What you will study
Understanding management is firstly about the role and behaviours of people who manage part or all of a working organisation. That doesn’t mean we assume that you are a manager in your work, but if you are, this Openings Access module represents a positive first step in your own professional development. If you are not, we will help you identify some management skills you have from your day-to-day life that you can use when applying for employment or promotion.
Secondly, it is about how all of us can learn to better manage the various challenges we face in our work and personal lives. These may be tasks or roles we are asked to perform in our place of work, or they may be to do with balancing the work and non-work aspects of our lives.
And thirdly, this module is about getting you to clarify what you would like to accomplish in your future work life and to reflect on the possible ways you could manage it.
The module explores different aspects of management and provides explanations of a number of techniques and ideas which can be used to help you manage in a wide variety of situations. We look at self-management, managing and working with others, managing tasks, managing projects and managing in context of the wider world.
You will complete your study of this module with two online chapters that explore how using information technology can enhance your management skills and help you find and understand credible information. This will also help you to use the management knowledge you have gained for planning and assessing your future personal and career development. The techniques are explored by way of a range of case studies and exercises. You will have the opportunity to gain skills such as working with podcasts, using online forums and searching the internet for information relating to the subject. This experience will provide you with a gentle introduction to using a computer to support your study, and will equip you with the basic computing skills you will need for the next step in your studies.
You only need to use a computer for the last part of the module once you've completed the book, so if you don’t currently have one you’ve plenty of time to make arrangements. You can use your own computer or one at a library or drop-in centre. Please note that you can study and pass this module if you don’t have access to the internet and a computer.