Modules for course N2AF | MBA/LMGT
MBA Law and Management

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • SXL-4411: Comparative Corp. Governance (15)
    • Introduction to Company Law; • The Cultural Roots of Corporate Governance; • Directors and Shareholder; • Extending the Duties of Directors; • Corporate Scandals; • Corporate Governance in Acquisitions and Mergers; • Corporate Governance and Banks; • Corporate Governance-and European perspective; • Corporate Governance in Commonwealth Countries- Australia, Canada, Nigeria; • Corporate Governance in the USA; • Corporate Governance- in China; • Globalisation and future developments.
  • ASB-4431: Organisations and People (15)
    Theories and models of management: classical and contemporary; Organisation structures: strategy, design and function, job design; Organisation cultures: values, ethics, norms of behaviour; Organisation processes: survival, change, growth and development; Organisational learning, and learning organisations; Individual differences: perception, learning, motivation, equality and diversity; Groups and teams in the organisation; Managing relationships: power, control and conflict resolution, communication; Managers as leaders, people developers, coaches; Managing and rewarding performance.

Semester 2

  • ASB-4007: Finance for Managers (15)
    The different roles of accounting and its relationship to shareholder value and business structure; Measuring and reporting financial performance: the balance sheet and the profit and loss account; Management control and the use of budgets; The role of accounting information in marketing, operating, human resource and accounting decisions; Strategic investment decisions; The management of working capital; Sources of finance & financial markets.

60 credits from:

  • ASB-4901: MBA Dissertation (60) (Semester 3)
    There is no set syllabus. The dissertation encourages students to develop a critical awareness of the professional skills relevant to the strategic management of a variety of business practices. Students choose their research topic, provided that there is suitable and sufficient reading material available, and a member of staff is available to supervise in the chosen area of study.
  • ASB-4904: Applied Business Projects (60) (Semester 3)
    Students will choose four Applied Business Projects from the list below: • e-Business and Value Chain • Human Resource Management • Financial Services Mis-selling • Investment and Private Banking • Operations Management • Business Planning

15 credits from:

  • ASB-4115: Management Research (15) (Semester 2)
    • Research methodologies and philosophy: positivism and interpretivism; • Qualitative research methods and the search for meaning; • The process: selecting a research strategy and design; • Data gathering, documentary records, triangulation and mixed methods; • Quantitative research design and methodologies; • Analysis of quantitative data; univariate and multivariate analysis, factor analysis, cluster analysis, and MANOVA.
  • ASB-4415: Management Research (15) (Semester 1)
    This module will consist of the following components: Lectures- designed to clarify and discuss the assigned readings. The summary of lecture structure for this course is as follow: • An introduction to the management research, understanding research • The nature of business and management research • Research philosophies and designs • Positivism and interpretivism • Quantitative research, qualitative research, case study • The process: selecting a research strategy and design • Formulating the research topic and critically reviewing the literature • Sampling methods in management research • Gathering qualitative data, quantitative data • Data gathering, observation, interview and questionnaire • Analysing quantitative and qualitative data, SPSS • Writing and presenting the research project report • Course review Assigned readings- drawn from the text and journal papers. All students are expected to have read all assigned readings for each session. In-class assignments and lab assignments. You will make use of SPSS software in the second part of this course. Final examination- intended to ensure students have a firm grasp of course concepts and an ability to apply them.
  • Students entering the programme in January must take ASB-4115. Students entering the programme in September must take ASB-4415.

Optional Modules

30 credits from:

  • ASB-4006: Marketing Strategy (15) (Semester 1)
    The philosophy and process of marketing, including service operations; Planning in the marketing environment; Market research to understand the consumer; Organisational Behaviour as Buyers and Suppliers; Creating value for customers; Managing Competition and Managing Products; Communicating Value for Customers, versus Competitors; Implementing Integrated Marketing; Future threats and opportunites? - Internet, International and Integrity.
  • ASB-4030: Knowledge Management (15) (Semester 2)
    An introduction to the current state of KM within organisations including Knowledge Intensive Firms, the role of Knowledge Managers, Chief Knowledge Officers and perspectives of Knowledge Workers. Introduction to key terms such as knowledge, information and learning; and the historical context of Knowledge Management. Ontologies and Epistemologies of Knowledge and how this informs Knowledge Management Strategy. The process of Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning; and the role of the HR/ KM and CKO within this. Knowledge Management Strategies; inc codification and personalisation, and typologies of KM Strategy. Organisational memory and unlearning. Socio-cultural issues related to managing and sharing knowledge within organisations including Communities of Practice, Share/Hoard Dilemma and the issues of politics, power and culture The important role of HRM for KM; particularly in terms of recruiting, rewarding and retaining knowledge workers, leading& motivating knowledge workers and relations issues within the KM contract. The important roles of ICT, with emphasis on Social Media, in KM and how ICT & Social Media is increasingly used for collecting, storing, disseminating and representing formal and informal knowledge within the workplace. Emergent issues relating to International Knowledge Management and sharing across cultures The challenges of valuing knowledge Personal Knowledge Management
  • ASB-4413: Int'l Strategic Management (15) (Semester 1)
    The concepts of strategic management. The vocabulary of strategy; prescriptive and emergent strategies. Strategy, the organisation and the environment. The core processes: strategic analysis; strategy formulation; strategic choice. Vertical integration; make/buy decision; corporate parenting and internationalisation.
  • ASB-4426: Contemporary Issues in Mgmt (15) (Semester 2)
    Ethical dilemmas in management and organisation (critical management studies); Changing organisation structures and the implications for management; Managing across cultures; Contemporary approaches to leadership; Managing complexity and change; Managing for sustainability.
  • ASB-4516: Mgmt & Innov of Gov & Non-Prof (15) (Semester 2)
    The lectures touch on a variety of topics important to understanding theories and practices of public sector management. Lectures 1 and 2 discuss the differences between public and private and their implications for public management and democracy. Lectures 3 and 4 reveal that public management has its origins in rational models of organisation & management and policy making, and introduces a practice approach as an alternative to dealing with issues of accountability, discretion, and control. Lectures 5 and 6 focus on the management paradigm of New Public Management and show that its aim of ‘running government like a business’ has led to a (perverse) culture of design and control. Lectures 7 and 8 focus on the management paradigm of New Public Service and evaluate the impact of its goal of ‘not steering, but serving’ on collaborative governance. Lectures 9 and 10 explore how the theory and practice of public management facilitate change, learning, and conflict resolution.

