Management Concepts and Practice

Module description

This module is designed to provide a treatment pertinent for the practitioner and as a basis for higher level study, of the nature of organisations, their management, key business functions (marketing, strategic management, human resource management, change management) and selected ancillary and complementary topics.

Please note: this module is only available to students on Single Honours Accounting and Finance and Business and Accounting.

Full module specification

Module title:Management Concepts and Practice
Module code:BEA1005
Module level:1
Academic year:2019/0
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Anthony Wood - Lecturer
  • Ms Joanne Abraham - Lecturer
  • Mr James Marks - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



BEA1008 Introduction to Financial Accounting and BEA1009 Introduction to Management Accounting


Cannot be taken with BEM1016(A)

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module is designed to (i) introduce management and organisational concepts and related theories; (ii) examine the formulation and implementation of business strategy; and (iii) explain the main management issues in marketing, human resources, operations and sustainability. The premise behind the module is that accounting does not exist as an end in its own right but serves users. Managers are an important part of this constituency and therefore accounting students must have a broad understanding of the role of managers, business strategy, management theories, organisational structure and the issues facing important functional areas of a business.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. describe the role of the manager and distinguish the role of the manager in practice and theory
  • 2. explain the process of change management, evaluate these processes and advise on overcoming barriers to change
  • 3. analyse and identify the consequences of a business's current objectives, market position and direction
  • 4. evaluate the likely consequences of strategic choices and recommend strategies to meet the objectives of a business
  • 5. develop a business plan to achieve a business's strategic objectives, recommend an appropriate organisational structure and explain the process of effective change management
  • 6. explain and discuss the concept of organisational structure and the factors that shape it
  • 7. explain and discuss the implications of organisational culture for organisational change, strategy and performance
  • 8. explain and discuss concepts, models and practices related to motivation and leadership
  • 9. explain the scope, processes and problems of marketing including the marketing mix, approaches to marketing and the production of strategic marketing plans
  • 10. explain and discuss the scope, processes and problems of human resource management including recruitment and selection and training and development
  • 11. explain and discuss the importance of teams and how they develop
  • 12. explain and discuss the scope, processes and problems of operations management including managing supply chains and quality programmes
  • 13. explain and discuss the scope, processes and problems of managing for sustainability
  • 14. explain and discuss the key types of information systems used in a modern organisation and how such systems can help achieve organisational goals.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 15. apply and criticise models and theories in case study contexts
  • 16. develop an overview of business processes that can be applied in further study

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 17. write essays and reports
  • 18. work independently as part of a group
  • 19. use information technology for information retrieval, numerical analysis and reporting
  • 20. analyse case study material

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact Hours22Lectures
Contact Hours10Tutorials

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assigned work for tutorialsTwo to three hours preparation per week1-20Tutorial and suggested solutions

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
One piece of group work comprising group case study report and presentation20Report 2,000 words max. and Presentation, 10 minutes - group size 4- 6 students1-20Verbal from tutor; comments on standard form; and suggested solution
Examination802 hours1-16 and 20Suggested solutions

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Coursework and Examination2 hour examination (100%)1-16 and 20August/September assessment period

Syllabus plan


  • What is management?
  • Organisational structure and teamwork & culture

Overview and strategic analysis – internal

  • Strategic analysis – external
  • Strategic choice
  • Management of change
  • Managing operations and quality
  • Information systems
  • Human resource management and motivation
  • Marketing management
  • Managing for sustainability
  • Module overview

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Cole G.A. and Kelly P. (2011) Management Theory and Practice (7th edition)  Cengage Subsidiary Textbooks

Combe C.  Introduction to Management (1st Ed)  Oxford University Press 2014.

Boddy D.  Management an Introduction (5th Ed)  FT Prentice Hall 2011.

Boone l. & Kurtz D.  Contemporary Business (14th Ed)  Wiley 2011.

Coulter M. Robbins S. Management (12th Ed)  Pearson 2014.

Daft R. New Era of Management (9th Ed)  Cengage 2008.

Ireland R.  Hoskisson  R. Hitt M. The Management of Strategy. (10th Ed) Cengage 2013

Mullins L.  Management Organisation & Behaviour. (10th Ed) Pearson. 2013.

Needle D.  Business in Context (5th Ed )  Cengage 2010.

Schermerhorn J.  Introduction to Management (11th Ed)  Wiley 2011.

Williams C.  Principles of Management (7th Ed)  Cengage 2014.

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Web based and electronic resources:

E-book Management basics (Quinn) – ELE

E-book Strategic management (Ritson) – ELE

E-book Studying strategy (Rowe) – ELE

E-book Managing the human resource in the 21st century (Senyucel) - ELE

E-book Operations management (Porter) - ELE

E-book Strategic marketing (Whalley) - ELE

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