BM4116: Understanding Organizations

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BM4116: Understanding Organizations

Module Title Understanding Organizations
Module Code BM4116
Module Tutor Dee Allen
School School of Business and Technology
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module aims to analyse the organisations internal environment, focussing on the functional activities and the interactions that occur within this.

It is designed to develop an understanding of theory, practice and policies that support a variety of functional activities in a variety of modern organisational contexts; private, public and third sectors.  It does this by encouraging the development of students as critical, skilled, ethical and professional participants in their own development as potential managers.

Indicative Syllabus

The syllabus will cover three themes:

1. Understanding the internal organisation.

Structures of organisations (private, third & public sector)

Functions in organizations (finance, marketing, HR and legal)


2. Decision making within the organisation.

People within the internal organisation

Approaches to managing performance & motivation, focussing on job design and results


3. The individual in organisations

Skills needed to develop as an effective employee and managers within organisations

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to

  1. Identify and analyse a wide variety of organisational types and purposes, their governing structures and frameworks, across a range of sectors. (PLO 1)
  2. Examine the principal internal structures and functions necessary to manage organisations in competitive environments. (PLO 1)
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the interface between the organisations structures and functional areas, people and performance (PLO2 PLO 3)
  4. Assess the impact of a range of functional management activities on organisations and the people within those organisations. (PLO 2) 

Demonstrate an essential people management skill set for working both as an individual and as a member of a team at different levels, across networks within an organisation.(PLO4 PLO5)

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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