Principles of management: theory and practice

Organisations matter because just about everything that we do occurs within an organisation. 

The broad aim of this module is to give all students, regardless of academic background, an introduction to the ideas, theories, models and values used to make sense of organisations and the way these theoretical insights are applied to understanding different organisational forms and their competitive significance in an era of global competition. This module reviews some of the major contributions to management thought, identifies trends in organisational analysis and management thinking, and evaluates theories and research in terms of their usefulness in understanding and improving management practice. 

Topics covered

  • Introduction to Management 
  • The Business Environment and Organisation Culture 
  • Planning and Decision Making 
  • Organisation Structure 
  • Managing People 
  • Leadership and Influence in Organisations 
  • Performance Management and Motivation 
  • Managing Teams 
  • Control and Performance Measurement 
  • Managing Internationally 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to:  

  • discuss the major theoretical approaches to contemporary management and organisations across private, public and third sectors.  
  • demonstrate an understanding of the basic functions of management. 
  • apply organisation theory and management knowledge to diverse organisational settings. 
  • assess the implementation of different management practices and techniques in organisations. 
  • reflect on, and evaluate, the effectiveness of management practices in bringing about outcomes. 


  • Written end of term coursework (100%) 

Entry requirements 

To qualify to register for a stand-alone individual module, applicants will need:  

  • Either, a bachelor’s degree which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University;  
  • Or, a minimum of two years’ work experience in a relevant field. This will most commonly be in a management position but each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.