PEOPLE - 2023/4

Module code: MANM456

Module Overview

Given that up to a third of our waking lives are spent at work, this module fulfils the imperative to study people in their working environments; we will explore the behaviour of people within their organisational context, as well as salient features of the environment, such as processes and policies, which have a bearing on individual and organisational performance.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


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: 80

Lecture Hours: 10

Seminar Hours: 20

Guided Learning: 30

Captured Content: 10

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Organizational Culture

• Power and Politics

• Groups and Teams

• Personality and Individual Differences

• Leadership

• Leadership and diversity

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Individual report on a case study 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the learning outcomes through practical application.

This module is assessed through an individual report on a case study called which students will be provided with.

The report requires students to investigate a situation of organizational change, analyzing the multiple causes, organizational, social and psychological consequences, using academic and professional literature to support your findings. The report will also include recommendations to lead and manage organisational change,reflecting on appropriate leadership styles, employees’ engagement and organisational development.

Formative assessment

Formative feedback is offered on an ongoing basis during seminars/group discussions, active learning sessions and project tutorials, which may be done face-to-face or online (synchronously).


A detailed marking scheme which provides guidance on how marks will be awarded for each tasks of the report will be provided. Summative feedback is provided in writing.

Module aims

  • Develop awareness of the criticality of the study of people at work to enhancing our understanding of employee as well as organisational effectiveness.
  • Equip student with the key theories and models which inform the management of people in the workplace.
  • Enable students to appreciate the relationship between organisational behaviour theories and their managerial implications as well as key issues in Human Resource Management

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate robust knowledge and critical understanding of a variety of theories and concepts central to our understanding of people at work KC
002 Utilise organisational behaviour theory to develop an effective workplace both from the perspective of an employee as well as the organisation KCPT
003 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature of the management process and managerial work CT
004 Develop a critical understanding of Human Resource Management theory and practice KCP
005 Propose, implement, and evaluate change initiatives KCPT

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 combine research-informed academic content with applied learning through project work.

Learning and teaching follows a student-focused, experiential, flipped-classroom methodology with online elements.

It comprises lectures, seminars, group discussions and assignment tutorials. It also includes active and self-directed learning – both group and individual.

Prior to attending the lecture and seminar, students are expected to undertake the essential reading and complete any set work for the sessions.

Active learning is supported by engagement with practice through group project work, study trip and invited guest speakers.

Assignment tutorials are there to provide formative feedback in preparation for the assessment.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures are mainly designed to illustrate and explain theoretical concepts and models.

Seminars/group discussions are designed to develop a more practical insight into the applied nature of the various topics covered: they help explore the theoretical concepts and models by reference to a range of topical issues and case studies.

Active learning includes engaging in classroom practical exercises, video and case analyses, and group project work.

Self-directed learning pertains to engaging with learning materials and undertaking desk-research required for classroom participation and assessment.

Assignment tutorials support students in their project work through systematic review of progress, discussion and formative feedback from an academic tutor. These may be run face-to-face or online (synchronously).

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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Other information

Resourcefulness and Resilience 

This module enables students’ development to become independent critical thinkers, with expertise in selected subject area of academic and practitioner interest, capable to identify problems and apply scientific inquiry methods to obtain new knowledge aimed to address real-life organizational problems and enhance managerial practice.  

Global and Cultural Intelligence

This module enables students to acquire knowledge of the main sociological and psychological theories and their variation in different organisational and cultural contexts.

Digital Capabilities

This module allows students to reflect on the digitalisation of the world of work and how this affects workplace relationships, management styles and employee engagement


This module enables students to acquire key knowledge and skills in understanding work organisations and management styles that will help them to find work and develop their careers


This module helps students to reflect on the importance of the ethical and collective dimensions of work and management for building sustainable and fulfilling workplaces.

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 2023/4 academic year.