BUU11510 Fundamentals of Management & Organisation

(10 ECTS)

Lecturer: Dr. Norah Campbell

Office hours: 12-1pm Tuesdays, Room 213 Trinity Business School, or by appointment

Module Description:

Fundamentals introduces you to business and organisations by exploring the history and future of organising, tools and techniques for management of organisations, and their role in social and individual life.  

 You will come away with a deeper theoretical understanding of business as well as a foundation for practical application. You will begin to develop business literacy by regularly engaging with business podcasts, news and films, and you will have the chance to dive deeper into your own personal interests and passions, to see how they work in this context: sports management, event management, arts management, technology, food, fashion management, tourism management, political management and so on.  

 In addition to knowledge, you will develop key skills: essay writing, presentation and rhetoric, critical reading, and analytical and design thinking. 

Learning Outcomes:

Having successfully completed this module, you should be able to: 

  • Describe the main ecological challenges that affect the evolution of organisations in the in the world today.
  • Appreciate the philosophical history of the terms ‘organisation’ and ‘management’.
  • Describe the key aspects of strategy, technology, organisational form, leadership and teams, and apply these to the analysis of industries. 

 In addition, you will have developed the following skills: 

  • Analytical and design thinking skills such as critique, argumentation, deconstruction, argumentation and extrapolation, problem-based learning.
  • Academic writing skills. 
  • Journal reading skills. 
  • Preparing and delivering presentations.  


There are four elements to the assessment of the course:

(1) Tutorial attendance and participation (45%)

  • Tutorials 1 to 6 carry a total of 21% (1% for attending Tutorial 1.
  • Tutorials 2 to 6 carry a possible 4% each).
  • Tutorials 7 to 12 carry a possible total of 24% (4% max possible per Tutorial)

This 45% of the annual grade will be reserved for the SL (Tutorial leader) to assess each student’s performance over the academic year in Tutorials. Each Tutorial will have specific tasks to prepare: reading and viewing in advance of the named materials, small tasks such as investigating a question that has been posed by the SL or lecturer in the previous Tutorial, working within a group during the Tutorial, making short presentations, actively contributing to the discussions during question time, debates and practical tasks. The skills needed to do these things will be developed during the year

(2) Semester 1 MCQ test (15%)

(3) Semester 2 Essay (20%)

(4) Final MCQ test (20%)