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Business Management and Leadership BA(Hons) 2013-14

At a Glance

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Start date:
23 / 09 / 2013

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Places Available:
40 (this number may be subject to change)

Course Type:
Full Time / Sandwich

Entry Requirements
Minimum entry requirements include one of the following:

•  BBB at A Level
•  From DMM-DDM in National Diploma
•  300 UCAS tariff points

Course Assistant
Telephone: 01484 472746

The course

This course has an excellent graduate employment rate of 87% (2010-11 graduates). It also has the best student satisfaction rating (95%) of any business management course in Yorkshire and the 5th best nationally.

What is the difference between a manager and a leader? How does enterprise transcend the norm and capture the imagination and loyalty of its people and its customers? These are key to the prosperity and growth of business, and this is what ticks your boxes. You aspire to leadership, but you recognise the need for skills and knowledge.This course is just right for you.

We'll provide you with the opportunity to combine contemporary theory with real-world application, learning from leading academics and the cutting-edge expertise of our network of visiting business leaders.

Your employability skills will gain a real boost from the ability to work with our HR professionals to improve your interview technique and experience the latest recruitment tools such as e-portfolios, apps and video CVs.

We work closely with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and you have the opportunity to achieve a CMI Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership through no additional study or assessment. This professional qualification will look great on your CV.

The combination of work experience opportunities, professional links and excellent teaching contribute to our superb National Student Survey results - we were the 5th best in the UK for student satisfaction in 2012 as voted by students.

This degree is part of a suite of courses that allows you, if you choose, to combine business management with a focus on human resources, global business or operations management.

Course content

Leadership is the ability to inspire and influence a team of people to achieve a common goal. Businesses are increasingly looking for innovative and inspirational leaders who can take their businesses forward to achieve greater success. On this course you will specialise in leadership, studying the theory of leadership and business while gaining practical skills to cope in a dynamic business environment. We would expect you to have ambitions of becoming a leader of tomorrow.

The course covers key business topics to provide a sound knowledge of business while the leadership, managing change and innovation modules will focus on specialist skills and knowledge to be a successful business leader.

Year 1

+ Behavioural Approaches to Work and Society

This module analyses the sociological, psychological and cultural influences on people in organisations and the ways in which these factors affect how organisations function and operate. You will explore the role of the manager and the theories and frameworks that support the manager from an organisational behaviour approach through two assessments, a group presentation (worth 40% of module marks) and an individual essay (worth 60% of module marks).

+ Professional Aspects of Business

This module introduces you to key areas in both legal and financial aspects of business. Your understanding of the key areas of employment and contact law will be demonstrated through written coursework worth 33% of the module marks.

You will look at how financial information is prepared, presented and interpreted by internal and external users. This element is assessed by four in class tests consisting of multiple choice and short form questions worth 67% of the module marks.

+ Managing Human Resources and Personal Development

This module provides you with an insight into Human Resource Management Practices and also enables you to develop a wide range of skills for management. You will document and present your own skills development through a portfolio of work (worth 50% of the module marks).
By working on a group project, you will bring together many of the skills and knowledge you have gained through all modules on the course and this will be showcased and supported by a report (worth 50% of the module marks).

+ Markets and Marketing

This key module explores the behaviour of markets and the responses of organisations through their marketing activities. It will help you to develop an understanding of marketing theory and practice and develop the skills to produce a well-researched marketing plan.

The assessment comprises a group assignment and a final exam (each worth 50% of module marks).

Year 2

+ Introduction to Operations Management

This module introduces the key discipline of business operations. Operations relates to the delivery of products and services, through the use of important planning and control techniques. After a general introduction to the concept some of the most important techniques will be covered such as capacity management, inventory management and quality.

The assessment comprises of a multiple-choice test (worth 50% of module marks), that is designed to test the breadth of knowledge of operations management theory. You will also undertake a 2.5 hour examination (worth 50% of module marks) that tests your knowledge of the theory and practice of Operations Management.

+ Management Research Methods and Decision Making

This module introduces you to the theory and practice of research methods and decision making theory to learn and identify the different techniques nneeded to conduct high quality research and then apply that research to how decisions are made in business.

Assessment 1 is an individual piece of work, based on your research interest developed in class (worth 35% of module marks).

Assessment 2 is based on another aspect of the research process; designing and piloting a questionnaire and writing a report on the process (worth 35% of module marks).

