Module details for Managing People and Ideas


This module will introduce students to the management of people and ideas and discuss how different theories and practices can be used to enhance individual and organisational performance.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with a theoretically informed framework for understanding the range of strategies involved in the effective management of people and ideas.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Understand the multifaceted nature of individual and organisational performance;

2.  Identify the influence of broader socio-economic factors on individual and organisational performance;

3.  Understand the nature of ideas and knowledge management;

Indicative Content

1 Management in Context

Organisations as social and economic entities; The influence of social and economic factors on individual and organisational performance; The impact of material and time scarcity on performance.

2 People Management

Selection; Motivation; Employees development; Teamwork; Stress; Workplace diversity and equal opportunity; Unconscious bias; Ethical leadership.

3 Ideas management

Creating climate for creativity and innovation; Knowledge sharing networks; Knowledge management.

4 Using research in managerial practice

Employee opinion survey; Research design; Use of research findings in managerial decision making.

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 14
Tutorial/Seminar 28
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 60
Independent 98
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.