BA Modern Language and Business & Management (French)

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Fundamentals of Management

Course unit fact file
Unit code BMAN10011
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


See items 1,2,3,4,5 under Learning Outcomes.




The course aims to equip students with a basic knowledge of management which can be used as a foundation for personal development. The course also aims to be an introduction to future courses in management.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to:
1) Define management and explain how management differs according to level and whether a manager is a line manager or an enabling role.
2) Briefly describe and contrast four models of management; rational goal, scientific, human relations, open systems.
3) Describe and attain some elementary level of skills in the main management processes: planning, organizing, staffing, deciding, controlling and budgeting.
4) Outline the notion of a management function and be able to name, briefly describe and appreciate the role of the four main management functions: marketing, production (including quality and other technical services), finance and personnel.
5) Discuss and identify the implications of wider management issues such as managing technology, managing diversity, globalization and ethics.

Teaching and learning methods

Methods of delivery:  lectures

Lecture hours - 20 (2 hours per week, over 10 weeks)
Seminar hours - N/A
Private study - 80
Total study hours - 100

Total study hours: 100 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.

Informal Contact Methods
1. Office Hours
2. Online Learning Activities (blogs, discussions, self assessment questions)
3. Other : E-mail contact.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice test worth 10%

Exam worth 90%


Feedback methods

- Formative, voluntary essay with student receiving written, individual feedback.

- Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.

- Online exercises and quizzes delivered through the Blackboard course space.

- Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.

- Specific course related feedback sessions.

- Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework (Feedback on multiple-choice test)

- Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance (Based on previous years)

- Other - please describe:

Qualitative feedback obtained in week 5 and feedback reported in week 6 and on Blackboard.

On-line discussion on two topical issues.

Recommended reading

Smith, J. M. (2007) Fundamentals of Management a Critical Text. London: McGraw-Hill.

Supplementary Text: Robbins, S.P. & Decenzo, D.A. (2012) Fundamentals of Management (7th Edition). London: Prentice-Hall.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment practical exam 5
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 73.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Masakatsu Ono Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Pre-requisites: None

Co-requisites: N/A

Dependent course units: N/A

Programme Restrictions: Available as a free choice option to students who have received prior agreement from their registering School. Not available to students on BSc in Management/Management (Specialism), IM,IMABS, ITMB or IBFEprogrammes.

BMAN10011 is available to visiting and exchange students admitted through the University of Manchester’s International Programmes Office.

For Academic Year 2023/24

Updated: March 2023

Approved by: March UG Committee


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