Assessment 3 links research to decision making process by building a decision support model based on a case study and making a recommendation based on the analysis of a number of alternatives (worth 30% of module marks).

+ Small Business Enterprise and Planning

This module gives an introduction to the tools and techniques associated with Business Planning at both strategic and operational levels. In term two the focus changes to be more specifically related to small and medium sized enterprises using some examples from well known companies.

The tutorials feature a ‘hands on’ approach to a small business experience with the teams acting as the directors of a small business. Assessment is by in-class test (worth 30% of module marks) and group coursework (worth 70% of module marks).

+ Leading and Managing Change

Business is constantly changing and organisations need to be able to handle this change effectively to remain competitive. Focusing on an understanding of leadership skills, this module looks at the impact of a dynamic business environment and how to successfully handle change in organisations.

The assessment for this module comprises two pieces of coursework. The first one is a group report critically examining a major change within an organisation (worth 40% of module marks). The second is an individual essay to develop an awareness of change and how to handle it (worth 60% of module marks).

+ Management Skills for Personal Development and Employability

This module will enable you to develop and articulate skills for employability to support your application and entry into the world of work. The module comprises two elements: firstly career planning evaluating potential employment opportunities and the skills needed to gain employment and secondly you will undertake a live group project to raise money for charity. The module uses a range of tools developed by the University Careers Service. Assessment comprises an Individual Careers Portfolio (worth 20% of the module marks), a group video (worth 20% of module marks), a ‘live’ group project report (worth 40% of module marks), individual reflections on the group project (worth 20% of module marks).

Year 3 sandwich
You will have the opportunity to undertake a paid work placement year in a range of national or international companies.

Year 3 full-time/Year 4 sandwich
Core modules:

+ Managing Organisational Design and Change

The module provides an insight and understanding of the concept, theory, tools and techniques associated with organisational design for sustained performance. Organisational design is the process of initial configuration and continual adjustment that enables an organisation to respond to demands and meet challenges encountered in the operating environment.
Structured seminar activities, where you practically apply management theory, tools and techniques provide the opportunity to build an individual portfolio of work. This work forms 50% of the module assessment. The remaining 50% of assessment is in the form of a group consultancy project.

+ Management Work and Society

In modern society work is important for economic and social wellbeing, playing a central part in our lives. This core module builds on management theory studied in year one, exploring contemporary issues in the workplace and how to deal with them from a management perspective.

You will be assessed by an individual essay on a given topic from term one (worth 50% of module marks) and an exam (worth 50% of module marks) based on topics studied throughout the year.

+ Managing Innovation

Innovation is crucial in business to maintain a competitive edge and creativity should be encouraged in all areas. It's not just about new products and services but creativity in the way we work. Looking at different models of innovation this module will develop an ability to work innovatively.

The module is assessed by a group case study on innovation in business (50% of module mark) and a three hour end of year exam (50% of module marks).

+ Management Project

This is a 20 credit module and consists of a student driven thesis. It differs from other modules in that it requires you to derive the topic and then use research skills to address the topic identified. You are provided with 7 hours tutor support from an allocated supervisor throughout the year. It is envisaged that the length of the thesis is between 8,000 and 11,000 words.

+ Leadership: Process and Organisations

The module examines leadership theory and approaches with an understanding of the challenges involved in leading and renewing organisations in today’s increasingly complex and dynamic global environment. You will be introduced to models, theories and research in leadership, organisations and decision-making. Techniques for analysing organisation’s intra-relationships will be developed over the course of the programme of study. There are opportunities to develop your own group and individual leadership and followership skills.

Assessment for the module will be by two pieces of written coursework (each worth 20% of the module marks) and an exam (worth 60% of module marks).

Option module:
Choose one from –

+ Cross Cultural Studies

This module considers the influence that national culture has on behaviour and the implications of this for organisational design and management.

The impact that working across national cultures is considered and how the cross cultural manager can be supported in a changing environment.

A blend of theory and practice engages the learner in a range of organisational and cultural settings.

Assessment is by an individual assignment (worth 50% of module marks) and an examination (worth 50% of module marks).

+ Environmental Policy

This module considers the issues relating to Business and the Environment in a European context. It relates to the role of legislation and market forces in the important area of sustainable development. As it is a current issue presentation topics are selected by students bringing in current articles from the press related to environmental issues and we group them into relevant topic areas.

