MNM1MPS-Managing Processes & Systems

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 18.3 [9.15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Nigel Spinks


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module focuses on the key principles that underpin the delivery of goods and services by organisations. It takes a systems and processes approach, integrating elements of operations management, information systems management and project management. Whilst processes are viewed as key enablers of business strategy, the module emphasizes the need to understand such processes in a systemic way. The key topics cover the design, implementation and on-going operation of goods and service delivery in a variety of organisational contexts.


The module is targeted at practising managers to enable them to:

  • align delivery system and process design to the strategic requirements of the organisation

  • implement process change through the application of project management techniques

  • evaluate and improve the on-going delivery of goods and services

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, programme members will be able to demonstrate their ability to:

  • evaluate critically the applicability of module concepts to specific organisational contexts

  • describe, analyse and evaluate the design of delivery systems and processes using appropriate models and frameworks

  • describe, analyse and evaluate the performance of delivery systems and processes using appropriate models and frameworks

  • identify opportunities to improve delivery performance and design appropriate strategies for achieving that improvement

  • employ project management techniques to manage novel activity to realise benefits from process change in a complex environment

Additional outcomes:

Depending upon the mode of study, there are a range of activities to develop programme members’ proficiency in analysing delivery systems and processes in both individual and group situations. By the end of the module it is expected that programme members will be able to demonstrate their ability to:

  • communicate their analysis clearly and confidently, through written reports

  • work autonomously, as well as collaboratively, managing their process of study, prioritising appropriately

  • manage the research process to gather required information and data with minimum of guidance

  • select and use appropriate tools, models and frameworks to develop a critical analysis of a business situation

  • reflect critically on their own understanding and ability to communicate with others in the subject area

Outline content:

All organisations use processes to create the goods and services they provide to customers. These processes are a core part of the delivery systems that take inputs and transform them in some way to produce outputs in the form of goods and/or services. The management of such delivery systems implies three capabilities if the organisation is to prosper in a complex environment:

  1. the capability to align delivery systems with the organisation’s strategy, through effective process and system design

  2. the capability to deploy new system designs capable of delivering the desired goods and services thorough effective project management

  3. the capability to operate delivery systems on an on-going basis including performance evaluation, management of quality and the development of improvement programmes

The module is structured around these key themes to provide an integrated, life-cycle approach to the management of delivery processes and systems in a range of organisational contexts.

Global context:

The module draws on examples of practice and case studies from operations and process management around the world.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module uses a blended-learning approach, incorporating self-study, face-to-face workshop(s) and online tutor support. The balance of activities is tailored to different modes of study:

  • Flexible learning/Corporate MBA programmes: the content is delivered on-line, structured around key readings from the course textbook, journal articles 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. Tutor support is also available online.

  • Executive MBA programmes: the content is delivered in a number of taught sessions, supported by key readings from the course textbook, journal articles and other sources, practical activities for each topic with group and cohort discussion.

Contact hours:

The table below shows the contact hours for the Executive Programme. The Flexible Executive programme has 14 hours of contact time in the form of practical classes and workshops.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 28
Guided independent study 155
Total hours by term 183.00
Total hours for module 183.00

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One 1-hour written paper with a weight of 50% of the final assessment mark; dates subject to intake schedule. The examination will include a pre-seen case study and up to two A4 sheets (four sides) of individually pre-prepared notes.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One 3,000 individual written assignment with a weight of 50% of the final assessment mark; submission dates according to intake schedule.

Formative assessment methods:

Formative assessment is through group work in workshops.

Penalties for late submission:

These are in accordance with the mode of study arrangements laid out in the Programme Specifications.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment by examination worth 100% of the module mark (capped at 50%), to be taken within six months of notification from the Examinations Manager (Greenlands) following the relevant Programme Examiners’ Meeting.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Not applicable

Last updated: 26 April 2018


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