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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Pre-requisites

48 credit points in any SCU units

Unit aim

This unit canvasses various management techniques and places them within the broader context of management fashion, fads and problematic consulting advice. Several well-established techniques are examined and subjected to critical evaluation with a view to understanding their merits and limitations and the circumstances in which they can usefully be applied.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to the unit
Topic 2 The evolution of “best Practice”
Topic 3 Hard (finance and systems) versus soft (learning, culture and HRM) approaches
Topic 4 Pert and risk analysis techniques
Topic 5 Forecasting and Delphi practices
Topic 6 Just-in-time and total quality control
Topic 7 Business process re-engineering and down-sizing
Topic 8 High performance teams and continuous improvement
Topic 9 Out-sourcing and partnerships
Topic 10 ICT in productivity management

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Discuss the extent of the influence of changing fads in management praxis.
2 Explain the cross-cultural limitations of various techniques.
3 Detail the search for efficiency gains associated with various techniques.
4 Critique the on-going search for improvements in performance management.
5 Develop techniques into strategies of innovation and learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the extent of the influence of changing fads in management praxis.
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  2. Explain the cross-cultural limitations of various techniques.
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  3. Detail the search for efficiency gains associated with various techniques.
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  4. Critique the on-going search for improvements in performance management.
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  5. Develop techniques into strategies of innovation and learning.
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