MM256-Management Skills

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Dorota Bourne


Summary module description:
This module is divided into two sections. The first part of MM256 focuses on CV and cover letter writing as well as interviewing and psychometric tests – i.e. the competencies and skills students need to secure a placement or graduate position. This second part focuses in more detail on the skills and insights developed in part 1 of the module. It also introduces concepts and knowledge students need during their initial day-to-day tasks in a business environment and beyond to successfully convert a placement or work experience into a graduate position and a graduate position into a permanent role in business. This part of the module enables the students to identify and further develop their strengths essential to their future career plans.

This module is delivered at University of Reading and Beijing Institute of Technology.

Part 1 MM256 takes place towards the beginning of autumn term where we focus on examining the selection and recruitment process. This part of the module can actively support students in their applications for placements, internships and graduate positions and, later, in their management of the job search and application process with the support of Henley Careers.

Part 2 MM256 runs throughout the spring term in the second year. Here, the focus shifts towards gaining a better understanding of modern workplaces and the challenges students may encounter in order to help them make the most of their placement or work experience or, indeed, their first graduate position.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
1.Understand and be capable of navigating the recruitment and selection process
2.Reflect on the importance of interpersonal skills and competencies in modern workplaces and career management
3.Identify and understand what employers look for in the recruitment and selection process
4.Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written form appropriate for professional audience
5.Appreciate the role of structures and relationships in modern workplaces and career management
6.Identify strategies and resources for enhancing your skills and developing your professional career.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
MM256 Part 1
- CVs, Cover Letters and Application Forms
- Psychometric Tests
- Competency Based Interviews
- Group exercises
- Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, Linked In)

MM256 Part 2
- Managing Careers
- Developing specific skill sets
- Interpersonal skills

Global context:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The students will receive a combination of lectures, workshops, facilitated training sessions and independent study to develop their knowledge and understanding of how employers recruit placement students/graduates. The students will be able to work in-depth with Henley Careers during Part I of the module and benefit from the insights of a number of external speakers during Part II of the module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 6
Seminars 4 3
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Guided independent study 100 75
Total hours by term 116.00 84.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Portfolio 40

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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:
    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.

    Length of examination:
    There are no formal examinations.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A minimum of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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