Summer School: Business and Management

Spend your summer at our EQUIS and AMBA accredited Business School. If you're unsure what to study this summer, follow our top tips for how to choose a module.

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You can see our full list of business and management modules below.

Session One

28 June - 16 July 2021

  • Managing Global Supply Chains

    Module code: IS400

    This module explores the global dimensions associated with managing supply chains. It is suited for students who are interested in examining the emergence of global business, the nature and structure of global supply chain management and the emerging issues of supply chain sustainability and ethics in this rapidly transforming industry. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the role and extent of supply chain management in modern organizations.

    This popular undergraduate study area is suited for students currently enrolled on Biochemistry, Psychology and Biomedicine, at the minimum students should have some background in Biology.

    Critical awareness of supplier selection process, supply chain governance, outsourcing and offshoring. Through discussions and in-class simulations, you will gain a critical understanding of the key processes involved in global supply chain management including sourcing, procurement, warehousing, inventory management and logistics.

    You will develop a clear understanding of the role of effective supply chain management and understand differentiation between different types of supplier engagement options (including partnering, outsourcing and offshoring etc.). You will demonstrate critical awareness of the role that effective supply chain management plays in terms of achieving competitive advantage and apply the tools, techniques and concepts of the module to a variety of case organisations. You will examine case studies that deliver products straight to the doorstep of consumers and customers.

     A highlight of the module will be access to the University of Sussex Supply Chain 4.0 Research Hub, where you can explore key research themes such as how 3D printing is shortening global supply chains and bringing manufacturing closer to the consumer, and data analytics to enhance forecast accuracy and reduce inventory holding. Students will also be encouraged to look at local businesses based in Sussex.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of effective supply chain management in a global context
    • Develop a critical awareness of the role that effective supply chain management plays in terms of achieving a competitive advantage
    • Differentiate between different types of supplier engagement options (including Partnering, Outsourcing and Offshoring etc)
    • Apply the tools, techniques and concepts of the module to a variety of case organisations.

    Teaching method: Lectures and seminars
    Assessment: 90% essay, 10% observation
    Contact hours: 48 hours 
    Credits: 15 Sussex Credits

  • Principles of Business Management

    Module code: IS432

    This module introduces you to relevant concepts to provide an understanding of the business environment. This module is suited for all, you will only require an interest in understanding business environments and the issues affecting contemporary business. This module sets the scene and provides a platform for future study as well as helping you to appreciate the interconnected nature of business organisations, the environment in which they operate, and the people involved.

    Through collaborative team-based activities, you will show an ability to engage in a critical discussion of issues affecting contemporary business and analyse a selected organisation’s approach to a selected managerial process. Topics and concepts may include – Organisational Structure, Management Theory, Corporate Social Responsibility and the culture and ethics of business organisations.

    The module will help you contextualise the study of organisations and should give you the capability to analyse organisation and management issues in a contemporary setting. You will also work collaboratively in team-based activities providing networking opportunities throughout the module. This module may include in-class simulations, where you evaluate the success of a selected organisation’s market performance.

    The University of Sussex Business School has EQUIS accreditation – the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools in terms of governance, programmes, students, faculty, research, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, as well as engagement with the world of practice.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Display understanding of a range of reliable and relevant concepts underlying the study of contemporary business and management
    • Show an ability to engage in a critical discussion of issues affecting contemporary business
    • Analyse a selected organisation’s approach to a selected managerial process
    • Evaluate the success of a selected organisation’s performance in its undertaking of a selected managerial process.

    Teaching method: Workshops
    Assessment: 50% presentation, 40% essay, 10% observation
    Contact hours: 42 hours 
    Credits: 15 Sussex Credits

Session Two 

19 July – 13 August 2021

  • Developing Negotiation Skills

    Module code: IS401

    Whether we’re at work, school, or interacting with friends and family, we are constantly engaging in negotiations where we try to influence and persuade others.

    This module offers you the opportunity to practice and develop your negotiating skills. Most workshops will feature engaging role-play exercises where you can practice your negotiation skills, followed by a class discussion and mini-lecture to highlight important negotiation concepts. The module is therefore highly interactive. Through this module, you will develop your own natural negotiation style, and feel more confident engaging in future negotiations.

    The module will begin with exploring simple negotiations between two parties over a single issue and will progress to negotiations featuring multiple parties negotiating over multiple issues. At the end of the module, you will have gained confidence in your negotiation abilities as well as a strong understanding of important negotiation concepts like BATNA: Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement, reservation price, and target price. The module will also focus on how culture and diversity influence negotiations so that you will be well equipped to negotiate across a variety of contexts.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Develop a critical understanding of one’s own negotiating abilities
    • Analyse the likely success of negotiation strategies and evaluate alternatives
    • Understand the organisational, behavioural, and psychological issues relating to the negotiation process
    • Develop an understanding of how culture and diversity influence negotiations.

    Teaching method: Workshops
    Assessment: 70% essay, 30% observation
    Contact hours: 40 hours 
    Credits: 15 Sussex Credits

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Our research

As a dynamic, research-orientated and interdisciplinary Business School, we produce cutting-edge research that addresses real-world issues, pressing global policy agendas and business practices, whilst also being committed to developing the underlying core disciplines.

Our research influences the way we teach, and you learn from academics at the forefront of their fields.

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Contact us

If you are studying at Sussex for a summer and have questions, email summer@sussex.ac.uk.

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