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School of Management, Unit Catalogue 2011/12


MN50384: Research in organisational dynamics

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 70%, OR 30%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Only available to students on the MSc Advanced Management Practice.
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are to develop students' ability to apply management skills within the context of a self-managed student team with the task of delivering a community project for an external partner organization, and for students to inquire critically into a particular area of organizational dynamics relevant to their experiences.
Within the overall context of the MAMP, this module seeks to prepare students for the completion of their 'Portfolio of Professional Practice' during the Period of Practice (MN50389).
As a postgraduate level unit, students will be expected to identity and engage critically with relevant organizational literature and contemporary debates.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit, the student should have/be able to demonstrate:
* Team-building (F)
* An understanding of how organisations operate (F)
* Enterprise skills (eg creativity, initiative, research, & concept testing) (F)
* Approach potential organizational stakeholders (beneficiaries), gain their agreement and develop a professional relationship with them (F)
* Project management (F)
* Communications and presentation skills (F)
* Experience of stakeholder engagement and to be able to consider Corporate Responsibility activities in practice (F)
* Reflective practice and integration with theory (F)
* The ability to identify organizational dynamics and engage in self-directed study of relevant organizational theories and concepts (T, F, A)
* The ability to engage in relevant empirical methods of organizational analysis (T, F, A)
* The ability to discuss critically the implications of particular approaches to organizing with regards to a range of different organizational settings and situations (F, A)
* The capability to analyse particular organizational settings and develop recommendations, using appropriate conceptual lenses (F, A)

Skills:
Design of literature review - taught, facilitated and assessed
Critical thinking - facilitated and assessed
Research skills - taught, facilitated and assessed
Analyse organizational dynamics - facilitated and assessed.

Content:
The emphasis of this module is on facilitating students´┐Ż undertaking of the Community-Based Action Learning Project (team) and design of research projects (individual). This will be achieved through a combination of taught lectures, providing guidance on research methods and organizational dynamics, and tutorials for the exchange of feedback, team coaching and monitoring and reporting of progress.
Learning in this unit is generated through educational methods as well as the content. In this learning activity, teams of approximately five students will plan and deliver a social value generating project off campus that is of benefit to a non-profit organization (e.g. charity, social enterprise, community organization, or school; and possibly in partnership with business). This activity creates the experiential context for students to apply and develop their self-management, communications and management skills and generate experiences that will enable them to integrate and apply conceptual learning from across several modules of the AMP, in particular Professional Career Development, Business in Society, Project Management, and this module.
For the assessment of this module, students are expected to use systematic methods of tracking and reporting on their individual and collective accomplishments and learning. They need to identify, research and analyse micro- or macro-level organizational dynamics that are relevant to the either: the functioning of the team (and their own role within it), their interactions with the non-profit organization and other stakeholders, management and operations of the non-profit organization, or the non-profit organization's interactions with its wider organizational environment.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

MN50384 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
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