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Contemporary Issues in Business

Full module specification

Module title:Contemporary Issues in Business
Module code:EXE3102
Module level:3
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
Module credit:30
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Duration of module:

Module aims

This Module will provide students with a detailed knowledge of the social, political, legal and economic environment within which business operates. The module requires the student to focus on the dynamic nature of external forces and their impact on business operation. It recognises that the articulation of these forces may be apparent at both national and international levels.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Relate theoretical constructs to practical business contexts
  • 2. Apply critical analysis and synthesise a variety of situations
  • 3. Critically evaluate the validity and significance of evidence in support of conclusion or recommendation
  • 4. Show confidence and flexibility in identifying complex problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to their solution

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Communicate ideas in a variety of formats
  • 6. Interact effectively within a team
  • 7. Use the full range of resources the disciplines
  • 8. Take responsibility for their own work and manage their time appropriately

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
End of module examination503 hours
Two extended essays50

Syllabus plan

A range of contemporary business issues will be addressed, however it is recognised that within the lifetime of this module, those issues may change. The following are illustrative examples:

  • Green Issues
  • Business Ethics
  • Business behaviour and growth
  • Innovation and technical change
  • Market failure and intervention
  • Government and the economy
  • Developments in education and training
  • International Issues

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

There is no standard text for this module. Students will be given separate reading lists for each section studied. These will include texts and journals. Students are recommended to read widely in current newspapers and periodicals and make appropriate use of the internet. 

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