• Diploma in Business Administration and Management (Level 5)

Practice of Management

Main aims of the Unit

The main aim of this unit is to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of the principles and techniques of management in dynamic business settings.

Learning Outcomes for the Unit

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Explain the duties and responsibilities of managers.
  • Appreciate the opportunities and constraints of international business.
  • Identify different types of organisation structures adopted by commercial and non-commercial organisations and explain the practical benefits and limitations of each option
  • Explain the role and impact of multinationals in world trade.
  • Recognise the importance of planning, organising and control techniques as key functions of management.

Learning and teaching methods/strategies used to enable the achievement of learning outcomes:

Learning takes place on a number of levels through lectures, class discussion including problem review and analysis. Formal lectures provide a foundation of information on which the student builds through directed learning and self managed learning outside of the class. The students are actively encouraged to form study groups to discuss course material which fosters a greater depth learning experience.

Entry Requirements

  • Certificate in Business Administration
  • An approved Certificate or Diploma in a relevant area of study

Relevant experience is taken into consideration for students 21 years of age and over who have not completed any formal qualifications.


Exemptions are on a subject-for-subject basis and may be awarded at the discretion of the awarding body provided applicants already possess a relevant qualification at an appropriate academic level.

Main Topics of Study

Background to Management: History and development. Leadership, organisation, administration, management roles. Classical and scientific theories. Henri Fayol. F W Taylor. Human Relations theory and motivation. Maslow, Herzberg, McGregor and Argyris. Managing motivation. Management and the organisation. Types of organisational structures. Growth, change and organisational development. Role of groups and group behaviour. Theory of group development. Effective and ineffective groups. Roles and behaviour of group members. Systems and contingency approaches. Systems organisation and main characteristics. Katz and Khan. Contingency Theory: Lawrence and Lorsch; Burns and Stalker.

Planning principles and processes. Corporate management and operational planning Elements and principles of control. Planning models and methods. Management and control. Budgetary and non-budgetary methods of control. Key performance areas. Management decision making. Stages of decision making. Individual group decisions. Decision modelling and forecasting techniques.

Manpower planning objectives and strategies. Recruitment and selection processes. Interviewing for staff selection. Use of tests. Training and development methods. Purpose and methods of performance appraisal. Operation of management by objectives.

Management of the business environment. The framework of management, objectives, policies and structures. External influences. Response to change. The commercial environment. Production and sales. Demand variables. Marketing strategies. Technology, research and development. Consumer protection. Information Technology in management. IT application in management. Implementation of new technology.

The major legal constraints on health and safety. Contractual rights and duties of both employers and employees. The use of new technologies. Employment protection

Indicative Reading for this Unit

Main Text

Management: An Introduction D.Boddy 7th edition (Pearson)

Management Theory and Practice G. A. Cole 6th edition (Cengage Learning)

Alternative Text and further reading

Management Theory J. Sheldrake (Cengage Learning)

Guideline for Teaching and learning time
(10 hours per credit)

50 Hours - Lectures / Seminars / Tutorials / Workshops:

Tutorial support includes feedback on assignments and may vary by college according to local needs and wishes.

50 Hours - Directed learning:

Advance reading and preparation / Class preparation / Background reading / Group study / Portfolio / Diary etc

100 Hours - Self managed learning:

Working through the course text and completing assignments as required will take up the bulk of the learning time. In addition students are expected to engage with the tutor and other students and to undertake further reading using the web and/or libraries.

Assessment methods

Final Examination: 70%
Coursework: 30%