Modules for course N107 | BA/BUS
BA Business

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Semester 2

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

  • QXS-1002: Vocabulary (10) (Semester 2)
    This course is only available to students whose native language is not English and who have not passed the Cambridge Advanced level examination.
  • QXS-1003: Speaking and listening (10) (Semester 1)
    This course is only available to students whose native language is not English and who have not passed the Cambridge Advanced level examination. This is a single module, taught during the first term of the university year. The course is thematically organised around topics of general interest and wide academic application. Each unit comprises a video or audio tape and exercises and speaking activities based on it. The exercises used are approximately equivalent to Cambridge Advanced level, ALTE level 4, corresponding to 'Competent User' in the Council of Europe framework. Tapes and videos are at levels from Advanced to native speaker level to reflect the needs of students' other study at this university.
  • QXS-1004: Grammar and Writing 1 (10) (Semester 1)
    This course is recommended for all non-native speakers of English who would like to improve their overall competence in communicative grammar and written English. QXS1005 can be taken as a follow-up course but is not a co-requisite. This single module course provides practice in the different areas of academic writing skills with emphasis on essay writing, editing, style, referencing and quotation. It also covers work-related skill sincluding preparing a CV. This course also provides practice and gives reinforcement in major grammar areas including tenses, conjunctions, articles, prepositions, phrasal verbs and passives. The module uses a communicative approach and by the end of the course, students would be expected to be approaching the level of ALTE level 4 (Cambridge Advanced English), corresponding to 'Competent User' in the Council of Europe Framework.
  • QXS-1005: Grammar and Writing 2 (10) (Semester 2)
    This course is only available to students whose native language is not English, who would like to improve their overall competence in communicative grammar and written English. QXS1004 can be taken as a pre-course but is not a co-requsite). This single module provides communicative grammar practice in the areas of conditional, modal verbs, subject/verb agreement, prepositions, phrasal verbs, gerunds and infinitives, relative clauses, expressions of probability and possibility, articles and tenses. The course also provides practive in different writing skills including business and personal letters, reports, book reviews, literature reviews and essays. The academic writing skills of re-writing, editing, quoting and referencing are also reinforced and set expressions in academic writing are also reviewed. The module uses a communicative approach and by the end of the course, students would be expected to be approaching the level of ALTE Level 4 (Cambridge Advanced English), corresponding to 'Competent User' in the Council of Europe Framework.
  • ASB-1110: Mgmt & Financial Accounting (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Financial accounting:- Measuring and reporting the financial position of an organisation; Measuring and reporting the financial performance of an organisation; Book-keeping and the preparation of company accounts. Management accounting:- Marginal analysis; Full costing, activity-based costing; Budgeting, accounting for control.
    ADB-1110: Cyfrifeg Rheolaeth ac Ariannol (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-1300: CORE Economics (20) (Semester 1 + 2) or
    ACB-1300: Economeg CORE (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-1501: Banks and Financial Markets (20) (Semester 1) or
    ADB-1501: Banciau & Marchnadau Ariannol (20) (Semester 1)
  • QXS modules are only available to students whose first language is not English or Welsh. ASB-1501 Banks and Financial Markets can also be chosen in Year 2.

Year 2 Modules

Optional Modules

120 credits from:

