MWM021-Managing People

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 15 [7.5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Richard McBain

Email: richard.mcbain@henley.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
The Managing People module is designed for practicing and potential managers to enable them to:
• develop an appreciation of the roles of the HR function and line managers in managing people;
• consider the impact of context on managing people, 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 the management and development of people in organisations;
• develop an understanding that no ‘best way’ exists in the management of people and encourage the learner to identify dilemmas and practices in the workplace.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students should be able 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 the workplace based on their understanding of the 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:
Students will also develop team working skills through completion of group work, as well as IT skills and presentations skills.

Outline content:
The module core comprises three parts.

Managing in context: the elements of the Harvard model (Beer et al, 1984) are based on the core proposition that achieving organizational effectiveness, individual wellbeing and societal wellbeing comes from understanding the context, stakeholders, people strategy choices and outcomes. This part focuses on understanding the situational factors and clarifying and matching the agenda of external and internal stakeholders.

Managing the organisation: deals with managing in organisations – we interpret this as the connection between ensuring professionalism in the management of people by line managers and the HR functional specialists. This part focuses on scoping and creating, and then reviewing and rewarding organisational and individual performance through people practices and processes.

Managing individuals and teams: in this final part the focus is on understanding individuals and teams at work. We deal with how people management practices, deployed by managers, are experienced by individuals and teams, and key theories such as motivation and engagement underpin those practices.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module uses a blended-learning approach, incorporating self-study and face-to-face workshops. Key module content will be delivered in 8 half-day workshops and 1 full day for assessed presentations. These workshops comprise a mixture of content delivery, discussion in class and break-out into group sessions and presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 2
Practicals classes and workshops 35
Guided independent study 113
       
Total hours by term 150.00
       
Total hours for module 150.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

These are in accordance with the mode of study arrangements laid out in the Programme Specifications.
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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
2 hours

Requirements for a pass:
Assignments and examinations: 50%

Reassessment arrangements:
These are in accordance with the arrangements for resubmission laid out in the Programme Specifications.

Last updated: 4 September 2017

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