Business Management and Human Geography 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Business Management and Human Geography.

Combined Honours

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UCAS code: LNR9

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Course Overview

For the Business Management element of the course, you will reflect critically on what you learn about business, to challenge received wisdom, and to think for yourself about the theories you encounter. There’s a specialist approach to Business Management at Keele which distinguishes it from traditional business studies. It emphasises independent thinking, and examines those places where business comes into contact with social-scientific and philosophical disciplines. You’ll explore concepts and debates in organisational behaviour, accounting, marketing, and human resource management, including decision making behaviour across the private and public sectors. You’ll learn to reflect broadly on situations and to contextually apply what you know.

For the Human Geography element of the course, you will add to your growing skills in understanding and influencing the way humans relate to the environment. In the lab, the field and the archive, you’ll explore the characteristics, diversity, interdependence and changing nature of places. You’ll understand the applications and possibilities Human Geography provides in solving problems, creating wealth and improving quality of life. You’ll collect and analyse spatial, social and environmental data, and become familiar with industry standard GIS software for analysing, visualising and integrating that data. Human Geography at Keele was ranked in the top 10 nationally for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

What will this mean for my future?

You’ll graduate as a confident, analytical thinker – a skill very much in demand among employers. You’ll be interested in this course if you’d like to pursue a career in management or self-employment. You could choose a career in the commercial, public or charitable sectors. With or without further study, you might eventually work as a management or IT consultant, investment analyst, chartered management accountant, banker, financial advisor or statistician, or in the civil service or in marketing or sales.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. In addition to providing very specific human geography skills, this course will enhance your abilities in communication, make you proficient in various methods such as GIS or primary data collection, and develop your creativity in problem solving. This will all be invaluable as you address social, environmental, ethical and global problems as part of your studies or in the world of work. You might go on to work as a planning and development surveyor, logistics manager, residential surveyor, town planner, international development worker, transport planner or market researcher.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Human Geographies
  • Geographical Skills
  • Practising Human Geography
  • People and the Environment
  • Management in Context I and II

Options Include:

  • British and Global Economy
  • Marketing Principles
  • Business Law
  • Accounting Principles
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Foundations of Human Resources Management

Second Year

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Geographical Research Training
  • Space and Society
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Ethics
  • Operations and Quality Management

Options Include:

  • Business Research
  • Enterprise and Alternative Organising
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Applied GIS*
  • Inspirational Landscapes*
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia*
  • Economic Development and Environmental Transformation*
  • Geographies of Children and Youth*
  • Rural Geographies*
  • Business Strategy
  • Contemporary Issues in Management

*Modules Selected From List

Options Include:

  • Managing Diversity ISP
  • Leading Change and Entrepreneurship
  • Indentity, Culture and Organisation
  • Comparative Business Cultures
  • SME Live Project
  • Enterprise Business Plan
  • International Business Strategies
  • Managing International Projects

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Business Management - Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Business Management achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Business Management optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

Human Geography - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Subject modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

0

45

60

0

15

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Business Management Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Management in Context MAN-10018

15

Global Business Environments MAN-100221

15

   

Accounting Principles MAN-10015

15

   

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-100262

15

   

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-10028

15

   

Business Law LAW-10027

15

   

British and Global Economy ECO-10025

15

   

Marketing  Principles MAN-10019

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900035

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Managing in a Changing Society

15

Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027 3

15

   

Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives MAN-100234

15

   

Introduction to International Business MAN-100231

15

Notes:

  1. If you wish to take Managing in the MNC (MAN-20084) in year 2, you will need to either study Global Business Environments (MAN-10022) OR Introduction to International Business (MAN-10023). For those wishing to take International Business Strategies (MAN-30055) in year 3, you need to take Global Business Environments (MAN-10022)
  2. Not available for students with A Level Maths (or equivalent). For students without A Level Maths, wishing to take Quantitative Methods 2 (ECO-10027), you will need to take this module
  3. Prerequisite of either A Level Maths (or equivalent) OR Quantitative Methods 1 (ECO-10026).
  4. Live company project, recommended for those wishing to take a Placement Year
  5. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Human Geography Year 1 (Level 4)

