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MN50733: Contemporary issues in management

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
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:
Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • COURSEWORK (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The purpose of this unit is to provide the opportunity to include up-to-date material from the business world that is relevant to the current cohort. Examples of topics that would have been included in this unit from recent years include Blockchain, AI, Fintech, Bitcoin, Brexit.
Students will have the opportunity to research and discuss topics that are currently topical and which are relevant to their studies.

Learning Outcomes:
Successful completion of this unit should result in participants who have developed the ability to:
* Research and synthesise complex information on challenging global business issues
* Read the global business environment and identify opportunities and threats
* Articulate how they and their environment, including business competitors, can respond to these challenges
* Are purposefully developing relevant business competencies and strategies.


* Analytical and critical thinking
* Reflection on skill development for management and leadership
* Persuasion & Influencing
* Managing Conflict
* Cross-cultural competence/working with diversity
* Research.

The topics will be updated for each session and will be determined at the start of each academic year, preferably with student participation in determining the topics.
There will a number of topics that students will research in advance of the unit. The unit will then provide a forum to discuss the topic in detail, supported by expert guest speakers, to provide students with a clear view of the issues. Students will then work together in groups to identify opportunities and threats that arise and to determine appropriate responses.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50733 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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