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MAR8076 : Commercial Awareness and Sustainable Business

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • 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 interpersonal skills and how these can be enhanced;
A3: to highlight the importance of sustainability and its intersection with business.

Outline Of Syllabus

Following materials will be covered in this module:
Management and Leadership, Change, Sustainability, Interpersonal skills, Project Planning & Control, Business Model Canvass, Operations Management, Lean and Six Sigma, 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 ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Commercial awareness
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Interpersonal skills
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00General revision
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00Examination revision
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 assessed coursework and exams, 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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M25Group presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The material covered in the module is assessed via a comprehensive end of semester two-hours examination reflecting the ten credits allocated to the course.
The group presentation allows students to both practice their presentations skills and work in a group to apply the course material to a chosen company.

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