MNM1MP-Managing People

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
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: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Washika Haak-Saheem


Type of module:

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 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:

Intended learning outcomes:

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

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of context and culture under which organizations operate;

  • Critically evaluate the role and contribution of the HR function (from both line manager and employee perspective) to organisational performance and effectiveness;

    Describe, analyse and evaluate talent management processes from recruitment and selection to development using appropriate theories, models and frameworks;

    Identify opportunities for coaching, training and development needs using appropriate models and frameworks;

  • Examine and understand reward and recognition at an individual and organisational level using latest scientific research evidence;

  • Critically evaluate the role of performance management i.e. planning, managing and reviewing performance at both an individual and organisational level and its impact on talent management;

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

  • Learn traits for success as a people manager.

Assessable learning 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, build and share 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/frameworks 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.

Additional outcomes:

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:

The module uses a blended-learning approach, incorporating self-study, face-to-face workshops, group work and tutor support. Key module content will be delivered in workshops, which comprise a mixture of content delivery, class discussion, and practical application exercises.

Contact Hours

  Flexi/Levy Flexi/Non-Levy Exec
Lectures 7 7 14
Practical classes 8 8 16

Work-based learning (relating to module)

(For Flexi-Levy students this equates to the ‘Off the Job’ learning allowance, and includes some wider reading and advance preparation for classes) 
32 16 16

Independent Study Hours (Guide)

  Flexi/Levy Flexi/Non-Levy Exec
Wider reading (independent) 7 12 7
Wider reading (directed) 28 35 28
Exam revision / preparation (if appropriate) 10 10  
Peer assisted learning 2 2 3
Advance preparation for classes 12 16 12
Preparation for presentations     10
Essay preparation - may include conducting research, analysing data, editing the finished product 40 40 40
Reflection 4 4 4

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 28
Guided independent study: 122
Total hours by term 150
Total hours for module

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative Assessment Methods (%) 

  Flexi-Levy Flexi-Non-Levy Exec
Written assignment, including essay 50 50 70
Oral assessment and presentation     30
Written examination 50 50  

Exam is only for Flexi (Levy and Non-Levy) constituting for 50% of the overall module grade. One case study-based exam.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Flexi (Levy and Non-Levy) individual assessment is based on a 3000-word written assignment. The Exec MBA (GEMBA) individual assessment is based on a 3, 500 word written assignment (70%). Submission dates are according to the programme schedule. The other 30% of assessment for Exec MBA is in-class group presentations.

Formative assessment methods:

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:

Assignment and examination: 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 7 August 2019


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