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NBS8326 : Managing Organisations and People

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Lain
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


Organizations are some of the most important actors in contemporary societies. They control resources similar to countries; with their decisions and strategies they shape key processes such as globalization, innovation, economic growth, migration and social mobility to name a few; they produce essential products and services and employ a growing proportion of the labour force. This module is concerned with the behaviour of and within organizations and as such provides provides an introduction to central issues and concepts of Organisation Theory and Organisation Behaviour, situating these in the broader global socio-economic context.

Outline Of Syllabus

By the end of the module students should be able to understand and explain:

The implications of theories of organisations in relation to:
- The changing nature of work globally
- The changing context of employment, with regard to Fordism, varieties of capitalism, employment relations and diversity
The implication of theories and understandings of organisational behaviour in relation to issues such as       motivation, identity, culture and leadership

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00PIP Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to do in that week)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PIP Seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion20:301:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:001:00Pre-assessment clinic
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00Two hours in total across the module
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the basic concepts and framework which contribute to the module’s intended knowledge outcomes. Seminars will facilitate more active and student centered forms of pedagogical activities.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1501A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study1MStudent understanding is formatively assessed through the use of case studies.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignment assesses students’ breadth and depth of understanding of the key theories and concepts in organizational theory and behavior drawing on extensive independent reading and research. This will also offer the opportunity to test the range of practical/transferable skills listed in the module’s aims.

Reading Lists