UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN0048: Understanding Management


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Taught by
2nd year IEP students with Management Minor and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year undergraduates from all departments
Term 2
Delivery method
2-hour lecture (x 10 weeks) and 1-hour seminar (x 9 weeks) and e-learning activities
30% group presentation and 70% individual report
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Course overview

This module introduces students to the practice of management, to what managers do. Different management activities and roles are explored from both a practical and theoretical perspective. Key management responsibilities such as strategic thinking, analyzing the business environment, marketing, and motivating self and others, will be explored alongside real-world contexts. This provides opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts to current business challenges and opportunities. The module is delivered across three key mediums: lectures, e-learning and seminars. Assessment is through a group presentation and an individual business report. The aim of the module is to not only introduce students to the essence of management and to the tools managers use, but importantly, will provide an insight into the role of the manager, managing in today’s dynamic and exciting business environment.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the problems and issues that surround management practice in organisations, using a critical and informed approach

  • Explain and evaluate the main environmental, strategic and operating concerns facing organisations and managers

  • Produce, justify, and support arguments in favour of or against particular initiatives and approaches

  • Apply effectively a range of concepts, methods, and analytical approaches to specific cases

Topics covered

Managing in Organisations

  • Introduction to Management and Managing
  • Managing Strategy and the Business Environment
  • Marketing 
  • Managing Customer Expectations
  • Managing Cultures and Contexts
  • International Business
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Managing Change and Innovation
  • Leading and working in teams
  • Motivating Self and Others

Assessment summary

30% - group presentation based on a real-life business scenario.

70% - individual business report.

Current students should refer to Moodle for specific details of the current year’s assessment.

Essential reading

Recommended Reading To Access

·       Boddy, D. (2017) Management An Introduction, 7th Ed.  London: Pearson

·       Mintzberg, H. (2009) Managing. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.

·       Mullins, L. (2016) Management & Organisational Behaviour, 11th Ed.  London: FT Prentice Hall. 

·       Sminia, H. (2018) The Strategic Manager, 2nd Ed. Oxon: Routledge

Academic Journals are excellent source of contemporary research along with presenting issues/challenges facing organisations today.

British Journal of Management

Harvard Business Review

International Journal of Management

Journal of Management

Journal of Management Science

Journal of Management Studies

Organizational Studies

Past versions of this module

MSIN0048 18/19

MSIN6001B 17/18

MSIN6001B 16/17

Last updated Friday, 27 September 2019