Software Engineering (3 Years) [BSc]

People Management and Change

Unit code: BMAN31842
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 3
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit?: Y



Additional Requirements

BMAN31031 is a free choice option for students with prior agreement from their home schools. Available as option for ITMB. Core for MLBM.



By the end of the course students should be expected to be able to:

- Understand how contemporary management theory and practice has developed, with particular focus on the management of people and change.

- Understand the relationship between shifting management paradigms and economic, social and organisational change in the 20th and 21st centuries.

- Develop the critical and analytical skills necessary to judge the value of emerging organisational and managerial strategies.




1. Analysing Organisations
2. Modernity and Bureaucracy
3. Scientific Management
4. The Human Relations Movement
5. Corporate Social Responsibility
6. Change and Change Management
7. Post-Bureaucracy
8. Culture and Culture Management
9. Identity and Self-Management at Work
10. Recap and Revision

Teaching and learning methods

Methods of delivery: Lecture only
Lecture hours - 20 (2 hours over 10 weeks)
Seminar hours - 5 (1 hour fortnightly)
Private study hours - 75 hours
Total study hours - 100 hours

Total study hours: 100 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.

Informal Contact Methods
1. Office Hours
2. Online Learning Activities (blogs, discussions, self-assessment questions)

Learning outcomes

Students should be able to critically evaluate key management paradigms in organisational behaviour and show how they influenced, and were influenced by, changing social, economic and organisational dynamics.

Assessment Further Information

Students will be assessed on the basis of one examination - two questions out of six - in two hours (100%).


Recommended reading

Knights, D. and Willmott, H. (2012) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management London: Cengage Learning

Grey, C (2013) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. (3rd Edition) London: Sage

Wilson, F. (2013) Organizational Behaviour and Work: A Critical Introduction Oxford: Oxford University Press


Feedback methods

- Informal advice and discussion during lectures.

- Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.

- Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.

- Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.

Study hours

  • Assessment written exam - 2 hours
  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Seminars - 5 hours
  • Independent study hours - 73 hours

Teaching staff

Damian O'Doherty - Unit coordinator

Jeremy Aroles - Unit coordinator

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