Management Skills

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Management Skills

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
    Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2016/7

    Summary module description:
    This module is divided into two sections. The first part of MM256 focuses on CV and cover letter writing as well as interviewing and psychometric tests ? i.e. the competencies and skills students need to secure a placement or graduate position. This second part focuses in more detail on the skills and insights developed in part 1 of the module. It also introduces concepts and knowledge students need during their initial day-to-day tasks in a business environment and beyond to successfully convert a placement or work experience into a graduate position and a graduate position into a permanent role in business. This part of the module enables the students to identify and further develop their strengths essential to their future career plans.

    This module is delivered at University of Reading, University of Reading Malaysia and Beijing Institute of Technology.

    Part 1 MM256 takes place towards the beginning of autumn term where we focus on examining the selection and recruitment process. This part of the module can actively support students in their applications for placements, internships and graduate positions and, later, in their management of the job search and application process with the support of Henley Careers.

    Part 2 MM256 runs throughout the spring term in the second year. Here, the focus shifts towards gaining a better understanding of modern workplaces and the challenges students may encounter in order to help them make the most of their placement or work experience or, indeed, their first graduate position.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    By the end of the module, students should be able to:
    1. Understand and be capable of navigating the recruitment and selection process
    2. Reflect on the importance of interpersonal skills and competencies in modern workplaces and career management
    3. Identify and understand what employers look for in the recruitment and selection process
    4. Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written form appropriate for professional audience
    5. Appreciate the role of structures and relationships in modern workplaces and career management
    6. Identify strategies and resources for enhancing your skills and developing your professional career.

    Additional outcomes:
    Outline content:
    MM256 Part 1
    - CVs, Cover Letters and Application Forms
    - Psychometric Tests
    - Competency Based Interviews
    - Group exercises
    - Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, Linked In)

    MM256 Part 2
    - Managing Careers
    - Developing specific skill sets
    - Interpersonal skills
    Global context:

    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    The students will receive a combination of lectures, workshops, facilitated training sessions and independent study to develop their knowledge and understanding of how employers recruit placement students/graduates. The students will be able to work in-depth with Henley Careers during Part I of the module and benefit from the insights of a number of external speakers during Part II of the module.

    Contact hours:
    Lectures 6
    Seminars 4
    Practicals Classes and Workshops 6
    Guided Independent Study 100
    Total Hours 116

    Lectures 6
    Seminars 3
    Guided Independent Study 78
    Total Hours 84

    Summative Assessment Methods
    Written Assignment Including Essay 60%
    Portfolio 40%

    Other information on summative assessment:
    Formative assessment methods:

    Length of examination:
    There are no formal examinations.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A minimum of 40%.

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