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SIM337 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
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CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS IN BUSINESS AND
MANAGEMENT
SIM337
20
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BUSINESS AND LAW
TOP-UP
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200 hours, the exact nature of which is specified in the
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LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this module, students will have demonstrated:
Knowledge
K1. Knowledge and understanding of how a range of factors in the domestic and
international environment impact on business.
K2. A deeper knowledge and understanding of how specific external environmental
factors impact on a particular organisation in a designated industry-sector.
K3. An in-depth knowledge and understanding of how a particular organisation in a
designated industry-sector has responded to specific external environmental
factors.
Skills
S1. An ability to research, analyse and explain how a range of factors in the domestic
and international environment impact on business.
S2. An ability to research, analyse and explain how specific external environmental
factors impact on a particular organisation in a designated industry-sector.
S3. An ability to critically evaluate how a particular organisation in a designated
industry-sector has or might respond to external environmental factors.
CONTENT SYNOPSIS
This module considers contemporary developments in business and management in
the twenty-first century. It covers the broad-ranging inter-national business environment,
with a strong emphasis on the phenomenon of globalisation.
Expanded Content:
 The contemporary world of business and management
 Globalisation
 The global business environment
 The globalisation of markets and industries
 Internationalisation – how, where and when?
 The political, economic and legal environment

(2013) Contemporary Developments in Business and Management University of Sunderland Hamilton L.. Weatherston. J. (2009) /The International Business Environment/. Sequence 001 Assessment Type Assignment Marking Scheme UCMS Weighting % 100 Qualifying Mark 35 Pass Mark 40 INDICATIVE READING LIST Main Texts: Fee K.    International financial markets and institutions Technological change Socio-cultural and environmental issues Future developments in business and management TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS Scheduled activities Independent study Placement Hour s Detail Hour s Detail Hours 12 Lectures 164 Directed and selfdirected study including research 24 Workshop s including surgery time Total hours Detail 176 24 Total 200 ASSESSMENT METHODS Assessment 001 . G. and Webster P. (2009) /Understanding the Business Environment/. Oxford University Press The Economist. 2nd edn. C. (2009) /The Global Environment of Business/. Financial Times Press Capon. (2011) /The International Business Environment: Challenges and Changes/. The Economist Newspaper Ltd Supplementary Texts: Brooks. and Wilkinson.A Business Report based on the student’s own research into the impact of a range of external environmental factors (domestic. 3rd edn. international and global) on an organisation of their own choice in a designated industry-sector and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the organisation’s responses. This assessment covers all the stated module learning outcomes. FT Prentice Hall Guy F. Oxford University Press . I.

And Jones E. FT Prentice Hall A number of journals are all available on the /Emerald/ system. Oxford University Press Morrison. students will be given a list of journals and websites where relevant information is not only freely available.Harrison A. . /The Business Environment. C. (2009). Pearson Education Ltd Worthington. but is always up to date. (2011) /The Global Business Environment: Meeting the Challenges. I. (2011) /Economics and the Business Environment. /6th edn. 3 rd edn. (2010) /Business Environment in a global context/. To facilitate this. Palgrave Macmillan Sloman J. Students will be encouraged to use the internet as a source of contemporary material for their studies. 3 rd edn. and Britton. J.