International Business Management with Spanish BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2014 ENTRY)
4 years sandwichBusiness and Law
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East
The knowledge and understanding of international issues and the dynamics of global business is vital for our future business leaders. The International Business Management degrees provide the broad theoretical and practical background to understand and make decisions in these rapidly changing environments; together with the transferable skills that are attractive to all employers.
The four year International Business Management degree with Spanish effectively provides you with a double advantage. The fact that you have been studying an international business degree and are fluent in a second language is highly attractive to prospective employers.
Your international placement in the third year not only provides additional international experience but it also helps to build on the essential attributes of self- confidence and cultural awareness which will be evident at any subsequent interview. Students on this programme are expected to spend the third academic year studying or working in a country that uses the language studied in their degree.
In addition to studying or working outside the UK, the programme is delivered and managed by experienced international managers to cohorts of international students. The same programme is delivered at locations on mainland Europe and in Asia and provides an additional international dimension to the student experience.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
The programme will be delivered using a combination of scheduled lectures and seminars, as well as independent learning, visiting speakers and directed learning.
Directed learning will include a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for seminar activity, preparing for presentations, etc. Guidance will be given on the nature of work to be undertaken either through the Teaching and Learning Plan or through specific instructions related to a particular task. Independent learning refers to learning, which the student identifies by pursuing own areas of interest or by developing deeper or broader knowledge of the subject area; this can happen through a range of learning activities that will include reading, reflection and research.
Students on this programme will undertake a placement in a Spanish-speaking country, which can be an industrial placement, a study placement or a combination of both. Students choosing to undertake an industrial placement abroad will be able to develop themselves as reflective continuous learners in a work environment abroad. Students choosing to undertake an overseas study placement will further be able to experience learning environments abroad, whereby the Learning and Teaching methods applied overseas will depend upon the educational background and philosophy of the overseas institution.
There is a broad spectrum of assessment methods including portfolios, assignments and exams. Many assessments are based on real-life case studies and business scenarios, ensuring they are an authentic and relevant representation of how businesses work. In the final year, you will undertake a major in-depth piece of work on a topic of your choice relating to international business.
Graduates can expect to gain employment in fields such as finance, marketing, tourism or human resource management in national and internationalisation organisations, most of whom demand competences in a second language. Graduates have gone to work at organisations including Procter & Gamble, ALDI supermarkets and ThirtyThree.
Applications are also invited from students with appropriate qualifications for advanced entry onto level 5 or 6 (year 2 or year 3) of the programme. Each application will be considered on an individual basis.
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