DA4067 - Understanding organisations and management

What will I learn on this module?

This module is intended to underpin the theories and approaches you will encounter in your future studies at Levels 5 and 6. It will provide you with an introduction to organisational behaviour, and the changing practices of organising and managing. This will support exploration of leadership and management styles; the dynamics and politics of personal interactions, power, and Influence. You will consider individual motivation, job satisfaction, and work engagement. You will gain a broad understanding of the influence of organisational and international cultures. This will include an appreciation of organisational ethics and values, and building rapport and trust.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through workshops, tutor guidance, feedback, and independent directed and self-directed learning. Importantly, you will also learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the module to your practice in the workplace. The workshops will introduce you to theories and concepts and allow you to discuss with the tutors and your peers how these relate to your own work based experiences and practice. The workplace provides an opportunity for you to put your own knowledge and skills into practice and review your learning with your manager/mentor and your guidance tutor.

Your learning is supported by a Teaching and Learning Plan, offering guidance on reading to prepare for workshops and help with the completion of the assessment. Within this plan there are also suggested learning activities, which guide you in your independent learning. These activities allow you to reflect and evaluate your knowledge and skills and in this area.

You will also be given work-based assignments and projects, which will support your learning by providing an experientially based opportunity to apply your learning and evaluate your own practice in this area.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The Teaching and Learning plan will provide a number of prompts and guidance to support you academically. Support will also include opportunities to gain feedback from workshop tutors, guidance tutors and peers.

Your module is also supported by an e-learning portal, which houses all the module learning materials, workshop resources, interactive activities, assessment details and various other support facilities which are provided by the University.

In addition, in order to assist you in developing knowledge, you will have access to the University’s library facilities, including extensive electronic resources, eBooks and electronic academic journal articles.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
You will be expected to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the dynamic and changing nature of business and management in a global business environment (MLO 1)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
You will be expected to:
Analyse and evaluate different sources of information, methods and frameworks relevant to organisation behaviour and leadership and management practice, including: individual behaviours; interpersonal work relationships; and organisational cultures and values (MLO 2)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
The module will support you to:
Articulate, explain and present information (MLO 3)

Develop an awareness of principles of responsible and sustainable management practices, taking into account social, cultural, economic and environmental issues faced by organisations (MLO 4).

Mapping to CMDA Outcomes
5.1.1 Critically evaluate the impact of innovation and digital technologies on organisations

6.1.1. Evaluate different types of communication and the application of these analyse their strengths and weaknesses in different context

6.7.1 Effectively apply influencing and persuading skills to the
dynamics and politics of personal interactions.

7.1.2 Know own leadership style and how to adapt to situations

7.2.1 Evaluate types of organisational culture and how these are created

8.3.1 Critically evaluate goal setting theories and models

11.1.3 Evaluate goal setting theories and models

12.2.1 Describe and evaluate the values and ethics of your organisation

7.3.1 Explain purpose and values and analyse how effectively these are communicated and articulated in own organisation

How will I be assessed?

You will receive formative feedback through a range of class-based or online activities and exercises throughout the module.

Your summative assessment will consist of two tasks:

Task 1: An individual/ group presentation - 10 mins (equivalent to 1,000 words) - 40%) You will produce a multimedia presentation (digital story) based on one of the themes of the module and linked to organisational practice. This will be scheduled during the semester.
(MLOs: 1,2,3)

Task 2: Individual written paper (2,000) to explore in more depth the theory and links to practice that underpin/provide the rationale for your presentation. (60%)
(MLOs: 1,2,3,4)





Module abstract

This module will support you to explore the practice of leading and managing in organisations by developing your understanding of a range of theories and approaches and by giving you an insight into how these core concepts contribute to your professional development. The module supports you to draw on your own experiences at work allowing you to reflect on and evaluate your own effectiveness in this area and to link theory and practice in the contexts in which you work.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Part Time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or January 2025

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