Global Business Administration and Management (Top-up) BA (Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

This top-up course aims to provide a broad-based education in general business and management from a global perspective, helping to develop your understanding and awareness of operating in a global business environment and the role of managers, leaders and administrators in global organisations. It will also help enable you to develop a range of transferable skills for both the workplace and continuing professional development, adopt a global strategic perspective in order to reflect upon the needs of organisations to meet both short-term and long-term market conditions.

UCAS code:

Start date:
This course has multiple start dates:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018


1 year full-time

Course type:

Full Time

Course content

On this course you'll explore aspects of management and leadership at introductory and intermediate levels. You'll have the opportunity to develop your administrative skills alongside your understanding of organisational change and, as the course evolves, you'll be encouraged to develop an area of special interest through your choice of option modules.

Core modules:

Global Business Perspectives

Understanding business from a global perspective is an essential requirement for management students. The focus of this module will be upon global business organisations and how they operate in dynamic and challenging environments. Global businesses are affected by a diverse range of issues such as current events around the world, politics, ethics, sustainability and differences in cultures and belief systems. Businesses have to take into consideration and respond to such issues in order to operate successfully in different countries. In this module current management issues affecting global business will be critically evaluated to form the basis of the assessment. This will be achieved through the use of contemporary business case studies to engage students and allow them to develop their understanding of issues that face global business organisations.

Key Decisions in Managing Global Organisations

respect to key corporate, marketing, human resources and financial decisions, understand and critically analyse the complex inter-relationships between key areas of business activity and consider how organisations can be best structured and positioned to meet challenges in the global environment and also provide insights into key areas of decision making in the global work context.

People in Global Organisations

The module aims to develop a critique of sociological and psychological influences on people in organisations, encourage an exploration of management theory and practice and how this affects global organisations and consider organisational behaviour at the individual, group, organisational and global level whilst providing an insight into the changing world of work in a global context.

Option modules: Choose two from a list which may include:

People Resourcing in Context

People Resourcing covers a wide range of people management issues from pre-employment (corporate and HR strategic planning, recruitment and selection), initial and continuing employment (socialisation, performance management), to release from employment (redundancy, retirement, exit interviews). The module will focus on the strategic elements of people resourcing and the contribution that these activities can make to organisational success and achieving a high performance workforce in a rapidly changing environment.

Management Work and Society in Context

In modern society work is important for economic and social wellbeing, playing a central part in our lives. This core module builds on management theory studied in year one, exploring contemporary issues in the workplace and how to deal with them from a management perspective. Topics on this module include the role of gender in the workplace, professional work, the globalisation of work, the labour process, unemployment and the future of work.

Leadership: Process and Organisations in Context

This module examines the challenges faced by those involved in leading and renewing organisations in today’s increasingly complex and dynamic national and global operating environments.

Ethical Leadership

The module sees organisations and businesses as citizens and stewards who are equally bound by ethical responsibility as individuals are. Desired learning outcomes include appreciating the scope of ethical responsibility for leaders and followers and critically reflecting on ethical issues that arise in organisations.

The Psychology of Work & Organisations

This module will introduce you to psychological concepts and then you'll have the opportunity to learn, understand and appraise the application of psychological principles and theories to workplaces and organisations. This module will include a critical overview and discussion of personnel psychology, namely, theories of personality and psychometric testing and assessment centres. Furthermore, the module will help you to develop a critical appreciation of human behaviour in the workplace including the nature of employee behaviour, the extent to which the work environment contributes to the physical and emotional wellbeing of employees, group functioning, motivation and performance. Knowledge acquired from this module will provide a foundation for learners to pursue further study at postgraduate level in organisational behaviour, through enabling them to develop a comprehensive understanding of businesses from a psychological perspective.

Managing in the Knowledge Economy

In the last few decades knowledge has become recognised as a key resource for the successful growth and management of organisations. The growing importance of the knowledge resource to organisational success has led to the need for organisations to create and manage the distribution of this key resource. Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning are concerned with the challenges of generating, disseminating and institutionalising knowledge and learning through organisational systems, strategies and processes. This module will help you to explore the multifaceted nature of knowledge and learning within organisations, including organisational activities that generate knowledge and organisational barriers to knowledge creation and dissemination. This module explores the benefits of learning and knowledge management, in terms of competitiveness and productivity, and the benefits to the individual of adaptability, long-term employability and personal growth.

Digital And Social Media Marketing

Digital Marketing is a term which encapsulates the targeted, measurable and interactive marketing of products and services through the use of the internet. This module will investigate and explore a variety of digital and social media marketing tools and their implementation within a practical context. In addition this module will help develop your understanding of online consumer behaviour, organisational marketing strategy and online decision making through the use of Web analytics. You will also cover the practical aspects of online brand development and have the opportunity to gain an understanding of integrated marketing campaigns, search engine optimisation (SEO) and social media.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

93% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. *

Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as Digital Marketing & Media Assistant, Front Line Manager, HR Recruiter, Customer Service Associate, Account Executive and Operations Manager in organisations including Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Morrisons, ASSIST Sheffield, HSBS, Softcat Limited, Deltec International Courier Ltd and Hoardtek.**

*Whilst this is a top up course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course, 93% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey). **Source: LinkedIn

Teaching and assessment

You'll build your knowledge and skills in lectures, seminars, tutorials, with a strong focus on practical work. Assessment methods, which include assignments, exams and individual project work, are focused upon the development of transferable skills which will provide practical benefit in your career.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


The Business School was opened in 2010 at a cost of £17m and is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop. Located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Excellent teaching rooms combine with fully-equipped computer labs to provide access to technology and learning resources alongside 'The Street' cafe which offers space for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide selection of fresh food and hot and cold drinks.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website

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