ID439      Half Unit
Foundations of Business and Management for Human Resources

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Juan Lopez-Cotarelo NAB4.09


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management and Human Resources. This course is available on the MPhil/ PhD in Management. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

A basic grounding in the key management disciplines for students studying Management and Human Resources. Students will be provided with an overview of the development of management disciplines (other than HRM) and will develop an understanding of the disciplinary anchors in sociology, psychology and economics. Each field will cover origins and disciplinary boundaries, triggers for growth, core concepts and the current state of play and debate.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 3 hours of lectures and 3 hours of seminars in the ST.

Students are expected to prepare for, and contribute to, the seminars. Seminars will include group work, preparing and giving presentations, case analyses, small group discussions, and self-assessment exercises.

Formative coursework

One formative essay of 2000 words.

Indicative reading

Boakes, K, Reading and Understanding the Financial Times. Second Edition. Prentice Hall, 2010. G. Pearson, The Rise and Fall of Management. A Brief History of Practice, Theory and Context. Gower Publishing, 2009. J. Roberts, The Modern Firm, Oxford University Press, 2004. D.A. Wren & A.G. Bedeian, The Evolution of Management Thought, 6th Edition, Wiley 2009.


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2000 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Total students 2012/13: 53

Average class size 2012/13: 19

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness