PEOPLE - 2019/0

Module code: MANM456

Module Overview

Given that up to a third of our waking lives are spent at work, this module fulfils the imperative to study people in their working environments; we will explore the behaviour of people within their organisational context, as well as salient features of the environment, such as processes and policies, which have a bearing on individual and organisational performance.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code:

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 40

Independent Learning Hours: 77

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Personality and Individual Differences

• Recruitment and Selection

• Motivation and Rewards

• Job Design • Performance Management & Assessment

• Psychological Contracts

• Organisational Justice and Employee Voice

• Groups and Teams (Diversity in Organisations)

• Training & Learning

• Human Resource Policies and Practices

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework (individual) 3,000 words 50
Coursework Coursework (group) 3,000 words 50

Alternative Assessment

Coursework (individual) 3,000 words 50%

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the learning outcomes through practical application.

The first element of assessment is based on the integrative collaborative project that students engage in during the guided group project work sessions and showcases students’ subject-specific knowledge and cognitive skills as well as their practical ability to apply their learning to complex problems and tasks in the relevant domain of professional practice.

This is assessed by a group project report, which counts for 50% of the total mark for the module.

The individual element of assessment focuses on students' critical understanding of the theories and concepts covered in the course of the module. This element of assessment counts for 50% of the total module mark.

The two elements of assessment are thus designed to complement each other to ensure that students are assessed on different levels and on different knowledge and skill sets.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• Coursework: group report (3,000 words)

• Coursework: individual essay (3,000 words)

Alternative assessment

In the event that any student would not be able to complete the group report they will be given an alternative assessment in the form of:

• Individual coursework (3,000 words).

Formative assessment

Formative feedback is offered on an ongoing basis during seminars/group discussions, active learning sessions and project tutorials, which may be done face-to-face or online (synchronously).


A detailed marking scheme which provides guidance on how marks will be awarded for each element of different assessments will be provided. Summative feedback is provided in writing, separately for each of the elements of assessment.

Module aims

  • • Develop awareness of the criticality of the study of people at work to enhancing our understanding of employee as well as organisational effectiveness.
  • • Develop critical thinking skills necessary to apply an analytical and interpretative
  • • Equip student with the key theories and models which inform the management of people in the workplace.
  • • Enable students to appreciate the relationship between organisational behaviour theories and their behavioural and managerial implications;
  • • Enable students to critically examine organisations and the behaviour of people in organisations;
  • • Develop a critical understanding of key issues in Human Resource Management theory and practice in a range of organisational contexts.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate robust knowledge and critical understanding of a variety of theories and concepts central to our understanding of people at work KC
002 Synthesise key findings from a range of scholarly readings KCT
003 Develop a critical understanding of the socio-psychological processes at individual and group levels KC
004 Utilise organisational behaviour theory to develop an effective workplace both from the perspective of an employee as well as the organisation KCPT
005 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature of the management process and managerial work CT
006 Develop a critical understanding of Human Resource Management theory and practice KCP
007 Propose, implement, and evaluate change initiatives KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to combine research-informed academic content with applied learning through project work.

Learning and teaching follows a student-focused, experiential, flipped-classroom methodology with online elements.

It comprises lectures, seminars, group discussions, study trips and assignment tutorials. It also includes active and self-directed learning – both group and individual.

Prior to attending the lecture and seminar, students are expected to undertake the essential reading and complete any set work for the sessions.

Active learning is supported by engagement with practice through group project work, study trip and invited guest speakers.

Assignment tutorials are there to provide formative feedback in preparation for the assessment.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures are mainly designed to illustrate and explain theoretical concepts and models.

Seminars/group discussions are designed to develop a more practical insight into the applied nature of the various topics covered: they help explore the theoretical concepts and models by reference to a range of topical issues and case studies.

Active learning includes engaging in classroom practical exercises, video and case analyses, and group project work.

Self-directed learning pertains to engaging with learning materials and undertaking desk-research required for classroom participation and assessment.

Study trips are designed to allow students the opportunity to observe the phenomena they study in practice and engage with the relevant practice and practitioners in their own setting and context.

Assignment tutorials support students in their project work through systematic review of progress, discussion and formative feedback from an academic tutor. These may be run face-to-face or online (synchronously).

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Management MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.