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This course is designed for students who are new to accounting and finance, and who wish to develop a more strategic and integrated approach to finance and business. You will develop the skills required to adapt appropriate strategic responses to different market environments through the study of organisations.
You will also understand the impact of contextual forces on organisations, including legal systems, corporate governance and ethical, economic and environmental change issues. You will develop your knowledge of the financing of organisations including the sources, uses and management of finance and the use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting.
You will study the management and development of people within organisations; the impact of information systems; the use of relevant communication within the global economy; and how cultural differences affect buying behaviour and marketing approaches. You will develop your ability to analyse problems logically and apply appropriate decision-making skills, as well as the knowledge to reach feasible and realistic conclusions.
All courses in the MBM Suite can be converted into an MBA when you have gained three years of business experience by undertaking credit-bearing projects totalling to 90 credits. These projects can be undertaken using supported learning while you are in employment over a period of up to two years.
A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course. You will be required to undertake a variety of group and individually based assessments. These assessments include individual essays, reports presentations and examinations, and group based reports and presentations. The assessments are designed to test knowledge and understanding of the appropriate subject matter, but also to demonstrate the range of skills identified in section 3 above.
The assessment strategy underlines the programmes concern with research and independent thinking, critical knowledge of theory and practice, the ability to make information decisions and communicate these under time pressure and, finally, the all-important skills of teamwork and oral communication of ideas.
The written assignments and group reports contribute to the learning outcomes focusing on your ability to research and critically evaluate elements of the curriculum in depth. They generally allow you to use a variety of named sources to support your viewpoints.
The end of unit examinations focus primarily on critical discussion of theory and current practice and provide the reassurance of guaranteed student authorship, and a true measure of your own ability and understanding.
The time constrained tests will be more cursory in nature, generally assessing awareness, understanding and application of elements of the curriculum.
The significant weighting given to individual and group presentations stresses the primacy of team work and of effective oral communication based on research and creative, holistic thinking about organisational, media and stakeholder issues.
This programme of study aims to achieve the following:
* To enable you to successfully support a finance related business in a management role within an organisation upon completion of the programme
* To enable you to expand on your undergraduate skills and enable you to gain knowledge and skills relevant to a global knowledge economy
* To enable you to appreciate the integrated nature of business, management and finance study, and to relate both hard and soft issues to decision making
* To emphasise the international nature of finance in business and management study
* To add value so as to make your employment prospects better
* To apply theories to the practice of business, management and finance
* To apply theories to the practice of business and finance
* To undertake studies of people and organisations
* To develop a career in business and management by developing your skills at an appropriate level
* To develop your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business, management and finance to complex issues
* To enhance your lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction to contribute to business and society at large
* To gain analytical skills and knowledge in emerging corporate finance and financial reporting, bridging the gap between the domains of finance and management
* To understand the key concepts, regarding online business measures, their implications and the role in an organisations online strategic development
* To develop the ability to make an effective contribution at a strategic level in the field of the management of corporate finance and financial reporting