SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N223802
Module Leader Marty Wright
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

The learner must be employed in full time, part time or voluntary capacity.

Summary of Content

This module provides a critical account of the theories, concepts and techniques relevant to managing an organisational environment. This includes a critical examination of the effects and the interaction of structures, systems, culture and environment on an organisation and its employees.


-284 Organisational structures Organisational strategy - levels and types of organisational strategy. Analytic tools, for example, SWOT, STEEPLE, Porter's 5 forces and stakeholder analyses and the five forces framework. Internal and external organisational environmental analysis Organisational culture.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Evaluate the extent to which the current structure of your organisation contributes to achieving it strategic aims and objectives.2. Assess the internal and external environmental factors affecting your organisation's ability to meets its strategic aims and objectives.3. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of organisational culture as a concept in influencing organisational performance.4. Demonstrate integration of reflective practice and evidence based approaches in meeting the above learning outcomes.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be expected to draw on academic theories and techniques in order to frame, analyse and solve actual work-based problems. To this end learning will involve not only formal but informal learning strategies and assessment. This module particularly emphasises the integration of learning and work e.g. the student's assessment may involve them in conducting actual work based analysis and decision making within a work context. The module utilises an interactive lecture programme where students are encouraged to participate and contribute. Students are required to undertake a programme of specified reading for independent learning, and reflect upon managerial practices within the workplace. The teaching and skills development programme will be supported via GCU Learn, which will also enhance the students' ability to utilise e-communication.

Indicative Reading

Huczynski, A and Buchanan, D (2006) 'Organisational Behaviour', (6th edition) Prentice Hall Mullins, L J (2007) 'Management and Organisational Behaviour, (8th edition) Financial Times Pitman Publishing, 5th edition Johnston, G, Scholes, K & Whittington, R (2006), 'Exploring Corporate Strategy', (7th edition) Financial Times/Prentice Hall

Transferrable Skills

Self-management: self-motivation, time management and critical self-reflection and evaluation of personal performance. Interpersonal Skills: an ability to work collaboratively and constructively with others on a complex group assignment. Communication skills, negotiation skills and presentation skills when participating in the group work and group presentation Peer assessment: skills in giving and receiving constructive feedback. Research skills: data gathering using secondary methods, and data analysis. C & IT skills: engaging in a virtual learning environment; using MS Powerpoint and MS Word packages for presentations and report writing; accessing and using industry databases such as FAME, MINTEL, KEYNOTE. Using Refworks software to develop referencing skills, and Turnitin software to improve writing style.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 40.00
Independent Learning (PT) 145.00
Lectures (PT) 3.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 1.00 100.00 40% Negotiated between module leader and student. With the exception that assignment is work based and involves; an analysis of the structure, the objectives, culture of own organisation, and an identification of the contribution of you and your role or your department function (100%).