UCL Summer School


Understanding Management

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session Two
Module leader
Dr Sarah Warnes
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
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

Dr Sarah Warnes is responsible for two modules: Understanding Management and Dissertation Research Methodologies. She holds a Doctorate from Essex Business School, University of Essex. She has tutored and lectured across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the subjects of management, leadership, strategy, reflective practice, change, research methodology, and dissertation completion. In addition to her lecturing and personal tutoring responsibilities, she has experience in developing modules, including all aspects of delivery, assessment and feedback. Prior to teaching in higher education, she worked for a private training company committed to workplace training and spent two years setting up operations in the UAE.

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