MM256-Management Skills

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Dorota Bourne


Summary module description:

Management Skills module is designed to offer a comprehensive course

for all business and management students to equip them with the skills

and knowledge necessary for them to successfully enter the job market. It

covers key areas of the job application process as well as successful

navigation of the contemporary business environment and the students’

future working environment. The module offers a combination of

practical and applied element as well as more conceptual and academic

aspects. As a result, it enables the students to obtain a broad range of

knowledge whilst enabling them to actively reflect on it and apply to their

immediate experience.

The module is designed to be delivered in the autumn semester which

runs in parallel with the placement application process that the students

are a part of. The course content as well as delivery style are designed to

strengthen the students’ success rate of obtaining successful placements and 

future jobs upon graduation.

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


The module is designed to 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. In the first part of the course, the focus is 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 later part of the module 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.

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:

1) Introduction to Management and Employment Skills for

    Business Students

2) Managing Careers and Navigating the Job Market

3) Developing Your CV

4) Developing Job Application Portfolio

5) Communication and Presentation Skills

6) Competency and Strengths Based Interviews

7) Developing Critical and Reflexive Writing Skills

8) Teamwork and Leadership in Management

9) Creativity and Innovation for Business

10) Module Summary and Feedback on Assessment

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 and benefit from the insights of a number of external speakers during the module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 4
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
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:

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