  • ASB-2109: Marketing Research (10) (Semester 2)
    The role of marketing research; Defining a research problem, research question and objectives; Questionnaire design, measurement and scaling; Sampling; Quantitative analysis; Collecting secondary data and use of databases; Qualitative methods including interviews, focus groups and observation; Qualitative analysis; Writing a research report; Causal research and an introduction to experiments.
  • ASB-2111: Statistical Methods (20) (Semester 1 + 2) or
    ADB-2111: Dulliau Ystadegol (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-2112: Business Information Systems (10) (Semester 2)
    Information systems and competitive advantage, including the value chain, and the nature of data, information and knowledge; Business systems concepts, business processes and business systems; Communication, networks, software, models for effective virtual communication; Keeping records, including databases, structures, forms, reports and searching; Interacting, including the basics of interface design, and workplace ergonomics; Impact of technology on working life, and new modules of working; Developing and chaning technology, including stages in systems development projects, such as analysis, specification, design and implementation; E-business and e-commerece; Learning with information systems, including innovation, decision making and knowledge management; Control and security, in networked environments, including intranet and internet.
    ADB-2112: Systemau Gwybodaeth Busnes (10) (Semester 2)
    Systemau gwybodaeth a mantais cystadleuol, gan gynnwys y gadwyn werth a natur data a gwybodaeth; Cysyniadau systemau busnes, prosesau busnes a systemau busnes; Cyfathrebu, rhwydweithiau, meddalwedd, modelau ar gyfer cyfathrebu rhithwir effeithiol; Cadw cofnodion, gan gynnwys cronfeydd data, strwythurau, ffurflenni, adroddiadau a chwilio; Rhyngweithio, gan gynnwys cynllunio rhyngwyneb sylfaenol ac ergonomeg y gweithle; Effaith technoleg ar fyd gwaith a modelau gweithio newydd; Technoleg sy'n datblygu a newid, gan gynnwys camau mewn projectau datblygu systemau, megis dadansoddi, manyleb, cynllun a gweithredu; E-fusnes ac e-fasnach; Dysgu gyda systemau gwybodaeth, gan gynnwys datblygiadau newydd, gwneud penderfyniadau a rheoli gwybodaeth; Rheolaeth a diogelwch mewn amgylchedd wedi’i rwydweithio, gan gynnwys y fewnrwyd a’r rhyngrwyd.
  • ASB-2116: Consumer Behaviour (20) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-2117: The Marketing of Services (10) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-2202: Corporate Finance (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Present value and the opportunity cost of capital; Net present value and alternative methods of investment appraisal; Project analysis; Financial planning, and analysing financial performance; Investment risk and return, and portfolio theory; The Capital Asset Pricing Model; Short-term and long-term financing; Capital structure, and market imperfections; Weighted average cost of capital; Dividend policy; Financial and real options.
  • ASB-2203: Finance (10) (Semester 1)
    Present value and the opportunity cost of capital; New present value and alternative methods of investments appraisal; Project analysis; Financial planning and analysing financial performance.
  • ASB-2217: Investment (10) (Semester 1) or
    ADB-2217: Buddsoddiant (10) (Semester 1)
  • ASB-2307: Microeconomics (20) (Semester 1)
    • Demand and supply microfoundations • Rational choice • Individual and market demand • Uncertainty and consumer behaviour • The cost of production and profit max • Market structure • Strategic interdependence • Game theory • General equilibrium • Markets with asymmetric info • Externalities • Government regulation • Productivity and comparative advantage • International trade theory.
  • ASB-2308: Macroeconomics (20) (Semester 2)
    • The role of macroeconomics, macroeconomic variables and statistics; • Introduction to schools of thought; • The classical model; • The Keynesian model; • Aggregate demand and supply analysis; • The Phillips curve; • The role of expectations; • Open economy macroeconomics; • Macroeconomic policy debates: monetary policy, fiscal policy, exchange rate policy, government debt management; • Theories of consumption; • Theories of growth.
