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Have your sights set on a graduate training scheme? Or looking to enter the world of marketing? With our BA (Hons) Business and Marketing course, you’ll combine broader learning of business with specialist studies in marketing. 

During the course, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of marketing research and planning, with further module options digging down into areas including retail marketing, relationship marketing, content marketing, buyer behaviour and customer experience. Thanks to the 50-50 split between marketing and wider business studies, you’ll be well-placed to choose a career path in either discipline following your graduation – from specialist marketer to broader business roles. 

You will be encouraged to undertake a work placement, study abroad or combine both.  In your final year, you’ll have the option to carry out a management enquiry project or a dissertation depending on whether you completed a placement. The management enquiry project will allow for working individually to investigate a real business issue, and gaining critical practical experience. 

The course content has been developed in partnership with industry bodies the Data and Marketing Association (DMA) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), providing professional-level knowledge that gives you exemptions from taking some of their official qualifications. It’s also covered by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for Newcastle Business School. 

What’s more, when you study at Northumbria you’ll be part of a leading, business-focused university. We rank 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Administrative Studies graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017) 

And with 96% of students on the course agreeing that the books, online services and learning services offered have supported their learning well (National Student Survey, 2018), you’ll have all the resources you need to achieve your potential.

The University are actively seeking the following Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations for the programme, however these are subject to approval by the relevant accrediting body:

  • CIM - Chartered Institute of Marketing (Level 4)
  • DMA - Data & Marketing Association (previously known as IDM - Institute of Data and Marketing)

            

Have your sights set on a graduate training scheme? Or looking to enter the world of marketing? With our BA (Hons) Business and Marketing course, you’ll combine broader learning of business with specialist studies in marketing. 

During the course, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of marketing research and planning, with further module options digging down into areas including retail marketing, relationship marketing, content marketing, buyer behaviour and customer experience. Thanks to the 50-50 split between marketing and wider business studies, you’ll be well-placed to choose a career path in either discipline following your graduation – from specialist marketer to broader business roles. 

You will be encouraged to undertake a work placement, study abroad or combine both.  In your final year, you’ll have the option to carry out a management enquiry project or a dissertation depending on whether you completed a placement. The management enquiry project will allow for working individually to investigate a real business issue, and gaining critical practical experience. 

The course content has been developed in partnership with industry bodies the Data and Marketing Association (DMA) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), providing professional-level knowledge that gives you exemptions from taking some of their official qualifications. It’s also covered by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for Newcastle Business School. 

What’s more, when you study at Northumbria you’ll be part of a leading, business-focused university. We rank 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Administrative Studies graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017) 

And with 96% of students on the course agreeing that the books, online services and learning services offered have supported their learning well (National Student Survey, 2018), you’ll have all the resources you need to achieve your potential.

The University are actively seeking the following Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations for the programme, however these are subject to approval by the relevant accrediting body:

  • CIM - Chartered Institute of Marketing (Level 4)
  • DMA - Data & Marketing Association (previously known as IDM - Institute of Data and Marketing)

            

Course Information

UCAS Code
N660

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 year sandwich

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or equivalents.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

** You may be eligible for an EU Undergraduate Scholarship


International Fee in Year 1: £16,000

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are various advised books for purchase throughout the duration of this course, and the cost is approximately £500. This course is accredited by the Institute of Data & Marketing, students are eligible to complete their Certificate in Digital Marketing (CertDM). This is optional but could incur the following costs :- Examination fee of £100 plus VAT. This course is certified by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, students are eligible to complete the Certificate in Professional Marketing. This is optional but could incur the following costs: CIM membership, £65: assessment £140.

 

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AF4038 -

Financial Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how financial information can be used to assist managers and external user groups in their decision-making processes. You will initially look at the informational needs of outside user groups, the nature of the information they are provided with, and how this information can be analysed and interpreted in order to enhance the effectiveness of their decision making.

Topic areas will include:

• The reporting frameworks and ethical principles that underpin financial reporting
• The nature of international financial reporting standards
• Format and content of the statement of profit or loss and statement of financial position
• The statement of cash flows
• Analysis and interpretation of financial statements using ratio analysis

You will then examine how financial information can facilitate managers in making operational decisions in relation to planning and control.

Topic areas will include:

• Costing (full and variable costing)
• Cost, volume, profit analysis
• Relevant costs for decision making
• Budgeting and variance analysis
• Balance scorecards
• Working capital management

Finally, you will explore the motivations for entrepreneurial activity and techniques that can be used to appraise investment decisions.

Topic areas will include:

• Investment appraisal techniques (payback, accounting rate of return, net present value and internal rate of return)
• Practical aspects of investment appraisal (inflation and capital rationing)
• Risk and uncertainty

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BM9403 -

Business Analysis for Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will develop the knowledge and skills in applying a variety of quantitative data analysis techniques to support business decision making. You will be introduced to business modelling using appropriate analytical tools, and your learning will cover a range of techniques to help business forecasting and data presentation.
In this module you will be exposed to a range of data analysis tools and skills, including:

• Business Analysis and Modelling: management of complex and varied data sets; building spreadsheet models.
• Data Trends and Associations e.g. identifying relationships between business variables.
• Business Forecasting and Predictive Modelling – analysing factors and trends for business planning.
• Business and Dashboard reporting – consolidation, interpretation and presentation of data for professional output.
• Data distribution, data presentation and using summary statistics – handling a range of data for statistical analysis.
• Gaining an understanding of the overlap between business and research data and the selection of appropriate tools for management of both types of data.

Working with these analysis tools, you will learn to develop confidence in dealing with a wide range of data sets. You will become familiar with the role of modelling as an aid to problem solving and will build skills which enable you to interpret data and present your findings to a range of audiences. Very importantly, you will gain a good understanding of the crucial role that analysis of data and interpretation of results plays in the decision-making arena.

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GA4001 -

Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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HR9409 -

Preparing for Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Your programme aims to ensure that you are learners for business not just of business upon graduation. This module starts you on this journey through supporting your own professional development. Its aim is to increase your awareness of, and sensitivity to, personal and employability/ entrepreneurship/enterprise skills by focusing on programme-area graduate career opportunities and by giving you the opportunity to work on projects similar to those that graduates within your field will be presented with once in employment. Taking an experiential, team-focussed, project/problem-based approach the module will support you in identifying and developing the key skills, behaviours and acumen that are required to sustainably and responsibly manage organisations and their people. These might include generic areas such as leadership, project-management, resilience, empathy and professional judgement and also discipline-specific capabilities.
You will use this understanding to evaluate, practise, develop and re-evaluate your capabilities in these skills, behaviours and acumen areas, enabling you to develop your own graduate identity to support your successful future employability, entrepreneurship and/or enterprise activity. The activities provide you with authentic insights into the importance and challenges of team-working within organisations as you work to address real organisations’ issues.
Learner/team-led, tutor-guided sessions aim to support you in enhancing your employability and upon building your graduate identity. You will be supported in the practical development of the key attributes and behaviours that are central to your future success within your chosen profession within a project-based environment. Through documenting and reflecting upon your progress towards achieving your own team defined KPIs, so you will enhance your skills, behaviours, capabilities and acumen.
In short at the end of this module you will:
• Have an understanding and increased awareness of, and sensitivity to, those personal skills and attributes which are central to your future employability in your chosen profession or to future entrepreneurial or enterprise activity
• Be better prepared to understand the skills and qualities required by graduates in your field to secure future employment or engage in enterprise activity
• Have practical experience of working on a real-life business project appropriate to your programme area, improving your project management, research, employability and collaboration skills

