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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)

Module BUSI57415: MANAGING PEOPLE (DL) (to 2009)

Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)

BUSI57415: MANAGING PEOPLE (DL) (to 2009)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.
Tied to N1D417
Tied to N1D617
Tied to N1D414


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To give students a critical understanding of the complex nature of contemporary organizations, and to facilitate the exercise of independent judgement in the analysis of organizational and managerial issues.


  • Introduction to Managing People.
  • Individual differences in the workplace.
  • Work motivation and its related processes.
  • Leadership.
  • Groups and group dynamics.
  • Career development.
  • The Employment Relationship and Human Resource Management.
  • Recruitment, Selection and Retention.
  • Human Resource Development.
  • Performance Appraisal.
  • Reward Management
  • Employee Participation and Involvement.
  • HR Policies and Procedures.
  • International Issues in Managing People.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will have:
  • knowledge of some of the behavioural issues and challenges facing contemporary organizations;
  • a critical appreciation of the assumptions, implications and limitations of a range of organizational/management theories;
  • a critical understanding of a range of contemporary processes and practices relating to human resource management.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students will have:
  • advanced skills in diagnosing organizational problems.
Key Skills:
    Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

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

  • The module is delivered in discrete Units. These are designed to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved through a combination of specially written material, directed reading, reflection through self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading. Module tutors provide feedback on formative work and are available for individual consultation as necessary (by email, telephone, post or fax).
  • The written examination will test students’ acquisition and articulation of knowledge. The written assignment will test students’ understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned to the analysis of a particular issue in depth.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
D L Study Units (a combination of specially written material, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading) 150
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 2,500 words maximum 100%
Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

Essay (1,500 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