Nature of Management


This module introduces students to the fundamentals of management theory and practice.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding the key theories, concepts and functions of management:

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Identify the principles of management and leadership theories and evaluate their contribution to business and management practice.

2.  Evaluate the key management functions in achieving organisational goals.

Indicative Content

1 organisational and work design

organisational structure, division of labour, job design.

2 Management theories

Evolution of management theories including, classical, motivational, systems, quality movement, knowledge management

3 Leadership theories

Foundation of leadership including trait, behavioural and situational theories

4 Management in practice

Managers roles and competencies, management functions: planning; leading; organising; controlling

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

2 x 1 hour lectures and 2 x 1 hour tutorials each week. 60% of the module will be enquiry based learning

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 22
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 118

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.