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HR9412 -

Business, Economy and Society (Core,20 Credits)

Governments and society are increasingly expecting business organisations to step up and assist in building cohesive societies through the application of more sustainable forms of capitalism. This module introduces you to the global economic, societal, technological and environmental challenges of the 21st century, and identifies how, through greater alignment of business interest with that of society and the economy, business can be a “force for good” as well as best prepared to ‘Take on Tomorrow’. You will focus on how contemporary businesses, broadly defined to include public, voluntary, not-for-profit and social enterprise, interact the economy and society though examination of topical news stories and events. In doing so, you will develop a deep understanding of the relationships between business, the economy and society and the global challenges we all face. You will explore a range of cultural, governmental and ethical issues that arise from current and developing global and national contexts through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Key issues include business ethics, the role of business in society, green issues, stakeholder theory, capitalist variants, the nature of globalisation at firm, economic and societal level and the interrelationship between business and government. By the end of the module you will be able to evidence critical thinking and analysis skills while bringing your own experiences as a citizen into your discussion and inquiry.

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MK9412 -

Marketing Study and Consultancy Skills (Core,20 Credits)

As part of your marketing education, it is vital you develop competencies such as commercial awareness, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, creative thinking, problem solving, communication and time management. This module will prepare you for your degree and the graduate marketplace by equipping you with the skills required to tackle a wide range of marketing problems.

This hands-on module will provide you with an introduction to experiential learning, where you create knowledge through experience. You will work on live business projects and collaborate in teams to develop solutions to business problems. A core part of this process is reflection: appreciating your own skills, how they complement those of other group members and identifying areas for your own future development.

This module will complement ‘Introduction to Marketing’, where you will be focused on learning the core principles of the marketing subject. In this module you will apply these to business cases and also learn research and communication skills that will set you up to tackle future marketing modules.

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MK9414 -

Introduction to Marketing (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the business philosophy and practice of marketing. It will examine how organisations can analyse and segment markets to improve performance and profitability by building long-term relationships with their customers. A wide range of marketing decisions is studied together with the influence of the changing marketing environment on these decisions.

Main lectures will introduce the basic theories of marketing:
• The Marketing Environment
• Consumer & Organisational Behaviour
• Target Marketing & Segmentation.
• Marketing Information Systems & Research.
• Dimensions of a Product, Branding and Product Life Cycle.
• Pricing Theory; strategies and tactics.
• The Promotional Mix: Advertising, PR, Direct & e-Marketing.
• Marketing channels

Whilst seminars and topical lectures will apply marketing theory to different case scenarios:
• Service Marketing
• Not for profit Marketing
• Food marketing
• Digital Marketing
• Environmental Marketing
• Sustainable Marketing

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BM9501 -

Business Research and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will experience a comprehensive coverage of research methods and analysis that will prepare you both for work placement or study abroad opportunities alongside preparation for your final-year “capstone” research module of either Dissertation, Management Enquiry or Consultancy Project.

You will learn how to develop a research question, and linked to this, be able to choose an appropriate method of research, dovetailing both learning experiences to the development of a critical assessment of the academic literature. You will gain a basic understanding of research philosophy, whilst the coverage and importance given to research ethics will play an important part of your learning within the module and you will appreciate as part of your learning how this underpins research of quality and integrity. The role of Ethics in research will cover study design, participant selection, data collection, data handling and storage and presentation of research findings.

You will learn how to apply quantitative and qualitative methods. In the quantitative applications, you will learn about questionnaire design, sampling, presenting and summarising data, statistical inference and hypothesis testing. You will have the opportunity to use a range of appropriate software tools, such as SPSS (or an equivalent). You learn to as well appreciate the importance of survey and questionnaire piloting. In the qualitative part of the module, techniques covered will include interviewing, focus groups and visual methods to generate data, supported by appropriate analysis methods. You will learn how to execute a critical and effective analysis of your research data for both approaches,

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HR9516 -

Human Resource Management Essentials (Core,20 Credits)

Designed specifically for non-Human Resources specialists the HRM Essentials module will take you on a journey through the modern organisation offering you the opportunity to understand how Human Resource Management contributes to the strategic direction of organisations in varying industries and sectors. Building on the level 4 module ‘People, Management and Organisations’, this module is relevant to all those whose careers will involve dealing with and managing people in organisations. Managers are often considered the key link in ensuring the successful implementation of HR processes, and likewise, the support of the HR function is required to ensure that managers operate fairly and consistently within best practice guidelines. Managers are likely to play a key part in several core HR processes in order to ensure that they have the right people in their teams who are able to perform effectively. Thereby an understanding of Human Resources underpins effective management practice. ‘HRM Essentials’ provides a practical overview of each of these core areas, providing a broad grounding in HR practice ranging from recruitment and selection to performance and reward, and learning and development to absence and wellbeing.

This module will not only provide you with the key theoretical arguments in Human Resource Management but will also encourage you to apply this learning to practice and reflect on your own personal skill development in implementing effective HR processes which will be invaluable to you in your future graduate management role.

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MK9525 -

Digital Business: Models, Marketing and Operations (Core,20 Credits)

Throughout this module you will be introduced to the opportunities and challenges posed by doing business in an increasingly digital domain. This module is designed to give you an understanding of how using online channels impacts upon different parts of the organisation, and will focus upon 3 core areas of business:

• Digital Business Models: You will develop an understanding of the cost structures associated with using digital channels and different business models (including omnichannel business strategies)
• Digital Marketing: In this part of the module you will consider how consumer behaviour has changed in the digital era, and evaluate the ever-increasing range of digital tools available for marketers online. This will include understanding Google search rankings, social media and mobile marketing.
• Supply Chain Management and Information Systems: You will also develop an appreciation of the role of supply chains in serving global markets, addressing issues such as the application of various systems to facilitate digital transactions (e.g. ERP, CRM) and issues related to web performance.

You will be encouraged to think about digital business as a cross-disciplinary issue that requires the buy-in and contribution of various business functions to truly succeed.

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MK9526 -

Market Research and Planning (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of this module is for you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the roles of ‘Marketing Planning’ and ‘Marketing Research’ in a successful organisation. Having already developed basic skills in research, this module will provide you with an understanding of how marketing planning and marketing research can assist managers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in their relentless pursuit of gaining competitive advantage.

