Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • 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 review 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 social 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 and seminars. Learning takes place through attendance at lectures, preparation for and participation in seminar classes, and private study. Formative assessment is by means of a group presentation and a group report. Summative assessment is by means of a written examination and an individual assignment to test knowledge, understanding and appreciation of key concepts and issues.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 19 1 per week 1 hour 19
Seminars 8 4 in term 1. 4 in term 2 1 hour 8
Preparation and Reading 173
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
One written examination 1 hour 30 mins 100%
Component: Written assignment Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
One written assignment 1500 words max 100%

Formative Assessment:

One group presentation and one group 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