NBS8701 : Adding Value in Workplace Relations (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 15.0


1.To develop a critical and in-depth understanding of some of the key factors that impact upon your workplace role and compare your experiences in this regard with colleagues on the programme and address ethical and sustainability concerns associated with these issues whilst doing so.

2.To develop an in-depth and critical awareness of the implications of applying concepts and approaches which underpin the differing theoretical and practical perspectives employed for understanding how to lead and influence people in organizations and the workplace.

3.To allow you to develop a questioning approach to their own and others practice and enable students to understand and apply the principles of action learning to their own practice

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will commence with an introduction to the principles and practice of action learning. The detailed syllabus addressed through subsequent set meetings will be agreed and negotiated with each action learning cohort, but is expected to build upon and extend from the thematic areas addressed in the pre-requisite modules:
1.       Leading in the Workplace
2.       The Nature of the Workplace
3.       Communication and Engagement
4.       Influence in the Workplace
5.       Enacting Change

Specific content is expected to address and draw upon specific organisational challenges faced by set participants. Example areas of concern that might be addressed include issues of equality and diversity, handling the political nature of an organization, interviewing and performance management, handling conflict and difficult conversations, managing financial resources, decision-making and problem-solving in practice, leading change and development in organizations, self and career management managing sustainably, applying marketing principles, developing innovation and creativity, and developing strategy.

Students will consider the assumptions, approaches and implications of the issue/topic considered, focusing on management, leadership and influencing issues, and considering how the theory and concepts address can add value to and impact upon their workplace. Particular emphasis will be placed on ethical and sustainability concerns in respect of the areas addressed. Employability skills of self-awareness, leadership, influence, negotiation, self-management, team working, and problem solving will also be addressed as part of the module’s studies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1243:00243:00n/a
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical31:003:00Assessments of presentations at ½ hour each and ½ hour discussion and feedback
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops63:0018:00Feedback sessions following 1 day workshop on each area.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops66:0036:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be delivered according to action learning principles which will ensure all learning outcomes are addressed. You will meet in small groups as action learning sets to work on joint diagnosis and exploration of organizational problems through questioning. An initial workshop will introduce you to action learning and set meetings will be supported by a facilitator. Each set meeting will focus on a different organizational issue in respect to effective contributions to workplace relations which is agreed between the module leader and set participants. A subject matter expert will be included in each session to provide an introduction to this issue for participants and outline key principles, practices, concepts and theories relevant to the topic addressed. You will then explore, through questioning and discussion, these issues in your own organizations/workplace and following discussion are expected to take away ideas to consider and explore further in relation to the challenges you have in relation to the issue discussed. You will then report back on those ideas and the impact (or otherwise) in the workplace at the next set meeting. Ongoing feedback will be given by facilitators and other set participants as part the action learning process. Directed study will be provided by subject experts to extend and support the discussion of the action learning set and help students explore the links between the organizational issues addressed and relevant research and theory and wider practice. As part of set meetings you will undertake at least two assessed presentations on your analysis of issues discussed in set meetings in reference to specific workplace/organizational challenges. These will be accompanied by two pieces of individual coursework summarizing this analysis and incorporating an action plan for addressing those issues in the workplace/organization considered. You will also complete a fourth integrative assignment in which you will consider their learning across the module and from the action learning process in which they have been involved.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302M10Individual presentation - 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes questions.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M90A 5,000 word individual assignment including learning across the module and from the action learning process.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A single, integrated assessment provides the best way of assessing a module based explicitly on the principles of action learning. The essence of such an approach is that learning takes place as a result of action, and that further action is in turn informed by learning. A single assessment, incorporating both these elements, allows this cyclical process to be captured. The principles of the module also mean that the assessment should be in the form of a written assignment. A formal, written examination would not bring out the depth and richness of this learning. Giving a 10% weighting to a presentation of the assignment is a reflection and recognition of the importance throughout the module of students' discussion of their projects, both with fellow students and with staff.

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