MWM021-Managing People

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 15 [7.5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Charmi Patel


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module covers key issues regarding 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 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: this part focuses on understanding the context of people strategy and practices in organisations, including both internal and external situational factors.

Managing the organisation: this part deals with managing in organisations, including the key roles of line managers and HR functional specialists, and 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 and 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

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

1 x group presentation and report - week 12

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the standard University policy. 

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Presentation and examination: 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Students who fail to achieve an overall module pass mark of 50% will be re-assessed by the failed element only, as below.

• Reassessment by examination (capped at 50%) would take place in April

• Reassessment mode for group oral assessment and presentation (capped at 50%) to be advised by Programme Admin along with date of reassessment

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 9 May 2018


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