DM1002-Organisations and People

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Adeyinka Adewale


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module explores people as a resource that is available to organisations as they seek to achieve their objectives. It recognises and explores from a critical management perspective, the specific nature of individuals’ differences and their complex interactions with the organisation. It will also question issues of organisational effectiveness and performance.

Start dates vary by cohort so contact hours may take place in the Autumn, Spring or Summer terms dependant on start date. 


The module aims to develop the students’ understanding of the concepts and principles of the management of people and to evaluate and interpret these within the context in which their organisations operate.


It aims to prepare students to:


  1. Reflect on themselves and others as individuals and how differences can impact engagement and performance.

  2. Reflect on key issues in the modern workplace and understand their impact on individuals.

  3. Engage with the complex processes by which individuals can contribute to organisational outcomes.

  4. Identify and act on learning and development needs.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module the student will be able:

  1. To account for differences in behaviour, performance and learning based on an understanding of individual difference and an individual's interactions with others and social groups.

  2. To illustrate and explain different levels of engagement and motivation.

  3. To assess how effectively an organisation uses its people

Additional outcomes:

Students should additionally be able to demonstrate how they have:

  1. Analysed their own performance and identify learning and development needs

  2. Developed the capacity to apply a broad range of techniques for managing people

  3. Analysed their interpersonal skills and take responsibility to develop these through engagement with all relevant stakeholders, in a professional and inclusive manner

  4. Applied their thinking with adaptability and agility to changing organisational needs.

Outline content:

Students will be required to explore individual difference and identity in the context of management challenges and the role of personal learning and development. They will question the way individuals may contribute to organisational aims. Students will be able to explore factors that contribute to engagement and motivation, both internal and external to the workplace. They will explore people as social beings and how this impacts behaviours and performance. They will be expected to apply learning to their work place and be able to assess individual and organisational practice in the management of people.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be taught using a blended learning approach. This will include directed self-study, workshops, group work, peer support, and other learning activities. During the module, students will follow a guided-learning path that will require them to read materials, access other core and optional learning materials and undertake a range of activities. In addition to the learning path, students will attend workshops. These are facilitated sessions that will help consolidate knowledge, apply it the workplace and develop higher order cognitive skills of analysis and evaluation. Students will be expected to relate their learning to their day-to-day work.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 21
Work-based learning 90
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 70
    Advance preparation for classes 10
    Reflection 9
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 20
Oral assessment and presentation 80

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students will work in groups to apply learning to an assessment of the way their organisation manages people which they will present (80%). They will be individually required to reflect on their group's work in terms of their personal practice (20%)

Formative assessment methods:

Will be embedded in the learning path and workshop activities. Peer review will be an integral element

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:


    Reassessment arrangements:

    By resubmission of coursework to the same brief

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 16 April 2019


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