People Management

Module description

This module explores the dynamics of behaviour in an organisation. It will address how to identify and understand behavioural patterns and how to develop skills in managing this behaviour in ourselves and others. Understanding behaviour is fundamental to effective management and personal development. Organisational behaviour (OB) pervades all other activities in an organisation as long as people are involved in it. This module will examine our everyday understanding of behaviour and explore new insights into OB in a theoretical and practical manner. No prior study of OB is required.

Full module specification

Module title:People Management
Module code:BEMM388
Module level:M
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Emma Jeanes - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

  • Provide students with an understanding of behavioural theories in the context of organisations, at the individual, group and organisational level.
  • Enable students to translate behaviour theory into practice, through applied work
  • Develop student’s confidence in assessing and managing their own behaviour and the behaviour of others that they can take into the workplace.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate knowledge of organisational behavioural theories;
  • 2. show how these theories of behaviour can be used to understand and manage organisational dynamics.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. develop management skills by applying theories to real life situations;
  • 4. demonstrate effective, persuasive arguments.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. work effectively independently.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity12Cohort sessions: Twelve x 1 hour classes to discuss material
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity10Small class sessions: Ten x 1 hour small group classes to apply ideas to real work settings, address questions.
Guided Independent Study40Online guided material: Supporting materials on ELE, including forum discussions and online exercises.
Guided Independent Study88Reading, reflection, and assignment completion

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Drafts of portfolio submissions200 word submissions reviewed on a weekly basis1-5Written and verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individually written essay702,000 words1-5Written comments; verbal feedback if required
Portfolio entries30Selection of four portfolio entries1-5 Written comments; verbal feedback if required

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individually written paper (70%)Individually written paper (2,000 words, 70%) 1-5Referral/Deferral period
Portfolio entries (30%)Selection of four portfolio entries (30%)1-5Referral/Deferral Period

Re-assessment notes

Resubmission of failed components

Syllabus plan

Topics to be covered include:

  • Organisational and group level:
    • culture, power
  • Group level:
    • group dynamics, leadership, change, decision-making (also at individual level)
  • Individual level:
    • personality and perception.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading


Buchanan, D. A. and Huczynski, A. A. (2017) Organizational Behaviour, 9th edn. Harlow: Pearson (online accessible)


Supporting texts: 

King, D. and Lawley, S. (2019) Organizational Behaviour, 3rd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wilson, F. M. (2018) Organizational Behaviour and Work: A critical introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



Jeanes, E. (2019) A Dictionary of Organizational Behaviour, Oxford University Press (online) DOI: 10.1093/acref/9780191843273.001.0001


Academic Journals:

A range of academic journals cover relevant topics, including:

Journal of Organizational Behaviour

Management Learning

Other recommended reading

Management practitioner journals are useful for understanding OB in action, for example:

CIPD’s People Management:

HR magazine:


Web based and electronic resources:

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Module has an active ELE page?


Origin date


Last revision date