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MANT250 Managing People

This paper is about the theory and practice of the management of people and their behaviour in organisations, from entry, to motivation, relationships, contributions, expectations, and exit.

MANT 250 Managing People is designed to provide the foundational knowledge to enable you to understand and manage people and their behaviour within organisations. Therefore, the key objective is to integrate behavioural concepts (how people behave) with functional people-management processes (how people are managed procedurally). This paper builds understanding of key concepts by:

  1. Integrating theoretical concepts with workplace practice
  2. Exposing you to a variety of perspectives and viewpoints related to people and behaviour in the workplace

Paper title Managing People
Paper code MANT250
Subject Management
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MANT 101
Schedule C
Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Dr Elizabeth Nichols

Academic Lead: Dr Paula O’Kane

Other teaching Staff: Dr Azka Ghafoor and Professor Fiona Edgar

Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught primarily via lectures and tutorials.


Required Textbook:
Armstrong's handbook of human resource management practice / by Michael Armstrong; Stephen Taylor - 16th edition. London ; New York, NY : Kogan Page, 2023.
ISBN#: 9781398606630 (paperback).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Upon completing MANT 250 Managing People you should be better able to:

  • Manage your day-to-day impact on people at work
  • Recognise the variety of ways employees arrive in their roles
  • Interact with the range of people in organisations
  • Understand what employees want from their organisation (unitary vs pluralist perspectives)
  • Use the various ways people relate to one another to your advantage (power and authority, employment contracting, labour relations and communication)
  • Understand the internal and external factors that influence what people do
  • Implement the variety of tools and processes available to an organisation to manage people within the employment relationship

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 09:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 10, 12-13, 17, 19, 21
T2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10, 12-13, 17, 19, 21
T3 Thursday 14:00-14:50 10, 12-13, 17, 19, 21
T4 Thursday 15:00-15:50 10, 12-13, 17, 19, 21
T5 Friday 09:00-09:50 10, 12-13, 17, 19, 21
T6 Friday 11:00-11:50 10, 12-13, 17, 19, 21
T7 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10, 12-13, 17, 19, 21
T8 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 10, 12-13, 17, 19, 21