MNM1MP-Managing People

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 18.3 [9.15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Richard McBain


Summary module description:

The module covers key issues of how people are managed in order to drive organisational performance. It considers the external and internal contextual factors that impact on managing people, the contribution of the approach to people management at a strategic level in setting and achieving organisational objectives. It addresses the respective roles of the HR function and line management in the processes of resourcing, performance management, reward and development as well as the theories and concepts that underpin the performance of the individual at work. 


The module is designed for practising managers to enable them to:

  • develop an appreciation that people management is a key line manager activity

  • consider impact of context on managing people and performance particularly in national, international and multinational contexts, public and private sectors, large, medium and small enterprises

  • develop awareness of the issues and practices that support and hinder management and development of people and their contribution to performance in organisations

  • develop an understanding that no ‘best way’ exists in the management of people and encourage the learner to identify their own dilemmas and practices in the workplace.

    The key objectives are to:

  • introduce key concepts and theories of people management

  • introduce the key concepts and theories underpinning people practices including performance management, recruitment and selection, training and development and rewards management

  • enable programme members to develop an ability to apply and communicate these key concepts in practice.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Intended learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that programme members should be able to demonstrate their ability to:

  • demonstrate a level of critical thinking by organising their thoughts, identifying and challenging assumptions through application to practice

  • Synthesise, evaluate and discuss research-based scholarship, alternative theories and concepts

  • Challenge the accepted approaches, where appropriate, as part of the evaluation process

  • Demonstrate their ability to identify issues and dilemmas in their own workplace based on their understanding of  people management philosophies and approaches

  • Conduct analyses of complex, incomplete or contradictory information through their discussion of theory and the application of this to practice

  • Make recommendations based upon their knowledge and understanding of related theory

  • Critically reflect on their analysis and demonstrate an understanding of the implications of their recommendations and interdependencies with other disciplines

Additional outcomes:
Depending on the mode of study there are a variety of activities to encourage programme members to:
• Work collaboratively to clarify tasks, solve problems and build learning
• Plan and implement learning and assignment tasks in an autonomous manner
• Demonstrate personal effectiveness though self-management and their own capacity to organise priorities efficiently
• Gain increased self-awareness through personal reflection and insight from concepts and theories (either from this or the related Personal Development module) and demonstrate reflection upon their own and others functioning
• Demonstrate effective two-way communication: listening, negotiating, presentation skills, interacting with others and in writing by producing output in the form of presentations, business reports and more academic outputs
• Use models and conduct initial basis research of both literature and primary data, with the minimum of guidance
• Scan and organise the wealth of presented data, abstracting meaning in order to gain and share knowledge
• Understand own learning and begin to reflect upon and track its progress

Outline content:

The key topics covered in all modes of study which are important to managing people within contemporary organisations include:

  • context and culture

  • understanding human behaviour, motivation and engagement in order to understand and manage one’s own motivation and that of team members

  • the role and contribution of the HR function (as it applies to a line manager audience)

  • traits for success as a people manager

  • performance management – planning, managing and reviewing performance at both an individual and organisational level

  • talent management from recruitment and selection to development

  • coaching, training and development

  • reward and recognition at an individual and organisational level.


The module is structured around these topics. The module core addresses the fundamental topics within the subject area.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be some flexibility within the focus of the teaching and learning approach for programme members taking different modes of study.

• Flexible Learning/ Corporate MBA programmes: the content is delivered on-line in three parts structured around reading from key texts and other sources, with a series of practical activities for each topic. A two-day workshop is run for the module, covering the key topics from the syllabus with a range of exercises for group activity and discussion.
• Executive MBA programme(s): the content is delivered in a number of taught sessions, supported by reading from key texts and other sources, practical activities for each topic with group and plenary discussion, which can include company visits and visiting speakers and an integrated case to reflect that complex decisions and problems are rarely single-faceted. The on-line materials may also be made available to programme members

Contact hours for the different modes of study can be found in the appropriate Programme Specification

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 28
Total hours by term 28.00
Total hours for module 28.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:

The module is assessed by:

• assignment, and

• individual examination.

The two elements are weighted equally at 50% and combined to give an overall module mark

The assignment varies depending upon the mode of study.

All modes of study take the same MP examination, which is part of the Stage 1 Examination where Managing People, Managing Processes and Systems and Managing Financial Resources are each assessed in a 1 hour separate examination. 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

These are in accordance with the mode of study arrangements laid out in the programme guide.

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to the guide to policy and procedures for teaching and learning, Section 6, ‘Penalties for late submission to Postgraduate Flexible programmes’ for further information:

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:
One hour

Requirements for a pass:
Module: the pass mark is 50% for an average of the written assignment and exam.

Reassessment arrangements:
These are in accordance with the arrangements for resubmission laid out in the programme guide.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 18 December 2017

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