UCL Summer School


Understanding Management

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session One
Module leader
Dr Richard Pettinger
GPA of around 3.3/4.0 (US) or equivalent
Assessment method
Group presentation (30%), Business report (70%)
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Understanding Management

Module overview

This module will introduce students to the practice of management, including what managers do, why they do it, and ways in which they set about doing it.

The module will explore different management activities and roles from both a practical and theoretical perspective. Key management responsibilities such as strategic thinking, analysing the business environment, marketing, and motivating self and others, will be explored alongside a real-life case study. This will provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to an actual business case. The aim of the module is to not only introduce students to the essence of management and the tools managers use, but importantly, it will provide real insight into the role of the manager, managing in today’s dynamic and exciting business environment.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to identify and discuss the problems and issues that surround management practice in organisations, using a critical and informed approach
  • Be able to explain and evaluate the main environmental, strategic and operating concerns facing organisations and managers
  • Be able to produce, justify and support arguments in favour of, or against, particular management initiatives and approaches
  • Be able to apply effectively a range of management-related concepts, methods, and analytical approaches to specific cases.

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • Group presentation (30%)
  • 2,500-word individual business report (70%)

Module leader

Richard Pettinger is Principal Teaching Fellow (Reader) in Management Education at the UCL School of Management, where he teaches general management and foundations of management. He also supervises dissertations, research and consultancy projects.

Richard is the author of over 50 books and numerous papers on all aspects of management practice and development, and also on many aspects of management development and education. Richard continues to work and consult with companies and organisations in all sectors around the world. His research interests are the professionalisation of management, privatisation and restructuring, and the effects of behavioural pressures on business and corporate decision making.

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