Introduction to Management - BUSN3120

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Sideeq Mohammed checkmark-circle


The module introduces students to theories of management beginning with classical management perspectives through to contemporary management concepts. It will illustrate the continuities and transformations in management thinking throughout the 20th and 21st century. The main topics of study include: Scientific Management; Human Relations Approach; Bureaucracy and Post-Bureaucracy; The Contingency Approach; Culture Management; Leadership; Aesthetic Labour; Extreme Management.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Group Presentation (10%)
Individual Essay - 1000 words (20%)
Examination, 2 hour (70%)

Reassessment method:
100% exam

Indicative reading

Core Textbook
Clegg, S. Kornberger, M. & Pitsis, T. 2016: Managing & Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition. London: Sage.

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- understand key theories of management
- understand the development of management thinking and the continuities and changes embedded in this
- understand the interplay between management and organizational forms
- understand the impact of management thinking on processes such as control, decision-making and communication
- understand the connection between management practices and the business environment

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- communicate management theories and ideas in writing
- present empirical examples
- interpret empirical examples through the lens of management theories
- retrieve information from a variety of sources
- plan work and study independently


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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