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This course introduces participants to the subject of management, organisational structures and strategy.


All business activities occur within an organisational context, and all organisations require effective and efficient management. This course introduces participants to the subject of management, organisational structures and strategy. Participants will develop a framework of knowledge from which they can understand and critically analyse the strategic goals of management, appropriate organisational structures and management's role in delivering strategic goals, as well as identify suitable strategies to enable future organisational growth.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development.

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The aim of this course is to provide participants with a framework of knowledge from which they can understand and critically analyse the strategic goals of management, appropriate organisational structures and management's role in delivering strategic goals, as well as identify suitable strategies to enable organisational growth.

The following list of topics is indicative rather than a prescriptive guide.

Theme 1: Defining the scope and purpose of management and organisations

  • The nature and characteristics of organisations, the reasons for their existence.
  • The emergence of large-scale organisations and the development of the management function.
  • The concept of the organisation as a 'goals-led open system' and the relationships between the organisation and the environment.
  • Structural configurations, and key concepts.
  • Examination and critique of dominant organisational structures and their suitability in certain environmental contexts.
  • Bureaucracy and the role of the environment in shaping structure.
  • Contemporary developments in organisational design, including, for example, outsourcing and network structures.

By the conclusion of this topic, participants should be able to identify the strategic fit between an organisation's goals, its structure, and the environment within which it operates.

Theme 2: The purpose and functions of management

  • The history and development of the management function.
  • Planning and Goal setting
  • Decision-making
  • Organising
  • Controlling - operations management - quality and performance
  • Leading
  • Emerging issues in management.

Theme 3: Managing a successful business

  • Marketing strategies, pricing, and differentiation.
  • Business models and revenue streams.
  • Product life cycles, product portfolios and portfolio strategies.
  • Building the foundations and strategies for growth.

Linked programmes

MSc Management, MSc Marketing, PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development,


100% Coursework - (1) Presentation - a group-based project. Working with an online business simulation package, participants will, as a group, form a business, allocate specific roles, agree on strategic goals, and engage in 'live' decision making in all aspects of a business (such as sales and marketing, finance and operations) within the business simulation. During the presentation, participants must evidence their understanding, experience, and consequences of their decision making in all aspects of a business (such as sales and marketing, finance and operations). Participants must critically reflect on their business strategy, their decision-making (providing justification for the decisions made) and the consequences and outcomes realised. The group must also provide clear recommendations based on lessons learned (30%) and (2) Written assignment - participants must submit a 2500 word individual assignment based on a research topicintroduced during teaching Day 1. Participants will be expected to conduct a thorough literature review around their chosen topic and display clear evidence of extensive research into their chosen case study organisation(s) (70%).


This course requires attendance for four full days from 9.15am to 4.15pm on 23, 24 and 25 September and 14 October 2019 (dates to be confirmed).

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept -

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at

Start dates

  • 23 September 2019
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure: (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 23 September 2019

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Ulster University Business School

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