First, the basics of marketing research are presented, enabling you to develop skills in applied qualitative and quantitative research. You will then learn the fundamentals of marketing planning, underpinned by the core components of the marketing mix and analysis frameworks and will then learn how to use marketing research in order to underpin marketing planning.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to:

• Describe and explain the key theoretical terms and concepts of marketing research. You will furthermore receive first-hand experience of qualitative and quantitative marketing research in the interest of developing qualitative and quantitative marketing research skills.
• Describe and explain the key theoretical terms and concepts of marketing planning. In addition, you will have the appropriate skills to develop research-driven marketing plans.
• Make use of qualitative and quantitative research findings in the development of evidence-driven marketing strategy and marketing plans.

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MK9530 -

Dynamics of Marketing in Sport, Music and Fashion (Optional,20 Credits)

This module helps you gain an in-depth and up-to-date understanding of current marketing trends and marketing practice in sport/music/fashion industry. This module will develop your marketing and management skills including communication, problem solving, data analysis, critical, logical and reasoned thinking as well as experience with these skills and teamwork etc.

The main contents of the module will cover the following topics:

• An understanding of the characteristics unique to each industry
• Main issues and challenges in sport/music/fashion industry;
• Emerging marketing trends in sport/music/fashion marketing;
• An understanding the unique features of sport/music/fashion consumers and fans;

Marketing practices of sport/music/fashion products;
1. Products and branding
2. Price
3. Place
4. Promotion
Marketing practices through sport/music/fashion events;
1. Event marketing
2. Sponsorship

The module will also address the following themes:
• Best marketing practice and successful campaigns
• Developing an integrated marketing plan (including marketing metrics) in sport/music/fashion.
• Ethical issues in sport/music/fashion marketing (e.g. copyrights, intellectual property rights, ambush marketing, false advertising etc.)
• Career directions and related jobs

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MK9531 -

Communications and Content Marketing (Optional,20 Credits)

This module involves you developing a foundational knowledge of key marketing communication methods, content marketing and learning to appreciate the basics of the ‘conversation’ that surrounds brands and campaigns on various platforms (including online).

The taught component of the module will include the following broad topics but will naturally evolve to include the most current developments in this fast-changing field:

Marcomms methods (i.e. - the Marketing Communications Mix).
Different channels to engage customers (offline / online).
The digital platforms and channels as an increasingly important aspect of modern marketing.
The borderkless nature of the modern marketing environment - the audience can be, and often is, global.
Messages, big ideas and stories - developing a basic understanding of what engages audiences (i.e. - the ‘content’ of marketing campaigns).
The ‘word on the street’ - considering the fundamental elements of the ‘buzz’, hype, or conversation around a brand or company’s marketing campaign.
Measurement behind the methods – the basics of tracking and measuring the effectiveness of marketing communications on various platforms.
Ethical limits of marketing communications – appreciating that some messages are inappropriate or unfair for some audiences.

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MO9528 -

Applied Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn the key theories and principles of logistics and supply chain management and the knowledge and skills of applying these in real business practices. The module is delivered to you using weekly lectures and seminars, the seminars principally concentrate on the development of your discipline-specific problem solving skills and associated “soft skills”, e.g. communication and presentation competencies.

Within this module, you will cover the following main topics:
• Logistics in manufacturing and service
• SCOR model
• Order management
• Demand management
• Inventory management
• Distribution strategy
• Sourcing management
• Supply chain coordination
• Supply chain network design
• Transportation management
• Global supply chain management
• The future of supply chain management

The module will lead you to the development of supply chain management competencies and confidence in handling complex problems relating to logistics, supply chain and their inter-relationship. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of quantitative or qualitative models and techniques that support the analysis relating these problems. You will therefore become knowledgeable about the theory and practice of logistics and supply chain management and skilful in the use of various related tools and techniques.

On completing the module, you will be able to apply the theories and principles to analyse logistics and supply chain problems in a variety of business applications. You will be capable of identifying the root causes of various supply chain problems and be capable of proposing relevant solutions.

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NX9527 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to study abroad in Semester 2 of Year 2. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 60 credits (30 ECTS).

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning.

When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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NX9525 -

Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module available on degree courses which include a work placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. The placement consists of 48 weeks of full time work experience in a host organisation which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University.

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NX9526 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 120 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. At the end of the module you will have adapted to and appreciated a different cultural and learning environment and developed ability. You will have developed your interpersonal and intercultural communication skills as a result of your learning in an international environment.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Study Abroad Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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NX9528 -

Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Work Placement Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester long work placement. The placement consists of a period of full time work experience in a host organisation equivalent to a full semester of study which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University. Combining this with the study abroad semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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NX9529 -

Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 60 credits (30 ECTS).

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University. Combining this with the work placement semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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BM9615 -

Project Management (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn about the role of a project and project manager in organisations and the concepts and techniques required to manage the core aspects of a project.

The main topics covered include the core knowledge areas outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) published by Project Management Institute (PMI) as well as essential fundamental theories, knowledge, and techniques required to manage a project in contemporary business settings.

These topics include:
• Defining project characteristics, lifecycle, and activities.
• Understanding how projects drive change and achieve strategic goals in organisations.
• Realising the role of the project and project manager in various organisational structures and cultures.
• Managing core project aspects, such as stakeholder relationships, scope, cost, schedule, and risk.
• Distinguishing traditional, agile, and extreme project management approaches.

Drawing on contemporary project management research and business case studies, this module will develop your knowledge, skills, and confidence in managing projects and your learning with take place though lectures and practical IT workshops. Your learning will expose you to a wide range of project management examples (successful and unsuccessful) and project management approaches (classic and contemporary) to broaden your understanding of project management in a dynamic business setting. You will be given opportunities to work as a team and develop essential project management documents for a chosen project.

On completing this module, you will be able to utilise appropriate project management techniques and technical skills to effectively and efficiently manage different projects and you will be able to critically challenge the assumptions and existing practices in project management.

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MK9625 -

Marketing Metrics (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how marketers can monitor and analyse the effectiveness of their marketing activity. Whilst marketers have always attempted to assess the effectiveness of their campaigns, the digital explosion now offers an almost limitless range of data through which to measure performance.

This module will consider the most suitable metrics for both online and offline marketing activity. Specifically, the module will address the following core themes:

- Overall Marketing Metrics: You will cover classic marketing metrics including return on investment and market share as a means of assessing overall marketing success. You will also consider how marketers can use external sources of market data to inform strategic marketing decisions.
- Offline Metrics: Here you will consider an array of techniques used to measure the success of traditional offline marketing channels. For example, you will utilise metrics such as brand awareness and opportunities to see (OTS) in the context of advertising and advertising value equivalent (AVE) for public relations.
- Online Metrics: You will interpret a range of online metrics used to assess digital marketing techniques. This will include an appreciation of Google Analytics and other dashboards that assess the effectiveness of email and social media marketing.
- Reporting: You will develop skills in how to interpret and present data in a way that can influence other business stakeholders.

