To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
Your class sessions are designed to trigger your learning by giving you the central structure and framework in each topic and driving your learning through direct reading that will then underpin class discussions. You will be given far more information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the Catalyst and University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in October.
In the meantime, this textbook will be required reading to help you to prepare for your Year 1 modules in Business and Management:
- Boddy, D. 2020, Management: using practice and theory to develop skill, 8th edn, Pearson, Harlow, England.
Detailed and updated reading lists are issued out in the module handbooks, which are provided in the first session of each module. You can also search for these using the module code in Discover More, our library search facility, for example, BUS1017. You may also want to get a head start by reading up on general business and management subjects and ensuring that you are aware of the current local, regional, national and world developments taking place. Good quality daily newspapers business/management supplements, and magazines are an ideal starting ground for this knowledge
- To explore careers within the Business sector visit the prospects website
- Really review your chosen degree course structure and modules
- If you would like to organise your tasks and create a to-do list visit trello.com
Do something innovative!
Use the links below to find out more:
- Create a business plan for a product or service you think you could launch; you may have the opportunity to create a limited company in our Graduate Enterprise module! Think about what business plan ideas you could pitch.
- If you enjoy graphic design or developing presentations, why not create some marketing material for a fictional company, maybe a logo or an advertisement? Maybe your market your business plan pitch!
Videos to watch to get you thinking about pitches:
- Peter’s Threatened By Tech Tycoon | Dragons’ Den
- “Wait, You’ve Got a 90% Shareholder That Isn’t Here?” | Dragons’ Den
- Dragons Den Compilations
Why not create a YouTube or similar recorded pitch as if you were on Dragon’s Den?
Things to do over summer
During such unprecedented times there are many opportunities to take advantage of live and current research, especially in the field of business and management. By having the opportunity to research during this time, you may be able to expand your knowledge which will prove crucial throughout your degree, and maybe even at points within your future career. Below are some quick activities that will help you feel more prepared for your next step into Higher Education.
What does the pandemic mean for Business and Management?
Research how global, national and small businesses have responded to the Coronavirus outbreak. Whilst you’re reading consider the following questions:
- Which types of businesses closed first?
- What measures are businesses taking to ensure the safety of staff and customers?
- What does ‘lockdown’ mean for a) non-essential businesses, and b) essential businesses?
- What good practice examples are there of government policy for business?
Covid-19 and business
COVID-19 has impacted Business in many ways. Investigate how stakeholders are debating ways forward for the sector. Conduct some research using the sources provided and others of your choice to provide recommendations on how the sector can mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
You will find some of these podcast useful too:
Trade Talks is a lively and popular podcast about the economics of trade and policy.
- Business Wars
Sometimes the prize is your wallet, sometimes your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. This podcast explores how feuds between businesses can shape what we buy, and even the world we live in.
- The Marketing Companion
Dubbed as “the world’s most entertaining”, this marketing podcast combines celebrity spots, comedy and innovative marketing advice to educate and teach, with laughs along the way.
Why not create a podcast of your own, discussing your interests that link to our degree topics?
Additional ways to prepare
Preparing to start
This session examines how to make a successful transition to university. From planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you and general advice on uni life.Watch the session
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