Summer School: Business and Management

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Business and Management modules

The University of Sussex reserves the right to cancel modules due to staff availability, student demand, minimum enrolment, or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Session One 

  • 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.

    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

  • 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.

    The Business School has been awarded Top 10 in the UK for Business and Economics (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020) and 3rd in the UK for annual research income (Chartered Association of Business Schools 2018).

    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

  • English Skills for Academic and Professional Environments 1

    Module code: IS410

    Available to students where English is not their first language. This module is for students with an interest in Business and who are looking to develop and apply key academic skills to help them progress in this area of study. This module offers training in research and communication skills necessary for further academic study.

    The distinctive focal point of the module is the personal and academic development you will gain, developing subject-specific skills in essay writing, critical reading and researching.

    There will be guided research projects from expertise on topics such as Corporate Social Responsibility, Globalisation and Digital Media Marketing. Through these projects, you will learn how to use and apply key academic skills such as critical reading, researching and essay writing to produce a portfolio of work that centres on one of these specific business themes. You will engage with audio and text-based content, in order to help carry out your independent research projects using the library resources.

    You will also be trained in, and will practise, the listening and speaking skills required to understand and contribute to seminars, lectures and tutorials typically found in higher education settings.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Identify, interpret and analyse the key arguments of relevant subject-specific sources to support the communication of the student’s own well-structured coherent arguments
    • Produce oral discourse and genres typically found in subject-specific academic and professional environments (at B2 level or above)
    • Create texts containing discipline-specific language, form and rhetorical features that communicate arguments effectively (at B2 level or above).

    Teaching method: Seminars and tutorials
    Assessment: 70% coursework, 30% presentation
    Contact hours: 40 hours

  • Intercultural Skills for Effective Workplace Communication 1

    Module code: IS412

    This module is suited for students who are looking at careers in global industries, as it will foster flexibility in thinking, encourage empathy, and help to gain an awareness of others.

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore your intercultural awareness and develop your ability to communicate effectively across cultures. It will introduce theories regarding intercultural communication and focus on different aspects of working in multicultural contexts where cultural knowledge and assumptions influence effective communication.

    The study of intercultural communication is a growing field of inter-disciplinary research, spanning a number of disciplines including Linguistics, Sociology, Psychology and Business. You will gain a global insight into the workplace, identifying and reflecting on how aspects of cultural diversity may influence communication in workplace scenarios. Throughout this module, you will examine a wide range of workplace communicative situations (e.g. email correspondence with clients; service encounters; negotiating with potential clients; managing relationships with colleagues) and business case studies (e.g. how business adapts advertisements for different markets). The theoretical analysis of local and global business case studies will support your intercultural skills needed for successful communication in diverse professional environments.

    Through participation in discussions, simulations, presentations and research projects, you will reflect on and develop your own communication. You will be expected to research and critically engage with the theories and apply the knowledge gained to small-scale practical project(s).

    Learning outcomes:

    • Examine and analyse concepts of culture and intercultural communication in relation to diverse professional contexts
    • Identify and reflect on workplace situations where aspects of cultural diversity may impact on communication
    • Apply theoretical knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of diverse workplace scenarios
    • Demonstrate self-awareness and other-awareness when analysing intercultural encounters and examining the impact of cultural backgrounds on different communication styles.

    Teaching method: Fieldwork, seminars and workshops
    Assessment: 50% essay, 20% report, 20% presentation, 10% observation
    Contact hours: 42 hours

Session Two 

  • 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

  • English Skills for Academic and Professional Environments 2

    Module code: IS411

    Available to students where English is not their first language. This module is for students with an interest in Business and who are looking to develop and apply key academic skills to help them progress in this area of study. This module offers training in research and communication skills necessary for further academic study.

    The distinctive focal point of the module is the personal and academic development you will gain, developing subject-specific skills in essay writing, critical reading and researching.

    There will be guided research projects from expertise on topics such as Corporate Social Responsibility, Globalisation and Digital Media Marketing. Through these projects, you will learn how to use and apply key academic skills such as critical reading, researching and essay writing to produce a portfolio of work that centres on one of these specific business themes. You will engage with audio and text-based content, in order to help carry out your independent research projects using the library resources.

    You will also be trained in, and will practise, the listening and speaking skills required to understand and contribute to seminars, lectures and tutorials typically found in higher education settings.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Identify, interpret and analyse the key arguments of relevant subject-specific sources to support the communication of the student’s own well-structured coherent arguments
    • Produce oral discourse and genres typically found in subject-specific academic and professional environments (at B2 level or above)
    • Create texts containing discipline-specific language, form and rhetorical features that communicate arguments effectively (at B2 level or above).

    Teaching method: Seminars and tutorials
    Assessment: 70% coursework, 30% presentation
    Contact hours: 40 hours

  • Intercultural Skills for Effective Workplace Communication 2 

    Module code: IS413

    This module is suited for students who are looking at careers in global industries, as they will foster flexibility in thinking, encourage empathy, and help to gain an awareness of others.

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore your intercultural awareness and develop your ability to communicate effectively across cultures. It module will introduce theories regarding intercultural communication and focus on different aspects of working in multicultural contexts where cultural knowledge and assumptions influence effective communication.

    The study of intercultural communication is a growing field of inter-disciplinary research, spanning a number of disciplines including Linguistics, Sociology, Psychology and Business. You will gain a global insight into the workplace, identifying and reflecting on how aspects of cultural diversity may influence communication in workplace scenarios. Throughout this module, you will examine a wide range of workplace communicative situations (for example, email correspondence with clients; service encounters; negotiating with potential clients; managing relationships with colleagues) and business case studies (for example, how business adapts advertisements for different markets). The theoretical analysis of local and global business case studies will support your intercultural skills needed for successful communication in diverse professional environments.

    Through participation in discussions, simulations, presentations and research projects, you will reflect on and develop your own communication. You will be expected to research and critically engage with the theories and apply the knowledge gained to a small-scale practical project or projects.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Examine and analyse concepts of culture and intercultural communication in relation to diverse professional contexts
    • Identify and reflect on workplace situations where aspects of cultural diversity may impact on communication
    • Apply theoretical knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of diverse workplace scenarios
    • Demonstrate self-awareness and other-awareness when analysing intercultural encounters and examining the impact of cultural backgrounds on different communication styles.

    Teaching method: Fieldwork, seminars and workshops
    Assessment: 50% essay, 20% report, 20% presentation, 10% observation
    Contact hours: 42 hours


About the Business School

The work of the Business School draws on management, economics, science, technology and innovation studies. We collaborate across disciplines to shape global issues in business, management and society, making an impact on policy and people.

The 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.

  • Top 100in the world for Business and Economics*

  • 2world-leading think tanks: Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) 

  • 3rdin the UK for annual research income***

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* The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, ** The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, *** Chartered Association of Business Schools 2018


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