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MK9626 -

Responsible Marketing Strategy (Core,20 Credits)

The module provides students with a comprehensive understanding of concepts, theories and techniques in the context of strategic marketing, responsible marketing and sustainability. The intension is to support the development of knowledge and skills required to undertake strategic analysis of markets and organisations and formulate a competitive, responsible marketing strategy. A contemporary approach to marketing is adopted throughout the module, as you will have the opportunity to learn and discuss the concepts that have changed the way we perceive marketing today. In doing so you will examine, both theoretically and practically, a number of areas associated with responsible marketing strategies, such as:


Theme 1 Contemporary Strategic Marketing
• Marketing Audit and key trends that impact on marketing and the society
• Contemporary Marketing Research and Planning
• New product development and Disruptive Innovation
• Service-Dominant Logic and Value co-creation/Co-destruction
• Developing and implementing appropriate marketing strategies and metrics


Theme 2 Responsible Marketing
• Ethics and Sustainability in a marketing context
• Responsible Marketing strategies and Sustainable Development Goals
• Sustainable Consumer Behaviour and Ethical Consumerism
• Sustainability, Ethics and New Media
• The Future of Sustainability and Responsible Marketing

On completing the module, you will be able to critically evaluate the usefulness of marketing knowledge in the context of responsible business and sustainable consumer behaviour and apply theory to develop appropriate marketing strategies. You will also develop the skills required for effective Integration of learning from marketing and other business areas into a plan for solving business problems.

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MK9627 -

Buyer Behaviour and Integrated Marketing Communications (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation for how marketers research and target prospective customers. This module offers new insights into unearthing consumer preferences and developing insightful consumer personas. Furthermore, it provides knowledge and guidance on how this information can be used and transformed into implementing a successful marketing campaign.

The module is equally divided into two core sections. First, weeks 1-6 explore the theory and practice of ‘Buyer Behaviour’ (or consumer psychology). From here, weeks 7-12 focus on developing an ‘Integrated Marketing Communications’ (IMC) campaign.

In weeks 1-6 you will be introduced to the theory of buyer behaviour and identify the differences between consumer buyer behaviour and organisational buyer behaviour. Next you will learn about the different types of decisions that face consumers as well as learning and applying a consumer decision making framework. You will finish by learning about the various influences that face consumers when making planned decisions.

In weeks 7-12 you will be introduced to integrated marketing communications. You will apply a marketing communication planning framework to the development of a marketing campaign which will be based upon the insights created through buyer behaviour analysis. This will involve the critical marketing activities of campaign goal setting, positioning and specific campaign decisions such as media channels and campaign messaging.

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MK9628 -

Brand Management (Optional,20 Credits)

An organisation’s brand is a major factor in how they are perceived by their current customers, potential customers, employees, media groups and the wider public. Brands act as a means of differentiating from competitors and maintaining a positive corporate image. This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore the branding strategies adopted by organisations and appreciate the true value of a strong, successful brand. Lectures and seminars provided both will include:

• Analysing elements of a Brand: attributes, core values, personality/character
• Brand Identity and Image; Key stakeholders to consider in relation to a brand – staff and customers; Employee/Employer branding
• Brand communities and brand co-creation
• Brand and (& in) the Brain: Semiotics & Neuromarketing aspects of branding
• Positioning and PR, and image/impression management, including re-branding and turnaround situations
• Non-commercial and ethical brands.
• Brand metrics, including especially brand equity and value (some financial aspects included here)
• Brand portfolio management (co-brands & sub-brands)

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MK9629 -

Digital and Data Driven Marketing (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is designed to develop your skills in understanding how one-to-one forms of marketing communications, across offline and online channels, can be combined into an overall campaign to generate new customers and enhance existing relationships. To do this, the module is broken into three distinct themes:

• Principles of Direct and Digital Marketing: In this part of the module you will cover the fundamental practices in the direct marketing field, which will include acquisition and retention strategies, customer profiling and segmentation, database marketing, permission marketing and personalisation, relevant legislation and campaign testing.
• Digital Media: In this section you will explore the range of communications media available, ranging from traditional offline channels (such as direct mail and telemarketing) through to the ever-growing range of digital media options (including social media, email, web design and mobile commerce).
• Campaign Planning: Here you will be introduced to the principles of campaign design, from initial context analysis and goal setting through to campaign implementation and evaluation. You will be encouraged to combine different marketing communications tools as part of an integrated campaign and consider campsign budgeting and measurement.

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MK9630 -

B2B Marketing and Sales Management (Optional,20 Credits)

This module provides the knowledge and skills necessary for you to understand, and pursue a career in, Business to Business Marketing and/or Sales Management. Learning will be via lectures, seminars and independent study.

Within the module, you will cover these main topics:

• The role, extent and importance of B2B Marketing
• Organisational Decision Making
• Marketing mix in B2B Marketing; products, value and pricing, comms (including trade shows)
• Interorganisational relationships & CRM
• Appointing and managing channel intermediaries
• Business services
• Sales and the Organisation / Sales Strategies / the Sales-Marketing interface
• Market Data, Customer Insight, Objectives and Metrics
• Prospecting, Negotiation & Sales-related Events
• New Business Sales vs Key Account Management
• Analysis and Planning in B2B Markets
• Strategy and implementation in B2B Markets

During the module you will fine-tune your existing Marketing skills and gain a robust understanding of the Sales function. You will critically analyse existing theory and practices, contribute your own ideas, and explore ways to apply this academic knowledge to an authentic commercial context. As a result, on embarking upon your career, you should be a skilled, informed practitioner able to deliver demonstrable value to your business and its stakeholders, and to differentiate yourself positively within a competitive employment market.

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MK9631 -

Marketing Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)

The Dissertation module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into Marketing-related problem or issue. In addition, the Dissertation aims to equip you with key transferable, employability skills, time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving and analysis.
The module is student-led but you are supported by, introductory lectures and seminars which introduce undertaking Marketing research followed by one-to-one or small-group supervision meetings with an academic from the Marketing subject discipline.
The lectures and seminar-IT workshops will provide a refresher of the topics covered on the Level 5 module Business Research and Analysis:
• Refining a research aim/question (focusing and scoping the research) and project proposal
• Developing a literature review
• Researching ethically
• Quantitative research and analysis techniques
• Qualitative research and analysis techniques

Upon completion of the Marketing Dissertation module you will be able to:
• Conduct independent and ethical academic research involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and models.
• Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the results of your primary or secondary research.
• Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method.
• Analyse your data using an appropriate and justified method of analysis.
• Recognise the ethical implications of your work.
• Critically evaluate the source of your data and the method you adopted.

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MK9632 -

Marketing Management Enquiry (Optional,40 Credits)

The Management Enquiry module is a student-led individual project that enables you to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module. The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate an authentic engagement with managers and/or professionals from the Marketing discipline, and to integrate the knowledge you have developed during your programme to explore the theory in practice. The learning on this module is experiential and problem based, where the focus is upon you discovering, probing and questioning key practice-based issues. Through the module you will be offered the opportunity to develop and enhance key transferable employability skills; time management, project management, communication (written, aural and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, problem-solving and analysis.

The module has five thematic areas; explore, review, engage, reflect and connect. These form the key elements of the assessed submission.

