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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module BUSI53815: Management and Career Development (DL)

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI53815: Management and Career Development (DL)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap
Tied to N1D507
Tied to N1D707
Tied to N1DM07


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To introduce students to key concepts and techniques of management development as a basis for reviewing their own career development.


  • Foundations of management development;
  • Managerial effectiveness concepts;
  • Management and organisational learning;
  • Strategy, culture, systems, structure and learning;
  • Historical perspectives on management development;
  • Standards and qualifications;
  • Management development audits;
  • Development and training strategies;
  • Measurement of management performance;
  • Appraising performance;
  • Career progression and management;
  • Coaching, counselling and mentoring;
  • Personal development;
  • Personal effectivensss audit;
  • CV development;
  • Transferring learning into practice;

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students should be able to critically appraise key concepts and techniques of management development.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module, students should be able to apply concepts and techniques of management development to their own career development.
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

  • Through a combination of learning materal, self assessed exercises and a formative assignment on key topical issues, together with guided reading.
  • On the DL MA Programme each module is delivered in discrete Units which are equivalent to a lecture session. A 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 offers annual residential seminars. In addition to offering core curriculum, the seminars provide the opportunity for DL Students to interface with members of Faculty, meet Tutors and to interact with other members of the student cohort.
  • Tutorials are conducted by email, post or fax. Students are unlikely to require more than 5 hours of telephone support form a tutor combiend with a further 5 hours of tutor time in answering questions recevied by post, fax or email.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Units 9
Tutorials 5
Residential seminars
Preparation & Reading
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 3000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Written assignment of 2,000 words (maximum)

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