Finance is a strategic and crucial component of all businesses and the ability to understand and decipher the ever-growing complexity of the world of finance is more important than ever before. During the BA (Hons) in Business Management (Finance) program in Barcelona, students will be introduced to the main concepts of accounting and will expand their knowledge of financial analysis and projections allowing them to enter the dynamic financial world of business.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Participants of this program will learn how to critically evaluate strategic business issues and apply financial theories to real life business situations through our business simulation module. This module will present students with a problematic scenario in a virtual environment.

 

During this program, students will:

 

  1. Develop in depth skills to analyze the finances of a business and project for the future.
  2. Learn how to relate the local and global financial environment to a company.
  3. Hone problem solving skills in regards to finances.

 

As a partner student of the University of Derby you will be granted access to the University’s online learning environment ‘University of Derby Online (UDo)’ where you will be able to access program resources related to your program, the University’s library and your grades.

Program Duration
3 years
Credits
180
Teaching Language
English
Start Dates
October, February
You can do it in
Barcelona, Munich
Schedule
Full-time
DEGREE AWARDED
  • A U.K. state-accredited BA (Hons) in Business Management (Finance) degree awarded by the University of Derby, U.K.

 

  • The BA (Hons) in Business Management (Finance) has the additional benefit of being accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which gives students the possibility of achieving an additional qualification - CMI's Diploma in Leadership and Management.
PROGRAM
First Semester (30 ECTS)
  • This module introduces Organizational Behavior (OB) theory and research to help students gain an understanding of the range of individual, group and organizational factors which can influence the way that employees behave in the workplace. Students will apply the theory to case studies of organizations to explore how it can be used as an analytical tool to gain a clearer understanding of the complex causes of workplace behavior in order to develop effective management interventions.

  • An understanding of how different business departments work and interact is key to a successful career in business. Equally important is the ability to communicate effectively, network with people and demonstrate appropriate professional behavior. In this course, students will be introduced to concepts and techniques for developing and enhancing their business acumen, as well as essential communication and personal presentation skills.

  • Economics are present in almost every aspect of our lives. Knowledge of economics will therefore provide students with essential insight into how markets work, how firms and consumers make decisions in market economies, and how businesses identify opportunities and potential threats in the environment in which they operate. This module develops students’ understanding of the core principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, and uses economic models and theories to explore current  economic issues.

Second Semester (30 ECTS)
  • This module assumes no prior accounting knowledge. Students learn how to prepare accounts for small businesses and then apply that knowledge to larger organizations. They examine accounting statements to assess just how well a business is performing; identify and analyze business costs to aid decision-making relating to the control and viability of projects; and identify and discuss sources of finance.

    This basic financial knowledge is essential to anyone wishing to pursue a career in business, whether on a self-employed basis or in a larger corporation.

  • Being able to apply an enterprising mindset is highly desirable in today’s fast-moving business environment, where managers must react to gaps in the market or competitor actions, deal with uncertainty, make decisions and act. Building on and integrating the other first-year business function modules, this teaches students how to channel their creative energy, recognize the difference between a business idea and a business opportunity, decide which approach is most beneficial, and then design and implement an appropriate plan of action.

     

    The module helps students to understand the relevance and interaction of these elements within a business context, and to provide transferable skills that can be applied in any organizational situation. Students are encouraged to demonstrate these skills and to reflect upon their progress.

  • This introduction to the fundamentals of marketing gives students a basic understanding of the current and emerging marketing principles and techniques within the business environment. It seeks to establish that sustainable market success within a highly competitive environment can only be achieved by developing products or services based upon an understanding of the external environment and customers’ needs and wants.

     

    During the module, students learn how to add value for customers and other stakeholders and to assess the impact of marketing activities on consumers’ lives.

Third Semester (30 ECTS)
  • This module develops essential competencies for future employment in the business world: the ability to use spread sheets for quantitative analysis, and the skills to interpret and communicate the results of data analysis. These are key skills required by the Chartered Management Institute. Students will gain the confidence and experience to prepare an analysis of real data that will inform a business decision or underpin a business strategy. These skills also prepare students for evidencebased analysis required in other program modules, including finance, marketing and strategy.

     

    This module contributes to the CMI accreditation for BA (Hons) Business Management students.

  • This module provides students with knowledge of the principles of responsible leadership by exploring concepts of ethics, global social responsibility, and the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value for organizations and corporations. The module encourages students to consider the importance of these issues from the perspective of the organization and other stakeholders, and to reflect on the relevance of responsible leadership as a basis for sustainable competitive advantage. The module equips students with the knowledge and understanding of the complex ethical issues that are commonly encountered by organizations.

  • This module equips students with the skills for evaluating the financial data used to produce company financial statements. Students will learn the importance of choosing the correct form of finance for a given business, gain an appreciation of the value of corporate governance and the responsibility of good managers to wider stakeholders in the business. Without good management control and coordination of financial resources, businesses frequently fail to meet their potential. Students will study common pitfalls in performance management and how to avoid them.

