MGMT07041 2013 Contemporary Management

General Details

Full Title
Contemporary Management
Transcript Title
Contemporary Management
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Subject Area
MGMT - Management
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sean Conlan
Programme Membership
SG_EMANM_J07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Management

This module aims to give a basic foundation in modern management concepts.  It is structured to facilitate an understanding of the key elements and functions of management, with a particular emphasis on the application of management methods in manufacturing.  Emphasis is laid on developing competence in basic managerial tools and techniques across all the functions of management.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Display knowledge of the basic concepts that make up the theory of management.


Appraise current management practices in an organisational context under the headings; planning, organising leading and controlling.


Demonstrate diagnostic skills within the overall functional management framework.


Debate current issues facing a practicing manager.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment is based on a variety of collaborative and individual assignments themed on practical management cases principally in Irish manufacturing industry. Emphasis is placed on competency based managemetn tools, and peer presentations.

The end of term assesment consists of an essay type written examination.

Indicative Syllabus

1.            The Role of Management and Organisations                                     

Explain Management concepts, functions, processes, roles and skills. (1,2,3,4)

Describe organisational culture and the environment. (1,2,3,4)

Recognise the universality of management. (1,2,3,4)

 2.            Planning for Organisational Success                                           

Explain the steps in the decision making process. (2,3)

Describe the role of the manager as a decision maker. (2,3)

Establish goals and plans. (2,3)

Debate the importance of strategic management and the strategic management process. (1,2,3)

Identify an organisation's current mission, objectives and strategies. (1,2,3)

Demonstrate planning tools and techniques. (2,3)

3.         Leadership.                                                   

Review the foundations of behaviour in the workplace. (1,2,3)

Appraise Leadership theory. (1,2,3)

Debate the role of Managers vs Leaders, (2,3)

4.         Organising the Resources.                                                            

  • Debate organisational structure and design (1,2,3,4)
  • Explain human resource organisation (1,2,3)
  • Appraise dealing with change and innovation (1,2,3,4)
  • Recognise current trends and issues such as: career development, sexual harassment in the workplace, work-life balance and handling employee stress. (2,3,4)

5.          Controlling Organisational Performance                           

  • Explain the foundations of control. (1,2,3,4)
  • Apply tools for measuring organisational performance. (2,3,4)
  • Show competence in monitoring tools such as Balanced Score Card (2,3)


Indicative Practicals/Projects

Students will have to undertake desk research and limited field research to complete assignments. Students will have to work in teams and give a power point presentation.

The compilation and presentation and of a report in the area of current or emerging trends in Management. Examples include:

Contemporary Management Issues 

1) Managing in a downturn                     

2) Leadership today

3) Agile Organisational Designs 

4) Stakeholder relationship management

5) Comparison of Annual Reporting

6) The greening of management

7) Contemporary planning techniques

8) Managers role in the learning organisation

9) Managing workforce diversity

10) Sexual harassment at work

11) Changing organisational culture

12) Stimulating innovation and creativity 



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Other Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 4 UNKNOWN 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Offsite Tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 2 UNKNOWN 2.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Text 1 

Title: Management 11th edition

Authors: Stephen P Robbins, San Diego State University
Mary Coulter, Southwest Missouri State University

Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN-10: 0132163845
ISBN-13:  9780132163842

Text 2 

Title:  Make that Grade Management 3rd edition,

Author, Dr Margaret Linehan. 

Published by Gill and Macmillan

Paperback: ISBN 9780273752851

Hardback: SBN13: 9780717149858

Other Resources


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