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BSc Management (Human Resources) with Industrial/Professional Experience

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Introduction to Management and Organisation Studies

Unit code BMAN10970
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course introduces students to the field of scholarship known as organization studies through an exploration of management and organizations. In order to develop an appreciation of organizations as complex and multifaceted, students will study the management of different kinds of organizations - from government to private, from small to large, from local to multi-national, from start-ups to mature firms, from technical production to political advocacy, etc. Students will learn to analyse their observations of organizations by understanding how micro, meso and macro theories shed light on the organizational domain in different ways. We will treat the study of management and organization thought as a necessary step toward the development of informed and socially responsible graduates. In this year-long course, students will therefore develop a thorough understanding of how organizations and society shape and change each other but also how different approaches to management can configure organizational lives.



  1. Modernity and industry: Living in an organizational society
  2. A pluralist field: There are more ways than one to analyse organizations
  3. The ubiquity of management: Organizations in popular culture
  4. Contemporary organizational facades: What the consumer sees
  5. Organizational processes: What the consumer does not usually get to see
  6. Working, producing: From the wealth of nations to strategic management

  7. Production lines: Scientific management then and now, here and there
  8. Desk jobs and the specification of core tasks: Is bureaucracy ethical?
  9. From bureaucracy to human relations: This is getting personal
  10. ‘The way we do things around here’: Is culture a resource for increasing productivity?
  11. Organisations as (thinking) organisms: It’s alive but is it passive or active?
  12. Designing organizations: Growing and shrinking, flat and fun

  13. Management fads and fashions: The good, the bad and the happy
  14. ‘Making up’ people then measuring them: Is performance evaluation mindful?
  15. From organization to network: Haunted by the ghosts of classic organization theory
  16. The economization of social life: Are all organizations now business organizations?
  17. Corporate social responsibility: Ethical response or managerialist fantasy?
  18. Advanced management and organization studies: What comes next?


Core for first year students on BSc Management and Management (Specialisms), BSc International Management with American Business Studies and BSc International Management.

Core for BSc Mgt/Mgt (Specialism); IMABS; IM.


The main aim of this course is to familiarise students with core objects and processes in management and organization studies. This includes an understanding of management and organization as a practice and a scholarly endeavour.

Learning outcomes

Through sustained attention to the world of management and organizations, students will learn to:

  1. Identify organization, organizations and organizing as distinct from other objects and processes within the study of human society and culture
  2. Interpret the behaviour of individuals and groups in work and organizational settings in conjunction with the design and structuring of organizations
  3. Apply core concepts and theories from management and organization studies to analyse cases that are relevant for different sectors of society
  4. Make critical, informed and socially responsible judgments regarding specified organizational problems by drawing on concepts and theories from management and organization studies

Teaching and learning methods

Lecture hours:  40

Seminar hours: 10

Private study:  150

Total study hours: 200 hours

Relevant materials (course outline, additional reading, cases, notifications, etc.) will be made available on the Blackboard site for the module.


Assessment methods

1. Individual and group based seminar tasks           40%

2. Essay (2000 words)                                               60%

Feedback methods

Seminars: These will take the form of conversation and debate between students and tutor based on preparatory tasks, reading and topics. Feedback on learning and development will be provided in the seminars.

Essay writing skills: Feedback will be provided on the examined essay.

Feedback on Problem Issues: The module coordinators will offer personal feedback - on a face-to-face basis - regarding any problems students may encounter with the module that are not otherwise able to be addressed through the seminar format.

Recommended reading

The textbook and/or any other core texts will be announced via email at the start of the year. Additional weekly reading and other multimedia will be assigned on Blackboard.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 40
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Hassard Unit coordinator
John Foster Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Seminar tutors: Graduate Teaching Assistants will cover seminars on the course and will also assist with the marking of assignments.

Pre-Requisites: N/A

Co-requisites: N/A

Dependent course units:

Programme Restrictions -This course is core for first year students on BSc Management and Management (Specialisms), BSc International Management with American Business Studies and BSc International Management.

For Academic Year 2021/22

Updated: March 2021

Approved by: March UG Committee



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