     

    This module equips students with key skills such as the ability to understand, analyze and interpret financial, management and non-financial information in the context of modern business. Such skills are vital to any business manager, irrespective of discipline.

Fourth Semester (30 ECTS)
  • The module provides a framework for understanding the crucial role of operations to business success. It examines how people, capital, materials, equipment, knowledge, technology, information and time are combined to produce goods and services. This module will also provide students with opportunities to experience real workplace operations scenarios where their skills and knowledge can be applied in a practical way with real organizations or in valid case study situations. It provides an overview of the key areas of operations management, particularly in maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services and making sure that this is also reflected in company performance.

  • This module analyzes the range of human resource management (HRM) activities undertaken within organizations to manage the engagement and performance of its employees working alone and in teams and explores the devolution of many of these roles and responsibilities to line managers. It introduces the knowledge and skills required to undertake these activities professionally and effectively in the workplace. By the end of the module students will be able to conduct an effective performance review and link the outcomes from this into appropriate performance objectives and support frameworks and plans. They will be able to explain how this must be integrated with other HR practices to raise employee engagement and performance.

  • The module provides the essential foundations of the legal system and the opportunity to study key substantive legal areas that will be directly applicable to those entering a career in accountancy or even those wishing to pursue employment within the general business environment. Although a knowledge of the rules is required, the focus of the module delivery will be on practical applications and solutions for business.

Fifth Semester (30 ECTS)
  • This module studies global business using a combined strategic and economic approach. The recent major global economic shifts are explored, and current international business events are analyzed. Students will study the key theoretical underpinnings, trends and challenges of international trade and foreign direct investment. They will analyze the importance of government and institutions in controlling/regulating international business behavior. The long-term sustainability of businesses in the ever-changing, and often hostile, global business environment is considered, in order to understand the critical role played by strategic management.

  • Improvements to processes, services, products, people, and systems are core to the strategy of organizations. Improvements bridge the gap between current and required performance to add value and achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the long-term. Effective consultation and project management using appropriate business improvement and research methodologies is key to the successful implementation of change.

     

    In this module students will explore how to plan, organize, motivate, and control resources to achieve defined goals, on time and to agreed cost and quality criteria. Using a consultative approach, students will be challenged to make decisions based on their own research to provide practical advice and solutions to real-life scenarios taking into consideration the organization’s constraints. They will liaise with employers, establish agreed objectives and present their findings in a clear, business-focused report and presentation.

  • The analysis of financial statements can tell us a great deal about the health of a company and its ability to deal with future challenges, which is a key skill in any business environment, whether profit is the primary motivation or not. This module concentrates on using the financial, economic and non-quantitative information available to assess the relative strengths of entities and their ability to react to the impact of outside forces on their performance.

Sixth Semester (30 ECTS)
  • This module examines the concepts of leadership and management. It explores the similarities and differences in the roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers in the workplace and the development of leadership theoretical approaches as well as the practical application of these within organizations. Students will analyze the skills and competencies of effective organizational leaders and examine alternative methods of leadership development to enhance these.

  • Improvements to processes, services, products, people, and systems are core to the strategy of organizations. Improvements bridge the gap between current and required performance to add value and achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the long-term. Effective consultation and project management using appropriate business improvement and research methodologies is key to the successful implementation of change.

     

    In this module students will explore how to plan, organize, motivate, and control resources to achieve defined goals, on time and to agreed cost and quality criteria. Using a consultative approach, students will be challenged to make decisions based on their own research to provide practical advice and solutions to reallife scenarios taking into consideration the organization’s constraints. They will liaise with employers, establish agreed objectives and present their findings in a clear, business-focused report and presentation.

  • This module expands on the knowledge and understanding gained on previous business accounting modules. Students will learn how to provide managers with useful information by achieving a good understanding of management accounting concepts and techniques. The information, whether presented verbally or in written form, requires clear presentation and the ability to communicate in an appropriate manner. Students will investigate the areas of control, performance appraisal and evaluation in organizations. They will discuss the specific requirements of different industries, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and the needs of global businesses. During this module, students will practice presenting their thoughts to an audience and developing and improving presentation styles. Presentations will be filmed so students can watch themselves and reflect on how they have improved. Also, informal lectures and seminars will build an understanding of how and why organizations perform in the way they do.

     

    Understanding how a business performs and being able to communicate this to all levels in business is a key employability skill. This module will give students the confidence to critically evaluate a business scenario and make a verbal presentation to a small audience.

EMPLOYABILITY

The BA (Hons) in Business Management (Finance) program in Barcelona teaches specialized skills that will enable students to take up a position in the finance industry and find opportunities in the following areas:

 

  • Financial analysis
  • Financial consultancy
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial advisory
EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES

Some of our courses are available across all five of our campuses. We encourage students to diversify their education by participating in our campus exchanges. Choose the perfect location for you and gain international experience while expanding your global network.

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