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Course Overview

In The Context of Business, you will be introduced to the external context in which businesses operate. The course is designed to explore the political, economic, sociocultural, technological, ethical and market influences on business. It examines the role and place of business in an increasingly globalized world by looking at the ways in which businesses respond to their environment through innovation, strategy, operations and marketing.  The aim of the course is to give an overview of issues that are relevant to the modern business environment and to prepare you for further study by stressing learning skills relevant across disciplines.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Allan Sim

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • MS1508 The Context of Business (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will contain topics from the following and related areas: business organisations— marketing; human resource management; gender; operations; innovation; corporate social responsibility; international markets; politics; macroeconomics; culture; technology; law; environmental issues.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Accountancy Joint
  • Accountancy Major
  • Bachelor Of Science In Business Mngmt & Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Laws with Options in Business Management (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Laws with Options in Management Studies (Hons)
  • MA Accountancy
  • MA Accountancy-Finance
  • MA Accountancy-Legal Studies
  • MA Business Management
  • MA Information Systems and Management
  • Management Studies Joint
  • Management Studies Major
  • Management Studies Minor

Contact Teaching Time

55 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt:

2-hour examination (75%)

Essay (1000 maximum word count) (25%)


Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment



Essay-based assignment: through written comments returned as soon as practicable (expected within three working weeks).
Examination: feedback on May examination will be posted through MyAberdeen to help students prepare for resit.

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