Organisational Behaviour

Full module specification

Module title:Organisational Behaviour
Module code:BEM2020
Module level:2
Academic year:2013/4
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Emma Jeanes - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



BEM1016(A) or BEA1005



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


Module aims

• To introduce students to the subjects of organisational behaviour¬†
• To develop a critical orientation toward the subject matter and an awareness of the complexity of managerial and organisational problems.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate an understanding of key theories and perspectives, and an awareness of how these theories compare and contrast
  • 2. be able to make strong theory-practice links by applying the concepts and perspectives introduced to organizational case studies

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate concepts, theories and techniques
  • 4. develop effective arguments

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. demonstrate the ability to work independently and be self-motivated
  • 6. work effectively in a group
  • 7. present an argument in front of an audience
  • 8. demonstrate effective independent study

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

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation and seminar discussionsIn class1-8Verbal 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
Individual Essay402,000 words 1-5, 8Written feedback
Examination602 hours1-5, 8Verbal feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Examination Examination (100%)1-5, 8August Examination Period

Syllabus plan

• Introduction to module; perspectives on understanding organisational behaviour
• Bureaucracy and rationality
• Organisational culture
• Power and control
• Conflict and resistance
• Identity
• Emotion
• Ethics
• Group dynamics
• Space and technology
• Revision

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:
In order to provide adequate student access to resources (circa.300 students), digitized copies of readings from the following sources will be made available via ELE:

Butler, M. and Rose, E. (2011) Introduction to Organisational Behaviour London: CIPD
Clegg, S., Kornberger, M. and Pitsis, T. (2008) Managing and Organizations: An introduction to theory and practice London: Sage.
Fineman, S. (2003) Understanding Emotion at Work London: Sage.
Grey, C. (2005) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations London: Sage.
Hatch, M. J. and Cunliffe, A. L. (2006) Organization Theory 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Knights, D. and Willmott, H. (2007) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management London: Thompson.
Linstead, S, Fulop, L, and Lilley, S. (2009) Management and Organization. 2nd edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Noon, M. and Blyton, P. (2006) The Realities of Work: Experiencing Work and Employment in Contemporary Society Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Wilson, F. (2010) Organizational Behaviour: A Critical Introduction, 3rd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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