International business knowledge is essential for individuals who wish to integrate into the modern business world. Students of the BA (Hons) in Business Management (International Business) program in Barcelona learn about business on an international scale and develop the skills necessary to examine and analyze business trends, acquire and hone leadership techniques and study principles integral to management, operations and employment.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Participants of this program will analyze international environments through economics, strategy, law, finance, marketing and trade. They will learn how to analyze international business transactions and laws, hone problem solving and analytical skills as well as how to think strategically. 

 

During this program, students will:

 

  1. Gain techniques for managing organizational change and learn to view the world through the consumer.
  2. Develop strategies for solving problems as a result of change.
  3. Analyze laws and business transactions.

 

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
Schedule
Full-time
DEGREE AWARDED
  • A U.K. state-accredited BA (Hons) in Business Management (International Business) degree awarded by the University of Derby, U.K.

 

  • The BA (Hons) in Business Management (International Business) 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.

  • On successful completion of the module, students will understand the taxation implications for organisations of operating in the contemporary global economic environment. The module provides knowledge and understanding about how to determine corporate income tax and capital tax liabilities, the associated tax responsibilities of employers and other taxes that affect operations, all of which are essential to managing the value of the company.

     

    Students will understand the factors that influence the regulatory environment in which tax operates, such as fiscal policy, the design of tax systems, cross border issues, the behavioural responses of tax-payers and the role of the OECD. As a backdrop to this, the module develops an understanding of the ethical issues that underlie tax planning within a global setting. Together these areas will begin to develop students’ business acumen as regards the tax affairs of the organisation, the ethical issues around tax planning, and their impact on the organisation’s decision-making process, so that appropriate business strategies can be developed.

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.

  • This module will focus on the interlinking components of supply chains and examine the role that each has and how the environmental impact of these can be reduced. It will address issues such as existing and planned technology along with the contribution of effective management contributes. Key current themes and perspectives on globalization are covered, along with performance management and financial control, and hierarchies and networks. Knowledge management is included to provide students with a more rounded and integrative framework. Students will critically examine sustainability in supply chains across a broad representation of industries, and differing and often conflicting perspectives from both academics and business practitioners will be presented. There will be a strong emphasis on practical applications.

     

    The module will be up to date with both the latest critical and evaluative thinking in supply-chain sustainability and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction. It encourages students to develop a wider global/national perspective, increase awareness of the impact that logistics and supply chain management has on the environment and the competitive position of the organisation, and develop critical/analytical, problemsolving and strategic decision-making skills.

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.

  • Students will gain a thorough understanding of the added complexities involved in global marketing and how these impact on the formulation of marketing plans and strategies through this module. It builds on the knowledge and concepts acquired earlier in the programme. This model familiarises students with a range of issues and concepts encountered by international marketers, and provides the theoretical framework for analysing and implementing them in a real-life business situation.

     

    Assessment is coursework-based, designed to enable students to demonstrate their ability to approach a business challenge as a marketer and business manager. The assessment methods used on this module will also help develop key skills desired by employers, such as critical analysis, business report-writing and presentation skills.

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 draws together two pertinent strands operative in international relations between states: the process of sustainable development and the regulation of international business transactions. Students explore and analyze the theory and practice of sustainable development, as well as international business transactions as it relates to the sale of goods and the provision of services. The module engages students with live and contemporary development problems facing governments and then allows them to apply functional and realistic business solutions to said problems. The module places the student at the heart of sustainable international business and fosters problem-solving, creativity, enterprise, critical analysis and innovation for the purpose of direct impact. To bolster this, the module will engage and interact with the Government Department for International Development and, the British Council through guest speakers and projects offered by these institutions. The assessment is by coursework and will require students to analyze a series of case studies and implement a sustainable business transaction.

EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Business Management (International Business) program can go on to seek opportunities in areas like:

 

  • Business process outsourcing
  • International business consultancy
  • Transport and logistics management
  • Import/export compliance
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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