Module Catalogue 2016/17

BUS2019 : Understanding Work and Organisations

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Tony Boland
  • Lecturer: Dr Sue Abbott
  • Other Staff: Mr Chris Ford, Dr Robin Brown
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
BUS1001Introduction to Management and Organisation
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



Students will be introduced to various issues and controversies relating to the study of work, organisation and management. We will examine alternative ways of looking at organisation and management, and consider why we need these alternatives to fully understand the world of work, organisation and management. The assumptions which underpin most management orthodoxy will be examined and their implications considered.

The module aims:

1. To build upon students basic understanding of issues in the analysis of work and organisations, by providing a broader perspective upon the social, political and economic context of work and organisation.

2. To enable students to evaluate research and scholarship on work and organisations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction - issues in studying work and organisation, Bureaucracy and Scientific Management revisited, Human Relations Theory and People Management, Organizational Culture and Self Management, Post-Bureaucracy and Change Management, Other perspectives on work, organisation and management, Organizing Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to:
1. Describe and compare several approaches to the analysis of work and organisations.
2. Differentiate berween the analysis of the relatively stable aspects of organisations, and the relatively unpredictable aspects of everyday work, organising, and managing.
3. Discuss the relationships between aspects internal to organisations, and the broader social, political and economic context of work and organisation.
4. Discuss the significance of changes and continuities in the character of work, nationally and internationally.
5. Critically appraise research on work and organisations.
6. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of approaches to work and Organisation, in written assignments and in seminar discussions.
7. Reflect upon your own experience of work and organisational life and use your reflections to illustrate the understandings gained on the module.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of approaches to work and Organisation, in written assignments and in seminar discussions.
2. Reflect upon their own experience of work and organisational life and use their reflections to illustrate their acquisition of the above knowledge outcomes, and in collaboration with fellow students.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Governance Awareness : Present
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Assessed

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS2021Work and Organisations
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide a framework for student-centred learning: seminars provide opportunities for collaborative learning with peers; these are complemented by students' private study.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M252,000 words.
Report2M25Seminar reflection 2,000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Resit assessment: Exam only


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2016/17 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2017/18 entry will be published here in early-April 2017. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.