MGTU9S3: Fundamentals of Business & Management

Semester:  Autumn

Level:  8

Credit Value:  20

Module Coordinator:  Ms Christine Wilson, Management, Work & Organisation Division

Contact Hours:  30 hours

Assessment:  50% coursework; 50% examination

Building on the ideas from MGTU9S1 and MGTU9S2, this module explores management as an essential component of all organisations.  Some businesses may have predominantly commercial objectives, while other organisations may have more complex social objectives.  The common themes will be explored across a variety of types of organisations, while emphasising the specific challenges found in different organisational contexts.

Module Objectives:

A major focus of this module is the need to explore the meaning of management; who are managers, where do they work, what do they actually do?  To address these questions, the module looks at the impact of the external environment, the culture of an organisation, and societal influences, on the management role. 

The module then examines organisational structure and design and looks at how these variables influence how managers make decisions, plan and control activities.  It concludes with an insight into operations management and entrepreneurial ventures.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Specific knowledge and understanding of current developments in the subject.
  • An in-depth appreciation of what we mean by management; what do managers actually do?
  • The challenges facing managers striving to balance demand and resources.
  • Contemporary issues in management decision making.
  • The use of models in supporting decision making.
  • Contemporary issues in organisational behaviour.
  • The role of performance management in monitoring and controlling the operational actions and their contribution to the organisation’s objectives.
  • The need to integrate individuals’ expertise through effective teamwork and leadership.
  • An appreciation, as Drucker states, that "a Manager's job is to Manage".

Preparatory Work

The core text book for this module is:

  •  Fundamentals of Management 9th Ed  Robbins, De Cenzo, & Coulter.  Pearson 2014



This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

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