ORGANISATIONS AND PEOPLE COURSE
This course investigates organisational behaviour and human resource management. Designed for working managers, those who deputise for managers, management trainees, supervisors and team leaders, it takes a very practice-based approach to studying management concepts, focusing on your own role. It is suitable for aspiring managers provided you have experience of either paid or unpaid (voluntary) work involving leading a group or team; a project or task involving one or more others; or running/helping to run a voluntary organisation. It is not suitable if you have no previous work experience (paid or unpaid) on which to draw.
What you will study
This course enables you to critically reflect on and analyse workplace situations and your own ways of managing. It is ‘solution oriented’ to help you to not only understand work situations from a manager’s perspective, but also to help you to work out what to do, given that you may not be in charge of the organisation you work for. As you work through activities, problems and solutions, you will question the idea that there are single solutions or issues or that there is ‘one best way’. You will come to understand the constraints, choices and demands that operate and learn when to work within them and when and how you may be able to bring about change.
The teaching and learning strategy is problem-based. Through this approach, the course aims to develop the skills an effective manager needs: skills such as analysis, constructing sound arguments, critical and reflective thinking, problem identification and solving, active listening and communication, sourcing and presenting information, and report writing. Many of these are the same learning skills that any university-level learner requires and will help to equip you for study at postgraduate level.
To achieve the Professional Diploma in Management, you will need to take the companion module Marketing and Finance (M2), and The Integration Challenge (M3), comprises a preparatory period, an online school and, after a revision period, a three hour examination.
Teaching and assessment
Support from your tutor
You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and study activities. You can ask the tutor for help and advice. The tutor will also mark and comment on your assignments. If you are new to the Intratest Business School, you will find that your tutor will be particularly concerned to help you with your study methods.
Other tutor support will be delivered primarily online as you study. In addition, day schools or online tutorials will be offered depending on the version of the module for which you register. Day schools and tutorials are not compulsory but you are strongly encouraged to attend.
Contact us if you want to know more about study with the Intratest Business School before you register.
You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.
The TMAs consist of a report on a workplace problem and its solution; a reflection on your professional practice; and a portfolio of activities carried out as part of your studies.
The end-of-module assessment (EMA) consists of a report on a workplace problem that requires the management of change and a portfolio of your module activities.
To study this course you are required to have work experience as the activities assume you have current or prior work situations to which you can apply what you are learning. Your work experience can be as a manager, deputising for a manager, management trainee, supervisor, team leader, if you work in an informal capacity, for example in a voluntary organisation.
Organisations and People (M1) is an undergraduate Intratest Business School level 3 module. It can also be studied as part of the open access route to Accelerated Leadership Program (L). If you have no prior higher education experience pre-module preparatory work is provided (see Preparatory work below)
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
If you have not encountered a problem-based approach to learning before, the Module Guide and The Manager’s Good Study Guide are provided and these will be particularly useful at the start of the module. The Module Guide explains the approach and describes the skills required so that you can remedy any gaps in your knowledge. It will also provide an orientation to the module. The Manager’s Good Study Guide enables you to refresh study skills such as reading and note-taking, using logic and building arguments, written communication and report writing, and using numbers.
Course books and, via the M1 website, additional resources in digital formats.
You will need
All set books will be provided as part of the study materials pack. However, non-native English speakers, particularly those studying outside the UK, may wish to purchase the following book:
The Oxford Dictionary of Business English for learners of English.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either:
- Windows 7 or higher
- macOS 10.7 or higher
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
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