Contemporary Business Issues

Module Title :Contemporary Business Issues
Module Leader :Marcus Warren
Module Code :CORP3502
30 Credits – Level :3
Module Descriptions

This module is designed to critically evaluate how current issues in both Economics and Politics affect business management and performance. There is a strong initial emphasis upon analysing the causes of major world events and examining the various scenarios that these events confront business managers with. Topical areas covered in the 2011/2012 academic year were:

  • The Arab Spring & its implications for international business.
    The economy of the USA, the issues of National Debt & Credit Rating as well as the relative performance of the US in relation to the BRIC countries – with specific comparative reference to China & India.
    The role of international Reserve Currencies especially in relation to the US dollar and the potential rise of the Chinese Yuan.
    International Stock Markets with a special emphasis on the role of the Speculator.
    The impact of rising world Commodity Prices on businesses emphasising the risk of Stagflation.
    The Economics of Recessions and the risk of ‘Double-Dip Recessions – against the background of the European Debt Crisis.
    The Fate of the Euro.
    The advantages and disadvantages of European Union membership
    The module utilises the above to set the scene for more ‘general’ global management issues by examining:
    The advantages & disadvantages of Globalisation as well as Multi National Companies.
    Managing Diversity in Business.
    The role of the State in Managing the Economy.
    Public/Private Partnerships.
    Economic Regulation.
    Corporate Social Responsibility.
    Business Ethics.
    Reputation Management.
    Greening Business.
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Assessment Criteria

Individual Essay 1 – Individual Essay 1 (two sides) Term 1
Weighting 35%. The component receives a mark.

Tutorial Presentation – Tutorial Presentation
Weighting 25%. The component receives a mark.

Unseen Examination 1 – 3 hour examination
Weighting 40%. The component receives a mark.
The Duration is 180 minutes.

*Please note that assessment information is subject to change.

Classrooms

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  • The classrooms are designed to have maximum interaction between faculty and students.
  • The campus also has mentoring rooms to discuss individual student’s specific problems.

Computer & Internet Facilities

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  • The campus has a Wi-Fi (wireless) system with 24 hours network connectivity.
  • The school has its own ERP system, which facilities online attendance and evaluation.
  • In addition, the intra-net / e-Black Board are used to publish detailed lecture handouts to enable students access module related information/ lecture notes.

Library

  • The library on campus houses a good range of reference & core textbooks.
  • It also subscribes to the good number of leading national & international business journals, periodicals, magazines & newspapers.
  • The library has its own collection of CDs, DVDs and Multimedia kits.
  • The library subscribes to EBSCO & Athens Business source premier, which provide access to more than 7000 international journals in full-text format.

Girls’ Hostel

  • The Girls’ hostel situated in the campus provides an excellent and secured lodging alternative to outstation girl students.
  • The hostel has well furnished rooms with attached facilities, a common recreation room with all the modern facilities and a small pantry.
  • The hostel enjoys 24 hours broadband Wi-Fi (wireless) Internet connectivity. Newspapers, magazines· Llaundry and mess facilities are also provided to the hostel residents.