This module provides an introduction to organisations and their management. It introduces students to major elements of management theory, both historic and contemporary in nature. We have a major focus on exploring the future of management practice, and will engage students with key pieces of research emerging from the Business School. This module is designed as a foundational element of the degree programme, upon which other content areas will build. As such there are no pre- or co-requisites for this module.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Discovering Management|
Cannot be taken with BEA1005 or BEM1016 / BEM1016a
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
12Duration (weeks) - term 2:
The aim of this module is to equip students with a foundational understanding and awareness of management practice in an organisational context. We will engage students with both long standing and emerging research through the lecture programme, and develop their ability to critically analyse issues.
During this module, students will acquire confidence and skills in presenting, writing reports, conducting independent research, working in teams, managing conflicts, and working to deadlines. They will also get an understanding and experience of working in informal networks, coaching, peer review, and reflective writing.
This module covers sustainability related issues, and links with Exeter’s research related to the Circular Economy.
Lectures and seminars draw upon international examples and case studies. The broad scope of this module means that internationalisation is an embedded part of the education programme. Globalisation will be discussed in depth as one of the core content areas.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Critically evaluate major management theories, developing arguments about their worth to managers and/or application within organisations
- 2. Discuss major contemporary trends in the political, regulatory economic, social and demographic environments in which organisations compete, their contemporary and likely future significance
- 3. Explore the role of the manager within a contemporary organisational context
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Develop and justify arguments, evidencing critical thinking, through the evaluation of different assumptions and perspectives
- 5. Analyse environments that organisations are located within, demonstrating an emerging awareness of organisational strategy
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Work both on independent assignments and within group-based contexts, developing your ability to work positively with others, managing any conflict arising
- 7. Analyse case study material, developing your capability to produce a credible management report
- 8. Present in depth analysis in both written and verbal forms through, for example, leading a tutorial presentation and discussion
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Online Content||8||Online content including subject videos|
|Lectures||24||Whole cohort lecture sessions|
|Seminars||24||Small group seminars organised around study skills and content areas|
|Guided independent study||144||Assessment preparation|
|Guided independent study||100||Pre-session and post-session reading and revision|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Formative Presentation||10 minutes||1-8||In class verbal feedback from peers and tutor|
|Portfolio surgery||1 x draft portfolio||1-5, 8||In class tutor feedback|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group Presentation||20||15-20 minutes plus 10 minute Q&A||1-8||Verbal and written tutor feedback|
|Individual case study report||50||2,500 words||1-8||Feedback through ELE/grademark|
|Individual reflective portfolio||30||2,000 words||1-5, 8||Feedback through ELE/grademark|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Group Presentation||Individual recorded presentation and reflection on team dynamics||1-8||August reassessment period|
|Individual case study report||Individual case study report||1-8||August reassessment period|
|Individual reflective portfolio||Individual reflective portfolio||1-5, 8||August reassessment period|
Reassessment will take the form of resubmission of revised drafts.
Indicative content for this module includes:
- Studying business and management
- The history of management thinking
- Business models and competitive advantage
- Demographic and societal changes
- Technology and innovation
- Stakeholder theory and management
- Change management
- Organisation culture
- Sustainability, CSR and ethics
- Managing for creativity
- Risk and reputation management
- Managing people
- International and cross cultural management
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Boddy, D. (2017) Management: An Introduction. 7th Edition. Harlow: Pearson.
- Cameron, S. (2016) The Business Student's Handbook: Skills for Study and Employment. Sixth Edition. Harlow: Pearson.
- Daft, R. L. (2015) Management. Cengage Learning.
- Gallagher, K. (2016) Essential Study and Employment Skills for Business and Management Students. Third Edition. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
- Hamilton, L. & Webster, P. (2015) The International Business Environment. Third Edition. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
- Wetherly, P. & Otter, D. (2018) The Business Environment: Themes and Issues in a Globalizing World. Fourth Edition. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Relevant Academic Journals:
- Harvard Business Review
- British Journal of Management
- Academy of Management Journal
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
- Students will have access to an ELE page which will provide extensive material to support the lecture programme including lecture notes, and short explanatory videos.
Last revision date