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Unit information: Management and Organisation in 2021/22

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Unit name Management and Organisation
Unit code EFIMM0145
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Tomlin Kraftner
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces students to the discipline and practice of management and organisation. It aims to develop their understanding of management as a social science, with an introduction to the key concepts, thinkers and analytical frameworks in the field. Central to the unit is an understanding of organisations as contexts for social interaction and construction, with particular emphasis on the study of people in organisation, and how theory and discourse have shifted throughout history. Key issues such as power and control, motivation, culture, ethics, identity and leadership (among others) are explored, with a view to developing students’ critical awareness of the impact of management theory and practice on individuals and society.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe a range of issues related to the study and practice of management and how organisations impact on and interact with their stakeholders
  2. Explain and discuss key management and organisational theory and concepts, and demonstrate an awareness of multiple perspectives and critical debates within the field
  3. Apply management and organisational theory to real-life scenarios (e.g. in the form of academic case studies and contemporary organisations)
  4. Analyse management practice using relevant theory
  5. Demonstrate an ability to develop critical and theoretically informed arguments regarding the ethics and appropriateness of management practice and of existing management theory
  6. Evaluate management and organisational theory and its impact on individuals and society

Teaching Information

Teaching takes place in a combination of lectures and smaller group workshops. Lectures introduce the content of the course, including vocabulary, concepts, theories, perspectives and practices. Students are exposed to critical evaluation of management theories and concepts, and to the conceptual tools and frameworks employed in undertaking such critique. Lectures will include elements of discussion and debate, and the use of digital technology to ensure participation and active learning (e.g. in the form of quizzes, polling software, virtual sharing platforms).

A variety of teaching methods will be used in small classes, including: discussions based on readings and case studies, group presentations, exercises and posters. All are intended to develop students’ capacity to analyse and evaluate in an active and engaging way, and to gain skills in working as part of a group.

Students are expected to undertake considerable independent reading to develop a depth of understanding.

Indicative contact hours: 30 (20 hours lectures; 10 hours tutorials)

Assessment Information

Formative assessment will take place continuously in classes as students (in small groups of 3-5) present their analytical work back to the academic lead and to the wider group (ILO1,2,3&4). Students are also required to offer, and receive, critical and constructive feedback from their peers.

Summative assessment takes the form of a 4,000 word individual assignment, to be submitted at the end of the teaching block.

Students will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge and understanding of management as an academic discipline, focusing on key topic(s) covered in the unit. Students are expected to engage in significant independent study and to outline and discuss, in the structure of a literature review, critical debates within their chosen topic area(s) (ILO1&2)
  • Apply theory and ideas from their literature review to an organisation or industry of their choice (ILO3). Students must gather information related to management practice in their chosen context from a range of sources (ILO1) and draw on relevant theory to inform their analysis (ILO4). Students must develop a critical assessment of that context in light of existing academic research within the field, and to appraise the ethics and appropriateness of management practice in that context, and its impact on organisational stakeholders (ILO5&6)
  • Evaluate relevant management theory and ideas in terms of its usefulness in studying their chosen topic and context. Students are encouraged to identify knowledge gaps or limitations in existing theory, and to make analytically-informed recommendations for developing theory and conducting future research (ILO5&6).


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.