Module Catalogue 2023/24

BUS1001 : Introduction to Management and Organisation

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Susan Addison
  • Demonstrator: Mr Khang-Wai Chew, Dr Les Tickner, Professor Stephen Procter
  • 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
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The module provides an introduction to key theories of management and organisation that build the foundation for the business and management discipline. It seeks to help students to understand the concepts and principles associated with business and management and to be able to evaluate and interpret them in this context.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module covers core areas of management and organisation theory, including:

- Scientific management
- Management and leadership
- Motivation at work
- Teamworking in organisations
- Decision-making
- Organisational structure

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Identify and explain the main concepts and principles underpinning the discipline of management and organisation
2. Evaluate the key theories of organisation and management and their contribution to business and management
3. Appreciate some of the ethical tensions inherent in the field of management and organisation

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the completion of this module you will be able to:

1. Interpret and critically evaluate the key theories of organisation and management;
2. Apply key theories of management and organisation in exploring complex issues;
3. Identify and begin to develop the skills required of managers in diverse socio-cultural organisational settings.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture211:0021:00PIP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading165:0065:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities41:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study138:0038:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time61:006:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS1015Management and Organisation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to present the students with the knowledge base upon which they can develop their understanding of the subject area.

Seminars are used to test understanding of the knowledge base and to develop an understanding of the practical implications of this knowledge base in specific situations.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M30To include several Canvas quizzes that test foundation knowledge
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MSeminar discussion topics, quizzes and sample exam questions.
Prob solv exercises2MSeminar discussion topics, quizzes and sample exam questions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The portfolio in semester 1 is appropriate for testing knowledge and understanding of key principles of management and organisation theory.

The exam is testing an understanding of the appropriate theories and concepts in an applied setting.

Formative assessment and feedback is provided through quizzes, seminars and sample exam questions.

In the case of an alternative assessment for semester 2 (70% of the module mark) being necessary due to circumstances, the Module Leader will in discussion with the DPD and the University, discuss possible acceptable online alternatives, such as a take home exam delivered online with a set time limit to complete (24 hours or less as deemed appropriate).

In 2020/21 this alternative was a 24 hour take home exam delivered online, and it is envisioned that if circumstances do not allow a present-in-person timed exam at the end of semester 2, and the professional body agrees, than this may well be an example of the type of alternative assessment which could be put in place.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2023/24 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 2024/25 entry will be published here in early-April 2024. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.