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UOSM2001 Business Skills for Employability

Module Overview

There are seven, weekly two-hour workshops during which students run companies within a virtual business world, assisted by the module lecturer as necessary. In addition four one-hour lecture sessions enable students to enhance their knowledge of business management concepts.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to provide an experiential learning process derived from a Total Enterprise Simulation (TES) that has been designed and built in conjunction with executives from several international companies, and validated through academic research conducted at Southampton. The TES enables students to experience the management of a realistic virtual representation of a manufacturing and retail business supply chain, developing understanding of key issues faced by managers when managing a business. Students apply management skills and theory within a simulated business environment, formulating deductions and learning by reflecting upon the experiences derived. Participants work in teams managing competing companies, making decisions and evaluating outcomes. The application of skills in marketing, strategy and financial analysis, and the integration of these disciplines while effectively managing a team is a key aim of the module. In this way, students are better prepared to be able to demonstrate business understanding and knowledge when prospecting for employment and during job interviews.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • some fundamental strategic management concepts;
  • basic finance and accounting;
  • targeted Marketing
  • the nature of business and some of its key interdependencies;
  • the characteristics of effective teamwork and business relationships within the working environment.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • observe important factors and considerations that drive business performance;
  • understand effective business team work;
  • explain business thinking processes and concepts needed to be an effective manager.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate effectively in both written and oral format
  • analyse data;
  • present structured arguments – visually and spoken;
  • problem solve.


• Strategic marketing concepts: BCG Matrix, Porter’s Five Forces, Benchmarking, Core Competence, Marketing Mix, Value Chain, SWOT, PESTEL, Supply Chain Management • Financial Concepts: Margin Analysis, Ratio Analysis, Profit and Loss Account, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow • Team work: Effective Business Teams

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Blended learning as a mix of practical experiential business management and theoretical concepts. Students apply business theories, experience business developments, reflect on successes and hence deduce and learn how to be an effective business manager.

Completion of assessment task30
Practical classes and workshops16
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Wider reading or practice70
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Bloisi, W. (2003). Management and Organisational Behaviour. 

Ashleigh M.J., & Mansi, A. (2012). The Psychology of People in Organisations. 

Johnson, G. Scholes, K. and Whittington, R. (2005). Exploring Corporate Strategy. 

Dibb,S. Simpkin, L. Pride, W. and Ferrell, O. (1997). Marketing Concepts and Strategies. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 90%
Group presentation 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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