  • ASB-2320: Current Issues in Economics (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-2400: Law for Business (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-2401: Law for Business 2 (10) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-2406: Work Placement (10) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Preparatory tutorials; Compilation of a CV; Job application letter writing; Ten days at a placement provider's workplace. Debriefing session.
    ACB-2406: Lleoliad Gwaith (10) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Tiwtorialau paratoadol; Llunio CV; Ysgrifennu llythyrau i wneud cais am swyddi; Deg diwrnod yng ngweithle darparwr lleoliad;
  • ASB-2414: Management: Planning & Control (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The two principal tasks are as follows: 1) A crisis management scenario, completed over the course of a two-day field trip. You will respond to a series of simulated events that unfold over the course of a match day. 2) Development of a proposal for an affinity product partnership, linking the football club's brand to the marketing of another product.
  • ASB-2416: Operations Strategy (10) (Semester 1)
    Operations Strategy is the highest level of Operations Management that deals with plans and decisions that shape the long-term capabilities of any organisation in the course of designing, producing and distributing products and services. Themes that will be explored in the module include: • Introduction to Operation Management • Competitiveness • Operations Strategy • Linking Operations Strategy to Competitiveness • Innovation, Design & Technology Strategy • Production Strategy & Lean • Total quality management • Logistics & Location strategies • Supply chain Strategy
  • ASB-2501: Banks and Financial Markets (20) (Semester 1)
  • ASB-2502: Personal Finance and Banking (20) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-2507: Management Accounting (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Costings, budgets and pricing; Target costing, life-cycling costings, back-flush accounting and throughput accounting; Linear programming with multiple scarce resources; Budgetary systems; Advanced standard costing; Performance measurement; Working capital management; Application of advanced management accounting techniques in organisations.
  • ASB-2508: Corporate Gov'nce & Regulation (10) (Semester 2)
    What is a corporation? The development and the role of corporate governance systems and codes; The importance of ownership in corporate governance; The role of the board in corporate governance; The performance and remuneration of senior management; The role of the professions in corporate governance; Current International issues of corporate governance and regulation; Why regulate? Institutions of regulation; Forms of economic regulation.
  • ASB-2511: Evolution of Mgmt Thought (10) (Semester 2)
    Introduction: academics, top executives, consultants and management gurus; The power of ideas to explain organizational change; The diffusion of management ideas (business education, management consultants, knowledge management within the firm); Great contributors to management thinking (e.g. o Scientific organization of work: Taylor o The role of directors and entrepreneurs: Fayol o Managers in organizations: Drucker); Management gurus and their contributions to management (Presentations); Conclusion: What lies ahead?
  • ASB-2512: Investment Banking (10) (Semester 1)
  • ASB-2515: Financial Accounting 1 (10) (Semester 1)
  • ASB-2516: Financial Accounting 2 (10) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-2517: Marketing Communication (20) (Semester 1) or
    ADB-2517: Cyfathrebu Marchnata (20) (Semester 1)
  • ASB-2521: Leadership and HRM (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Students can choose any Business School module, subject to pre-requisites and timetabling constraints. Students whose first language is not English or Welsh can choose 20 credits from the English language QXS modules.

