Surrey University Stag


Module code: MANM373

Module Overview

The Business Reporting Techniques module enables students to understand a research problem and source, process and conduct appropriate research 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 expects students rely on almost everything they learn in the International Business Management Programme.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N422

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 84

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Insights on how to structure a report

  • Techniques of using models/frameworks to formulate and develop arguments

  • Collection of secondary data

  • Techniques of using and analysing secondary data

  • Using these techniques in writing report on a chosen topic

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental business reporting concepts in the context of global business environment. 

Thus, the summative assessment (the one that you would receive a mark) for this module consists of:

  • An individual report, which addresses learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Formative assessment and feedback

Some of the seminars would be dedicated to feedback provision on the student’s individual reports. The students can make an appointment with the members of the teaching team to receive feedback on their reports during the office hours of the teaching team. The feedback would be provided in-person either during the seminars or the office hours. The module leader might decide to accept to provide feedback via emails too.

Each student can receive feedback on their reports only once. Two weeks before the report deadline would be the last possible date to show your report to any of the teaching team. Thereby, you are highly advised to start writing your report as early as possible to have a chance of receiving feedback on your work. The feedback can be given based on the first come, first served basis, so the request by the student for checking the report will be denied if the student makes the request when the whole possible time-slots are allocated to other students who booked a time-slot earlier.

Module aims

  • Prepare students for their final project by developing their skills, understanding and knowledge of the process involved in successfully completing an international business project.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically apply a structured approach to preparing a report in international business KCPT
002 Conduct appropriate research to position the understanding of an international business topic/problem in the wider business context CPT
003 Use a range of tools/frameworks relevant and appropriate to analyse the topic/problem to be reported KCPT
004 Flex the style and contents of the report in light of the different expectations of the targeted users KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching 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 provide a range of learning opportunities in an integrative way to facilitate the development of key knowledge areas described above.   

The learning and teaching methods include three sections as follow: 

  • Lectures: The new and necessary concepts will be taught via interactive lecturing 

  • Seminars: You will be prepared and guided to write your assignment in the seminars. 

  • Captured contents: All the lectures and seminars are recorded and made available even before official commence date of the semester. 

The online discussions on SurreyLearn would be the complementary method. Lecture notes and additional material will be made available on SurreyLearn and regular exercises will be set to test students’ understanding on an on-going basis.

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

Global and cultural capabilities: In this module, we prepare our students to work in a multicultural global working environment. Students and staff on this module come from diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. Most assessment elements, as well as the activities embedded in the delivery of the module, require students to work together, solve problems, and creatively tackle people management challenges. As such students broaden their own world view, perspectives, and interpretations by interacting in a culturally varied environment. Our student body, guest speakers, and members of staff are global and diverse, currently representing more than 30 nationalities, which provides students with an internationally excellent educational experience.

Digital capabilities: Fortunately, our students are the generation of information and communication technology enthusiast. During the module, students acquire and develop a range of digital capabilities. The teaching and learning strategy is a hybrid between in-person and online teaching and learning activities. In addition to the person-computer interface embedded in the module, some assessment components require students to engage with several digital platforms, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Canvas. Students are also trained in operating research software packages such as SPSS and NVivo.

Employability: One of the main intentions of this module is preparing the students to be work-ready. The students learn all necessary concepts, decision-making steps, and techniques for assessing, planning and implementing required strategies and actions in the context of international business.

Resourcefulness and resilience: In this module, students are required to put themselves in the position of a manager to do the analysis, identify the problems, and suggest realistic solutions for them. This type of practices flourishes their resourcefulness and resilience. Our module is an intensive learning journey designed to enhance students’ continual professional development. Their performance and progress is facilitated and assessed by both formative and summative assessments. By the end of the module, students have developed necessary attributes for a career in people management such as confidence, adaptability, and self-regulation.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Business Management MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Intercultural Business Communication and Marketing MA 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2024/5 academic year.