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LUBS1170 Introduction to Management

10 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Emma Gritt

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS1850Organisational Behaviour

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module aims to provide an introduction to the key tasks in management – organising, planning, controlling, directing, leading and dealing with staff. These concepts will be examined both from the classic management literature and tools and from the perspective of managers in the 21st century. Wherever possible topical examples and issues will be developed and the module is supported by a Twitter feed in which we highlight issues in journals or in the news which are relevant to the module content. The module involves you taking on a management task as a group and interacting with practising managers to get their views on management generally and also on a topical aspect of management which changes from year to year – such as the influence of mobile technologies or the rise of social media in business. The module will draw on an external speaker – a practising manager – for one of the lecture sessions


The module aims to introduce students to the dimensions of management as an activity and to highlight the challenges which face managers in the 21st century. The module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a management task in teams while interacting with practising managers and requires students to apply, and reflect on the application of, key management theories, concepts and tools in delivery of that task.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
- the key dimensions of the discipline of management and the evolution of management thought and investigation, including key theories, concepts and tools
- the issues affecting managers in the 21st century

Skills outcomes
Students will:
- Work in teams to address a management task
- Present information based on interaction with practicing managers
- Apply management theories, concepts and tools to a management task


Indicative content:
Lectures cover:
The nature of Management ( 1 week)
Key dimensions of the discipline of Management ( 5 weeks)
Schools of management thought ( 1 week)
Guest speaker – ‘Becoming a Manager’ ( 1 week)
Challenges for Managers in the 21st century (2 weeks)
Key trends affecting management and business
Management reaction and capability
Exam preparation and revision (1 week)

Seminars cover the definition, planning, execution and reporting of a management task in teams. 10 weeks of activity is supported by seminars covering

Task definition ( 1 week)
Planning a management task / project ( 1 week)
Presenting a project plan ( 1 week)
Developing and working in teams ( 1 week)
Presenting team results and reflection ( 1 week)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

For each 10 credits of study taken, the expectation is that the normal study time (including attendance at lectures and tutorials, self-study and revision) is 100 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- To help prepare for the exam, students will be invited to submit an essay question
- Comments, advice and an indicative mark will be returned.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/12/2017


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