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MN50680: Contemporary and emerging issues for organisations

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Individual Assignment (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit aims to provide a theory and practice informed understanding of contemporary and emerging issues facing organisations.

Learning Outcomes:
This unit will advance students' knowledge and understanding of contemporary and emerging issues facing organisations.
The learning outcomes are:
* The ability to critically evaluate and synthesise information in relation to contemporary and emerging issues facing organisations
* The ability to analyse contemporary and emerging issues facing organisations
* The ability to develop strategic and/or organisational responses to contemporary and emerging issues facing organisations

Intellectual skills: Application of various theories (T, A). Develop research skills through critical reading, analysis of information and data; and the production of written work (T, F, A).
Transferable/ Key skills: Ability to appreciate diverse views on issues and work in groups (F). Develop ethical approaches to business activities (T, F). Presentation skills (F).

Organisations are persistently faced with changing internal and external contextual issues. Changes can thereby be both rapid and profound and often involve interactions between various processes and forces including, but not limited to, the societal, political, economic, financial, and technological contexts in which organisations operate. This course is designed to edify the application of critical thinking skills in evaluating selected contemporary and emerging issues so that the students can use informed judgment in formation of appropriate business responses.
In line with the contemporary and emerging focus of the course, topics covered may vary from year to year but will focus on a set of issues of current and emerging relevance to organisations. The module will include explorations of concepts that assist analysis of these contemporary and emerging issues. These may include but will not be limited to ethics/corporate social responsibility, politics, technologies, identities and globalization. The issues explored will be those that appear in news and current affairs during the course of the module. Students will be encouraged to identify for discussion issues emerging in the media from a range of countries. Discussion topics will typically focus on how these issues may or may not require changes in business environments and the new forms of business and management practices that may be required.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50680 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management