable students to critically analyse and assess the context of business operations (economic, social, political), and to develop awareness of developments, tools, and techniques in the functional business areas of information systems, operations, marketing and managing human capital. The module also develops report writing and time management skills.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to organisations
• The social political and economic context
• Governance and regulation

Managing the Finance Function
Managing Technology and Information
• The role of information systems
• Systems implementation and business strategy

Operations Management
• Operations management and the organisation
• Quality management
• Managing capacity and inventory

• Marketing and business strategy
• Marketing plans, branding and communications
• Developments in marketing

Managing Human Resources
• Human resource management
• Human resource practices

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study761:0076:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The two hour sessions will enable both explanation of the material and allow for discussion, and use of case study material within the group. The anticipated group size is small enough to enable a mix of lecture and seminar style, and to enable groups of students to work together within the session

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1A20Individual Written Assignment
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MQuestion practice – via questions run through in class as and the opportunity to hand in past exam questions for marking.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment fits the aims and learning outcomes of the module, enabling students to demonstrate and to develop critical thinking and written communication skills.

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