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Module

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
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 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00End of module canvas test
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00First-session: presentation skills; second session: group presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Synchronous Online Tutorials (one each week x three weeks)
Guided Independent StudyProject work120:0020:00Group project and presentation preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study139:0039:00General 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.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Students should consult their timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50Group project and presentation
Written exercise1M50End of module canvas test
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.

Reading Lists

Timetable