Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Module Cap
Tied to


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide students with a critical awareness of the theoretical basis and application of management knowledge.


  • What is Management, and what do managers do?
  • Management models and challenges.
  • Competing values framework.
  • Organisational structures.
  • Organisational change.
  • Comparative management issues.
  • Leadership and innovation.
  • Other theories in management thinking.
  • Fads and fashions in management.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • To critically appraise the nature, role and development of management knowledge.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • To critically apply management knowledge to leading case examples of ongoing management and organisational practice.
  • To directly engage with leading/future issues in the development of management knowledge and practice, and their potential implications.
Key Skills:

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

  • Through a combination of learning material, self-assessed exercises and a formative assignment on key topics, together with guided reading.
  • On the DL MA each module is delivered in discrete Units which are equivalent to a lecture session. DL Unit normally consists of specially written material, directed reading, reflection through self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading. Each student is allocated a Tutor for each module. The Tutor is tasked with providing feedback on formative work and is available for individual consultation as necessary. Tutoring is normally provided at a distance and may be conducted by email, telephone, post or fax. The DL programme also offers annual residential seminars which provide the opportunity for DL students to interface with members of Faculty, meet Tutors and interact with other students. The summative assignment will test students' understanding of relevant concepts and their skills of application and interpretation.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Units 9 108
Tutorials 5
Preparation and Reading 37
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 3000 words (maximum) 100%

Formative Assessment:

Written assignment of 1500 words.

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