MSc Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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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.



The unit aims to enable the students to: 

  • 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

Students are provided with the learning material in soft copy form. The learning material comprises 10 chapters covering key management tools. Each chapter contains a number of exercises together with suggested answers for students to check their learning as they progress through the unit. A reference list of further reading is provided for each chapter allowing the student to investigate the subject area more deeply, and the unit tutor is available to answer queries and provide guidance as required. The face-to-face workshop at the annual workshop event explores key areas of the unit through a range of hands-on exercises and practical demonstrations.


Knowledge and understanding

Students should be able to 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

Students should be able to 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

Students should be able to: 

  • 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

Students should be able to: 

  • Citique 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.
  • Assess current working practices based on knowledge and experience gained and adapt working practices as necessary.
  • Prioritise and effectively manage time to complete work by required deadlines.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Feedback returned by email within 15 working days.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Matthew Shaw Unit coordinator

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