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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • This module provides a fundamental foundation and understanding of management and organisations within contemporary society. It introduces students to the functional areas, management processes, themes and issues within management.


  • What is management? Meanings, content and processes.
  • Critical perspectives on management.
  • Models of Management 1
  • Models of Management 2
  • The business environment: internal and external analysis.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • The international context.
  • Planning and Strategy.
  • An introduction to marketing.
  • Management and Culture.
  • Management and Power.
  • Introduction to HRM.
  • Managing change.
  • Motivation and communication.
  • Teams and group processes.
  • Financial management.
  • Managing operations and quality.
  • Managing information systems.
  • Contemporary themes and issues in management.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understand the foundations of management and revieq different perspectives on management and organisation.
  • Develop an appreciation of different processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations.
  • Appreciate theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management.
  • Gain further knowledge and understanding of contemporary themes and issues (e.g. creativity and enterprise, knowledge management, corporate socail responsibility).
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Appreciate the sources, use and management of finance and information.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication - through summative assessment.
  • Computer Literacy - typing up of the summative assignment.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching is by lectures, tutorials and support for student-centred learning. Learning takes place through attendance at lectures, preperation for and participation in tutorial classes and private study (including student-centred learning). Formative assessment is by means of one group presentation and short written report. Summative assessment is by means of an unseen written examination plus 1500 word essay.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 1 per week 1.5 hours 30
Seminars 8 4 in term 1.4 in term 2 1 hour 8
Preparation and Reading 162
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Exam Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Exam 2 hours 100%
Component: Essay Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 1500 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

One group presentation and short written report.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University