Part A (35%, 3,500 Words)
• Explore: Interviewing a manager and/or professional from the Marketing discipline. In this interview you will either explore a key issue which you feel Marketing is facing or, alternatively, explore with the manager or professional the key issues that they feel they are facing in practice. It is expected that you will apply appropriate interview methods and provide evidence of the interview within the submitted enquiry report (e.g. within the appendices).
• Review: Critically examining the appropriate literature to support the exploration, displaying an ability to critically assess and appraise the Marketing knowledge related to a specific key issue arising from your exploration.
Part B (65%, 6,500 Words)
• Engage: Displaying an authentic engagement with the Marketing problem/issue identified in Part A, by collecting/generating and analysing further live data (beyond the initial interview) regarding the Marketing problem/issue. This live data may be primary data (e.g. further interviews with, or questionnaire to, managers and/or professionals in practice) or secondary data (e.g. industry data). Application of appropriate, ethically-considered, research methods and appropriate qualitative or quantitative data analysis.
Reflect and Connect: Demonstrating an ability to critically evaluate and reflect on the issues arising from the Management Enquiry. Demonstrating how you have connected and fed-back to the participants of the Enquiry (usually the manager and/or participants) your key findings to provide clear prioritised, well-justified, practical and actionable recommendations for change/enhancement/improvement to existing Marketing practice to show how the recommendations would potentially affect workplace professional decision making.

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Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional,40 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge acquired during the programme and apply this to a consultancy project for a real organisation. This consultancy project provides a vehicle for participants to develop and demonstrate key employability skills, to relate theory to practice, and to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module.

You will work on behalf of an external organisation, which has identified a business problem or question, requiring a solution, working in small group of typically 4 individuals (you will select their own team members), participating in group and individual activities. The host organisation will provide a project briefing, and review; students will be supported by appropriate academic input and guidance from Newcastle Business School in the form of a mentor and via the Business Clinic.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AF4038 -

Financial Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how financial information can be used to assist managers and external user groups in their decision-making processes. You will initially look at the informational needs of outside user groups, the nature of the information they are provided with, and how this information can be analysed and interpreted in order to enhance the effectiveness of their decision making.

Topic areas will include:

• The reporting frameworks and ethical principles that underpin financial reporting
• The nature of international financial reporting standards
• Format and content of the statement of profit or loss and statement of financial position
• The statement of cash flows
• Analysis and interpretation of financial statements using ratio analysis

You will then examine how financial information can facilitate managers in making operational decisions in relation to planning and control.

Topic areas will include:

• Costing (full and variable costing)
• Cost, volume, profit analysis
• Relevant costs for decision making
• Budgeting and variance analysis
• Balance scorecards
• Working capital management

Finally, you will explore the motivations for entrepreneurial activity and techniques that can be used to appraise investment decisions.

Topic areas will include:

• Investment appraisal techniques (payback, accounting rate of return, net present value and internal rate of return)
• Practical aspects of investment appraisal (inflation and capital rationing)
• Risk and uncertainty

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BM9403 -

Business Analysis for Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will develop the knowledge and skills in applying a variety of quantitative data analysis techniques to support business decision making. You will be introduced to business modelling using appropriate analytical tools, and your learning will cover a range of techniques to help business forecasting and data presentation.
In this module you will be exposed to a range of data analysis tools and skills, including:

• Business Analysis and Modelling: management of complex and varied data sets; building spreadsheet models.
• Data Trends and Associations e.g. identifying relationships between business variables.
• Business Forecasting and Predictive Modelling – analysing factors and trends for business planning.
• Business and Dashboard reporting – consolidation, interpretation and presentation of data for professional output.
• Data distribution, data presentation and using summary statistics – handling a range of data for statistical analysis.
• Gaining an understanding of the overlap between business and research data and the selection of appropriate tools for management of both types of data.

Working with these analysis tools, you will learn to develop confidence in dealing with a wide range of data sets. You will become familiar with the role of modelling as an aid to problem solving and will build skills which enable you to interpret data and present your findings to a range of audiences. Very importantly, you will gain a good understanding of the crucial role that analysis of data and interpretation of results plays in the decision-making arena.

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GA4001 -

Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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HR9409 -

Preparing for Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Your programme aims to ensure that you are learners for business not just of business upon graduation. This module starts you on this journey through supporting your own professional development. Its aim is to increase your awareness of, and sensitivity to, personal and employability/ entrepreneurship/enterprise skills by focusing on programme-area graduate career opportunities and by giving you the opportunity to work on projects similar to those that graduates within your field will be presented with once in employment. Taking an experiential, team-focussed, project/problem-based approach the module will support you in identifying and developing the key skills, behaviours and acumen that are required to sustainably and responsibly manage organisations and their people. These might include generic areas such as leadership, project-management, resilience, empathy and professional judgement and also discipline-specific capabilities.
You will use this understanding to evaluate, practise, develop and re-evaluate your capabilities in these skills, behaviours and acumen areas, enabling you to develop your own graduate identity to support your successful future employability, entrepreneurship and/or enterprise activity. The activities provide you with authentic insights into the importance and challenges of team-working within organisations as you work to address real organisations’ issues.
Learner/team-led, tutor-guided sessions aim to support you in enhancing your employability and upon building your graduate identity. You will be supported in the practical development of the key attributes and behaviours that are central to your future success within your chosen profession within a project-based environment. Through documenting and reflecting upon your progress towards achieving your own team defined KPIs, so you will enhance your skills, behaviours, capabilities and acumen.
In short at the end of this module you will:
• Have an understanding and increased awareness of, and sensitivity to, those personal skills and attributes which are central to your future employability in your chosen profession or to future entrepreneurial or enterprise activity
• Be better prepared to understand the skills and qualities required by graduates in your field to secure future employment or engage in enterprise activity
• Have practical experience of working on a real-life business project appropriate to your programme area, improving your project management, research, employability and collaboration skills

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HR9412 -

Business, Economy and Society (Core,20 Credits)

Governments and society are increasingly expecting business organisations to step up and assist in building cohesive societies through the application of more sustainable forms of capitalism. This module introduces you to the global economic, societal, technological and environmental challenges of the 21st century, and identifies how, through greater alignment of business interest with that of society and the economy, business can be a “force for good” as well as best prepared to ‘Take on Tomorrow’. You will focus on how contemporary businesses, broadly defined to include public, voluntary, not-for-profit and social enterprise, interact the economy and society though examination of topical news stories and events. In doing so, you will develop a deep understanding of the relationships between business, the economy and society and the global challenges we all face. You will explore a range of cultural, governmental and ethical issues that arise from current and developing global and national contexts through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Key issues include business ethics, the role of business in society, green issues, stakeholder theory, capitalist variants, the nature of globalisation at firm, economic and societal level and the interrelationship between business and government. By the end of the module you will be able to evidence critical thinking and analysis skills while bringing your own experiences as a citizen into your discussion and inquiry.

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MK9412 -

Marketing Study and Consultancy Skills (Core,20 Credits)

As part of your marketing education, it is vital you develop competencies such as commercial awareness, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, creative thinking, problem solving, communication and time management. This module will prepare you for your degree and the graduate marketplace by equipping you with the skills required to tackle a wide range of marketing problems.

