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Module

MAR8076 : Commercial Awareness and Sustainable Business

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor D John Mangan
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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 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, Sustainability, Interpersonal and communications skills, 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.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials17:007:00Online recorded lectures of the finance material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation for and completion of end of semester exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00PIP - 1st session: interpersonal and communication skills; 2nd session: group presentations
Guided Independent StudyProject work120:0020:00Group project and presentation preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study135:0035:00General revision, reading and consolidation of lecture notes
Total100:00
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.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70End of semester 2 hour exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M30Group project and 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.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable