SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY TOPICS: PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS - 2020/1

Module code: MAND035

Module Overview

The module aims to provide students with an overview of macro and micro issues that impact the management of employees. At the macro-level, students will be introduced to foundational issues in organization theory including the design and structure of organisations as well as the role of the environment in organizational functioning. This will then provide the context in which employees experience work including how their experiences impact performance and employee well-being. The module will highlight contemporary theories, debates, and methodological issues in the broader context of the discipline.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

CHU Chris Wai Lung (SBS)

Number of Credits: 0

ECTS Credits: 0

Framework: FHEQ Level 8

JACs code: N200

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Design and structure of organizations
• Managing organization-environment relations
• Understanding performance
• Strategic human resource management
• Organizational climate and culture
• Individual differences
• Theories of motivation
• Leadership
• Affect at work
• Organizational justice

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Individual Essay Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment

Revise Individual Essay

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their learning and achievement of the module's learning outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this unit consists of:
• Assessment: Students must submit an essay of 4,000 words excluding references. The essay will demonstrate an ability to provide a systematic review of the literature in a focal area highlighting the appropriateness of theories, evaluate the empirical findings, critique of research design, and mapping of future research directions.

Formative assessment
Individual instructors will provide feedback to students on the quality of their contribution to class discussion both during the session and their office hours.


Feedback
Supervisors will provide feedback on their supervisees' essays.

Module aims

  • Understand the scope of the literature in Managing People and Organisations
  • Introduce students to major theories in Managing People and Organisations
  • Ensure students have a sound understanding of debates in the discipline
  • Introduce students to methodological challenges in the
  • Ensure students have the knowledge base to develop substantive research problems

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a sound understanding of and critically evaluate the literature CKPT
002 Demonstrate an understanding of major theories in the discipline and how they can be integrated to provide a comprehensive explanation of phenomena CKPT
003 Acquire considerable familiarity with methodological issues in the discipline and critically evaluate the appropriateness of specific data analytic techniques CKPT
004 Acquire the skills to critique publish research CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 30

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to ensure students achieve the learning outcomes. Consequently, the module will adopt a seminar format to facilitate effective discussion and evaluation of competing/alternative views. Students are therefore expected to come to class having done the assigned readings and ready to participate in class discussions. Each topic will be taught by a member of the P and O Department renowned for their work on the topic.:


The learning and teaching methods include:
Readings and self-study
Discussion
Lecture

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

Reading list for SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY TOPICS: PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mand035

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.