Understanding Value and Values

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
08 January 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC N400 Accounting,
BSC N401 Accounting (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N402 Accounting (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N404 Accounting (Including Placement Year),
BSC NN24 Accounting and Management,
BSC NN27 Accounting and Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC NNK2 Accounting and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N200 Business Management,
BSC N201 Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N202 Business Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N204 Business Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N2N5 Marketing Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NN25 Marketing Management,
BSC NN2M Marketing Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC NNF5 Marketing Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N344 Finance and Management,
BSC N345 Finance and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N346 Finance and Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N347 Finance and Management (Including Foundation Year),
MMANNN35 Marketing Management,
MMANNN36 Marketing Management (Including Placement Year),
MMANNN37 Marketing Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N260 Business and Human Resource Management,
BSC N261 Business and Human Resource Management (including Placement Year),
BSC N262 Business and Human Resource Management (including Year Abroad),
BSC N263 Business and Human Resource Management (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This new module will allow students to learn about and critically reflect on the past, present, and futures of values, value and value creation. It will explore themes of what is considered "valuable" and why, along with different models of value creation. The latter will, of course, acknowledge the traditional business school focus on the private sector but move beyond this to include the public and voluntary sectors as well as the social economy and frameworks for de-growth necessitated by the Climate Emergency

Module aims

In keeping with EBS’s research and intellectual strengths and interests in Business and Society, the overall aims are that this module will:

1. Enable preparation for students for further exciting study on this theme in their second and final years in EBS
2. Be well prepared for the world of work, management and leadership in the 21st century, with a strong sense of the different forms of value created by different sectors.

Module learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between values, value and value creation across a wide variety of sectors (including, but not limited to, public and not-for-profit sectors, the private sector, the for-profit sector)
2. Demonstrate understanding of a range of frameworks for conceptualising sustainability and the use and stewardship of common resources
3. Demonstrate the effective use of a values framework to portray the dimensions of value creation in a business or not-for-profit enterprise

Module information

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)
A1 Synthesis and bringing together concepts and ideas
A2 Critical thinking
A4 Creative problem solving
A5 Recognise rival conceptual ideas
D1 Analysing quantitative data
D2 Analysing qualitative data
D4 Analysing Academic literature
D5 Analysis of different business reports
D6 Desk research / netnographic skills
S1 Teamwork
C1 Writing a business report
C3 Expressing ideas for business purposes
C4 Understanding how to present successfully and confidently
C5 Argumentation / Essay writing skills
T1 Core IT skills (word, excel, PowerPoint, outlook)
R1 Identifying research needs and aims
R5 Identifying application of research
BM1 Ability to adapt different leadership practices and identify leadership opportunities
and challenges in organisations
BM3 Ability to develop greater sensitivity and awareness around implied and explicit
ethical assumptions and beliefs
BM4 Ability to adopt strategy models and develop appropriate strategies for global

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and Teaching Methods Lectures and seminars: Weekly delivery of a one-hour lecture; Two-hour seminar every two weeks from week 18 (with seminar groups of up to 50 students). The seminars will be focused on Groups working together on a specific “value challenge” using an adaptation of the “Value Creation Framework” for an organisation. This will therefore develop the connection between values, value creation through business and social models. It is intended that the seminars will examine, in order: 1. Value(s) proposition 2. Organisational design 3. Ecosystem: external conditions, stakeholders, support networks, legal environment 4. Implementation: activities, resources, finances The work in these seminars will be linked to the assessment based on Group Work (25%) – see below


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

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Group Report  20/03/2024   
Exam  Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 24hr during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 24hr during January 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 24hr during September (Reassessment Period) 

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
25% 75%


Coursework Exam
25% 75%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Rodrigo Guimaraes Nunes, email:
Dr Rodrigo Nunes, Dr Aylin Kunter, Dr Elise Lobbedez, Dr Robert Donoghue, Dr Luciana Zorzoli, Dr Malu Villela



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 83 hours, 59 (71.1%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
24 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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