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:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Tatiana Rowson


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Your Management Skills Module is designed to offer all business and management students focused guidance and support in developing their employability, including improving the likelihood of securing their Placement or first job. This Module covers key areas of the job application process as well as successful navigation of the contemporary business environment and the students’ future working environment. It 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. 


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 latter 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:

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

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:
There are no formal examinations.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Method Percentage Deadline

Job Application Portfolio (graded) consisting of:

a) Selected Job Advert

b) Targeted  CV

c) Targeted Application Form

40 Week 12
Reflexive Diary: essay format, 

word limit 2,000 (graded)

60 Week 20


Formative assessment methods:

Seminar exercises and discussions 

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:
    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 minimum of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment will be by the completion of an updated Reflexive Diary

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Core reading:

    Gallagher, K. (2016) Essential Study and Employment Skills for Business

    and Management Students. OUP Oxford. £21.24 

    Last updated: 26 June 2018


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