This hands-on module will provide you with an introduction to experiential learning, where you create knowledge through experience. You will work on live business projects and collaborate in teams to develop solutions to business problems. A core part of this process is reflection: appreciating your own skills, how they complement those of other group members and identifying areas for your own future development.

This module will complement ‘Introduction to Marketing’, where you will be focused on learning the core principles of the marketing subject. In this module you will apply these to business cases and also learn research and communication skills that will set you up to tackle future marketing modules.

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MK9414 -

Introduction to Marketing (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the business philosophy and practice of marketing. It will examine how organisations can analyse and segment markets to improve performance and profitability by building long-term relationships with their customers. A wide range of marketing decisions is studied together with the influence of the changing marketing environment on these decisions.

Main lectures will introduce the basic theories of marketing:
• The Marketing Environment
• Consumer & Organisational Behaviour
• Target Marketing & Segmentation.
• Marketing Information Systems & Research.
• Dimensions of a Product, Branding and Product Life Cycle.
• Pricing Theory; strategies and tactics.
• The Promotional Mix: Advertising, PR, Direct & e-Marketing.
• Marketing channels

Whilst seminars and topical lectures will apply marketing theory to different case scenarios:
• Service Marketing
• Not for profit Marketing
• Food marketing
• Digital Marketing
• Environmental Marketing
• Sustainable Marketing

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BM9501 -

Business Research and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will experience a comprehensive coverage of research methods and analysis that will prepare you both for work placement or study abroad opportunities alongside preparation for your final-year “capstone” research module of either Dissertation, Management Enquiry or Consultancy Project.

You will learn how to develop a research question, and linked to this, be able to choose an appropriate method of research, dovetailing both learning experiences to the development of a critical assessment of the academic literature. You will gain a basic understanding of research philosophy, whilst the coverage and importance given to research ethics will play an important part of your learning within the module and you will appreciate as part of your learning how this underpins research of quality and integrity. The role of Ethics in research will cover study design, participant selection, data collection, data handling and storage and presentation of research findings.

You will learn how to apply quantitative and qualitative methods. In the quantitative applications, you will learn about questionnaire design, sampling, presenting and summarising data, statistical inference and hypothesis testing. You will have the opportunity to use a range of appropriate software tools, such as SPSS (or an equivalent). You learn to as well appreciate the importance of survey and questionnaire piloting. In the qualitative part of the module, techniques covered will include interviewing, focus groups and visual methods to generate data, supported by appropriate analysis methods. You will learn how to execute a critical and effective analysis of your research data for both approaches,

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HR9516 -

Human Resource Management Essentials (Core,20 Credits)

Designed specifically for non-Human Resources specialists the HRM Essentials module will take you on a journey through the modern organisation offering you the opportunity to understand how Human Resource Management contributes to the strategic direction of organisations in varying industries and sectors. Building on the level 4 module ‘People, Management and Organisations’, this module is relevant to all those whose careers will involve dealing with and managing people in organisations. Managers are often considered the key link in ensuring the successful implementation of HR processes, and likewise, the support of the HR function is required to ensure that managers operate fairly and consistently within best practice guidelines. Managers are likely to play a key part in several core HR processes in order to ensure that they have the right people in their teams who are able to perform effectively. Thereby an understanding of Human Resources underpins effective management practice. ‘HRM Essentials’ provides a practical overview of each of these core areas, providing a broad grounding in HR practice ranging from recruitment and selection to performance and reward, and learning and development to absence and wellbeing.

This module will not only provide you with the key theoretical arguments in Human Resource Management but will also encourage you to apply this learning to practice and reflect on your own personal skill development in implementing effective HR processes which will be invaluable to you in your future graduate management role.

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MK9525 -

Digital Business: Models, Marketing and Operations (Core,20 Credits)

Throughout this module you will be introduced to the opportunities and challenges posed by doing business in an increasingly digital domain. This module is designed to give you an understanding of how using online channels impacts upon different parts of the organisation, and will focus upon 3 core areas of business:

• Digital Business Models: You will develop an understanding of the cost structures associated with using digital channels and different business models (including omnichannel business strategies)
• Digital Marketing: In this part of the module you will consider how consumer behaviour has changed in the digital era, and evaluate the ever-increasing range of digital tools available for marketers online. This will include understanding Google search rankings, social media and mobile marketing.
• Supply Chain Management and Information Systems: You will also develop an appreciation of the role of supply chains in serving global markets, addressing issues such as the application of various systems to facilitate digital transactions (e.g. ERP, CRM) and issues related to web performance.

You will be encouraged to think about digital business as a cross-disciplinary issue that requires the buy-in and contribution of various business functions to truly succeed.

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MK9526 -

Market Research and Planning (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of this module is for you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the roles of ‘Marketing Planning’ and ‘Marketing Research’ in a successful organisation. Having already developed basic skills in research, this module will provide you with an understanding of how marketing planning and marketing research can assist managers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in their relentless pursuit of gaining competitive advantage.

First, the basics of marketing research are presented, enabling you to develop skills in applied qualitative and quantitative research. You will then learn the fundamentals of marketing planning, underpinned by the core components of the marketing mix and analysis frameworks and will then learn how to use marketing research in order to underpin marketing planning.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to:

• Describe and explain the key theoretical terms and concepts of marketing research. You will furthermore receive first-hand experience of qualitative and quantitative marketing research in the interest of developing qualitative and quantitative marketing research skills.
• Describe and explain the key theoretical terms and concepts of marketing planning. In addition, you will have the appropriate skills to develop research-driven marketing plans.
• Make use of qualitative and quantitative research findings in the development of evidence-driven marketing strategy and marketing plans.

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MK9530 -

Dynamics of Marketing in Sport, Music and Fashion (Optional,20 Credits)

This module helps you gain an in-depth and up-to-date understanding of current marketing trends and marketing practice in sport/music/fashion industry. This module will develop your marketing and management skills including communication, problem solving, data analysis, critical, logical and reasoned thinking as well as experience with these skills and teamwork etc.

The main contents of the module will cover the following topics:

• An understanding of the characteristics unique to each industry
• Main issues and challenges in sport/music/fashion industry;
• Emerging marketing trends in sport/music/fashion marketing;
• An understanding the unique features of sport/music/fashion consumers and fans;

Marketing practices of sport/music/fashion products;
1. Products and branding
2. Price
3. Place
4. Promotion
Marketing practices through sport/music/fashion events;
1. Event marketing
2. Sponsorship

The module will also address the following themes:
• Best marketing practice and successful campaigns
• Developing an integrated marketing plan (including marketing metrics) in sport/music/fashion.
• Ethical issues in sport/music/fashion marketing (e.g. copyrights, intellectual property rights, ambush marketing, false advertising etc.)
• Career directions and related jobs

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MK9531 -

Communications and Content Marketing (Optional,20 Credits)

This module involves you developing a foundational knowledge of key marketing communication methods, content marketing and learning to appreciate the basics of the ‘conversation’ that surrounds brands and campaigns on various platforms (including online).

