HR9734 - Creating the dynamic organisation

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to develop your ability to critically analyse behaviour and actions in organisations; to problem solve, plan and to employ critical judgement through careful consideration of and reflection on current and future management and organisational challenges. This will help you to demonstrate an appreciation of the changing context of work and organisations, the need for change and adaptability and ability to innovate and respond and to critically evaluate the concept of ‘the dynamic organisation’. Indicative content, based on a foundation of critical thinking and focused on different levels of organisational behaviour – intrapersonal, interpersonal and organisational – will include: personal characteristics, motivation and engagement, team working and team performance, power, politics and conflict; learning and innovation, organisational culture, design and change. The module draw from themes such as:

? Introduction to the study of Organisations and the challenges facing contemporary organisations
? Individual Characteristics
? The Intrapersonal Level part 1 – mainstream concepts and theories
? Groups and Teams in the organisation
? Power, Politics and Conflict
? Organisation Culture

How will I learn on this module?

The module structure and proposed teaching strategies are outlined in the module Teaching & Learning Plan. They are designed to encourage you to take greater responsibility for your own learning through critical enquiry based learning and application of theory to practice. As with other modules, we employ a work-related approach, which encourages you to analyse and reflect on your own work experience; to assess the relevance of theory to practice; and to examine new theory and practice initiatives.

In order to enable this, you will engage in a range of learning activities to encourage engagement and participation. For part-time students, this will include a workshop approach where you will be introduced to academic theory, models and concepts and have opportunities to contextualise and apply theory in relation to your own or case organisations. These activities will be supported through directed or guided learning – additional materials, diagnostics, case questions, tutor-guided activities, and on-line resources - and supplementary self-directed reading and research.

For those of you studying via distance learning, you will develop knowledge and demonstrate understanding through the extensive use of directed learning and activities delivered via the University’s eLearning Portal. Different modes of communication and participation methods will be used, for example: e-mail, discussion board activities, wikis, individual and group work, quizzes and reflective exercises.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

For part-time students, scheduled classes will provide opportunities to raise questions and issues related to academic activities, requests for guidance, and clarification of tasks and objectives. You may also arrange for a one-to-one or group meeting with the module tutor and teaching team members during their scheduled office hours, or by emailing for an appointment. For distance learning students, appropriate contact with tutors can be facilitated via email, on-line through the e-learning portal or telephone/skype meetings.

The e-learning portal also has links to other students’ services and academic support, for example the e-learning library resources, e-learning technical support, and disability and dyslexia support. There are a range of help guides and study skills materials available via the virtual learning environment.

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:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be expected to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
1) Demonstrate your knowledge of and critical understanding of the key concepts, models and theories in relation to the topics and themes covered in the module

2) Identify the opportunities and challenges relating to the changing nature of work and management practice

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3) Present a case analysis drawing on relevant theory and to present a critical evaluation of current practice and implications for future practice

4) Demonstrate critical self-reflection based on critical incidents that demonstrate competence and awareness of personal impact

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5) Demonstrate an appreciation of ethical dimensions of your own and others’ management practice in your critical reflection

How will I be assessed?

You will be formatively assessed and receive feedback/feed forward through group work, assignment discussion and reflection, discussion board activity on the e-learning portal, case study activity and theory/practice related discussions.

Your summative assessment will be in two parts and consist of an individual written assignment of 5,000 words, and a critical reflection (2,000 words).

(Together these will meet all module learning outcomes)





Module abstract

Creating the Dynamic Organisation considers the pace and context of change that impacts at individual, group and organisational levels. It draws on issues and challenges facing organisations and considers implications for management practice and behaviour. This module will support the development of critical thinking in relation to organisational design, behaviour and management practice and to enhance individual knowledge, skills and competence seen as essential for effective leadership.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years distance learning

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start October 2019

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