Year 3 Modules

Optional Modules

120 credits from:

  • ASB-3001: Market Risk Analytics (10) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-3008: Financial Technology (10) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-3009: Strategic Management (20) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-3103: Marketing Strategy & Man. (10) (Semester 1)
    Introduction and course organisation; Relationship Marketing; Entrepreneurial Marketing; Branding; Creating a Marketing Strategy; Marketing Audit and Tools 1 & 2; Formulating Marketing Strategies; Choosing a Case Study/Small Group Formation; Case study preparation and presentation.
  • ASB-3104: Entrepreneurship Cap & Firm (10) (Semester 1)
    Introduction to entrepreneurship; Evolution of the Concept of Entrepreneurship; Characteristics of the entrepreneur; Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; The role of entrepreneurs in the economy and society; Entrepreneurship in large firms; Types of entrepreneurship; Defining small businesses; Entrepreneurship in the future.
    ADB-3104: Entrepreneuriaeth Cyf & Cwmni (10) (Semester 1)
    Cyflwyniad i entrepreneuriaeth; Esblygiad y cysyniad o entrepreneuriaeth; Nodweddion yr entrepreneur; Creadigrwydd, arloesi ac entrepreneuriaeth; Rôl entrepreneuriaid yn yr economi a chymdeithas; Entrepreneuriaeth mewn cwmnïau mawr; Mathau o entrepreneuriaeth; Diffinio busnesau bychain; Entrepreneuriaeth yn y dyfodol.
  • ASB-3106: Enterprise by Design (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-3114: e-Marketing (10) (Semester 1)
    Defining the field: Introduction to the module and e-marketing as a strategic tool; E-marketing strategy and the e-marketing environment; Social media marketing; The e-marketing mix; The consumers perspective; The marketers perspective; Online retailing; Mobile marketing.
  • ASB-3117: Globaliz'tn & Multin'tl Corp'n (10) (Semester 2)
    Globalisation and its discontent; Engines of growth; Business and the state; Big Business; The Chandlerian firm; Business groups, mutuals and co-operatives; Technology and the digital economy; Business and business schools; Excellent firms - a longitudinal analysis (Presentations).
  • ASB-3119: Customer Insight Project (20) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-3121: Org Learning in the KE (20) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-3122: Intl Business Competency (20) (Semester 1)
  • ASB-3200: Corporate Finance (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-3201: International Banking (10) (Semester 1)
    Introduction to international banking; Commercial banking vs. investment banking; Investment banking; Comparative banking system; International consolidation and mergers in banking; Country risk analysis; International financial crises - theory; International financial crises - cases; International financial regulation (1); International financial regulation (2).
  • ASB-3204: Corporate Risk Management (10) (Semester 1)
    The nature of risk management; Risk identification; The firm's loss exposure; Risk measurement and probability distributions; Risk control tools; Risk financing; Insurance and the alternatives; Legal aspects of insurance and insurance contracts; Dealing with insurers.
  • ASB-3208: Financial Statement Analysis (10) (Semester 2)
    Financial ratio analysis and interfirm comparison; Trend analysis and financial forecasting; Dividends, earnings and share valuation; Valuation techniques; Investment analysis; Distress prediction and company acquisations.
  • ASB-3210: Advanced Corporate Finance (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The module examines the theory and practice of corporate investment and financial decisions. Topics include: mean-variance analysis, option pricing, capital structure, dividend policy, efficient capital markets, agency theory, mergers and restructuring. Particular emphasis will be placed on topical areas within corporate governance and investments.
  • ASB-3211: Adv.Accounting Theory & Pract (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Normative theories of accounting; Positive accounting theories; Behavioural accounting theories; Systems-oriented theories; Critical accounting theories; Conceptual frameworks for financial reporting; A regulatory framework for financial reporting; Presentation of financial statements; Specific issues, including financial instruments, leases. provision, contingent liabilities and contingent assests: taxation.
  • ASB-3212: Taxation (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The place of taxation in the economy; The balance between equity and efficiency; Income tax and incentives to work and save; The role of capital taxation; The bases of taxation and investment incentives; Reform of the tax system; Tax as a policy tool; The calculation of personal, corporate, capital gains, inheritance and value added tax liabilities; Basic tax planning.
    ADB-3212: Trethiant (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Lle trethiant yn yr economi; Y cydbwysedd rhwng ecwiti ac effeithlonrwydd; Treth incwm a chymhelliannau i weithio ac arbed; Swyddogaeth trethiant cyfalaf; Seiliau trethiant a chymhelliannau buddsoddi; Diwygio'r system dreth; Treth fel cyfrwng polisi; Cyfrifo rhwymedigaethau treth bersonol, gorfforaethol, enillion cyfalaf, etifeddu a threth ar werth; Cynllunio sylfaenol o ran talu trethi.
