Business Reporting Techniques
FHEQ Level 7
To be confirmed
Number of credits:
Number of ECTS credits:
7.5 ECTS credits
Overall student workload:
Contact hours – 33 hours (22 lectures and 11 tutorials)
Independent Study – 117 hours
Units of Assessment
|Weighting towards Module Mark (%)|
Individual coursework (3000 words)
A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
The Business Reporting Techniques module aims to help students to develop an understanding of the process involved in successfully completing an international business project, in preparation for the project module. It enables students to understand a research problem and source, process and conduct appropriate information while preparing a report on the problem. It facilitates independent learning process and provides them with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to articulate findings in a structured reporting format. By covering the fundamentals of reporting techniques and their applications, this module will enable students to work independently for the project module.
This module aims to:
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The teaching and learning strategy for this module is designed to encourage students to think critically about the different stages of writing the report and to engage in sharing insights on the possible implications for the recommendations presented with appropriate justification.
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: Involve the students in a full action learning mixing lectures with workshops and detailed case analysis.
The learning and teaching methods including several elements to achieve the module learning outcomes:
- Workshop activities and peer group exercises
- Self-initiated learning through reading Surrey learn and partner websites
Workshop activities and peer group exercises
- Student-led class discussions of case studies and research scenarios to put theory into application and transform the acquired knowledge into practice.
- Students are encouraged to ask about their individual course work during the seminars/workshops.
A. Students are expected to support the work undertaken during each lecture by undertaking a number of independent learning activities:
- Preparatory reading with questions to guide their note taking.
- Follow up exercises to consolidate their learning, where appropriate applying this to new situations.
- Guided further reading to enable them to extend their knowledge and understanding.
B. The University’s virtual learning environment (SurreyLearn) will be used to support student learning by providing them with additional resources and links to useful websites. SurreyLearn will also be used for further discussion of the module topics between the students and the lecturers as well as the students and their colleagues. Additionally, PowerPoint presentations and case studies used by the lecturers will be placed on SurreyLearn before the lecture so that students may print off copies in time for the lecture.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
• Knowledge and Understanding. Demonstrating a robust and wide-ranging knowledge and understanding of the various tools and frameworks used in constructing arguments and writing business reports
• Professional, practical and transferable skills. Demonstrating a practical ability to work in a group; communication and presentation skills, research skills. Demonstrating revenue generation skills in accessing information from sources relevant to the context
• Intellectual and cognitive skills. Demonstrating critical thinking and an ability to evaluate and select from alternative logical perspectives. The ability to apply and justify selected logical perspective(s) to address an identified business issue.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a business report
The feedback process will incorporate not just the grades but further reading and advice to facilitate learning.
McInnis, J. (2016) An introduction to secondary data analysis with IBM SPSS Statistics. UK, London: Sage Publications.
Flick, U. (2014) The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis. UK, London: Sage Publications.
Pallant, J. (2010) SPSS Survival Manual (4th ed). Open University Press.
Bowden, J. (2011) Writing a Report (9th ed.). UK, Oxford: How to books.
Reid, M. (2012) Report Writing (Pocket Study Skills). UK, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Bentley, T. J. (2002) Report writing in business: The effective communication of information. UK, Oxford: CIMA Publishing.
Douglas, I. (2017) Writing reports that gets results: Using language’s power to persuade. GreatSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Robinson, Z. & Pedley-Smith, S. (2010) A Student’s guide to write business reports. Kaplan Publishing.
Academy of Management Review
Economics of Transition
Harvard Business Review
International Business Review
Journal of Comparative Economics
Journal of Economic Surveys
International Journal of Human Resource Management
International Studies of Management & Organization
Journal of International Business Studies
Journal of International Management
Journal of Management Studies
Journal of World Business
Management International Review
NBER Working Paper Series
Quality daily and weekly press (e.g. The Financial Times)
Review of International Economics