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First year Business student at Sussex - ask me any questions you may have!

The title is pretty self-explanatory! I just finished my first year in Business and Management studies (although Marketing, Business & Management and International Business students all do the same first year - plus I have certain modules i.e. economics, accounting that overlap with the other business degree first years)

I also stayed in Northfield this past year, and so would be willing to answer any questions about accommodation, nightlife or campus in general I'll try to help as much as I can,

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Reply 1
What books do you need ? Is there anyway I can get a hold of the list before term starts?


Original post by fairplaytoyou
The title is pretty self-explanatory! I just finished my first year in Business and Management studies (although Marketing, Business & Management and International Business students all do the same first year - plus I have certain modules i.e. economics, accounting that overlap with the other business degree first years)

I also stayed in Northfield this past year, and so would be willing to answer any questions about accommodation, nightlife or campus in general I'll try to help as much as I can,
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Original post by MBev
What books do you need ? Is there anyway I can get a hold of the list before term starts?


http://liblists.sussex.ac.uk/index.html

You can search for your module here and if the course convener has put a list up it'll be there! If you're not able to access it and you're taking the same modules as me, I can send you the lists if you want.

So books are sorted into two categories - essential and suggested, but even with the essential ones I found for certain modules the lecturers were practically copying the chapter content word for word, just in a summarised form, so I don't necessarily think you need the textbook for modules like those.

Also, in seminars and workshop's (at least in mine this past year) the tutors don't even reference the books and instead use their own slides. Also the modules are, not basic as such but as they're introductory modules they don't go into a great level or depth so if you're up for researching key theories etc on your own (there are so many great websites for this, and also you can access some of Sussex's library books as an online resource) then again I wouldn't waste your money!

Lastly, they gave us 2 books on Kortext (essentially just an online version of the textbook) so I would wait and see if they give you those too - they'll mention it in the first lecture - before buying any textbooks.
Oh and forgot to add (sorry about the rambling on) - I did make use of the majority of the textbooks I bought (especially for the Intro to Accounting module because I thought the book was fantastic and explained it nicely to someone like me who'd never studied account before) but I also find it hard to learn looking at a book on a computer screen so it also depends on how you learn best.
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Hi, I was wondering how you were assessed and if there is a lot of public speaking?
Original post by Sussex987
Hi, I was wondering how you were assessed and if there is a lot of public speaking?


Depends on the modules :smile: so I'm assuming you'll be doing the same ones as me, and also assuming they haven't changed assessment weightings...

Autumn term: Intro to Business Management was 50% an online test (you complete this wherever you wish but within a certain time) and the other half of the module was assessed by a group presentation based on coursework. Intro to Economics was assessed 50% by online tests that took place relatively every other week worth 10% each and the rest by a 1 hour exam (this was 1 hour but 100 marks up for grabs so I hope they've changed this for future students sake. Stressful stuff) and lastly Intro to Business Law which was 50% essay and 50% fully multiple choice exam.

Spring term: Intro to Accounting was 70% written exam and 30% online test, Principles of Organisational Behaviour was 30% group presentation and 70% exam and lastly Intro to Marketing was assessed by 30% group project and an informal presentation where the teacher sits down with you and looks at your project and 70% exam.

Sorry to list all of them, but it just shows how varied the assessment methods are :tongue: also, there is a fair bit of public speaking but I wouldn't worry too much, the tutors are typically very understanding and you'll be speaking for a maximum of 3 minutes per presentation anyway, that's like 2 or 3 slides! Depends on what electives you take too, as well. I have friends who've taken electives in sociology, for example, and had presentations.
- Pushing this up -
I have got an offer for international year one in business management from sussex, but I've got an offer from Kent for just management but straight to year one. What do you think would be the better choice comparatively? also looking at the fact I didn't do A levels but did a foundation year in business management and law
Original post by fairplaytoyou
The title is pretty self-explanatory! I just finished my first year in Business and Management studies (although Marketing, Business & Management and International Business students all do the same first year - plus I have certain modules i.e. economics, accounting that overlap with the other business degree first years)

I also stayed in Northfield this past year, and so would be willing to answer any questions about accommodation, nightlife or campus in general I'll try to help as much as I can,



