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Introduction to Management

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Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N11110

Semester: Autumn

Convenor: Simon Bishop

Credits & Level: 10 credits; Level 1

Pre-requisites: None.

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Not available to Business School or Geography with Business students.

Delivery: 10 two-hour lectures, and 2 one-hour tutorials

Assessment: One 1 hour examination (50%); 1,500 word individual coursework (50%)

Exam Format:Answer ONE question from a choice of FOUR.

Summary of Content This module introduces participants to the theory of management and organisation and to the practices of managers:

- The function and practices of management
- The individual and organisations
- Groups
- The context of the organisation
- Motivation

Aims Introduce students to basic concepts and ideas of organisational behaviour and the management of organisations. To provide a first step in the development of the skills required by non-specialist line managers in the area of understanding organisations and their management.

Key Words: Groups; Leadership; Motivation; Organization; IIndividual Behaviour; Organisational Culture.

Learning Objectives & Outcomes Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk
  • Leadership, management and development of people including the implications of the legal context
  • Leadership, management and development of organisations including the implications of the legal context
  • The development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment to meet stakeholder interests
  • The need for individuals and organisations to manage responsibly and sustainably and behave ethically in relation to social, cultural, economic and environmental issues
  • The design, development of organisations, including cross-cultural issues, change, diversity and values
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate a range of business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies, which includes the need for strong digital literacy, and to use that research for evidence-based decision-making
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • Self-analysis and awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetitie for development.
  • People management, to include communications, team building, leadership and motivating others
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media
  • An awareness of the interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation and their use in generating business contacts
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time
  • Ability to work with people from a range of cultures
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information
  • Emotional intelligence and empathy

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