SSST Subjects

EC160 Understanding Management


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc Economics with International Business
  • BSc Economics with Finance
  • BSc in Business and Management with Finance
  • BSc in Business and Management with Economics
  • BA Political Science and International Relations with Management
  • BSc Computer Science with Management
  • BSc Information Systems with Management

Status (core, option, free choice)



FHEQ Level



Unit Value



Semester taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code



Module coordinator

Zana Prutina


Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • The aim of this module is to introduce students to the basic concepts of management in business and in non-business areas and functions, including planning, organising, staffing, coordinating, leading, directing and controlling.
  • Students should be able to position management in a globalised world and to be able to define its meaning in modern social life, as well as being able to understand the role of management in a global organisation.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • The Nature of Management

  • Social Responsibility and Managerial Ethics

  • Models of management

  • Individual and Group Decision Making

  • Strategic Management

  • Planning

  • Organisational Structure and Design

  • Managing marketing

  • Human Resource Management

  • Leadership

  • Motivation

  • Groups and Teams

  • Communication and Negotiation

  • Performance measurement and control


Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time


20 1.5 30
Tutorials 10 1.5 15
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 105
Total Contact Hours 45
Total Engagement Hours 150

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline

Final exam


3 hours


Week 17

Mid-term exam


2 hours


Week 8

Group project and presentation


2000 words

20 minutes

Written part: 20%

Presentation: 10%

Week 14 and 15


Module Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • To enhance comprehension of the most important terminology related to management and to understand the fundamental concepts and principles of management, including the basic roles, skills, and functions of management.

  • Evaluate approaches to management in the workplace today and explain the impact of each style on employees.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the social and economic consequences of different managerial styles.

  • Understand the basic role of management in modern organizations.

  • Recognise the importance of the manager in successful modern society.

  • To collect information from variety of sources and to provide information related to solutions from the field of management infamiliar context.

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures will provide core information on module material. In addition to the key text book, supplementary resources will be used, including the most recent articles. In this way, students will be able to relate the theoretical part to the current real world issues. (ILO:1-6)

  • A Group assignment will allow students to integrate theoretical concepts with their practical application (ILO: 1-6)

  • Case studies and role plays will allow students to work as a group to discuss topical material in detail.

  • Group discussions will encourage students to formulate their own arguments and engage in constructive debate (ILO: 1-6)(ILO: 1-6)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Midterm exam (ILO: 1-6)
  • Final exam (ILO: 1-6)
  • Test (ILO:1-6)

  • Group case study and presentation (ILO:1-6)

  • Continuous class participation (ILO: 1-6)

Practical Skills:

  • To recognize complex management relationships

  • To apply economic theory to real-life concerns

  • Interpret and theoretically apply different management models

  • Interpret and analyse different communication models

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures and class discussions (PS 1,4)

  • Case study and role plays (PS: 1-4)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Written Exams (PS: 1-4)

  • Group project (PS: 1-4)

  • Class participation (PS: 1-4)

  • Practical work in the business company of student's choice. Grades will depend mostly on the following: ability to find a company which will enable a student to work for 8 hours in their company, attendance, employer's feedback and student's report. (PS 1,2)

Transferable Skills:

  • Ability to effectively present own and others’ point of view

  • Communication Skills: Written and Oral

  • Analytical skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Research skills

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures and class discussions (TS 1-4)

  • Case studies and role plays (TS: 1-4)

  • Class participation (TS: 1,2)

  • Group work (TS: 1-5)

  • Practical work (TS 2,4)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Written examinations (TS: 1,2,4)

  • Case studies (TS: 1-4)

  • Group projects and presentations (TS: 1-5)

  • Practical work (TS 2,4)


Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Robbins, S., Coulter, M. (2016) Management, 13th Edition, Pearson

Supplementary Materials

  • Hitt, M., Black, S., Porter, L. (2013), Management, 3rd Edition, Pearson

  • Laasch, O., Conaway, R.N. (2014). Principles of Responsible Management. Cengage

  • Bratton, J., (2017), Human Resource Management, 6th Edition, Palgrave Macmillan

  • Bamberger, P., et al, (2014), Human Resource Strategy, 2nd Edition, Routledge

  • Daft, R., et al, (2015), Management, South-Western College Pub

  • Mullins, L., (2013), Management and Organisational Behaviour, FT Publishing

  • Bratton, J. Golg, J. , (2017), Human Resource Management, 6th Edition, Palgrave Macmillan

  • Bamberger, P., et al, (2014), Human Resource Strategy, 2nd Edition, Routledge

  • Lynch, R., (2015), Strategic Management, 7th Edition, Pearson

  • Edwards, T., Rees, C., (2016), International Human Resource Management: Globalization, National Systems and Multinational Companies, 3 Edition, Pearson

  • Harvard Business Review, (2017), articles [online], (accessed 8 April 2017)

  • Forbes, (2017), articles, [online], (Accessed 8 April 2017)

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.

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Date of Production : April 2017

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee

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