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Hi, I've just received my a level results and have met the requirements to study at sussex university however one of my friends have urged me to study marketing rather than business and management as its more focused and less broad and i have seen the modules which contain content from HR to marketing to finance as well as economics. Even though i have surprisingly achieved an A grade at A level in business, some of the content was from a number of units and I absolutely hated HR and found that it was quite difficult to study a nunber of units related to business. I feel that marketing was my favourite and possibly the easiest unit at A level business to understand and interpret. Though I think at degree level marketing may be alot harder than i expect.
Can you please give some advice. Thank you

Original post by nizsiddiqui
I have got an offer for international year one in business management from sussex, but I've got an offer from Kent for just management but straight to year one. What do you think would be the better choice comparatively? also looking at the fact I didn't do A levels but did a foundation year in business management and law


Just checked out the International Year One and it actually looks pretty good - I'd go for that, but Kent is also an extremely good university so at the end of the day get the viewpoint from a student from there.

My reasoning for choosing Sussex would be that you do the exact same modules in the Int. Yr 1 that you do in the Year 1 of the usual Business & Management PLUS you get study skills as well which might be useful as you haven't gone the generic A-Levels route, I assume this will include things like how to write outstanding essays etc which would be useful as I've had many essays this past year. I also understand this takes you straight to Year 2 after you finish it? In which case you would still graduate with the rest of the cohort.

Sussex's course for B&M is incredibly varied and covers all the basics in the first year with all the introduction modules, whereas looking at Kent's website suggests the first year is definitely more maths based - so again up to you whether you enjoy that or not! Sussex also allows you to choose electives out of your field of study whilst Kent doesn't - a pro of this is that it means you are constantly studying business and you may even discover new passions and also if you study a pathway it's reflected on your degree certificate.

In my honest opinion, both of the options you have are both really good so I think it comes down to which uni you like more. I'd personally be happy doing either, however Sussex suits me more as not only do I genuinely love the uni/campus, maths also isn't my strongest point and the module options for Sussex really appealed to me especially for years 2 &3. Have you visited both campuses and if so is there one you like more than the other?

Sorry if this reply wasn't helpful, I had lots of thoughts and was trying to write them all down haha
Original post by Business999

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Hi, I've just received my a level results and have met the requirements to study at sussex university however one of my friends have urged me to study marketing rather than business and management as its more focused and less broad and i have seen the modules which contain content from HR to marketing to finance as well as economics. Even though i have surprisingly achieved an A grade at A level in business, some of the content was from a number of units and I absolutely hated HR and found that it was quite difficult to study a nunber of units related to business. I feel that marketing was my favourite and possibly the easiest unit at A level business to understand and interpret. Though I think at degree level marketing may be alot harder than i expect.
Can you please give some advice. Thank you




Hey there! First of all, congratulations on your results. Sussex is great, and I'm sure you'll love it.

In my opinion? I'd stick with Business and Management. The broadness is what I love about the course, it means that you can explore many aspects of business and find out areas you like studying, and areas you don't even though you may have liked them before.

It's also worth noting that all business students have to take Intro to Accounting in the first year, regardless, something I wasn't too happy about as I'm not a very mathsy person - but the tutors are very good and I actually did ok in it in the end! What I'm trying to say is you have to do all of the introductory modules even in the Marketing and Management course.

Secondly, in the B&M course you get free choice of modules in 2nd year. You don't in Marketing. None of the modules I chose to do this September are maths based - however if you decide you enjoy finance, you can also choose finance modules. Students on Marketing and Management and Business and Management both carry out electives, so you could choose a Marketing centric elective even on the B&M course.

Lastly (and probs the most important point) - if you study marketing, pretty much 5/6 modules are marketing based so if you decide you're not as interested in marketing as you thought you were, that could also be a problem! As in third year, where all the core options are marketing based and many of the free options to choose. That could be worth thinking about.

All in all, no disrespect to your friend and I'm confident they've got your best interests at heart but you don't want to study something for the next 3/4 years just because someone told you so! The B&M modules are yes, definitely very broad however you do get a real understanding of all the areas of business with the ability to still specialise your modules to what you want to do. At degree level, subjects are generally harder as such it's just that you're literally focused on that one subject so it could just wane your interest in it.
Reply 11
Is Northfield worth the money?
Original post by Dree11
Is Northfield worth the money?


