Management Concepts and Practice

Module description

Accounting does not exist as an exclusive function in its own right in an organisation, but to support internal users. Managers are an important part of this constituency.  All professional accounting bodies require their members to have a working understanding of the profession within the context of management decision-making and organisational management.  Therefore, accounting students must have a broad understanding of the role of managers, management theories, organisation culture and structure, group formation, business strategy, and the issues facing important functional areas of a business.  The need for accountants to possess strong communication skills has also been identified from within the profession and by employers.

This module is designed to provide students on BSc Accounting and Finance and BSc Accounting and Business programmes with a theoretical appreciation for, and active application of, some of the common management thoughts and practices used within organisations, and the historical and current contexts in which they exist.

Full module specification

Module title:Management Concepts and Practice
Module code:BEA1005
Module level:1
Academic year:2019/0
Module lecturers:
  • Ms Joanne Abraham - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



BEA1008 Introduction to Financial Accounting.

This module is for Accounting Students only.


BEA1009 Introduction to Management Accounting

Cannot be taken with BEM1016/BEM1016A

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


Module aims

Both the knowledge and skills introduced in this module provide a foundation for further exploration, development, and success in study and assessment throughout the undergraduate accounting programmes and into professional employment. Throughout study and assessment there are opportunities to understand and apply module knowledge, and build confidence in developing and using oral and written communications skills that are desired by employers and professional accounting bodies.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. describe the role of the manager in theory and in practice
  • 2. explain concepts, models and practices related to motivation and leadership
  • 3. explain the reasons for teams, and the their benefits and challenges within the organisation
  • 4. explain how organisational culture can underpin management decision-making
  • 5. explain and discuss the factors that shape organisational structure
  • 6. identify, analyse and evaluate a business’s strategic objectives,
  • 7. explain and discuss the scope, processes and responsibilities of operations management
  • 8. research and discuss the impact of information technology changes on accounting and finance in organisations
  • 9. explain change management and overcoming barriers to change
  • 10. appreciate the scope, processes and challenges in marketing and human resource management

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 11. apply and evaluate models and theories in case study contexts
  • 12. appreciate the relevance of organisations and management for future accounting/finance professionals
  • 13. develop an overview of business processes that can be applied in further study and employment

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 14. information research, analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and communication
  • 15. write academic essays and business reports
  • 16. work independently and as part of an assigned group
  • 17. apply a range of presentation skills

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
Learning and teaching activities22Lectures / Podcasts / Exercises
Learning and teaching activities10Tutorials

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assigned work for tutorials2-3 hours preparation per week1-17Peers and Tutor, Suggested Solutions - ELE

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
Group case-study presentation. Group case-study report.20Presentation–10 minutes. Group size 4-6 students. Report 2,000 words max1-17Verbal from tutor Marking and Feedback form Suggested solutions
Examination802 hours1-15Suggested 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%)1-15August assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Referrals / Deferrals / Mitigation: Two-hour examination worth 100% of module mark.

Syllabus plan

Topics will introduce foundation knowledge of a variety of broader and functional organisational elements:

  • Manager Roles
  • Management Theories
  • Motivation, Leadership, Teams
  • Organisation Culture
  • Organisation Structure
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Operations
  • Quality
  • Information Technology
  • Change
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

  • Cole G.A. and Kelly P. (2015). Management Theory and Practice. (8th edition). Andover: Cengage

Indicative Subsidiary Textbooks (available from the library in hardbook and/or e-book formats):

  • Boddy D. (2017). Management: an Introduction. 7th edition. Harlow: FT Prentice Hall
  • Kurtz D. & Boone L. (2012).  Contemporary Business. 15th edition Hoboken, NJ: Wiley
  • Combe C. (2014). Introduction to Management. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Daft R. (2014). New Era of Management. 11th edition. Andover: Cengage
  • Ireland R., Hoskisson R. & Hitt M. (2012).  The Management of Strategy. 10th edition. Mason, Ohio; Andover: Cengage
  • Mullins L.with Christy G. (2013) Management Organisation & Behaviour. 10th edition. Harlow: Pearson.
  • Needle D. (2015). Business in Context. 6th edition. Australia: Cengage
  • Robbins S. & Coulter M. (2017).  Management. (14th edition). Pearson
  • Schermerhorn J. (2015). Introduction to Management. 13th edition. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley
  • Williams C. (2013). Principles of Management. 7th edition. Australia: Cengage

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Web-based and electronic resources are also available on the module ELE page

All of the topics in this module are highly relevant in business and management, and so there are many recent news stories, articles, analysis, examples, and reports to be found online.

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