Module Catalogue 2016/17

BUS2021 : Work and Organisations

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Tony Boland
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

BUS1001 or Introductory Management

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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, Situating the study of work and organisation, Orthodox and heterodox approaches, Issues in studying work and organisation, Bureaucracy and Scientific Management revisited, Human Relations Theory and People Management.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to:
1.Describe and compare several approaches to the analysis of work and organisations.
2.Differentiate between the analysis of the relatively stable asepcts 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.

Intended Skill Outcomes

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 completion132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS2019Understanding Work and Organisations
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide a framework for student-centred learning; seminars provide opportunites 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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002,000 word assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignment assesses students' acquisition of the 'knowledge and understanding' learning outcomes, as well as skills outcome. The latter will additionally be informally assessed during seminars.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 16/17. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

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