Module code: MAN3155

Module Overview

Business events have been a booming part of the events industry over the past few years with B2B, B2C, meetings, conferences and exhibitions offering lucrative potential employment for event planners.

The module will provide an understanding and overview of this sector as well as examining and analysing key elements in the marketing and  production of business events.  It will also focus on the specific factors involved in organising a business event and conference in particular looking at networking aspects of such events and the resources used to develop events of this type. Reference will be made to the Meetings Architecture and Return on Investment models that allow for design planning and analysis of how business events succeed.

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

BERRIDGE Graham (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • What are Business Events?

  • Shape of the Industry: Business Dimensions

  • Business Stakeholders and their roles

  • BE Planning 1: Critical thinking

  • BE Planning 2: Bidding and Partnerships

  • Traveller Motivations

  • BE Environment & Analysis

  • Technology and Digital Engagement

  • Meeting Architecture Principles

  • Using ROI Methodologies

  • Trends

  • The Ones that Never Knock – Career Opportunities

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Business audit 100

Alternative Assessment

Alternative assessment: If a resit is required students will have to submit a 1500 word report on successful marketing techniques for business events

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to reflect upon planning and evaluation principles in order to audit a small to medium sized event

Assessment Strategy: The assessment strategy is designed to allow students to demonstrate that they have achieved the module learning outcomes. This is achieved by completing an audit of an event. Learning & Teaching will be based on a 3 hour session that is front loaded during weeks 1-8.

Formative feedback

Students receive feedback throughout the semester via face to face teaching which will support them to complete the assessment

Module aims

  • Analyse the requirements of business events sector
  • Develop a critical understanding of how business events contribute to the visitor economy
  • Utilise relevant evaluation models for analysis of small to medium sized events

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Define and explain the business events sector KP
002 Analyse planning techniques for business events KPT
003 Critically analyse and evaluate business events CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to:

•           Increase students understanding of business events

•           Increase students ability to analyse business event planning

•           Increase students knowledge of models for planning and evaluation


The teaching and learning methods include:

•           Interactive lectures with support material and reinforcement

•           Group work

•           Formative feedback sessions –this will be provided through group work and presentations in class where students will also be asked to critically comment on each other’s performance.

•           Case studies

•           Guest lectures to provide links between theory and practice

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

MAN3155-002 Business Audit CW 100%

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Hospitality Management BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Hospitality and Tourism Management BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Event Management BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.