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MANG1003 Introduction to Management

Module Overview

This module provides you with a broad view on key management related topics. It also provides a chance for you to gain hands-on experience on teamwork through preparation and delivery of a group presentation as part of the module assessment. The lectures are supplemented with a number of interactive classes, which give you in depth understanding of the important subjects discussed in the lectures.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to provide you with an overview of the role of management thereby giving you an appreciation of the key issues associated with achieving purposeful activity within organisations. The module will enable you to understand the relationship between Management and other fields within the Social Sciences. Furthermore, the module will provide you with foundation material if you are intending further study concerned with Management or Management Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • historical developments within the management discipline;
  • tools and techniques used within General Management;
  • prominent theories within the discipline of Management, Organisational Behaviour and Leadership;
  • how the role of management can affect the performance of an organisation.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect on management theory and practice through examining the nature of management and human activity;
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • work effectively as part of a task-orientated team;
  • contribute confidently and appropriately to a discussion;
  • demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication.
  • develop and apply key managerial skills, i.e. analysis, decision making, time management, oral presentations and report writing.


Starting with an overview of the historical developments within the field of management, the module will go on to explore various aspects of management from within the following two broad areas. 1. Management Science (i.e. analysing and solving management problems through quantitative methods and models) 2. Organisational Behaviour (i.e. the study of the structure, functioning and performance of organisations, the behaviour of groups and individuals within them). This is an outline of the syllabus for the module: • Introduction; What is management and what do managers do? • Historical developments in the field of management • Management Science aspects; Introduction to management • Strategic management • Operations management • Project management • Organisational Behaviour aspects • Organisational structures and culture • Crowds, groups and teams, Individual performance and stress • Organisational power and control • Business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility • Change management.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be delivered via the following teaching and learning methods: • 24 lectures (two per week over twelve weeks) to cover the core concepts within the outline syllabus • Tutorial classes based on small groups, working on management related issues and discussing any issues arising from the lectures, background reading or coursework • Directed readings and formative assessments will be given throughout the module.

Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Practical classes and workshops1
Follow-up work49
Completion of assessment task30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Boddy, D. (2016). Management: An Introduction. 

Bartol, K.M. and Martin, D.C (1994). Management. 

Combe, C. (2014). Introduction to Management. 



In-class activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 70%
Group presentation  (15 minutes) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

There will be additional costs for printing.


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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