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Module ASB-1105:
Principles of Business Mgmt

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Siwan Mitchelmore

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to business, management and organisations. Organisations are key to the way in which we organise society, and a study of organisations is central to developing an understanding not only of business and management, but of many other aspects of our lives. The course explores the context of business, the organisation of work and nature of management.

Course content

Topics may include but will not be limited to:

Explaining Organisational Behaviour, The Business Environment, Organisational Culture, Personality, Employability Skills, Enterpreneurship and Corporate entrepreneurshp/Intrapreneurship, Learning and innovation in organisations, Motivation, Technology, Communication, Group Structure and Individuals in Groups, Teamworking, Elements of Structure, Organisation Design, Organisational Architecture and Strategy, Leadership, Change and Conflict.

Assessment Criteria

C- to C+

C- to C+ (50-59%): Much of the relevant information and skills mostly accurately deployed. Adequate grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements. Fair integration of theory/practice/information in the pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. Some evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills.


B- to B+ (60-69%): Most of the relevant information accurately deployed. Good grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements. Good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. Evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills.


A- to A* (70%): + An outstanding performance, exceptionally able. The relevant information accurately deployed. Excellent grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practice elements. Good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. Strong evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills.


C- to D+ (40-49%): No major omissions or inaccuracies in the deployment of information/skills. Some grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements. Integration of theory/practice/information present intermittently in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives.

Learning outcomes

    1. Relate theories of management to a working environment
    1. Discuss the theory and practice of management in a contemporary context
    1. Evaluate the importance of understanding organisational behaviour and its implications for business practice.
    1. Explain contemporary organisational responses to environmental turbulence.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Essay question for students 50
EXAM Examination 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy


1 X Two hour lecture every week across semester 1 and semester 2

Private study

Research, Essential reading, self-completion questionnaires, case studies


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

Subject specific skills


Resource implications for students

Students are strongly urged to acquire the recommended core text book, the course will follow the themes in this text fairly closely.

Reading list

Buchanan, D., and Huczynski, A.(2017) Organisational Behaviour, 9th edition, Pearson

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: