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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2020-2021

Programmes in Business

This page lists any key changes made to advertised undergraduate programmes due to start in 2020-21 in Departments in the Faculty of Business, in light of the global pandemic. Click on the departmental headers for further information about programmes and modules offered in each department.

Unless otherwise indicated, changes under each header apply to all joint and single honours programmes in the department. If there is limited or no information under a header, this indicates that no major changes to advertised content – beyond the move to blended delivery – are planned.

If you are studying a programme or modules in more than one department, please see each departmental entry for relevant information. For example, students undertaking the BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) programme should see the departmental entries for Politics, Philosophy and Economics & Finance (below).

Please Note: these summaries show changes affecting new entrants to undergraduate programmes starting Level 1 in 2020-21. Any changes to programmes which affect continuing students will be communicated directly by academic departments. If you have a query about a programme in the Business School please use the following contact list. New entrants to the Foundation Programme will similarly be contacted directly by Foundation Programme staff.

+Department of Accounting

See our full programme regulations for undergraduate programmes offered in the Department of Accounting.

Fieldwork/placement opportunities

For the programme variation with placements, placement opportunities remain. In order to accommodate potential disruption due to Covid-19 in 2020-21, the minimum duration for a placement(s) has been reduced. This serves to give students the best opportunity possible to successfully engage with and pass their placement year.

For the programme variation with international studies, international study opportunities remain in principle. However, in 2020-21, students’ ability to engage with studies at their international host University depends on the host University’s policies, and might be affected by international travel restrictions.

We hope these issues will be resolved after 2020-21, but will continue to work flexibly with students to accommodate placements and international study opportunities where possible if challenges continue in the coming years.

Course Delivery (Accounting modules)

In line with Durham’s approach to blended delivery in response to the global pandemic, teaching and learning activities will include socially distanced face to face sessions alongside online delivery during 2020-21.

Most lectures and workshops on the programme will be delivered via online learning, incorporating recorded videos and other media, asynchronously, via the University’s online learning platform, DUO. This means that students will be able to engage with bespoke learning materials for each module, online, in a flexible manner.

Where possible, seminars will be delivered synchronously (live), either face-to-face or via online webinars. This means that seminars will be scheduled in the University timetable and students will be expected to attend seminars either physically or virtually. Students will be able to access consultation hours with academic staff throughout term via weekly, live-online sessions.

Depending both on Covid-19 related travel restrictions and business policies to mitigate the risk from Covid-19, company visits and guest speaker events may not be possible in the usual way. In this case we will deliver relevant learning experiences virtually.

For the BSc Accounting, the week-long extended induction programme would not be possible with social distancing measures in place in Term 1. Therefore, teaching will commence in week 1 of the Michaelmas term and the activities intended for the extended induction week will be incorporated into the programme for year 1 through the modules being delivered.

+Department of Economics & Finance

See our full programme regulations for undergraduate programmes offered in the Department of Economics & Finance.

Fieldwork/placement opportunities

For the programme variation with placements, placement opportunities remain. In order to accommodate potential disruption due to Covid-19 in 2020-21, the minimum duration for a placement(s) has been reduced. This serves to give students the best opportunity possible to successfully engage with and pass their placement year.

For the programme variation with international studies, international study opportunities remain in principle. However, in 2020-21, students’ ability to engage with studies at their international host University depends on the host University’s policies, and might be affected by international travel restrictions.

We hope these issues will be resolved after 2020-21, but will continue to work flexibly with students to accommodate placements and international study opportunities where possible if challenges continue in the coming years.

Course Delivery (Economics & Finance modules)

In line with Durham’s approach to blended delivery in response to the global pandemic, teaching and learning activities will include socially distanced face to face sessions alongside online delivery during 2020-21.

Most lectures and workshops on the programme will be delivered via online learning, incorporating recorded videos and other media, asynchronously, via the University’s online learning platform, DUO. This means that students will be able to engage with bespoke learning materials for each module, online, in a flexible manner.

Where possible, seminars will be delivered synchronously (live), either face-to-face or via online webinars. This means that seminars will be scheduled in the University timetable and students will be expected to attend seminars either physically or virtually. Students will be able to access consultation hours with academic staff throughout term via weekly, live-online sessions.

Depending both on Covid-19 related travel restrictions and business policies to mitigate the risk from Covid-19, company visits and guest speaker events may not be possible in the usual way. In this case we will deliver relevant learning experiences virtually.

Learning Resources & Support

Most databases used as part of the programmes are available online and can be accessed remotely. Therefore, they will be available even if access to buildings is restricted because of measures to curtail the spread of Covid-19, during the academic year. However, the Bloomberg terminals can only be accessed via specific computers in the University and might become unavailable in case of a partial or full lock down.

In terms of data access, databases such as DataStream and WRDS have a significant overlap with Bloomberg, so that most data will still be available. However, these platforms work differently in terms of how data is looked up, analysed and visualised. Academic staff will advise on alternatives to Bloomberg, if necessary.

+Department of Management & Marketing

See our full programme regulations for undergraduate programmes offered in the Department of Management & Marketing.

Degree Structure

At Level 1, students will study six (rather than five) core modules: Introduction to Business Research (BUSI1191); The Changing World of Business (BUSI1171); People, Management and Organisations (BUSI1141); Marketing Principles (BUSI1131); Financial Information for Managers (ACCT101120) and Strategy in Practice (BUSI1211). Modules previously available as options at Level 1 (e.g. New Venture Creation) have been redesigned and are available later in the programme.

Fieldwork/placement opportunities

For the programme variation with placements, placement opportunities remain. In order to accommodate potential disruption due to Covid-19 in 2020-21, the minimum duration for a placement(s) has been reduced. This serves to give students the best opportunity possible to successfully engage with and pass their placement year.

For the programme variation with international studies, international study opportunities remain in principle. However, in 2020-21, students’ ability to engage with studies at their international host University depends on the host University’s policies, and might be affected by international travel restrictions.

We hope these issues will be resolved after 2020-21, but will continue to work flexibly with students to accommodate placements and international study opportunities where possible if challenges continue in the coming years.

Course Delivery (Management & Marketing modules)

In line with Durham’s approach to blended delivery in response to the global pandemic, teaching and learning activities will include socially distanced face to face sessions alongside online delivery during 2020-21.

Learning Resources & Support

Access to the behavioural lab in the Business School is not currently possible due to social distancing restrictions. However, an online lab has been developed for the Level 2 module Consumer Psychology and Behavioural Science, in order that experimental activities can be delivered via alternative means. This will be available to run in future years, if necessary.

This page was published on 13th August 2020. It was updated on the 28th August 2020 to include highlight contacts for further queries about programmes in the Business School.