Credit Value: 20
Module Coordinator: Christine Wilson, Management, Work & Organisation Division
Contact Hours: 30 hours
Assessment: 20% seminar work; 30% short essay 50% two-hour examination
As the second foundation module in your first year, this module seeks to explore some of the challenges facing management. Key functions for all organisations are those of HRM, Marketing, Operations and Finance. Managers must understand the different demands and constraints associated with the interactions of these different core functions in order to formulate appropriate strategies.
Building on the content of MGTU9S1, this module sets out the importance of strategy and then delivers a range of related topics which together provide an insight into how activities in the different areas of an organisation are interdependent and both influence and challenge management. Central to these aims are the need for an insight into the functions of the Marketing and HRM functions which this module addresses in some detail. Included is a basic insight into the main financial statements and an introduction to decision making. Students will gain an appreciation of the reality of management, with particular focus on the people aspects – for example, managing change, leadership, motivation, and performance management.
The above aims to emphasise the importance of the management activity, and that management is not simply a ‘job title’ but a challenging and demanding process.
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.