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University of Exeter Business School

Discovering Management

Module titleDiscovering Management
Module codeBEM1023
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Mr Chris Reedthomas (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

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. 

Module aims - intentions of the module

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. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

Syllabus plan

Indicative content for this module includes:

  • Studying business and management
  • The history of management thinking
  • Business models and competitive advantage
  • Demographic and societal changes
  • Globalisation
  • 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

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
Online Content8Online content including subject videos
Lectures24Whole cohort lecture sessions
Seminars24Small group seminars organised around study skills and content areas
Guided independent study144Assessment preparation
Guided independent study100Pre-session and post-session reading and revision

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Formative Presentation10 minutes1-8In class verbal feedback from peers and tutor
Portfolio surgery1 x draft portfolio1-5, 8In class tutor feedback

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 Presentation2015-20 minutes plus 10 minute Q&A1-8Verbal and written tutor feedback
Individual case study report502,500 words1-8Feedback through ELE/grademark
Individual reflective portfolio302,000 words1-5, 8Feedback through ELE/grademark

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group PresentationIndividual recorded presentation and reflection on team dynamics1-8August reassessment period
Individual case study reportIndividual case study report1-8August reassessment period
Individual reflective portfolioIndividual reflective portfolio1-5, 8August reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

Reassessment will take the form of resubmission of revised drafts.

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

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.

Key words search

Business, Management, Organisations, Organisational Theory, Management Research

Credit value30
Module ECTS


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Module co-requisites

Cannot be taken with BEM1028 or BEM1016 / BEM1016a

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