The taught component of the module will include the following broad topics but will naturally evolve to include the most current developments in this fast-changing field:

Marcomms methods (i.e. - the Marketing Communications Mix).
Different channels to engage customers (offline / online).
The digital platforms and channels as an increasingly important aspect of modern marketing.
The borderkless nature of the modern marketing environment - the audience can be, and often is, global.
Messages, big ideas and stories - developing a basic understanding of what engages audiences (i.e. - the ‘content’ of marketing campaigns).
The ‘word on the street’ - considering the fundamental elements of the ‘buzz’, hype, or conversation around a brand or company’s marketing campaign.
Measurement behind the methods – the basics of tracking and measuring the effectiveness of marketing communications on various platforms.
Ethical limits of marketing communications – appreciating that some messages are inappropriate or unfair for some audiences.

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MO9528 -

Applied Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn the key theories and principles of logistics and supply chain management and the knowledge and skills of applying these in real business practices. The module is delivered to you using weekly lectures and seminars, the seminars principally concentrate on the development of your discipline-specific problem solving skills and associated “soft skills”, e.g. communication and presentation competencies.

Within this module, you will cover the following main topics:
• Logistics in manufacturing and service
• SCOR model
• Order management
• Demand management
• Inventory management
• Distribution strategy
• Sourcing management
• Supply chain coordination
• Supply chain network design
• Transportation management
• Global supply chain management
• The future of supply chain management

The module will lead you to the development of supply chain management competencies and confidence in handling complex problems relating to logistics, supply chain and their inter-relationship. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of quantitative or qualitative models and techniques that support the analysis relating these problems. You will therefore become knowledgeable about the theory and practice of logistics and supply chain management and skilful in the use of various related tools and techniques.

On completing the module, you will be able to apply the theories and principles to analyse logistics and supply chain problems in a variety of business applications. You will be capable of identifying the root causes of various supply chain problems and be capable of proposing relevant solutions.

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NX9527 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to study abroad in Semester 2 of Year 2. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 60 credits (30 ECTS).

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning.

When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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NX9525 -

Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module available on degree courses which include a work placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. The placement consists of 48 weeks of full time work experience in a host organisation which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University.

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NX9526 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 120 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. At the end of the module you will have adapted to and appreciated a different cultural and learning environment and developed ability. You will have developed your interpersonal and intercultural communication skills as a result of your learning in an international environment.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Study Abroad Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Work Placement Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester long work placement. The placement consists of a period of full time work experience in a host organisation equivalent to a full semester of study which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University. Combining this with the study abroad semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 60 credits (30 ECTS).

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University. Combining this with the work placement semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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BM9615 -

Project Management (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn about the role of a project and project manager in organisations and the concepts and techniques required to manage the core aspects of a project.

The main topics covered include the core knowledge areas outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) published by Project Management Institute (PMI) as well as essential fundamental theories, knowledge, and techniques required to manage a project in contemporary business settings.

These topics include:
• Defining project characteristics, lifecycle, and activities.
• Understanding how projects drive change and achieve strategic goals in organisations.
• Realising the role of the project and project manager in various organisational structures and cultures.
• Managing core project aspects, such as stakeholder relationships, scope, cost, schedule, and risk.
• Distinguishing traditional, agile, and extreme project management approaches.

Drawing on contemporary project management research and business case studies, this module will develop your knowledge, skills, and confidence in managing projects and your learning with take place though lectures and practical IT workshops. Your learning will expose you to a wide range of project management examples (successful and unsuccessful) and project management approaches (classic and contemporary) to broaden your understanding of project management in a dynamic business setting. You will be given opportunities to work as a team and develop essential project management documents for a chosen project.

On completing this module, you will be able to utilise appropriate project management techniques and technical skills to effectively and efficiently manage different projects and you will be able to critically challenge the assumptions and existing practices in project management.

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MK9625 -

Marketing Metrics (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how marketers can monitor and analyse the effectiveness of their marketing activity. Whilst marketers have always attempted to assess the effectiveness of their campaigns, the digital explosion now offers an almost limitless range of data through which to measure performance.

This module will consider the most suitable metrics for both online and offline marketing activity. Specifically, the module will address the following core themes:

- Overall Marketing Metrics: You will cover classic marketing metrics including return on investment and market share as a means of assessing overall marketing success. You will also consider how marketers can use external sources of market data to inform strategic marketing decisions.
- Offline Metrics: Here you will consider an array of techniques used to measure the success of traditional offline marketing channels. For example, you will utilise metrics such as brand awareness and opportunities to see (OTS) in the context of advertising and advertising value equivalent (AVE) for public relations.
- Online Metrics: You will interpret a range of online metrics used to assess digital marketing techniques. This will include an appreciation of Google Analytics and other dashboards that assess the effectiveness of email and social media marketing.
- Reporting: You will develop skills in how to interpret and present data in a way that can influence other business stakeholders.

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MK9626 -

Responsible Marketing Strategy (Core,20 Credits)

The module provides students with a comprehensive understanding of concepts, theories and techniques in the context of strategic marketing, responsible marketing and sustainability. The intension is to support the development of knowledge and skills required to undertake strategic analysis of markets and organisations and formulate a competitive, responsible marketing strategy. A contemporary approach to marketing is adopted throughout the module, as you will have the opportunity to learn and discuss the concepts that have changed the way we perceive marketing today. In doing so you will examine, both theoretically and practically, a number of areas associated with responsible marketing strategies, such as:


Theme 1 Contemporary Strategic Marketing
• Marketing Audit and key trends that impact on marketing and the society
• Contemporary Marketing Research and Planning
• New product development and Disruptive Innovation
• Service-Dominant Logic and Value co-creation/Co-destruction
• Developing and implementing appropriate marketing strategies and metrics


Theme 2 Responsible Marketing
• Ethics and Sustainability in a marketing context
• Responsible Marketing strategies and Sustainable Development Goals
• Sustainable Consumer Behaviour and Ethical Consumerism
• Sustainability, Ethics and New Media
• The Future of Sustainability and Responsible Marketing

On completing the module, you will be able to critically evaluate the usefulness of marketing knowledge in the context of responsible business and sustainable consumer behaviour and apply theory to develop appropriate marketing strategies. You will also develop the skills required for effective Integration of learning from marketing and other business areas into a plan for solving business problems.

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MK9627 -

Buyer Behaviour and Integrated Marketing Communications (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation for how marketers research and target prospective customers. This module offers new insights into unearthing consumer preferences and developing insightful consumer personas. Furthermore, it provides knowledge and guidance on how this information can be used and transformed into implementing a successful marketing campaign.

The module is equally divided into two core sections. First, weeks 1-6 explore the theory and practice of ‘Buyer Behaviour’ (or consumer psychology). From here, weeks 7-12 focus on developing an ‘Integrated Marketing Communications’ (IMC) campaign.

