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Unit information: The Practice of Management in 2020/21

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Unit name The Practice of Management
Unit code EFIM30007
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Ms. Ballard
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

The Practice of Management is designed to make the transition from abstract theory to applied management practice. Students integrate and extend analytical and critical thinking skills developed throughout the two years through the study of applied issues and challenges faced by managers. The practical challenges are derived from case studies, from practical experiences offered through the unit, from interviews with a variety of ‘expert’ managers representing diverse industrial sectors and from students’ own work experiences. Key practical ideas and skills include team-working, personality profiling, decision‐making, managing stress in the workplace and managing change. By the end of the unit, students will be able to relate theory to practice and will have a broad insight into the role of the manager and the challenges of management.

The unit aims to:

Integrate learning from earlier units so students become conversant in the issues and challenges regarding the management role in organisations today.

Develop new knowledge and skills in analysis, option generation and decision making in applied situations to help make the transition from theory to practice.

Extend students’ knowledge of concepts of particular importance for practising managers, including
psychometrics, stress in the workplace, leading in contemporary organisations, understanding change management, writing a business case, presentations, interviewing, and team‐working.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit students will be able to:

  • Integrate concepts and ideas from earlier units by combining rigorous quantitative analysis and critical evaluation in solving management problems;
  • Extend knowledge and skills in these areas through application to a range of practical situations;
  • Understand and work with complexity in applying theory to case situations;
  • Organise work in groups, discuss and negotiate with colleagues, interview senior managers;
  • Present analysis and solutions clearly to colleagues and larger audiences.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, seminars, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Information

Summative: 3,000 word individual assignment Formative: group work with feedback

Reading and References

Given the breadth of the unit there is no textbook. Indicative reading includes relevant chapters from a selection of the following text books:

Mullins, L. J. “Management and Organisational Behaviour”

McKenna, E. “Business Psychology and Organisational Behaviour”

Robbins, S. P. and Judge, T. A., “Organizational Behaviour” (15th edition) Pearson

Buchanan, D. and Huczynski, A. (7th edition or latest one available) “Organizational Behaviour: An
introductory Text” FT Prentice Hall

Martin, J. “Organisational Behaviour and Management”

Chmiel, N. “An introduction to work and organisational psychology: a European perspective” 2nd Ed


Barringer, B.R. & Ireland, R.D. 2006, “Entrepreneurship – Successfully Launching New Ventures”,
Pearson, Upper Saddle River, NJ

Rasiel, E. and Friga, P. The McKinsey Mind: Understanding and Implementing the Problem‐Solving
Tools and Management Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consulting Firm