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BSc (Hons) Management (Accounting and Finance)

Gain the skills required to become a dynamic manager and focus on accounting and finance from second year onwards.

Study core and specialist areas of business and management according to your personal or academic interests or career ambitions. Specialise in accounting and finance whilst still benefitting from a huge amount of choice across this flexible course.

Graduate employers look for candidates with work experience, practical skills and professionalism. This course is available with an optional work placement year. Put theory into practice, build your confidence, earn a salary and enhance your employability.

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BSc Management (Accounting and Finance)

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Sustainable Business In Society

Unit code BMAN31942
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Society is facing a number of pressing “grand challenges” including climate change, dwindling biodiversity and resource depletion, poverty, environmental pollution, malnutrition, and obesity.  Many business leaders already recognise that commercial organisations must play a key role in addressing these problems. In this context successful managers are moving beyond the mind-set of limiting harm and managing risk, to proactively driving the adoption of environmentally sustainable and socially responsible products, services and practices within and beyond their own organisations. This re-imagining of the role of business requires knowledge of novel conceptual frameworks to better understand the connections between firm strategies, intra-industry relationships, business model innovation and longer-term socio-technical transitions to more sustainable societies. The course draws on the range of world-class sustainability expertise at AMBS to introduce and develop cutting edge ideas and research toward the development of advanced knowledge in sustainability.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Sustainable Business BMAN24372 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
BMAN24372 is a Pre-Requisite for BMAN31942. Only available to students on: Mgt/Mgt Specialism; IMABS and IM.

Aims

The course aims to broaden and deepen your understanding of key issues in the relationship between sustainability and business and the range of conceptual approaches, frameworks and research topics relevant to the advanced study of sustainability. 

Syllabus

The course will cover a range of theories and research-led case studies related to the following topics:

  •  Sustainable consumption and behavioural change
  •  Sustainability transitions and the multi-level perspective
  •  Business model innovation and sustainable product service systems
  •  Sustainable cities and local experiments
  •  Reconfiguring production and consumption 
  •  Corporate responses to climate change
  •  Industrial ecology and the circular economy
  • Collaboration for sustainable innovation 

Teaching and learning methods

The course will be delivered through Lectures, which will include interactive group tasks and workshop discussions, plus students’ self-directed study.  Total study hours: 200 hours split between lectures, self-study and preparation for classes and end examination.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate awareness of the ways in which the impact of business activities on society and the natural environment can be conceptualised
  • Understand the variety across approaches to implementing sustainable and responsible a business practices
  • Identify and develop strategies for managing environmental and social impact, across different organisations, sectors and geographical contexts
  • Appreciate the complexities associated with setting targets, monitoring, reporting and communicating with stakeholders in order to generate more sustainable societies 

Intellectual skills

  • Develop a critical awareness of the consequences of adopting different perspectives for conceptualising business sustainability
  • Critically assess the challenges and opportunities associated with a range of strategies for improving sustainability and responsibility in business
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of context in constraining and enabling the implementation of sustainable business initiatives (organisational, sectorial, geographical, social and environmental) 

Practical skills

  • Design strategies for promoting sustainable and responsible business in practice
  • Communicate the need for business to engage with environmental and social issues
  • Collect, analyse and present evidence to support the case for action to improve and environmental and social sustainability
  • Enhance skills at report writing in a group context.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Appreciate the importance of taking personal and organisational responsibility to promote the adoption of sustainable and responsible business practices
  • Critical analysis, research and data presentation skills
  • Effective contribution to a team in order to develop solutions to unstructured problems

Employability skills

Other
This course requires both independent and collective working. The ability of students to work in a generally unsupervised manner on a time-constrained task mimics, to a certain extent, the sort of tasks that can be encountered in different employment environments. The course will also develop commercial awareness by enabling students to appreciate the underlying bases for the strategic actions of managers and organizations, including why firms make the choices they do to address sustainability related issues.

Assessment methods

Written Exam (75%), 3 questions from choice of 6 in TWO hours. This will be a ‘seen’ exam, with questions available in advance. Time in class will be spent discussing how best to prepare for this format of exam.

Group Report (25%). Students will be required to provide a brief presentation AND a 2,000 word summary report critiquing a journal paper/ book chapter topic during the workshop sessions. 

Feedback methods

  • Informal advice, discussion and feedback during lectures and office hours.
  • Responses to questions and requests for feedback from students by email.
  • Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.
  • Written and/or verbal comments on student group presentation and report.

Recommended reading

There is no single text book for the course. Readings will include academic journal articles, industry reports and book chapters, including extracts from Kopnina, H., & Blewitt, J. (2018) Sustainable Business: Key issues, (second edition) Routledge: London. (which is available electronically in UoM library).

Links to required and additional reading materials will be available on Blackboard.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 20
Practical classes & workshops 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 168

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Josephine Mylan Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Jo Mylan leads lectures and workshops, with topical guest lectures to be confirmed. 

Programme Restrictions: BSc Management and Management (Specialisms), BSc International Management with American Business Studies and BSc International Management.

Timetable
https://ughandbook.portals.mbs.ac.uk/Myprogramme/Teachingtimetables.aspx

For Academic Year 2019/20

Updated: May 2019

Approved by: March UG Committee

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