MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Management Tools

Unit code PHAR71060
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit engages the learner in a series of activities, learning exercises and reflective materials to provide them with an awareness of the management of the self, individuals, teams and organisations. It touches on finance and HR issues related to the content.

It provides students with a perceptive insight into their management and leadership styles and strengths. It builds the skills that will enable students to lead their teams effectively, manage change successfully and interact with and influence colleagues in other areas of the business.



  • Acquire and develop an advanced knowledge and in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of management.
  • Acquire and develop the advanced skills to make an effective contribution to managing teams and projects.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse the organisation within which they work and consider their role within it.
  • Identify their own learning needs, develop themselves as critically reflective practitioners and advance their own learning to sustain continuing professional development.
  • Critically evaluate literature, theories and methodologies and apply approaches to creating a personal development plan.


Teaching and learning methods

This unit is delivered entirely through distance learning. A printed manual consisting of ten chapters is issued to the student on registration and receipt of payment. Each chapter is designed to contain ten hours of assessed learning.

Additional learning activities are directed which, together with the assessment, require 50 hours of self-directed learning and assessment.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Self-directed learning.

Practical skills

  • Reflective diary.
  • Peer review.
  • Self-directed learning.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Group work.
  • Work based learning.
  • Self-directed learning.


Knowledge and understanding

Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and detailed understanding of:

  • emotional intelligence
  • feedback
  • 360 review and appraisal
  • time management techniques
  • approaches to project management
  • development planning
  • team management
  • leadership styles
  • managing difficult relationships
  • motivation of self and others
  • presentation skills
  • matrix organisations.

Intellectual skills

Critically analyse, evaluate and, where appropriate, formulate an informed opinion about:

  • management approaches and techniques;
  • impact of poor practices on team morale and group development;
  • effectiveness of current systems and processes.

Practical skills

  • Analyse self based on reflection and feedback from team, peers and managers.
  • Complete practical exercises to demonstrate an understanding of the application of knowledge derived from the course material.
  • Engage in critically reflective practice as a process of continuous personal development.
  • Network with key stakeholders in own organisation to drive processes forward based on knowledge gained through course participation.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • The ability to critique information from a range of sources to formulate opinions.
  • Manage a team in accordance with organisational requirements, demonstrating high level knowledge on a process driven approach.
  • The ability to assess current working practices based on knowledge and experience gained and adapt working practices as necessary.
  • The ability to prioritise and effectively manage time to complete work by required deadlines.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Provisional marks and feedback for coursework returned within 15 working days.

Exam marks and final marks returned after ratification at exam board. 

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Matthew Shaw Unit coordinator

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