Module code: MAN1121

Module Overview

The module provides students with an introduction to the human dimensions of work organizations. It will encourage them to think critically and creatively about the ways in which people shape organizations and are, in turn, shaped by organizations. It will introduce them to individual, group and structural levels of analysis. This module builds the foundations for the subsequent, more advanced study of people and organisations on the HRM Pathway.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

CIACHIR Constantin (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: N215

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

Module Availability

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Organizational Behaviour: motivation, perception, personality, leadership and decisionmaking, teams and team working.

Organization Studies: organisational learning, structure, culture, power, control, resistance and change.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test Multiple Choice Mid Module Test 20
Coursework Coursework: 1500 word case study analysis 80

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate all five of the intended module learning outcomes; which is reflected both in its formative and its summative elements.

There will be a multiple choice test midway through the module, to ensure that students have a good level of knowledge related to topics covered in the first 6 weeks of the syllabus.

The end-of-semester assignment is intended to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in depth in relation to selected topics drawn from across the entire OBA syllabus.

In addition, students will be observed during the residential workshop and through their contributions to online discussions etc to evaluate their competence and creativity in group work and use of ICT, participation in co-curricular opportunities that help enhance employability, reflective thinking and their basic understanding of employability and Personal & Professional Development processes.

Summative assessment

A multiple-choice test (20%) – mid-term

A 1,500 written assignment (80%) – end-of-term

Students receive marks out of 100 for both assessments, along with feedback on their individual performance.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students work regularly as individuals and in groups to complete various activities to develop their personal understanding (and reflective practice), oral presentation skills and business knowledge over the course of the module.

Students are provided with the assessment criteria and weighting for each component of the presentation and written report when the assessments are introduced early in the semester.

Module aims

  • To provide an understanding of key theoretical contributions to organisational behaviour and organisation studies.
  • To enable students to begin using these theories to critically analyse organisational
    practices, and to begin using examples of organisational practice to critically reflect on
    organisational theories.
  • To encourage critical thinking and an awareness of the differing perspectives that can be
    used to evaluate management theory and practice.
  • To introduce students to the fundamental skills of independent research, critical
    analysis, use of evidence and development of insight in the field of OBA.
  • To provide the necessary foundation for subsequent OB/HRM modules.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of the theory/research base underpinning the field of OBA KC
002 Show the ability to critically apply concepts and frameworks to organisational life and vice versa KPT
003 Demonstrate the ability to critically and reflectively evaluate competing ideas/evidence KPT
004 Demonstrate the emerging mastery of other key skills, such as carrying out an independent inquiry and developing insight in the field of OBA KPT
005 Through the above outcomes, demonstrate readiness to engage with higher level OB/HRM modules KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of key theories and concepts in the field of OBA (LO1), to develop an awareness of the use they can make of establishing a meaningful dialogue between organisational theories and practice (LO2), and to begin to develop cognitive, professional and transferable skills, such as critical analysis, evaluation and use of evidence, generation of insight and independent inquiry as understood and practiced in the field of OBA (LO3, LO4), which will prepare them for the higher-level modules (LO5).

Teaching and learning methods will include:



Case study discussions

Self-directed learning


Workplace Application

Online discussion groups to enable students to communicate and collaborate with each other, to share ideas and to peer-review each other’s progress.

Facilitated access to supporting material provided on SurreyLearn (virtual learning platform).

Total student learning time = 150 hours

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


Other information

Degree apprenticeships are delivered over three teaching blocks:

  • Teaching Block 1 - September - December
  • Teaching Block 2 - January - April
  • Teaching Block 3 - May – August

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 2020/1 academic year.