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MANG6300 Organisational Effectiveness Part 1

Module Overview

This module which is taught over a weekend is a kinesthic learning experience for students to learn how to become effective team workers. The course aims to equip students with some knowledge of the softer team skills as well as task skills that exist in teams in the 21st century workplace. The course is completely experiential and aims to give students a broad experience of how to communicate in teams, motivate others, perform tasks under time pressure, make decisions, plan and negotiate, allocate roles, as well as becoming effective leaders. Assessment includes observations throughout team performance, a reflective report and a team presentation.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to take students out of their natural learning environment to an off-campus site where they spend a weekend together with a group trained of facilitators. The aim is for students to experience kinaesthetically what it is like to have to lead a team and be a follower; how to motivate others, negotiate with others, make difficult decisions and manage resources. It aims to make them aware of their own strengths and areas for improvement in learning how to be an effective manager of the 21st century workplace. The two full day and night course aims to encourage individuals to be responsible for their own self-awareness and development within a team setting. This aim is more readily achieved when participants are set novel tasks in an alien environment - when time pressures force reliance on sound teamwork and management principles.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the application of managerial processes to practical and abstract team tasks;
  • the needs and motives of others and how to support such needs in a team situation;
  • self-awareness as to management style and know which areas you need to develop in order to be an effective manager;
  • leadership and followership.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify specific problems within a task and develop skills in order to solve those problems as a team;
  • develop planning and motivation skills;
  • encourage innovation, creative thinking and innovation;
  • demonstrate the importance of effective communication;
  • analyse risk and assess opportunities and threats;
  • negotiate for and allocate scare resources.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • team roles and dynamics;
  • negotiate & present;
  • problem solve;
  • manage conflict;
  • demonstrate leadership skills;
  • time manage.


The weekend runs from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and contains a series of abstract team tasks; some inside and some outside in order to assess different team skills of the participants. This is a very full course but with time for reflection, feedback and review of both individual and team performance.

Special Features

This module is delivered over an intensive weekend residential period. In situations where students are unable to participate in this module then an alternative form of assessment will be set to meet the learning outcomes above. Every effort is made however to accommodate all students as there are other ways of contributing other than physically completing the tasks.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The series of tasks are delivered in teams where each group of participants has a facilitator who is with them throughout the exercises. After each series of exercises full feedback is given by the facilitator and students are encouraged to reflect on their own and others’ behaviours and attitudes. Plenary and team sessions are used to introduce the activity and to debrief. Experiential learning is achieved through a process of reflection of theory, behaviour, attitudes and continuous peer and facilitator assessment of performance across the weekend. Facilitators also review both individual and team performance and development leading to a final presentation where students reflect on challenges, how they solved them and their learning outcomes.

Independent Study51
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

Meyer, E., Ashleigh M.J., Jones, G.R., & George J.M (2007). Contemporary Management. 

Ashleigh M.J., & Mansi, A (2012). The Psychology of People in Organisations. 

Bloisi, Wendy, Cook Curtis, and Hunsaker Phillip L (2006). Management and Organisational Behaviour. 

Group & Organisation Management. Journal

Journal of Organisational Behaviour. Journal

Journal of Management. Journal

Belbin, M (1996). Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail. 

Robbins,S.P (2004). Organisational Behavior. 

Mullins, L.J. (2005). Management and Organisational Behaviour. 

Small Group Research. Journal



Peer review


MethodPercentage contribution
Observation and evaluation 25%
Presentation  (10 minutes) 25%
Report  (1500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Observation and evaluation 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:


No additional costs as the extra costs (circa £400) per student is already included in International Management student fee structure.


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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