In weeks 1-6 you will be introduced to the theory of buyer behaviour and identify the differences between consumer buyer behaviour and organisational buyer behaviour. Next you will learn about the different types of decisions that face consumers as well as learning and applying a consumer decision making framework. You will finish by learning about the various influences that face consumers when making planned decisions.

In weeks 7-12 you will be introduced to integrated marketing communications. You will apply a marketing communication planning framework to the development of a marketing campaign which will be based upon the insights created through buyer behaviour analysis. This will involve the critical marketing activities of campaign goal setting, positioning and specific campaign decisions such as media channels and campaign messaging.

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MK9628 -

Brand Management (Optional,20 Credits)

An organisation’s brand is a major factor in how they are perceived by their current customers, potential customers, employees, media groups and the wider public. Brands act as a means of differentiating from competitors and maintaining a positive corporate image. This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore the branding strategies adopted by organisations and appreciate the true value of a strong, successful brand. Lectures and seminars provided both will include:

• Analysing elements of a Brand: attributes, core values, personality/character
• Brand Identity and Image; Key stakeholders to consider in relation to a brand – staff and customers; Employee/Employer branding
• Brand communities and brand co-creation
• Brand and (& in) the Brain: Semiotics & Neuromarketing aspects of branding
• Positioning and PR, and image/impression management, including re-branding and turnaround situations
• Non-commercial and ethical brands.
• Brand metrics, including especially brand equity and value (some financial aspects included here)
• Brand portfolio management (co-brands & sub-brands)

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MK9629 -

Digital and Data Driven Marketing (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is designed to develop your skills in understanding how one-to-one forms of marketing communications, across offline and online channels, can be combined into an overall campaign to generate new customers and enhance existing relationships. To do this, the module is broken into three distinct themes:

• Principles of Direct and Digital Marketing: In this part of the module you will cover the fundamental practices in the direct marketing field, which will include acquisition and retention strategies, customer profiling and segmentation, database marketing, permission marketing and personalisation, relevant legislation and campaign testing.
• Digital Media: In this section you will explore the range of communications media available, ranging from traditional offline channels (such as direct mail and telemarketing) through to the ever-growing range of digital media options (including social media, email, web design and mobile commerce).
• Campaign Planning: Here you will be introduced to the principles of campaign design, from initial context analysis and goal setting through to campaign implementation and evaluation. You will be encouraged to combine different marketing communications tools as part of an integrated campaign and consider campsign budgeting and measurement.

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MK9630 -

B2B Marketing and Sales Management (Optional,20 Credits)

This module provides the knowledge and skills necessary for you to understand, and pursue a career in, Business to Business Marketing and/or Sales Management. Learning will be via lectures, seminars and independent study.

Within the module, you will cover these main topics:

• The role, extent and importance of B2B Marketing
• Organisational Decision Making
• Marketing mix in B2B Marketing; products, value and pricing, comms (including trade shows)
• Interorganisational relationships & CRM
• Appointing and managing channel intermediaries
• Business services
• Sales and the Organisation / Sales Strategies / the Sales-Marketing interface
• Market Data, Customer Insight, Objectives and Metrics
• Prospecting, Negotiation & Sales-related Events
• New Business Sales vs Key Account Management
• Analysis and Planning in B2B Markets
• Strategy and implementation in B2B Markets

During the module you will fine-tune your existing Marketing skills and gain a robust understanding of the Sales function. You will critically analyse existing theory and practices, contribute your own ideas, and explore ways to apply this academic knowledge to an authentic commercial context. As a result, on embarking upon your career, you should be a skilled, informed practitioner able to deliver demonstrable value to your business and its stakeholders, and to differentiate yourself positively within a competitive employment market.

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MK9631 -

Marketing Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)

The Dissertation module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into Marketing-related problem or issue. In addition, the Dissertation aims to equip you with key transferable, employability skills, time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving and analysis.
The module is student-led but you are supported by, introductory lectures and seminars which introduce undertaking Marketing research followed by one-to-one or small-group supervision meetings with an academic from the Marketing subject discipline.
The lectures and seminar-IT workshops will provide a refresher of the topics covered on the Level 5 module Business Research and Analysis:
• Refining a research aim/question (focusing and scoping the research) and project proposal
• Developing a literature review
• Researching ethically
• Quantitative research and analysis techniques
• Qualitative research and analysis techniques

Upon completion of the Marketing Dissertation module you will be able to:
• Conduct independent and ethical academic research involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and models.
• Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the results of your primary or secondary research.
• Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method.
• Analyse your data using an appropriate and justified method of analysis.
• Recognise the ethical implications of your work.
• Critically evaluate the source of your data and the method you adopted.

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MK9632 -

Marketing Management Enquiry (Optional,40 Credits)

The Management Enquiry module is a student-led individual project that enables you to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module. The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate an authentic engagement with managers and/or professionals from the Marketing discipline, and to integrate the knowledge you have developed during your programme to explore the theory in practice. The learning on this module is experiential and problem based, where the focus is upon you discovering, probing and questioning key practice-based issues. Through the module you will be offered the opportunity to develop and enhance key transferable employability skills; time management, project management, communication (written, aural and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, problem-solving and analysis.

The module has five thematic areas; explore, review, engage, reflect and connect. These form the key elements of the assessed submission.

Part A (35%, 3,500 Words)
• Explore: Interviewing a manager and/or professional from the Marketing discipline. In this interview you will either explore a key issue which you feel Marketing is facing or, alternatively, explore with the manager or professional the key issues that they feel they are facing in practice. It is expected that you will apply appropriate interview methods and provide evidence of the interview within the submitted enquiry report (e.g. within the appendices).
• Review: Critically examining the appropriate literature to support the exploration, displaying an ability to critically assess and appraise the Marketing knowledge related to a specific key issue arising from your exploration.
Part B (65%, 6,500 Words)
• Engage: Displaying an authentic engagement with the Marketing problem/issue identified in Part A, by collecting/generating and analysing further live data (beyond the initial interview) regarding the Marketing problem/issue. This live data may be primary data (e.g. further interviews with, or questionnaire to, managers and/or professionals in practice) or secondary data (e.g. industry data). Application of appropriate, ethically-considered, research methods and appropriate qualitative or quantitative data analysis.
Reflect and Connect: Demonstrating an ability to critically evaluate and reflect on the issues arising from the Management Enquiry. Demonstrating how you have connected and fed-back to the participants of the Enquiry (usually the manager and/or participants) your key findings to provide clear prioritised, well-justified, practical and actionable recommendations for change/enhancement/improvement to existing Marketing practice to show how the recommendations would potentially affect workplace professional decision making.

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Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional,40 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge acquired during the programme and apply this to a consultancy project for a real organisation. This consultancy project provides a vehicle for participants to develop and demonstrate key employability skills, to relate theory to practice, and to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module.

You will work on behalf of an external organisation, which has identified a business problem or question, requiring a solution, working in small group of typically 4 individuals (you will select their own team members), participating in group and individual activities. The host organisation will provide a project briefing, and review; students will be supported by appropriate academic input and guidance from Newcastle Business School in the form of a mentor and via the Business Clinic.

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