HR9717 - Managing People & Organisations

What will I learn on this module?

The module will help you engage with the management challenges involved in managing individuals, teams and organisations. You will gain an understanding of theories and models within the field of organisational behaviour, and the ways in which this knowledge has been applied in terms of techniques and approaches such as human resource management. The module will enable you to apply the concepts introduced to make sense of your own experiences in organizations, to recognise the importance of these aspects of management in an overall understanding of management, and enable you to apply them to your own management practice.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a combination of online resources (including Discussion Board, webcasts, guidance notes), directed learning, independent learning, taught sessions and a residential using a variety of methods (debates, case studies, structured reflection) and case based assessment. Taught sessions will focus on a specific aspect of managing people and organisations (e.g. motivation, teams, organisational culture). Selected pre-readings are required before each taught session as the intellectual resources they provide will be useful as you consider and develop responses to the challenges that we will consider. The taught sessions will be facilitated by a team of academic specialists in the relevant area who will provide ongoing formative feedback. The summative assessment involves examination of a people management issue of strategic significance, which can be tackled either prospectively or retrospectively (that is, analysing how the issue could be addressed and making evidence-based recommendations for action, or evaluating how the issue was addressed, and identifying key points of learning).

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported primarily by the module tutor, who will be available for guidance and consultation about the module and its requirements. A teaching and learning plan and module Blackboard site will also be used extensively to support learning, set out the schedule of work and provide materials. Less formally, all members of the teaching team will provide support and assistance in the taught sessions. There will be ample opportunity for discussion and provision of formative feedback in the class contact time.

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?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theory and research which underpins the approaches to the management of people which are available to managers and organisations
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the implications of effective people management for the achievement of strategic goals.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On completion of the module you will be able to:
3. Demonstrate the ability to apply key concepts and ideas to the analysis of people management issues;
4. Demonstrate the ability to interpret outputs from data analysis and to use these to gain insights into potential courses of action.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On completion of the module you will be able to:
5. Critically appraise global cases exploring issues such as cross-cultural management; exploration of ethical issues relating to the management of people

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: Ongoing formative feedback will be provided in the taught sessions by the module teaching team.

Summative assessment: A single 3000 words individual assignment focusing on a people management issue of strategic importance. This single assignment will assess all module learning outcomes.





Module abstract

Effective management of people is vital for the achievement of an organisation’s strategic goals, yet it is hard to do well and easy to do badly. This module focuses on developing your understanding of key theories and approaches within organisational behaviour to enable you to develop your capacity to manage more effectively. Through experiential learning you will be equipped to evaluate your own approach to people management, develop your ability to analyse management problems and develop potential solutions.

Course info

Credits 10

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 15 months

Location Singapore

City Singapore

Start September, December, March or June

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