Foundations of quantitative methods for sustainable organisations

BU1510

This module aims to familiarise you with quantitative studies and how they are and can be employed in management, economics and for sustainable business.

In the first part to the module, central issues include how quantitative studies relate to differences, associations and relationships in groups and populations. You will develop an understanding of a wide variety of statistical techniques. This includes improving cognitive skills, effective problem solving and the ability to interpret quantitative studies.

The second part will introduce you to the main interconnected economic, social, ecological and governance factors that determine the long-term sustainability of organisations. You will examine how these factors influence each other in complex ways to provide the context within which small and large businesses, public service organisations and third sector organisations operate.

Main topics of the module include:

  • Data presentation
  • Measures of central tendency and variation & index numbers
  • Probability and probability distributions
  • Political economy
  • Natural resource economics theory
  • Sustainability and climate change.

Assessment

  • Multiple choice question tests (30%)
  • Online examination (70%)