Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Leadership and Enterprise

Course summary

Course code: INDU1011
Level: 0
Credits: 15
School: Business Faculty
Department: Human Res and Organisational Beh
Course Coordinator(s): Jing Luo

Specification

Aims

This is a generalist course which will be of interest and useful to students who are on business as well as other pathways. It attempts to widen understanding of the world of work. The aims are:-

1. To raise awareness of the nature of organisations across many industries
2. To prepare students for their future courses within the University. For those students moving to the Business school this feeds in to Level 1 courses on Organisational Behaviour and generally improves understanding which benefits level 1 courses generally
3. For those going to other Schools it provides a basic understanding of individuals and the work environment which is important in all aspects of work
4. To develop transferable skills no matter what future study or work, raise awareness of and develop a range of both academic and life skills including:
a) Research skills
b) oral presentations,
c) problem–solving and analytical skills
d) teamwork

5. To understand the dynamics of individuals within the work environment
6. To have a basic knowledge of how organisations are structured and their relevance to the business operate
7. To develop an understanding of change and its management in the working environment


Learning outcomes

1. Understand the internal and external factors that influence organisational design and behaviour.
2. Have knowledge and understand the factors that influence the way individuals and groups work and the roles and styles of management and leadership.
3. Intellectual skills: The course will help develop skills that allow you to analyse organisational and management situations and scenarios to reach informed opinion.
4. Breadth of outlook: Be able to interact with others in Organisations and Groups with a better understanding of the dynamics of individual and group behaviours.
5. Wisdom: Be cognisant of, and appreciate the value of, the differences between peoples based on individual and cultural preferences.
6. Personal effectiveness: Students will be required to manage the learning relationships developed with peers and academic staff, and manage their time and resources to participate fully in lectures and tutorials and presentations to achieve assessed outcomes. They will also improve their computing skills through use of Web CT and other VLEs.
7. Subject Practical skills: Ability to: Assess the behaviour of an organisation from the perspective of external and internal factors, and management style. Understand the behaviour of people in organisations based upon individual characteristics and group dynamics.
8. Transferable skills: Skills in group working Cross application of concepts from other courses Improvement of verbal communication and presentation skills Enhancement of written skills and report writing. Skill development in situation analysis and Critical thinking which will be of value to students of all disciplines in their working lives.
9. Understanding the working of organisations.

Indicative content

This course aims to provide an understanding and appreciation of the dynamics of organisational behaviour and the role of management in modern business. With that in mind, the course will cover the following broad areas:
• the basic components of organisations.
• the context within which organisations exist and operate include the external and internal environments.
• structure, strategy and cultures.
• Individuals in organisations.
• group working in organisations.
• nature of management and historical approaches.
• nature of leadership and effective styles.
• managing organisational change.

The course enables the identification of and development of transferable and academic skills:
• Completion of an initial personal skills analysis, followed by on-going analysis of skills development over the term via a reflective learning journal.
• It introducing students to research skills.
• analysis and understanding of the purpose of oral presentations in an academic context. Working together to produce a guide to giving effective presentations through the delivery of a three minute presentation to the group.
• Selection and adoption of successful strategies to differentiate fact from opinion.
• Introduction to academic writing conventions.
• use of on-line electronic searches, Web CT and other electronic sources such as YouTube, Moodle and other search engines, together with the Library’s electronic resources.

Teaching and learning activity

Subject knowledge, transferable skills and personal effectiveness will be developed through a combination of: Lectures; Online materials; Participation in tutorial discussions; Pre-analysis and discussion of Case studies; Preparation and delivery of a group presentation; Preparation and writing of a report.
Learning activities will include workshop exercises, group discussion, written and verbal presentations, independent study, interaction in a VLE on a weekly basis, completion of e-learning activities, and completion of a reflective learning journal.

Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Group Presentation and short individual reflective report.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Weighting % 40%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length 600 words.
Outline Details Research and presentation on an aspect of the course response to a text.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning Presentation.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment In Class Time constrained Assessment.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9.
Weighting % 60%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length 1000 words.
Outline Details 1.5 hour paper testing understanding of key concepts.

Pre and co requisites

IELTS 4.5