Module code: MAN1123

Module Overview

The module provides learners with an introduction to the human dimensions of work organisations. It will encourage them to think critically and creatively about the ways in which people shape organisations and are, in turn, shaped by organisations. It will introduce them to individual, group and structural levels of analysis.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

CIACHIR Constantin (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Teaching block 3

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Organisational Behaviour: motivation, perception, personality, leadership and decision-making, teams and team working.

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

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Group presentation (Maximum 10 minutes) 50
Coursework Individual Analysis of team/organisation focused on one organisational studies topic (Maximum 1500 words) 50

Alternative Assessment

Learners who are unable to complete the Group Presentation may submit either a 5-minute individual presentation or a 1000 word written report to meet the criteria of this assessment

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to demonstrate all intended module learning outcomes, knowledge, skills and behaviours, and to provide maximum opportunity for applied learning.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Assessment 1 Group presentation on two key topics of organisational behaviour studied during the module (motivation, perception, personality, leadership and decision-making, teams and team working). The learners should include a critical analysis of the theory and underpinning concepts of the chosen topic (maximum 10 minutes).

Assessment 2 Individual assignment to carry out an analysis of their team/organisation focused on one aspect of organisational studies considered during the module (organisational learning, structure, culture, power, control, resistance and change) (maximum 1500 words) Formative assessment Learners will work regularly in groups and as individuals, participating in classroom or online discussion forums, webinars etc., to demonstrate their understanding of the subject contents and application.


Learners will be given formal feedback on their assessments in line with the University’s policy on assessment and feedback, and within the current three-week feedback period. Learners will receive regular, informal feedback on their contribution throughout the module.

Module aims

  • To provide an understanding of key theoretical contributions to organisational behaviour and organisation studies
  • To enable learners 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 learners 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 CK
002 Show the ability to critically apply concepts and frameworks to organisational life and vice versa CKPT
003 Demonstrate the ability to critically and reflectively evaluate competing ideas/evidence CPT
004 Demonstrate the emerging mastery of other key skills, such as carrying out an independent inquiry and developing insight in the field of OBA CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The hours listed within the overall student workload section represent off-the-job learning.

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to incorporate a blended learning approach, centred around the key online learning design principles of – Learner-centred; Useful; Engaging; Flexible; Consistent; Supportive and Accessible.

In line with the Apprenticeship Off the Job Training guidance, the teaching and learning undertaken on this module will reflect the following categories of training:

1. Teaching of Theory – may include lectures, role play, simulation exercises, online learning, research and networking)

2. Practical Training – may include shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and participation in competitions

3. Learning support and time spent writing assignments and partaking in assessments 4. Reflective learning and self-evaluation to impart new knowledge, skills and behaviours only. Learners completing this module will undertake a combination of campus-based sessions and online directed learning activities supported through SurreyLearn.

Learners, with support from their employers, will be expected to demonstrate accountability and commitment to effectively managing their agreed off-the-job training hours to complete required learning activities and assessments. Learners should take an active part in any asynchronous activities such as forums, wikis, blogs etc., as well as synchronous activities (i.e. virtual meetings, webinars etc.) as appropriate. Participation in these activities will be essential to the successful achievement of the learning outcomes in this module.

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.

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Other information

Through completion of the learning and assessments for this module, it is expected that most learners will be able to produce suitable evidence for their Portfolio of Evidence to fully or partially meet specific assessment criteria for the following areas of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard. Learners may also refer to the CMDA Assessment Plan for further information. Operational Strategy 1.1. How to develop and implement organisational strategy and plans, including approaches to resource and supply chain management, workforce development, sustainability, taking and managing risk, monitoring and evaluation, and quality assurance (K) Leading People 7.2. Organisational culture and diversity management (S) 7.3. Articulate organisational purpose and values (S) 7.4. Support the creation of an inclusive, high performance work culture (S) Developing Collaborative Relationships 9.2. How to shape common purpose, as well as approaches to conflict management and dispute resolution (S) 9.3. Build rapport and trust, develop networks and maintain relationships with people from a range of cultures, backgrounds and levels (S) 9.4. Contribute within a team environment (S) 9.6. Work collaboratively with internal and external customers and suppliers (S) Awareness of self and others 10.4. Understand impact on others (S) 10.5. Manage stress and personal well-being, being confident in knowing core values and drivers (S) Decision Making 12.3. Use evidence-based tools and ethical approaches to undertake problem solving and critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation to support decision making (S) K – Knowledge S – Skills B - Behaviours 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.