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Unit information: Managing People in 2015/16

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Unit name Managing People
Unit code EDUCM5916
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mrs. Elisabeth Lazarus
Open unit status Not open

Introduction to Educational Inquiry



School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The unit will begin by conceptualising human resource management in educational settings and the relationships between organisational goals and the management of people within them. Subsequent sessions will focus on key features of managing people in educational settings, including: recruitment and selection; induction of new staff; interpersonal skills and communication; appraisal and performance management; team work; negotiation and conflict management; ethical dimensions of managing people; and continuing professional development. Issues of gender, ethnicity and the importance of different cultural and organisational contexts will be considered throughout.

Unit Aims:

  • To explore a range of key topics relating to managing people in education.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives and concepts, and their application to personal management practices in educational contexts.
  • To consider how such practice can be analysed and improved in participants’ educational institutions.
  • To promote reflection on and further enquiry into aspects of managing people in education which enhance personal management skills and styles.
  • To develop academic skills of library research and assignment writing.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will demonstrate:

  • understanding of a range of theoretical perspectives on the management of people in educational contexts;
  • understanding of the contributions made by research to knowledge about managing people in educational settings;
  • ability to apply theoretical understandings to the practice of managing people in institutional contexts;
  • the ability to analyse critical issues relating to people management in educational organisations and to formulate developmental or remedial solutions.

Teaching details

Given the nature of the programme, teaching is organised into an intensive, 3-day event during which a combination of teaching strategies, such as whole group lectures and seminars, case studies, critical analysis of key readings, group discussions and student presentations.

The needs of a wide range of students, including those with disabilities, international students and those from ethnic minority backgrounds have been considered. It is not anticipated that the teaching and assessment methods used will cause disadvantage to any person taking the unit. The Graduate School of Education is happy to address individual support requests as necessary.

Assessment Details

Summative assessment for the unit will be on the basis of a 4,000 word assignment which will assess students’ critical understanding of the literature and their ability to apply the concepts and theories explored to their own professional practice

Reading and References

Armstrong, M. (2006) The Handbook of Human Resource Management (10th edition) London, Kogan Page

Bush, T. and Middlewood, D. (2005), Leading & Managing People in Education, London, Sage Publications

Bush, T. and Bell, L. (2002), The Principles and Practice of Educational Management, London, Paul Chapman

Foskett, N. and Lumby, J. (2003), Leading & Managing Education: international dimensions, London, Paul Chapman

Guirdham, M. (2002), Interactive Behaviour at Work (3rd edition), London, Prentice Hall