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Managing 3: the integration challenge

Consolidate the key learning points from your previous management studies and integrate organisational, people, customer and financial based perspectives of the managerial role. This module is designed to be studied after completing B(ZX)628 and B(ZX)629, or may be studied at the same time as one of these modules.

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  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
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3 6
Study method
Distance Learning
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What you will study

This module has three aims:

  • to integrate organisational, people, marketing and financial based perspectives of the managerial role
  • to practice key management skills and techniques with others
  • to develop and examine the ability to understand and tackle complex and integrated management problems.

The overall shape of the module is as follows:

Part (A) preparation (months 1 - 4)

A range of optional individual study and online activities aimed at consolidating previous learning, integration of concepts and preparation for the later parts of study.

Part (B) online school (early - mid month 5)

A compulsory online school focusing on the integration of management disciplines and problem-based decision-making.

Part (C) revision (months 5 - 6)

Post-school review and reflective activities, followed by revision and examination preparation using a pre-issued case study.

Part (D) examination (month 6)

A three-hour exam based on the pre-issued case.

You will learn

The specific learning outcomes for students studying B690 are to:

  • consolidate key learning points from earlier functional-based study of management, e.g. Managing 1: organisations and people B628/BZX628 and Managing 2: marketing and finance B629/BZX629
  • integrate the different functional views of management
  • apply managerial problem-solving approaches to ‘holistic’ work situations
  • share and to learn how to critique different problem solutions and different approaches to problem solving
  • further develop interpersonal and other skills that require interactive learning.

Vocational relevance

B690 is the final module taken by students to obtain the Professional Certificate in Management and thereby gain entry to the Professional Diploma in Management course and the rest of the masters programmes in business and management. This module helps to consolidate what has been learned throughout the study of the certificate modules (or other prior learning) and to apply this learning to your workplace.

Outside the UK

Students outside of the University’s designated study areas may have to make arrangements to sit the exam at additional cost.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

An online forum facilitated by one or more moderators will help to prepare you for the online school and will guide you through the process of addressing problem-based questions similar to those you will come across in the examination. In addition, you will be supported by a tutor while taking part in the online school. 

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


Satisfactory participation in the online school is required. There is a three-hour examination associated with this module.

Future availability

Managing 3: the integration challenge starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2019, when we expect it to start for the last time.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Course work includes:

    No residential school

    Course satisfaction survey

    See the satisfaction survey results for this course.

    Entry requirements

    This module has been designed for those who have successfully studied or are studying the two 30-credit modules B628/BZX628 and B629/BZX629 in order to achieve the Professional Certificate in Management (If you take and pass this module without successfully completing the other course components of the certificate you will be awarded a pass mark and ten credits but not the Professional Certificate in Management). This module may be studied alongside the second of the two 30-credit modules above, although there will be some periods of study overlap.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Preparatory work

    If you are taking this module as part of the Professional Certificate in Management, you should have already studied, or be studying, the two main modules comprising the Certificate.


    Start End England fee Register
    05 Oct 2019 Mar 2020 £502.00

    Registration closes 12/09/19 (places subject to availability)

    October 2019 is the final start date for this course. For more information, see Future availability.

    Additional Costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a computer, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after your module has started.

    Ways to pay for this module

    Open University Student Budget Account

    The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

    You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

    • Register now, pay later – OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
    • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your monthly fee and number of instalments based on the cost of the module you are studying. APR 5.1% representative.

    Joint loan applications

    If you feel you would be unable to obtain an OUSBA loan on your own due to credit history or affordability issues, OUSBA offers the option to apply for a joint loan application with a third party. For example, your husband, wife, partner, parent, sibling or friend. In such cases, OUSBA will be required to carry out additional affordability checks separately and/or collectively for both joint applicants who will be jointly and severally liable for loan repayments.

    As additional affordability checks are required when processing joint loan applications, unfortunately, an instant decision cannot be given. On average the processing time for a joint loan application is five working days from receipt of the required documentation.

    Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

    Employer sponsorship

    Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU courses are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to complete. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

    More than one in ten OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the module you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

    • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
    • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your module.  

    Credit/debit card

    You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

    We accept American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Visa Electron. 

    Mixed payments

    We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. For example, you may wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Account (OUSBA).

    For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser.

    Please note: your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2020. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees. 

    This information was provided on 24/08/2019.

    What's included

    You will have access to the B690 website where a short module guide and additional study resources will be available.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

    If you have a disability

    The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying B690 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

    To find out more about what kind of support and adjustments might be available, contact us or visit our Disability support website.