Module code: MANM393

Module Overview

This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the way hospitality operations function through the adoption of a systems approach. This approach will allow students to analyse a series of hospitality operations, identifying key systems, subsystems and their interrelationships. This will facilitate a critical appraisal of the effectiveness of particular operational types and an evaluation of the potential for improvement. For those students with a background in hospitality, the module will provide a sufficiently distinct approach for them to gain new insights, while offering students without a background in hospitality a framework to facilitate their understanding of new material

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

RAMAKRISHNAN Sumeetra (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Systems theory, systems design, systems analysis

  • Alternative technologies of hospitality systems

  • Process flow charting and related systems analysis technologies

  • Core technologies and related subsystems

  • Trends in hospitality systems such as production lining, decoupling, self service

  • Control systems

  • Quality systems

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Alternative assessment for group coursework. Individual assignment 1000 words

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


  • an understanding of systems theory, systems design and systems analysis and to apply this to a range of hospitality operations.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


  • A group assignment to provide analysis of a case study using a series of up to 9 power-point slides. This will allow the students to disseminate the essential information and analysis of the case in a concise professional manner. Presented in week 6

  • Individual analytical report of 2,000 words based on a case study presented in week 12


    Formative assessment and feedback


 Feedback and assessment will be via surrey learn a grading criteria grid will be provided at the outset of the module.

Module aims

  • Develop an understanding of systems theory, systems design and systems analysis and to apply this to a range of hospitality operations
  • This will provide a framework that will allow students to evaluate critically the effectiveness of existing or potential operating systems
  • Adopting a systems approach will allow students from a range of educational backgrounds to consider operations management from a new prospective

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the principles of systems theory, systems analysis and systems design KC
002 Analyse the effectiveness of hospitality systems CT
003 Critically assess the relationships between core technologies and sub-systems PT
004 Identify systems shortcomings and propose appropriate solutions CPT
005 Evaluate trends in hospitality systems KT

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:

  • Develop the students’ abilities to use a series of systems analysis techniques on a range of case examples designed to illustrate specific learning points, which can then be applied to ‘live’ situations

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures, workshops, and exercises, case discussions and visits as appropriate. Once the basic principles of the systems approach have been established, the focus will be placed on problem diagnosis and solution which will necessitate a teaching approach that will move from exposition to involvement.

  • Lectures

  • Tutorial/workshops

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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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Hotel Management MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
International Tourism 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 2020/1 academic year.