Business & Management MA(SocSci)/BSc/LLB/MA

Principles of Management MGT1023

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

MGT1023, Principles of Management, is one of four 10-credit courses which comprise level 1 study in Business and Management. Students will complete all four courses (40 credits in total) and achieve a minimum of grade D3 in each in order to progress to Level 2 study in Business and Management.


The course presents the Principle of Management at the Undergraduate level, introducing the key tenets of management as they were developed by management scientists in the last century and how these are evolving in the 21st Century. The course describes the role of the manager as a transformer of resources into goods and services. The course illustrates the various roles of managers and how they are transforming with reference to the underpinning managerial disciplines such as finance, marketing, HR etc.


Lectures: Friday (11.00-12.00 noon) (1 x 2hr lectures x 10 weeks)
Tutorials: 1 x 1hr tutorials x 5 weeks

Tutorials are held at various times and can be selected on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

Business and Management 1A: People at Work MGT1001

Business and Management 1B: Marketing MGT1002


2 individual written assignments


■ 1st submission - a formative individual written assessment (500 - 750 words).

Intended Learning Outcomes



Word Length/ Duration






1st written assignment



500 - 750 words


2nd written assignment



2500 words

■ 2nd submission - a summative individual written assessment (2500 words).















ILO 5 is assessed by attendance in tutorials. Absence of more than one session from tutorials with no acceptable excuse will result in reduction of 1 grade per absence as long as it does not result in a fail grade.

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce level 1 students to the key tenets of managerial practice by describing the transformation of resources to goods and services, and describing the manager's role in this activity. On completion of the course, students should have a firm understanding of the basic literature pertaining to managerial practice and be able to describe who managers are, what they do and how management is changing. They should be able to relate this to academic sources and understand how management research helps to understand management practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Discuss management theories and their limitations

2. Describe the activities of managers as transformers of resources to goods and services 

3. Illustrate the influences on modern management and how this has changed since the 20th Century

4. Identify how management theory can help us to understand management activities and challenges

5. Demonstrate engagement in learning and work-based activities.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.