Retail Management

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The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
18 July 2023


Requisites for this module
BE400 or BE401



Key module for


Module description

The primary purpose of this module is to introduce students to key principles of retail management. It aims to provide students with a range of theories and practices necessary in the management of retail organisations.

Topics will include a variety of approaches currently prevalent in the retail industry, informed by the practices of actual retailers. Furthermore, it will provide students the opportunity to see in practice the role and integration of other aspects of their studies within a specific management field.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  1. To provide an understanding of the nature of retail organisations.

  2. To provide an understanding of the theory and practice of retail management.

  3. To develop the ability to understand and analyse retail management.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the nature of retail organisations.

  2. Evaluate a range of theories and practice of retail management.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to analyse, retail management.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

After completing this module students should have:

  1. Developed their digital/technical fluency through the use and application of Microsoft Office software package and Encore database.

  2. Enhanced their written communication skills through producing discursive coursework assignments.

  3. Improved their oral and visual communication skills by taking part in a presentation.

  4. Improved their collaborative and team working skills by taking part in team presentation.

  5. Improved their critique and feedback skills by acting as a discussant to a team presentation.

  6. Enhanced their research skills through researching two coursework assignments and a group project.

  7. Recognised the relevance and importance of retail management theory in the current organisational environment through the use of recent news stories/case studies/examples.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Nine weekly 2-hour sessions, consisting of a lecture element and an interactive student-led seminar element interpolated with one reading week.

Module delivery will normally take the form of a formal lecture element and a seminar aspect which uses a discussion format including student/group presentations. The purpose of such sessions is to engage in a mutual process of exploration and learning rather than continuing to pursue a teacher/student relationship. Accordingly, students will be encouraged to engage in a participative learning environment, and all are therefore expected to have prepared adequately for each session.

The content of the module is selected with the primary aim of exploring selected theories and practice in the field of retail management. The time allocated allows only a précis of the material that participants will be expected to have mastered during the module. In these circumstances it is essential that participants undertake the prescribed reading and where possible select further supplementary readings from the lists provided. Furthermore, students must realise that the readings provided are not a comprehensive list but rather a starting point for their independent studies.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Rekha Rao-Nicholson, email:
Prof Rekha Rao-Nicholson



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
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Further information
Essex Business School

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