Personally, I loved being in Northfield and I think it was definitely worth the money. The rooms are en-suite which I wanted, the kitchens are a decent size (size varies as my flats was 2x bigger than some of the flats upstairs). Also something that didn't particularly cross my mind when I applied for Northfield but I was in the end completely grateful for was Northfield's social centre - not only did it have a launderette which meant you didn't have to drag your washing to Park Village, but it has about 12 computers and several tables which meant that around exam time, when the library is packed, it's the perfect place to study. So yup, in my opinion I would choose Northfield again if I was applying for housing this year!

If you have any specific q's about Northfield just ask
I want a study partner who studies the same course as me. How would i go about this? I know when it comes to university its a whole new experience compared to college and alot of people say that you need to learn how to be independent however i genuinely believe it would really help just like it did with my A levels in which i achieved AAB in. Any advice would be highly appreciated. Thanks.
How do I pass the economics exam? I have very little knowledge due to not doing it at A-level. Is there specific topics which tend to come up over the past years which I could focus on revising as I can only find one past paper.
Original post by Dannieborgman
How do I pass the economics exam? I have very little knowledge due to not doing it at A-level. Is there specific topics which tend to come up over the past years which I could focus on revising as I can only find one past paper.


Sorry, I didn't see this before! I hope the exam went well. If you need any advice about second semester modules let me know!
Original post by Business999
I want a study partner who studies the same course as me. How would i go about this? I know when it comes to university its a whole new experience compared to college and alot of people say that you need to learn how to be independent however i genuinely believe it would really help just like it did with my A levels in which i achieved AAB in. Any advice would be highly appreciated. Thanks.


Hey, just saw this!

Hope you've found a study partner by now, but if you haven't my advice would be to talk to people in your seminars and form a study group through there. I was lucky enough in first year to live with two others doing the same modules as myself, so I didn't really actively search for one. Alternatively, as you may have seen - the Business school has a student mentor scheme which I'm involved with, so if you contact them via Facebook they may be able to suggest a student looking for the same. Also, congrats on your grades!
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Original post by fairplaytoyou
The title is pretty self-explanatory! I just finished my first year in Business and Management studies (although Marketing, Business & Management and International Business students all do the same first year - plus I have certain modules i.e. economics, accounting that overlap with the other business degree first years)

I also stayed in Northfield this past year, and so would be willing to answer any questions about accommodation, nightlife or campus in general I'll try to help as much as I can,


Hi,
I will be studying international business at Sussex in September.....could you recommend me any reading that I can get done during the summer so that I can be ready for September?
Thanks!
Original post by fairplaytoyou
The title is pretty self-explanatory! I just finished my first year in Business and Management studies (although Marketing, Business & Management and International Business students all do the same first year - plus I have certain modules i.e. economics, accounting that overlap with the other business degree first years)

I also stayed in Northfield this past year, and so would be willing to answer any questions about accommodation, nightlife or campus in general I'll try to help as much as I can,


Did you find freshers useful/worth going to?

How long did it take you to make friends at Uni?
Original post by 99XXS
Hi,
I will be studying international business at Sussex in September.....could you recommend me any reading that I can get done during the summer so that I can be ready for September?
Thanks!


International Business, Marketing and Management and Bus & Mgmt (the course I study) all share the same first year modules so I'll try and share what helped me! I wouldn't recommend doing any hardcore or textbook reading as they often change the included content for assessments etc and I found for first year it was better to know the specific topics really, really well rather than know things that weren't necessary.

I'd definitely recommend reading up on things such as current affairs and the business sections of newspapers as I found bringing extra knowledge into my exam answers was what really helped me gain extra marks!

I think that the best advice I can give you (and what I reckon helped me personally get a 1st in my second year which has just finished) is to always be a week early - so start reading through the material during freshers week just briefly to get a sense of what it's about. It's also really useful to go through the module handbook and make sure you know what you'll be doing each week - you can align this with your reading. This way, you'll always be a week ahead of your lecture on a particular topic which gives you much more time to prepare more extensively for seminars!

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