Module code: MANM409

Module Overview

Theoretical Foundations in Management Education gives an overview of learning and teaching approaches used in Management Education. This includes more widely used concepts of learning and teaching in higher education but particularly relevant to business management education. In addition, learning and teaching approaches are discussed in relation to philosophical topics in management education and subject specific theories.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

RIVERS Christine (SBS)

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: 110

Lecture Hours: 5

Tutorial Hours: 10

Guided Learning: 15

Captured Content: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes: 

  • Learning and teaching approaches in management education including assessment and feedback

  • Subject specific concepts in management education 

  • Philosophical topics in management education

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Provocation for Debate podcast (10 min) 80
Coursework Reflective Account (5 min) 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the relevant subject, link concepts and critically evaluate information and their own learning. The assessment strategy focuses on how learning objectives were met and outcomes achieved.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: 

Provocation for Debate (10 min.) and 1 page max with references 80% 

Reflective account (5 min, 20%) – Students should reflect on how the learned content informed their understanding of management education and in particular towards developing their own teaching philosophy throughout their studies.

Formative assessment



Feedback will be provided online via the virtual learning environment and face-to-face during personal learning consultations. Feedback will be given to any summative assessments. Due to the structure of the programme students will receive feedback about their successful completion of each module at least 3 days before starting the new module. Thus, a maximum of a 10 day turn around for assessments can be expected.

Module aims

  • Gain knowledge of a variety of theoretical learning and teaching approaches used in management education
  • Investigate different philosophical directions in management education including aspects of responsible management education and ethics
  • Improve reflective and prospective thinking and feedback skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically evaluate the use and practicality of specific theoretical learning and teaching approaches in management education CKPT
002 Critically engage with philosophical perspectives including responsible, ethical and sustainable aspects in management education CKPT
003 Critically engage with aspects of responsible management education and ethics PT
004 Apply improved reflective and prospective thinking skills CPT

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:

Enable students to independently inquire theory, concepts and different learning approaches and be reflective in their learning. The virtual learning environment supports the learning journey and each student is allocated a personal learning coach. PLCs are crucial for students to achieve the learning outcomes of reflection and prospection and develop a personal educational philosophy.

The learning and teaching methods include: 

  • learning online using a range of materials from journals, to ebooks and multi media materials. This is part of the online learning and engagement hours element. Students are expected to engage with set activities online on a regular basis and gather information independently to complete these using the resources and facilities provided. Engagement with SurreyLearn is therefore key as well as keeping an ongoing learning diary, which can be uploaded to SurreyLearn. 

  • Personal learning advisor to support academic learning for practitioners through coaching in order to develop reflective and prospective thinking skills further.

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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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business and Management Education (Teacher Training) PGCert 2 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 2022/3 academic year.