DMMP001-Developing Management Practice 1

Module Provider: Henley Business School
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Ms Denise Fryer


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module provides a context to explore self-awareness and developing practical management skills. It will take students back to basics to evaluate the skills they currently have through a personal and practical approach, incorporating lectures, workshops, group discussion, experiential techniques and 1:1 coaching, this module will deliver effective tools and techniques including a strategic personal plan of how the student will apply their understanding of management, motivation, change, communication and leadership behaviours to the management and leadership challenges they face at work.


As indicated above, this module is benchmarked against the following Higher Apprenticeship (HA) Knowledge and Skills criteria:

  1. Operational Management (A5, A9).

  2. Leading People (D1, D2, D3, D10, D11).

  3. Managing People (E2, E8, E9).

  4. Building Relationships (F4, F5, F6, F7, F8).

  5. Communication (G1, G2, G3, G4, G7, G8)

  6. Awareness of Self and Others (H1, H3, H4, H5).

  7. Management of Self (I2, I3, I5)

These criteria are set out in the HA Assessment Plan – see   


In this module a systematic knowledge of management will be deployed to allow students to consider their organisational context.  Throughout, they will be exposed to the complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty that underpin many management situations.

The module aims to prepare learners to:

1. Develop their understanding of the leadership journey present and future, current leadership theories and personal thought leadership

2. Understand the Myers – Briggs Type Indicator preferences and their impact in various contexts, personally and with others

3. Develop strategies to maintain energy and motivation, including identifying stress triggers and delegating effectively

4. Explore change models and how to support yourself and others through the transition

5. Explore the stages of team development, the characteristics of high performing teams and what is required of the leader at each stage

6. Identify the key values and motivators, understanding how your leadership and communication styles impact on others motivation

Assessable learning outcomes:

Assessable outcomes

This module explores management practice in the context of the following areas: Operational Management, Leading and Managing People, Building Relationships, Communication, Awareness of Self and Others, and Management of Self

By the end of the module the student will be able to achieve the following:

1. Operational Management

a) Understand how to initiate and manage change by identifying barriers and know how to overcome them.(A5)

b) Support manage and communicate change by identifying barriers and overcoming these (A9)

2. Leading People

a) Understand different leadership styles (D1)

b) Understand how to lead and manage multiple teams (D2)

c) Know how to motivate and improve performance (D3)

d) Support high performance working (D10)

e) Be able to support the management of change within the organisation (D11)

f) Introduction to understanding organizational culture and diversity (D5)

3. Managing People

a) Know how to develop high performing teams (E2)

b) Develop, build and motivate teams by identifying their strengths and enabling development within the workplace (E8)

c) Be able to delegate and enable delivery though others (E9)

4. Building Relationships

a) Know how to manage conflict at all levels (F4)

b) Be able to build trust and influencing skills (F5).  

c) Be able to identify and share good practice (F7).

Work collaboratively with others both inside and outside of the organisation (F8).

5. Communication 

a) Understand interpersonal skills (G1).

b) Understand different forms of communication and techniques (verbal, written, non-verbal, digital) (G2).

c) Be able to communicate effectively (verbal, non-verbal, written, digital) (G3).  

d) Be able to be flexible in communication style (G4).  

e) Use of active listening (G7)

f) Give constructive feedback and challenge where necessary (G8)

6. Awareness of Self and Others

a) Understand own impact through self-awareness (H1)

b) Understand different and learning and behaviour styles (H3)

c) Be able to reflect on own performance (H4)

d) Be able to reflect on working style and its impact on others (H5)

7. Management of Self

a) Understand how to prioritise activities and the use time management techniques and tools (I2)

b) Understand how to the use of different approaches to planning, including managing multiple tasks (I3)

c) Use of time management and prioritisation techniques (I5)

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Students will be required to explore the roles that they play as individuals within the organisation and the difference they can make in the context of management challenges and the role of personal learning and development.  They will question the way individuals may contribute to organisational aims and to change within the organisation. Students will be able to explore factors that contribute to engagement and motivation, both internal and external to the workplace. They will explore people as social beings and how this impacts behaviours and performance. They will be expected to apply learning to their work place and be able to assess individual and organisational practice in the management of people.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be taught using a blended learning approach.  This will include directed self-study, lectures, workshops, group discussion, experiential techniques and 1:1 coaching, as well as other learning activities.  During the module, students will follow a guided-learning path that will require them to read materials, access other core and optional learning materials and undertake a range of activities.  In addition to the learning path, students will attend workshops.  These are facilitated sessions that will help consolidate knowledge, apply it the workplace and develop higher order cognitive skills of analysis and evaluation.  Students will be expected to relate their learning to their day-to-day work.  

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 16
Practicals classes and workshops 24
Work-based learning 160
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students will reflect on the taught component of this module by developing a reflective report for future professional development.  This will contribute to 100% of the assessment and will build on a patchwork of the formative writing assignments the learner will undertake monthly.   They will be required to reflect on their group and individual work to ensure their reflective practice is underpinned from an evidence based, theory informed approach, to inform future professional development planning.

Formative assessment methods:

Will be embedded in the learning path and workshop activities, discussion and peer back within the workshop sessions will be encouraged and the apprenticeship tutor and programme faculty will also provide feedback on the report as it builds through monthly writing assignments that collate the learners reflections.  

Penalties for late submission:

Standard penalties will apply see here

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

By resubmission of coursework to the same brief

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 5 November 2018


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