30 credits from:

  • SXL-4401: Competition Law (15) (Semester 2)
    This module will explain and illustrate the importance of competition (or, anti-trust) rules for 21st century economies. . It will highlight the importance of companies/firms complying with the Competition Law rules and adhering to pro-competitive business practices. Focus will be placed on the anti-competitive nature of the following practices: cartel activity, concerted practices, illegal price-fixing agreements, market sharing, production restraints, predatory pricing, the abuse of a dominant position and illegal arrangements in relation to the licensing of intellectual property rights. It will also examine the civil and criminal liability of firms, directors and managers who do breach the Competition Law rules. The module will consist of seminars relating to the theory of competition, comparative competition law regimes, UK Competition Law, EU Competition Law (particularly Articles 101 and 102, TFEU) and U.S. Antitrust Law (Rule of Reason). The seminars will also cover the following important issues: restrictive practices, vertical and horizontal restraints, abuse of a dominant position, competition litigation and enforcement, the intersection between Competition Law and Intellectual Property Law, current proposals to reform the UK Competition Law regime, current proposals to reform the Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation i.e. Regulation (EC) No 772/2004 and, finally, analysis of the EU Merger Control Regulation i.e. Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings.
  • SXL-4403: Marine Insurance (15) (Semester 2)
    The seminars will explore the nature and scope of the contract of insurance, evaluate its salient features, discuss the relationships between the parties to the contract and explain the application of insurance law in practice. In brief, the content includes an introduction to insurance law, examination of the statutes and common law of insurance, the fundamental principles of insurable interest, utmost good faith, subrogation, contribution and the principles of indemnity. In addition, the module examines the formation of insurance contract; the terms of contract; construction and causation; claims under policy; different types of insurance with a particular emphasis on marine insurance. The recent development of the case law and reform on Insurance Law are also discussed.
  • SXL-4404: Intellectual Property Law (15) (Semester 1)
    The course will consist of seminars on the fundamentals of intellectual property law, the definition and scope of copyright; the authorship, ownership, duration and qualification for copyright protection. The rights of copyright owners and actions for infringement of copyright and the defences to an infringement action. The course will also consider the civil, criminal and administrative remedies available to a copyright owner for breach of copyright. The non-economic rights of authors or `moral rights¿. The operation of the law of artistic and design copyright and its inter-relationship with the specific regime for the protection of industrial design set out in the First EU Design Directive and the Community Design Regulation. The protection of performers rights, including both economic and moral rights. The exploitation of copyright works, including both the individual and collective licensing of such works and the assignment of such works. The work of the Copyright Tribunal its jurisdiction and decisions. The interaction between the quasi-monopoly rights conferred by copyright law, design law and the operation of UK and EU competition law.
  • SXL-4405: International Banking Law (15) (Semester 2)
    This module will examine the practical and theoretical issues in International Banking focusing on aspects of UK Banking Law and International Banking Practices recommended by the Basel Committee under BIS. The module will provide students with comprehensive knowledge of Basel Development and its supervisory role on banking. The law on the capital market looks to the practical aspect of securities regulations under English law but within a comparative international context , - US/ European.
  • SXL-4406: Intn'l. Commercial Arbitration (15) (Semester 1)
    The course is divided broadly into three parts: The first part of the course is concerned with the theoretical and institutional structure of arbitration. It begins with a historical overview of international commercial arbitration and a comparative analysis of arbitration and litigation. The aim of this section is to provide students with grounding in the rules and procedures of international commercial arbitration. The second part of the course will be devoted to the examination of the legal framework within which arbitral disputes are resolved. This section focuses on certain specific aspects of international commercial arbitration such as the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, the extent and timing of judicial review of awards, ground for refusing recognition or enforcement of awards, and interim measures of protection. The third part of the course focuses on a review of the principles and practices of international commercial arbitration. This section examines recent developments in international commercial arbitration and the emergence of converging arbitral rules. Also included will be an overview of the arbitral institutions in China, Hong Kong and Japan.
  • SXL-4414: Employment Law (15) (Semester 2)
    1. The history, development and regulation of the employment and labour law; 2. The impact of European and Human Rights Law on development of employment and labour law; 3. The employment relationship- distinguishing between employee and self- employed status; 4. The contract and terms of employment.; 5. Gender and Race Discrimination; 6. Disability and Employment- a developing equality agenda; 7. Health and Safety- common law and statutory provision and protection; 8. Fair, Unfair, and Wrongful Dismissal; 9. Trade Union recognition and the rights to collective action; 10. Employment and labour protection in other Commonwealth Countries; 11. Employment and Labour protection in other EU Countries; 12. Employment protection in the US and China;