BA Management, Leadership and Leisure / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Introduction to Management and Leadership

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC11251
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course unit will introduce and discuss the following content areas:

* the role and history of management theory

* management theory; models and perspectives

* management theory case studies

* the role of the manager

It will also

      * apply academic theory to the role of the manager in a work-based context

And, build planning and research skills in preparation for

* the Applied Study Management Interview.


This unit aims to:

* Provide foundational understanding of contending management theory.

* Discuss the implications of management theory for business and the leisure sector.

* Apply management theory to the role of the manager in a work-based context.

Learning outcomes

Category of outcome

Upon completion of the unit, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

Identify, analyse and evaluate contending management theory and practice.

Use the Applied Study Management Interview to identify, analyse and evaluate management theory and practice from the perspective of a manager in a work- based context.

Intellectual skills

Analyse and evaluate contending management theory in an essay submission.

Analyse and evaluate management theory and practice from the perspective of a manager in a work based context, in a written report and by oral presentation.

Plan and prepare research interview questions for the Applied Study Management Interview.

Practical skills

Source, plan and organise the Applied Study Management Interview.

Conduct the Applied Study Management interview and collect manager responses as primary data.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Report the key findings of the Applied Study Management Interview.

Present the key findings of the Applied Study Management Interview.

Demonstrate appropriate work-based communication skills (written and oral)

Demonstrate networking skills as an aid to subsequent Applied Study Period planning.


Teaching and learning methods

12 x 3 hours lectures/seminars supported by individual or group tutorials

 1 x Applied Study Management Interview

Assessment methods

One essay assignment: 2,000 words (50%)

One ASMI evaluation report:1,000 words (30%)

One ASMI oral presentation/Q&A: 10 minutes (20%)


Feedback methods

On line Feedback via Blackboard

Recommended reading



Cole, G.A., & Kelly, Phil (2015  ) Management Theory and Practice, 8th ed, Cengage 



Kelly, P. (2009) International Business Management. Andover: Cengage Learning.



Alderfer, C. (1972) Existence, Relatedness and Growth, Collier Macmillan.


Drucker, P. (1974) Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, Heinemann.


Handy, C.B. (1999) Understanding Organisations, 4thed, Penguin.



Hassard, J S. (2012) ‘Rethinking the Hawthorne Studies: The Western Electrical research in its social, political and historical context,’ Human Relations 65(11): 1431-1461


Maslow, A. H. (1954) Motivation and Personality. 1st ed. New York: Harper and Row.


Mintzberg, H. (1973) The Nature of Managerial Work, Harper and Row.


Pettinger, R., (2012) Management: A Concise Introduction, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.



Schein, E. (1988) Organisational Psychology, (3rded), Prentice-Hall.


Taylor, F. (1911) The Principles of Scientific Management, Harper and Brothers.


Durrant, A., Rhodes, G. and Young, D., (2011) Getting Started with University-level Work Based Learning. Libri Publishing



Cameron, S., (2009) The Business Student’s Handbook, Skills for study and employment, (5th ed), Prentice Hall, Essex, UK. 




Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 164

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Martyn Edwards Unit coordinator

Additional notes


Hours Allocated

Staff/Student Contact



Planning, Research, Report, Presentation

44 minimum

Directed Reading


Essay/Interview Preparation


Total Hours



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