The module is assessed by a presentation in term 1 (20% of marks) a coursework term 2 (50% of module marks) and an exam at the end of the year (30% of module marks).

+ Ethics in Business

This module enables you to identify and understand a wide range of ethical issues and challenges in business and management and provides you with appropriate analytical tools to address those issues.

The module is assessed through an essay-based critical evaluation of an ethical issue as portrayed within a well-known film or documentary (30% of the module marks) and a more traditional closed book examination of standard essay type questions (70% of the module marks).

+ International and Pacific Asian Business

This module considers the fundamental issues of competitiveness and allows you to consider a strategic perspective on globalisation. You will explore the benefits of location and the internationalisation of business through the impact of multinationals and global supply chains.

In term 2 you will focus on the success of the Pacific Asian economies and explore key themes of technology, business, government and culture.

Assessment is through a written essay (worth 50% of module marks) and an open book exam (worth 50% of module marks).

+ Digital Marketing and Communications

This module will develop your understanding of online consumer behaviour and organisational marketing strategy. This will be assessed through a individual essay (worth 50% of module marks). In addition you will cover the practical aspects of online brand development with understanding of integrated marketing campaigns and social media (worth 50% of module marks).

+ People Resourcing

The People Resourcing module will enable you to investigate a wide range of people management issues from pre-employment, initial and continuing employment through the employment lifecycle to release from employment.
Delivering a seminar within a group on a range of topics will help you to research current issues to understand how organisations attract, manage and retain talented employees (50% of the module). The final assessment is a traditional exam (50% of the module mark).

• Other option modules may be available


The opportunity for a one year paid work placement with roles within a range of national and international companies gives you an insight into the dynamics of the business environment and improves your employability potential through your real-life experience.

In recent years our students have taken up placement positions in companies such as L’Oreal, Forget Me Not Trust, West Yorkshire, Manchester Airport PLC, Thornton & Ross Ltd, Black Cat Fireworks Ltd and DePuy International Ltd.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the course can progress into careers in both the public and private sector. Graduates from the department have, for example, worked in retail on graduate management training programmes with Asda and Sainsbury’s, in the finance sector including Legal and General and a London stockbroker and for the police force as a graduate trainee.

Professional links and accreditations

You can register with the Chartered Management Institute in the final year, providing a further qualification and enhancing your CV through membership of a professional body. Upon successful completion of the course and after completing the registration, you can achieve a Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership

Teaching and assessment

We use a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, assignments, exams and individual project work, with a strong focus on practical work. We make use of cutting-edge technology to enhance your learning, including podcasts, screencasts, e-portfolios and voting pads.

You will be able to work on real-life projects for companies and organisations, keeping you in touch with current business issues.

Your presentation skills will be boosted by preparing and presenting work on a wide range of real business challenges, both in class and to external business experts.

Our varied assessment methods are focused upon the development of transferable skills which will provide immediate benefit in your future career.


The new Business School was opened in 2010 at cost of £17m and is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop

A WOW room offers students a unique teaching facility in which top quality video conferencing technology enables communication with students and academics around the world.

The Learning Development Group (LDG) offer a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as referencing, presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing.

Our Placement Office works with international and national employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to our students on sandwich courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CV's and covering letters.

All teaching rooms have been finished with the upmost quality and the school boasts a number of newly-equipped computer labs.

The 'Street' offers a café with comfortable seating making it a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a fresh coffee, muffin, bacon butty or refreshments of your choice.

If you prefer fresh air then the inner courtyard and terrace which overlooks it offers an alternative social space.

How much will it cost me?

At the University of Huddersfield, we have worked hard to ensure that we set a fair fee for undergraduate students that offers fantastic value for money. The University of Huddersfield is debt free, meaning every penny you spend on your education is re-invested in you.

In 2013/14, the tuition fee for students at the University of Huddersfield will be £7,950*. Your tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance, please see Fees and finance.

You can sign up to iHud here to make sure you keep up to date with the latest fees and finance information.

*In subsequent years the fee will be subject to inflationary increases. Please bookmark this page and refer back for up-to-date information. Information updated 22.1.13


For details of course fees please call the Student Finance Office on 01484 473904

Other information

Professional Membership
You can register with the Chartered Management Institute in your final year providing a further qualification and enhancing your CV through membership of a professional body. Upon successful completion of the course and after completing the registration, you can achieve a Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership

Find out more about the professional bodies we work with: (Chartered Management Institute) (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)

How to apply


Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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