Module title: Business Strategy and Sustainable Development (Online)

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE10403
Module leader: Hock Tan
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management


2018/9, Trimester 3, Online,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Hock Tan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module online, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of reflective exercises, case studies and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit will help to engage you in the learning process, and the online materials will encourage you to reflect on your own experiences and learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact via the VLE through discussion forums.

To support your learning, you will have access to:
• A weekly ‘virtual office hour’ – module leaders will be available for synchronous contact.
• Module specific materials which will comprise of the undernoted:
o A module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key points
o Eleven units of learning - an introductory unit, followed by ten subject specific units.
o Narrated PPTs, covering key learning points for each unit
o Podcasts/vodcasts further explaining key concepts (where appropriate)
o Recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate)
o Case Studies and outline solutions
o Two online discussions instigated and moderated by the module leader
o Self-Assessment Questions
o Reflective Exercises
o End of Unit Progress tests
o Links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc.
o Examples of assessments - & outline solutions
o A database of Frequently Asked Questions

You are encouraged to identify key skills areas and relate these to your own personal and professional development throughout the module.

Learning and Teaching Met

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module via feedback on the self-assessment questions and Case Studies - the outline solutions will be developed by the module leader, and appropriate online feedback will be available automatically and as soon as the assessment is completed. This will enable you to self-assess your progress and understanding.

Reflective Exercises within each unit will require you to apply theory to your own experience – your reflections will be captured in an online reflective portfolio which you will be able to review and print off.

Sample assessments will be available together with model answers and marking schemes to facilitate self-assessment of your knowledge and understanding, and identification of areas of weakness to aid your preparation for assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is through one formal individual report assignment. The assignment (100%) requires you to analyse, assess, develop and critically reflect on solutions financial problems across a range of accounting and finance topics.

The End of Unit progress test - (normally 10 questions at the end of each unit, testing your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts within each unit x 10) – 10% of final module mark. End of Module Assessment – 90% of final module mark. This will take the form of one piece of assessment, namely a Case Study Report (4,000 words).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 4
Online Guided independent study 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 191
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 10 1 - 5 2 HOURS= 5, WORDS= 0
Report 90 1 - 5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module will address sustainability issues in the context of increasing pressure on companies to be seen to be acting responsibly in relation to their social and environmental impacts; but also the increasing realisation, by businesses, that embedding sustainability into strategies can strengthen their competitive position, and increase profitability. The module content, therefore, covers the key factors in a changing business environment, such as increasing populations, (meeting) resource depletion, food shortages (and higher prices), climate change, and discusses the multinational government initiatives to address these issues. Then, the module turns to the formulation and implementation of ‘sustainable strategies by businesses, focussing on theoretical frameworks by Laszlo, Porter and Kramer, and Prahalad (see Reading List).

Learning Outcomes for module:

1. To understand the concept of sustainable development
2. To appraise the key sustainability issues, and to assess the impact on business organisations
3. To assess the processes by which businesses can embed ‘sustainable development’ in their strategies
4. To evaluate how engagement with sustainability can be beneficial to businesses in terms of creating competitive advantage.
5. Assess the role of corporate social and environmental reporting (‘social accounting’) in contributing to the attainment of sustainability goals.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Contact your module leader