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Undergraduate Course: Organisation Studies (BUST08011)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaBusiness Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionBuilding upon the Organisation Studies element in Business Studies 1, the overall aim of the course is to develop in students an understanding of the complex issues involved in the spheres of work, employment and the management of people in an organisational setting.

The course is divided into two sections: the first will analyse organisations in context; and the second will focus on key individual and interpersonal processes.

The lectures emphasise the importance of adopting a critical and analytical stance in understanding and interpreting how people behave in organisations, and the most appropriate means of managing or regulating that behaviour. In addition, the course aims to familiarise students with current empirical research, including that of the lecturing staff.

High standards of lecture delivery are supported by incorporating, where appropriate, alternative teaching delivery methods such as video-based case studies. In addition, case study teaching (mainly in tutorials) is employed as a means of emphasising the interconnected nature of managerial processes and of drawing on actual organisational experience.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Business Studies 1 (BUST08001) OR ( Industrial Management 1 (BUST08002) AND Techniques of Management (MAEE08002))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Business Studies course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s). Plus tutorials
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Other Study Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding
On completion of the course, students should have:
obtained and assimilated knowledge concerning historical and comparative organisational and managerial processes with respect to labour.

Cognitive Skills
On completion of the course, students should have:
demonstrated the development of critical analytical skills, enabling them to identify aspects of continuity and change in employee management and the management of organisations.
developed the practical skills of summarising theoretical debates, synthesising the results of empirical research, communicating ideas to others, and applying their knowledge both individually and in groups to solve real managerial problems.

Key Skills
On completion of the assessed course essay, students should have
demonstrated their ability to undertake a substantial piece of critical analysis of an issue of contemporary significance within the subject area.

Subject Specific Skills
On completion of the course, students should have:
gained a critical insight into key aspects of managing people in organisational contexts.
Assessment Information
Essay of 2500 words in term 1 = 30%, December degree exam = 70%; resit exam = 100%.
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Course organiserMrs Tina Kowalski
Tel: (0131 6)50 3809
Course secretaryMr Paul Kydd
Tel: (0131 6)50 3824
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