Computer Systems Engineering (3 Years) [BEng]
|Unit level:||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s):||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?:||Y
Additional RequirementsBMAN10612 is a free choice option for students with prior agreement from their home schools.
To provide an insight into the nature and usefulness of economic analysis, focusing on those concepts that are relevant to the needs of companies.
Analyzing market demand, factors affecting firms; cost, profit analysis, pricing, competition in different kinds of market structure, strategic behaviour, firm growth (mergers and acquisitions), the impact of governments on company policies, interpreting economic data, the macroeconomic environment. In analyzing all these topics, the course relies heavily on, and where practical, current examples and case studies.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures: 24 hours - 2 hrs per week x 12 weeks
Private Study: 76 hours
Total Study: 100 hours
Total study hours: 100 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.
At the end of the course students should be able to list and analyse the factors influencing the sales revenue and profitability of companies, explain various pricing concepts and strategies, analyse the factors determining the intensity and type of competition in different markets, understand key strategies used by firms to pursue growth, give examples of the impact that government policies can have on companies, interpret basic economic data, summarise recent developments in the economy and explain the impact that business cycles can have on companies.
Assessment Further Information
Written 2 hour examination (100%).
Any of the following books will be good introductory texts to accompany most of the issues in the lectures. Please note, no one text will cover all the issues:
Begg, D. & Ward, D., (2009), Economics for Business, 3rd ed, McGraw Hill
Begg, D., Fisher, S. & Dornbusch, R., (2005), Economics, 8th ed, McGraw Hill
Mulhearn, C. & Vane, H., (2012), Economics for Business, Palgrave McMillan
Sloman, J; Hinde, K; (2007), Economics for Business, 4th ed, Prentice Hall
- Informal advice and discussion at the end of lectures or during office hours.
- Online exercises and quizzes delivered through the Blackboard course space.
- Responses to student emails and questions..
- Specific course related feedback sessions.
- Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.
- Assessment written exam - 2 hours
- Lectures - 24 hours
- Independent study hours - 74 hours