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BUS3003 : Advanced Business Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Sarah Carnegie
  • Demonstrator: Dr Cristina Neesham, Mrs Shelagh Cauwood, Mrs Angela Mazzetti, Mr Khang-Wai Chew
  • Lecturer: Dr Ali Naqvi
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


This module provides a practice-based alternative to the dissertation, consultancy project, and advanced business topics modules.

Drawing on their learning across your programme of study, the module provides you with an opportunity to apply your learning to practical business challenges via an interactive business simulation.

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to;
1.       evaluate empirical evidence and management information to inform your understanding of classical and contemporary management practice and thought;
2.       appreciate the complexities and constant change in managing commercial organisation in a global context;
3.       develop your leadership skills and appreciate ethical aspects inherent in management decision making.

Outline Of Syllabus

Business Decision-Making
•       Internal, external, competitor and stakeholder analysis
•       Company mission, objectives and targets
•       Risk analysis
•       Problem solving and decision making
•       Communication

Project Management
•       Working as part of a team
•       Defining project scope – quality standards, timescales, budget, people, performance targets
•       Process mapping and task sequencing
•       The role of a project manager

Report Writing
•       Report structure and format

The Reflective Practitioner
•       Reflective practice models
•       Continuous professional development

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1258:00258:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1100:00100:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching72:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity22:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision21:002:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module consists of a mix of taught sessions and group teaching and practical sessions. The module uses simulation activities and tasks which are related to the range of topics covered in their degree (for example, management, marketing, human resources, international business, innovation and enterprise).
The module is structured as follows:

Semester 1
•       The taught sessions will refresh student knowledge and understanding of the academic theories, concepts and models relevant to the module;
•       Students will be assigned to ‘business’ teams for the simulation activities;
•       The first two group practical sessions will be used to introduce students to the simulation software and give students the opportunity to use and experiment with the software;
•       The formative assessment (group presentation) will give the module team the opportunity to provide feedback on theory knowledge and understanding;
•       The student-led group practical sessions will enable the students to apply their learning to a series of business challenges through the completion of a range of simulation tasks.

Semester 2
•       The taught sessions will provide a refresher on report writing and reflection;
•       The drop-in and supervision sessions will provide support to the students in the development of their individual assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M10010,000 word business report with reflective element
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Report1MTo enable the module team to give formative feedback on key aspects of the business report.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module provides students with the opportunity to apply their learning to business simulation activities which are related to the range of topics they have studied throughout their programme of study. The assessment enables the students to develop their decision making, project management, report writing and reflective practice skills.

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