Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The market place for goods and services has become increasingly dynamic and competitive. Rather than static models of what it means to be a manager we need individuals who can think critically about managing and organisations and what work means for those who are employed in organisations. Management in Context provides the first step in developing such an understanding of management by locating managers within a wider historical, economic, political and sociological context.Work and management are universal concepts and this modules aims to draw on literature and practice from around the world to demonstrate this. Thus, this module is of relevance to both home/EU and international students. Lectures will provide students with a grounding in management and work, while introducing students to more challenging questions and debates. The lecture material is accompanied by a diverse range of materials on the KLE which are suited to different ability levels and student interests (podcasts, research papers, newspaper articles, digitised book chapters, videos, etc.). Tutorials are a mix of different activities, including study skills exercises and group discussions which enable diversity in teaching methods.
The aim of the module is to provide students with a broad introduction to management, business and organisation. It provides an understanding of management within a wider historical, sociological, political and economic context. It encourages critical thinking about the world of work and management's role in relation to it. It promotes independent learning skills through essay writing and tutorial discussion/debate.
Intended Learning Outcomes
explain how different management practices have developed historically;: 3identify relevant research materials and apply their content to various aspects of the modern world of work;: 2,3demonstrate an understanding of academic scholarship and good research practice;: 1,2,3communicate, orally, theories and research material in relation to a number of management related issues;: 2,3engage convincingly in contemporary debates around areas of management, societal impact of work, technology development and sustainable management practice;: 3begin to develop a critical perspective to supplement the understanding of management and organisation, as a basis for their future studies;: 3relate historical management practice such as Fordism and bureaucracy, and their key characteristics such as alienation and conflict, to the contemporary workplace;: 2,3
11 hours of lectures10 hours of tutorials10 hours of lecture preparation30 hours tutorial preparation4 hours study skills activities85 hours of private study
1: Online Tasks weighted 10%
Description of Module Assessment
KLE online testThis is a short on-line test to be completed in conjunction with the Study-Write on-line study skills modules. Students failing to complete this test to the required standard will be offered additional tuition in study skills then allowed to re-take the test.2: Bibilography weighted 40%
Annotated Bibliography (750-1000 words)Students will be required to prepare an annotated bibliography which outlines the material they wish to use for the essay assignment. They will be required to select 3 books/articles and write a critical analysis for each source outlining the central ideas, strengths and limitations of the source and a reflection on the usefulness of the source for the assignment.3: Essay weighted 50%
Essay1500-2000 word essay assignment using the material submitted for the annotated bibliography.