AP1SB1-Introduction to Management

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Yiorgos Gadanakis

Email: g.gadanakis@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module provides a contemporary and comprehensive introduction to management science and its relevance to businesses. Through the lectures students will learn techniques to inspire teamwork in an organisation context, learn the importance of strategic management design to achieve organisations goals and understand the roles of the manager and the responsibilities this carries. It also provides students a range of opportunities to gain hands on practising decision making through case studies. Furthermore, will enable students to discover leadership skills to motivate and guide a team towards the achievement of an organisation’s objectives. 



Describing the four management functions and the type of management activities associated with each is of a priority as well as explaining the difference between efficiency and effectiveness and their importance for optimal organisational performance. Furthermore, students will develop a deep understanding of how the general and the task environments affect and organisations ability to survive and thrive and they will also be able to explain the strategies that managers use to help firm to adapt to an uncertain and/or turbulent future environment. The module will also discuss the fundamental characteristics of organising, including concepts such as work specialisation, chain of command, span of management and centralisation versus decentralisation. Furthermore, it will teach students how to use various management tools such as SWOT, PEST and Stakeholder analysis to evaluate the firm’s current status and positioning in the market. It will also define the components of strategic management and discuss the levels of strategy. Moreover, will identify and explain innovative techniques for decision making including brainstorming, evidence-based management and after-action reviews. Furthermore, it will focus on the importance of human resource management and its link to strategic development of an organisation, and explain how organisations maintain a workforce through training and performance appraisal. Other areas discussed within the classroom are leadership, marketing strategy and financial management of the organisation.  


Aims:

To develop students’ broad understanding of the economic, technological and social aspects of management, in the context of how different business operate. Students will be introduced to the environment of management, the management process, and techniques available to and used by managers to plan and operate as a business. 


Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the module you should have developed the following management and core skills: Management skills: The management process – appreciate the relevance of basic business concepts (planning, organising, leadership and control), establish and compare alternative business objectives, understand how and why businesses plan and make decisions, apply the concepts of control, recognise the value of leadership and human resource management, and understand differences in organisational structures and behaviour. Moreover, understand the role of financial control and accounting as well as the importance of marketing to the attainment of organisational goals and the strategic management.



Core skills: • Patchwork text – developing both presentational and analytical skills • Interaction with other students– developing team work and communication skills • Interpersonal skills – developing skills in purposive questioning.


Additional outcomes:

  • Analytical thinking – developing numeracy, literacy, reasoning and appraisal skills

Outline content:

Topics covered will include the following: 




  • Managing change

  • Managing a creative strategy

  • Developing an innovative business plan

  • Decision making process in organisations

  • Organisational theory and design

  • Financial control and accounting

  • Globalisation and multinational management

  • Communication in organisations

  • Marketing and environmental assessment


Global context:

The role of management and its importance in a global environment is discussed and terms such as globalisation are defined and explained within the classroom via case studies. In particular, emphasis is given to the discussion over how variations in the economic, political, cultural and social environment throughout the globe can have an impact to business operations and strategic development.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

* Preparatory lectures – introducing key business concepts and basic techniques * Exercises – a series of in class exercises focusing on the students’ characteristics, personalities and business acumen * Self-Directed learning – debates, case studies, investigation, etc.



Lectures will include a series of exercises and discussion to reinforce and apply what has been learned. Students will be expected to present their thoughts on selected aspects of the module.



The following books are available at the library either on shelf or on-line and are part of the recommended reading list for this module:



Daft Richard, (2013) Management, 11th Edition, South Western Educational Publishing; 11 Har/Psc edition (13 February 2013)



Boddy, D (2013) Management: An introduction. 5th Edition, Pearson Education / University Library 2nd Floor Folio -- 658 – BOD



Drucker, P.F. (2007) The Practice of Management. Butterworth Heinemann. Elsevier /University Library 2nd Floor 658 – DRU



Drucker, P.F. (2011) Management. Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices. Butterworth Heinemann. Routledge / University Library 2nd Floor 658 DRU (1999 edition)


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 70
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Class test administered by School 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Two on-line (Blackboard) sets of questions/exercises that are based on Management Theory and Practice (50% each). The sets of questions will need to be completed in a strictly defined window of time. Unless the test is completed within the predetermined window a mark of zero will apply.


Formative assessment methods:

At the beginning of the autumn term students will be asked to install to their Android/Windows/iOS devises the “Socrative” student app. This is used for in class quizzes, open questions, group competitions and instant feedback. The app enables the user to present graphs and instant reports. This will enable further understanding and will allow the instructor to evaluate and assess learning techniques and methods. The app also facilitates the case study work by enabling students to complete short answer questions online and receive instant feedback by the module convener.



Moreover, to facilitate the case study work students are required to complete short answer questions (reflective practice) at the end of each lecture.


Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    By examination during the re-sit examination period.


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    Last updated: 21 September 2018

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