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University of Exeter Business School

People Management

Module titlePeople Management
Module codeBEMM388
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Susan Reh (Convenor)

Dr Emma Jeanes (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11 - Sept start

11 - Jan start

Number students taking module (anticipated)


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.

Module aims - intentions of the module

  • 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.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

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

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. work effectively independently.
  • 6. work effectively in a group

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.


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 Activity10Lectures: Ten x 1 hour classes to discuss material
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity8Small class sessions: 8 x 1 hour small group classes to apply ideas to real work settings, address questions and conduct student presentations.
Guided Independent Study40Online guided material: Supporting materials on ELE, including online exercises and assessment guidance.
Guided Independent Study90Reading, reflection, and assignment completion
Assessment Guidance2Two x 1 hour online cohort sessions.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Class based case scenario discussions Short case scenarios (circa 700-1000 words) discussed in seminars. 1-6Verbal, in class.

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
Group Activity 30 Presentation (10 minutes) and summary report (1200) 1-6 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
Group Activity Individual Report (1000 words) 1-6Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Resubmission of failed components

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading



Buchanan, D. A. and Huczynski, A. A. (2020) Organizational Behaviour, 10th 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:

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Web based and electronic resources:

See ELE site

Key words search

Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Culture, People Management

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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