Module details for 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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 22
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 118
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.