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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LISS1021 Management in Organisations: Theories, Techniques and Decision Making

10 creditsClass Size: 31

Module manager: Nathalie Benesova

Taught: 1 Jul to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

GPA of 2.8 (US) or equivalent and enrolled at a university

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module aims to provide an introduction to some of the key functions of 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. The module involves you taking on management tasks as a team and presenting your group project. In addition the module includes visits to local companies during which students will have the opportunity to gain insight into how concepts and issues studied in class can be implemented in real-world business.


The module aims to introduce students to the dimensions of management and the challenges managers face in the 21st Century. It draws on classic and contemporary management theory to enable students to gain an understanding of the development of the Management discipline, the structure of business organisations, the environment in which they operate, the different management functions within organisations and the traits of successful managers.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
• Analyse elements of the key dimensions of the discipline of management and the main schools of management thinking. Including how the study of management has developed over the last 150 years.
• Apply some of the key theories, concepts and tools of management used in planning, organising, staffing, leading and controlling.
• Understand the basic business organisations and their objectives; business decision-making and the business operating environment.
• Analyse the external environment in order to understand the key issues affecting managers in the 21st century for example, political, economic, social and technical challenges.

Skills outcomes
• Draw on management theory to recognise and demonstrate the traits and qualities of a successful company and manager.
• Working collaboratively in groups to make decisions for a company on a specified industry.
• Present business plans on their chosen company


The module introduces students to the key concepts and theories in the field of management. Students will explore the evolution of management schools of thought over the last 150 years, spanning from classical management, up to management approaches in the 21st century. The key functions of management will be studied including, planning, organising, staffing, controlling, and leading, alongside topics such as organisational culture, change management, and the challenges of managing in today’s world.

The sessions will be a mix of lectures and seminars, consisting of theory based sessions and practical examples, presentations and group work.
All students will be assigned into groups in the first session, and will work collaboratively to make decisions for a virtual company on a specified industry. In week one students will present their progress and receive formative feedback. In the final session of week two, each group will present an overview of their company and reflect on how they worked as a management team.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning115.0015.00
Private study hours43.00
Total Contact hours57.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

15 hours preparatory VLE work before the module starts: this will include preliminary reading of academic literature and case material, with the aim to answer questions for discussion.
43 hours private study during module: this will include specified academic literature, videos, case studies, discussion questions and reflective log entries.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

As well an assessed group presentation in the final session, students will take part in group progress presentations in class at the end of the first week. These will not be assessed but will be an opportunity to receive formative feedback for the final presentation. Students will receive feedback on the context and style of their presentation in order to prepare for the assessed presentation.
Students will be expected to make daily log entries, where progress will be monitored.
Short quizzes will also be conducted periodically to monitor student knowledge and learning. This will be administered through the Socrative App and will be conducted in class.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationA group presentation (group assessed)30.00
Reflective log1,500 word reflective log in relation to the group project (individually assessed)70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/05/2022


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