Module details for Contemporary Issues in Business


This module requires students to examine contemporary business and management issues in depth and to gain an understanding of current business & management thinking from both practical and theoretical perspectives. The purpose of the module is to develop and augment the knowledge and understanding of business & management research addressed in the core modules. It will consist of a series of self- contained lectures given by a range of staff from across the division, each highlighting a topical or emergent issue in management research.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : the opportunity to understand business and management theories and to develop and demonstrate their research skills in a business or management context.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Perform a focused literature search into the areas of business & management, identify and evaluate key developments at the frontiers in the field;

2.  Communicate an understanding of these developments in written form and demonstrate critical self-reflexive learning;

3.  Discuss and defend your own perspective on contemporary and pervasive business & management issues

Indicative Content

1 Operations/Supply Chain and Innovation Management

1. Contemporary issues in operational management, innovation and change

2 Human Resource Management

2. Contemporary issues in human resource management

3 Organisation Behaviour

3. Contemporary problems in organisation theory and structure

4 Strategic Management

4. Contemporary problems in strategic thought and leadership

5 International Business

5. Contemporary issues in international business

6 Ethics

6. Ethics

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 6
Tutorial/Seminar 2
Practical Activity 16
Assessment 50
Independent 126
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.