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BUS2019 : Understanding Work and Organisations

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion163:0063:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture271:0027:00N/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
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M302,000 words.
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Group Presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essay will assess and provide feedback upon knowledge understanding and written communication; the group presentation will demonstrate understanding of the issues and concepts explored in the seminar programme and how these relate to the module themes; Exam will assess overall understanding of knowledge and issues presented in the module.

Resit assessment: Exam only

Reading Lists