It is assumed that students have no previous geographical knowledge and therefore the first year provides a broad-based introduction to the subject. During the year, students acquire essential academic skills through the practical and tutorial programme, and essential knowledge and understanding concerning key geographical concepts and principles within the lecture programmes. As such, Level 4 seeks to provide a firm foundation upon which students can subsequently build. The modules utilise a variety of learning environments and a range of assessment styles. Emphasis upon and delivery of key employability skills is embedded within each of the modules.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Human Geographies

15

None

 

Geographical Skills

15

   

Practising Human Geography

15

   

People and the Environment

15

   

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Business Management Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Organisational Behaviour MAN-20055

15

Business Ethics MAN-20091

15

   

Managing in the MNC MAN-20084 1

15

   

Professional Development MAN-200902

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900034

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900045

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Operations and Quality Management MAN-20053

15

Researching Business Management MAN-200963

15

   

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-20093

15

   

Corporate Governance and  Social Responsibility MAN-20082

15

   

International Supply Chain Management MAN-20083

15

Notes:

  1. Prerequisite either Global Business Environments (MAN-10022) OR Introduction to International Business (MAN-10023)
  2. Recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  3. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in year 3 in either this subject or the other subject area - if wishing to transfer to a 90 credit specialism in Management at level 6 or to do the Management ISP Managing Diversity, then this module becomes compulsory.
  4. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  5. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

Human Geography Year 2 (Level 5)

The programme in year 2 develops students’ critical understanding of more advanced topics and conceptual issues. The programme also focuses on providing training and experience in the various skills required to undertake year independent research, which includes participation in an overseas field course.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dynamic Geographies

15

None

 

Practical Human Geography

15

   

Geographical Research Training

15

   

Space & Society

15

   

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Business Management Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Business Strategy MAN-30048

15

Managing Diversity (ISP across 2 semesters)1

30

   

Comparative Business Cultures MAN-30056

15

   

SME Live Project

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900043

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900054

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 
   

Contemporary Issues in Management MAN-30047

15

   

Enterprise Business Plan

15

   

International Business Strategies MAN-300552

15

Note:

  1. Prerequisite Researching Business Management MAN-20096. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in either this subject or the other subject area. This ISP is a year-long (30 credit module)
  2. Prerequisite Global Business Environments (MAN-10022)
  3. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  4. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Human Geography Year 3 (Level 6)

The final year provides students with an opportunity to explore specialised topics of their choice that reflect staff members’ research interests and require engagement with the most recent academic research. The programme also requires all students to complete a major piece of independent dissertation research.

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Applied GIS

15

Sustainability and Social Justice

15

Double Dissertation*

30

The Northern Dimension: Resources, Environment & Security in the Arctic

15

Single Dissertation*

15

Home, Belonging, Locality and Material Culture

15

Inspirational Landscapes

15

   

Postcolonialism in South Asia

15

   

Economic Development and Environmental Transformation

15

   

Geographies of Children and Youth

15

   

Rural Geographies

15

   

* Students can only take one of the two dissertation options

 

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Business Management in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Business Strategy MAN-30048

15

Comparative Business Cultures MAN-30056

15

Managing Diversity (ISP across 2 semesters)1

30

SME Live Project

15

   

What’s wrong with entrepreneurship? MAN-30036

15

   

Identity, Culture and Organisation MAN-30040

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900043

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900054

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Contemporary Issues in Management MAN-30047

15

Enterprise Business Plan

15

   

International Business Strategies MAN-300552

15

   

Managing International Projects MAN-30065

15

Notes:

(1) Prerequisite Researching Business Management MAN-20096

(2) Prerequisite Global Business Environments (MAN-10022)

(3) Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with another ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

(4) Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with another ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Business Management.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az