MMM2MOC-Organisations, Culture, Conflict and Change

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Martin Bicknell


Summary module description:

The purpose of this module is for students to

  • understand that there are different approaches to organising and management
  • recognise the complex interactions that occur between people, work groups, their organisations, and the environment in which they operate and that management needs to consider this complexity
  • acknowledge conflict as an element of this complexity
  • recognise the ways in which change is a fundamental dimension in organisations today and that change management has become a key skill of managing people

The module is structured to enable students to learn from their own work examples, and also to apply new learning to their own professional environment.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • compare different perspectives on organisational behaviour
  • critically evaluate organisational performance and contrast this to the notion of organisational health
  • contrast different approaches to organising and management including the formal and informal aspects of each
  • distinguish functional and dysfunctional aspects of behaviour and organising
  • examine the notion of organisational culture together with its manipulation and impact
  • evaluate the nature and appropriateness of conflict in organisations and assess its impact on organisations
  • apply appropriate theories relating to individuals and change to work situations
  • assess the nature of resistance to change and develop approaches to handling resistance in different work stuations
  • compare different theories of change at the level of the organisation and apply these to their work contexts
  • propose appropriate strategies for managing change in their work contexts and create suitable plans for implementation
  • based on an appropriate evaluation of change, reflect upon their own practice as managers of change and propose personal development approaches

Additional outcomes:

  • Oral communication skills should be developed as a result of class discussion and presentations
  • Analytical and evaluation skills should be developed through group discussions, whether in class or e-enabled
  • Application of academic concepts to their professional environment should enable students to reflect on their work as managers

Outline content:

  • organising and performance
  • culture and its management
  • the individual, conflict and change
  • models of organisational change
  • managing change.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There are two full day workshops. The workshop format uses a blend of interactive lecturing, structured class discussion, group working, presentations and case studies. Maximum use of active learning is encouraged.

Self Managed Learning
Students are provided with the very latest text books and accompanying CDs, web enabled access keys and publisher resources as available with each new edition. Workshop leaders will direct students to the use of these resources at the outset using a guided learning path.

Group Tutorial Support
Students receive group tutorial support within the workshop environment. Workshop leaders discuss the assignment with the group and offer support and guidance as to what is expected.

Individual Tutorial Support
Students will receive individual tutorial support on request.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 0.5
Practicals classes and workshops 12
Work-based learning 39.5
Guided independent study 48
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Students undertake one assignment of 3,000 words (mandatory length) or equivalent.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment after confirmation of failure by external examiner.

Last updated: 9 June 2017

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