Understanding and Managing Organisational Space module (BU40014)

Explore the concept of organisational space, how to make the most of the environment not just visually but also for performance and employee wellbeing.

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An organisation's physical space can impact employee productivity, creativity, collaboration, and overall well-being. This module will introduce you to the process of design and how the layout of organisational space impacts the working environment.

You will learn how the working environment can be influenced by space planning, allocation, and configuration to optimise creativity, collaboration, well-being, productivity and workflow while considering the needs of different individuals.

This module will help you understand future work environments and how you can influence them for the better, both from the perspective of employees. the organisation and the planet.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • explore the origin of management
  • learn new ways of working, including working from home
  • develop your skills to create efficient office space
  • understand the different options for learning, play, consumption, restoration and recovery
  • study how the workplace can impact human emotion

You will also study the specific connection and interconnections between people, emotions, work, machines, society, the environment and places as lived and experienced by people within organisations.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the different levels through which spaces and places come into being
  • develop a thoughtful and critical understanding of the management of organised spaces
  • manage contemporary issues between people, work, space
  • use a place-sensitive approach to make places, practices, processes, products and services better for people and the planet

Assignments / assessment

Writing Plan (30%)

  • 1500 words
  • due half way through the module

Essays (70%)

  • two separate essays
  • 1250 words each
  • both due at the end of the module

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

You will learn by taking a hands-on approach. This will involve taking part in lectures and reading and writing workshops.

You will also have guest lectures from industry experts and management practitioners, sharing their expertise in managing various spaces.

There will be up to 11 weeks of teaching. For this module, the exact dates of teaching and/or reading weeks are to be confirmed. 


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