Introduction to Management

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Management

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Agriculture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Module Provider: Agriculture
    Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
    Level:4
    Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
    Pre-requisites:
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Co-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Dr Alison Bailey
    Email: a.p.bailey@reading.ac.uk
    Summary module description:
    Aims:
    To develop students? broad understanding of the economic, technological and social aspects of management, in the context of how different business operate. Students will be introduced to the environment of management, the management process, and techniques available to and used by managers to plan and operate as a business.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    At the end of the module you should have developed the following management and core skills:
    Management skills:
    The management process ? appreciate the relevance of basic business concepts (planning, organising, leadership and control), establish and compare alternative business objectives, understand how and why businesses plan and make decisions, apply the concepts of control, recognise the value of leadership and human resource management, and understand differences in organisational structures and behaviour.
    Marketing ? describe the functions of marketing management and its role in business management
    Core skills:
    Report writing ? developing both presentational and analytical skills
    Additional outcomes:
    Analytical thinking ? developing numeracy, literacy, reasoning and appraisal skills
    Outline content:
    Topics covered will include the following:
    Introduction to management and the management process
    The managers? wider environment
    Planning, setting objectives, and decision making
    Strategic management
    Organising, organisational structures and behaviour
    Human resource management
    Leadership and functions of leadership
    Business control and financial management
    Marketing management
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    Preparatory lectures ? introducing key business concepts and basic techniques
    Exercises ? a series of in class exercises focusing on the students? characteristics, personalities and business acumen
    Directed learning ? reflecting on your experiences, use will also be made of appropriate websites
    Lectures will include a series of exercises and discussion to reinforce and apply what has been learned. Students will be expected to present their thoughts on selected aspects of the module.
    Contact hours:
    Autumn
    Lectures 20
    Seminars 10
    Guided independent study 70
    Total hours by term 100.00
    Total hours for module 100.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 50
    Report 45
    Class test administered by School 5
    Other information on summative assessment:
    Case studies will be assigned based on the programme that the student is following. Students are expected to produce a written report (advisory guideline 1,000 words, students will not be penalised for exceeding this) (45%). To facilitate the case study work students are required to complete short answer questions (reflective practice) at the end of each lecture (5%).
    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    One hour examination paper in Summer term
    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.
    Reassessment arrangements:
    By two hour examination in August/September
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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