Module Catalogue 2019/20

BUS2019 : Understanding Work and Organisations

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sara Zaeemdar
  • Demonstrator: Mr Robin Brown
  • Lecturer: Professor Steve Vincent
  • 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

BUS1015 for students from N200
BUS1001 for students from other programmes

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The module aims to build upon students' basic understanding of management, work and organisations. It seeks to help students to understand various theories of management and organisation, and the underlying assumptions, including the classical and contemporary perspectives. This module will help students to evaluate relevant research and scholarship in preparation for their final year of study.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover key theories of work, management and organisations from the classical and contemporary perspectives:

The classical perspectives
- Scientific Management
- Human Relations Theory
- Bureaucratic Theory

The contemporary perspectives
- Culture and Self Management
- Post-bureaucracy and Change Management
- Power and Control

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Identify and critically evaluate the classical and contemporary approaches to the analysis of work and organisations;
2. Appreciate the factors that influence the relatively stable and the relatively unpredictable aspects of everyday work, organising, and managing;
3. Critically evaluate the complexities of work practices and management in global and socially connected organisations.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Collate and critically analyse information relevant to studying work and organisations;
2. Apply management and organisation theory to interpret current work and organisational practices;
3. Demonstrate critical thinking and independent learning skills.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture281:0028:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Formative feedback session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide the students with a framework upon which they can develop their understanding of work and organisations. The seminars provide opportunities for evaluating the practical implications of the learnt management and organisation theory, in real work and organisational context.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502,000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written Examination1MShort Quiz
Written Examination2MShort Quiz
Written exercise1Messay plan (linked to summative assessment Essay) in semester 1
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will assess and provide feedback upon students' understanding of the organisation theory presented in the module. The exam will assess students' overall understanding of knowledge and issues presented in the module.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2019/20 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 2020/21 entry will be published here in early-April 2019. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.