  • ASB-3214: Auditing (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Theoretical, regulatory and ethical background to both internal and external auditing; Risk assessment in the context of internal and external audit; The audit planning process; Gathering of audit evidence; Contents of audit reports; International procedural and ethical standards.
  • ASB-3215: Portfolio Management (10) (Semester 2)
    Market efficiency; Performance measurement and attribution; Measuring investment risk; Anomalies in returns and common investment philosophies; Benchmarking and models of expected returns; Testing for excess returns: methodologies; Testing for excess returns: key findings; Theoretical rationale for findings of excess returns; Real-world issues in the implementation of investment strategies.
  • ASB-3217: Investment (10) (Semester 1)
  • ASB-3301: Macroeconomics (10) (Semester 2)
    Economic growth, physical and human capital, technological progress; Labour market, skills and unemployment; Business cycles, consumption and investment; Fiscal policy, public finances; Monetary policy, money and inflation; International macro, currencies and exchange rates.
  • ASB-3309: Behavioural Finance (10) (Semester 2)
    Introduction to behavioural finance as a descriptive approach to explaining decisions and behaviour in financial markets, based on psychological theory and evidence; Theory and evidence on the efficient markets hypothesis; Expected utility theory, axioms, attitudes to risk and curvature of the utility of wealth curve, Rabin’s critique; Psychological research, examples of irrational behaviour and choices; Prospect theory, examples of irrational behaviour by individual investors; Limits to arbitrage, evidence of inefficiency, noise trader risk; The closed-end funds puzzle; Investor sentiment, under-reaction and over-reaction to news, momentum, positive feedback trading and herding, bubbles, booms, crashes and fads; Corporate finance applications, new share issues, equity and debt finance.
  • ASB-3313: Financial Economics (10) (Semester 1)
  • ASB-3316: Applied Economics (20) (Semester 2)
    • Introduction to econometric software. • Sourcing data. • Organisation and manipulation of data. • Programming of software. • Applied skills in analysis of data including summarising and visualisation, and a variety of regression techniques. • Analysis of outputs. • Application to economic problems: o Analysing economic relationships o Testing economic theories
  • ASB-3317: Econometrics (20) (Semester 1)
    1. The linear regression model; 2. Ordinary least squares; 3. Maximum likelihood estimation; 4. Goodness of fit and the explanatory power of a regression model; 5. Endogeneity; 6. Instrumental variables; 7. Dynamic regression models: distributed lag and autoregressive models; 8. Non-stationarity and testing for unit roots; 9. Modelling long-run relationships: cointegration; 10. Regression analysis using panel data.
  • ASB-3320: Current Issues in Economics (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-3400: Law for Business (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-3413: Business Management Project (30) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-3439: International Marketing (10) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-3507: Advanced Management Accounting (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Costings, budgets and pricing; Target costing, life-cycle costing, back-flush accounting and throughput accounting; Linear programming with multiple scarce resources; Budgetary systems; Advances standard costing; Performance measurement; Working capital management; Application of advanced management accounting techniques in organisations.
  • ASB-3509: Corp. Social Responsibility (10) (Semester 2)
    This module involves a visit to an organisation, during which emphasis will be placed upon its CSR strategies. An opportunity will also be available to relate CSR theory to its practical applications.
  • ASB-3512: Investment Banking (10) (Semester 1)
    Introduction in investment banking; Underwriting; The tools of valuation; Mergers and acquisitions; Deal making with difference of opinion; Private equity and LBO; Asset restructuring; Introduction to investment funds; Trading; Investment banking: recent studies.
  • ASB-3514: Industrial Organisation (10) (Semester 1)
    1.Market structure. a. Static imperfect competition. b. Dynamic imperfect competition. 2. Sources of market power. a. Product differentiation. b. Advertising and marketing. c. Information and reputation. 3. Pricing strategy. a. Price discrimination. b. Intertemporal price discrimination. c. Bundling. 4. Competition and regulation. a. Mergers and acquisitions. b. Entry and exit.
  • ASB-3515: Financial Reporting 1 (10) (Semester 1)
  • ASB-3517: Financial reporting 2 (10) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-3525: Bank Management (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • ASB-3527: Executive Compensation (10) (Semester 2)
  • ASB-3530: Brand Management (10) (Semester 1)
  • ASB-3532: Trends in Marketing (10) (Semester 2)
  • Students can choose any Business School module, subject to pre-requisites and timetabling constraints.