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Managing 1: organisations and people

This module investigates organisational behaviour and human resource management. Designed for working managers, those who deputise for managers, management trainees, supervisors and team leaders, it takes a very practice-based approach to studying management concepts, focusing on your own role. It is suitable for aspiring managers provided you have experience of either paid or unpaid (voluntary) work involving leading a group or team; a project or task involving one or more others; or running/helping to run a voluntary organisation. It is not suitable if you have no previous work experience (paid or unpaid) on which to draw. 

This module is offered with a combination of face-to-face and online tuition. If you would prefer entirely online tuition, see Managing 1: organisations and people - online version (BZX628). If you wish to study this module outside the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland you will also need to register on this online version.

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Module

Module code
B628
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
30
Study level
Across the UK, there are two parallel frameworks for higher education qualifications, the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). These define a hierarchy of levels and describe the achievement expected at each level. The information provided shows how OU module levels correspond to these frameworks.
OU SCQF FHEQ
3 10 6
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
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Entry requirements
See Entry requirements

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What you will study

This module enables you to critically reflect on and analyse workplace situations and your own ways of managing. It is ‘solution oriented’ to help you to not only understand work situations from a manager’s perspective, but also to help you to work out what to do, given that you may not be in charge of the organisation you work for. As you work through activities, problems and solutions, you will question the idea that there are single solutions or issues or that there is ‘one best way’. You will come to understand the constraints, choices and demands that operate and learn when to work within them and when and how you may be able to bring about change.

Vocational relevance

The teaching and learning strategy is problem-based. Through this approach, the module aims to develop the skills an effective manager needs: skills such as analysis, constructing sound arguments, critical and reflective thinking, problem identification and solving, active listening and communication, sourcing and presenting information, and report writing. Many of these are the same learning skills that any university-level learner requires and will help to equip you for study at postgraduate level.

To achieve the Professional Certificate in Management, you will need to take the companion module Managing 2: marketing and finance (B629), or Managing 2: marketing and finance - online version (BZX629), and Managing 3: the integration challenge (B690). B690 comprises a preparatory period, an online school and, after a revision period, a three hour examination.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and study activities. You can ask the tutor for help and advice. The tutor will also mark and comment on your assignments. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor will be particularly concerned to help you with your study methods.

Other tutor support will be delivered primarily online as you study. In addition, day schools or online tutorials will be offered depending on the version of the module for which you register. Day schools and tutorials are not compulsory but you are strongly encouraged to attend.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with the OU before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

The TMAs consist of a report on a workplace problem and its solution; a reflection on your professional practice; and a portfolio of activities carried out as part of your studies.

The end-of-module assessment (EMA) consists of a report on a workplace problem that requires the management of change and a portfolio of your module activities.

Future availability

Managing 1: organisations and people starts twice a year – in April and October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2018 and April 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in April 2020.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Course work includes:

    2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
    End-of-module assessment
    No residential school

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    See the satisfaction survey results for this course.


    Entry requirements

    To study this module you are required to have work experience as the activities assume you have current or prior work situations to which you can apply what you are learning. Your work experience can be as a manager, deputising for a manager, management trainee, supervisor, team leader, if you work in an informal capacity, for example in a voluntary organisation. 

    Managing 1: organisations and people is an undergraduate OU level 3 module. It can also be studied as part of the open access route to Stage 1 of the MBA (Master of Business Administration) (F61). If you have no prior higher education experience pre-module preparatory work is provided (see Preparatory work below)

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Preparatory work

    If you have not encountered a problem-based approach to learning before, the Module Guide and The Manager’s Good Study Guide are provided and these will be particularly useful at the start of the module. The Module Guide explains the approach and describes the skills required so that you can remedy any gaps in your knowledge. It will also provide an orientation to the module. The Manager’s Good Study Guide enables you to refresh study skills such as reading and note-taking, using logic and building arguments, written communication and report writing, and using numbers.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    06 Apr 2019 Sep 2019 £1464.00

    Registration closes 14/03/19 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    This module is expected to start for the last time in April 2020.

    Additional Costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after your module has started.

    Ways to pay for this module

    Open University Student Budget Account

    The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

    You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

    • Register now, pay later – OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
    • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your monthly fee and number of instalments based on the cost of the module you are studying. APR 5.1% representative.

    Joint loan applications

    If you feel you would be unable to obtain an OUSBA loan on your own due to credit history or affordability issues, OUSBA offers the option to apply for a joint loan application with a third party. For example, your husband, wife, partner, parent, sibling or friend. In such cases, OUSBA will be required to carry out additional affordability checks separately and/or collectively for both joint applicants who will be jointly and severally liable for loan repayments.

    As additional affordability checks are required when processing joint loan applications, unfortunately, an instant decision cannot be given. On average the processing time for a joint loan application is five working days from receipt of the required documentation.

    Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

    Employer sponsorship

    Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU courses are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to complete. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

    More than one in ten OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the module you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

    • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
    • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your module.  

    Credit/debit card

    You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

    We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

    Mixed payments

    We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. For example, you may wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Account (OUSBA).


    For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or book a call back at a time convenient to you.


    Please note: your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2019. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees. 

    This information was provided on 19/12/2018.

    What's included

    Module books, and, via the B628 website, additional resources in digital formats.

    You will need

    All set books will be provided as part of the study materials pack. However, non-native English speakers, particularly those studying outside the UK, may wish to purchase the following book:

    The Oxford Dictionary of Business English for learners of English.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module.  Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • macOS 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones. 

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students. 

    If you have a disability

    The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying B628 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

    To find out more about what kind of support and adjustments might be available, contact us or visit our Disability support website.