This module builds student’s knowledge of organisations, and their ability to analyse organisational life. It explores organisational behaviour theory combined with practical research skills, in order to develop student’s ability to appraise the functioning of organisations. It will therefore develop a critical mindset, built from a strong understanding of organisational theory to enable students to operate as effective future organisational leaders. This module builds from and extends the content delivered within the first year module, BEM1023 Discovering Management.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Organisational Behaviour|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
12Duration (weeks) - term 2:
The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge of organisational theory, their awareness of the complexity of managerial and organisational problems, and to equip them with the skills needed to analyse how and why organisations behave as they do. Students can develop their knowledge and skills through discussion and exploration of real-world organisational issues.
This module equips students with the ability to understand and unpick organisational ‘problems’, providing clear, managerially relevant solutions. Students will develop their abilities to produce management reports, critically discussing and appraising differing views on phenomena.
The module draws from the international experience of our faculty, and uses global examples to illustrate concepts, and differing approaches to structuring organisations and their management.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Explain key theories and perspectives within the field of organisational behaviour
- 2. Apply the concepts and perspectives introduced to organisational case studies.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. critically evaluate differing perspectives of organisational theory, arriving at reasoned conclusions
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 4. Work independently and be self-motivated
- 5. produce reports which analyse discrete aspects of an organisation, providing managerially relevant advice and/or recommendations as appropriate
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Teaching and learning activities||23||Whole cohort lectures|
|Scheduled Teaching and learning activities||20||Seminars|
|Scheduled Teaching and learning activities||5||Assessment surgeries|
|Guided Independent Study||142||Assessment preparation|
|Guided Independent Study||110||Pre-session and post-session reading and revision|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Submission of one-page overview of report||1 x a4 page||1-5||Verbal feedback from tutor team|
|Examination guidance||In class||1-4||In class tutor verbal feedback|
|MCQ guidance||In class||1-4||In class tutor verbal feedback|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|2 x MCQ tests||20||20 questions per test||1-4||Generic co-hort feedback through ELE; individual marks delivered to students|
|Individual report||40||2000 words||1-5||Feedback through ELE/Grademark|
|Examination||40||2 hours||1-4||Generic co-hort feedback through ELE; individual marks delivered to students|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|MCQ tests||MCQ tests (20%)||1-4||August reassessment period|
|Individual report||Individual report (40%)||1-5||August reassessment period|
|Examination||Examination (40%)||1-4||August reassessment period|
Reassessment of module elements will take the same form as the original assessment, although MCQ tests will be completed on ELE rather than in-class.
Indicative content for this module includes:
- individuals at work
- identity, personality and perception
- motivation and engagement
- organisational culture, power and politics
- groups and teams
- sustainability- employee happiness and wellbeing
- organisational change
- leadership and management
- Series of guest speakers exploring very current and emerging themes and research. For example (but not restricted to):
- Automating Management – the promises and perils
- Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE)
- Psychometric testing
- Wellbeing during a pandemic
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Buchanan, DA and Huczynski, A (2019) Organizational Behaviour, 10th ed., Harlow: Pearson.
Grey, C. (2017) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations, 4th edition, London: Sage.
King, D. and Lawley, S. (2019) Organizational Behaviour, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Knights, D. and Willmott, H. (eds) (2012) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management, London: Thompson.
Mullins, L.J. (2016) Management and Organisational Behaviour, 11th ed., Harlow: Pearson.
Robbins S.P. and Judge, T.A. (2017) Essentials of Organizational Behaviour, 14th ed., Harlow: Pearson
Wilson, F. (2018) Organizational Behaviour and Work: A Critical Introduction, 5th ed., Oxford: OUP
Relevant Academic Journals:
- Harvard Business Review
- British Journal of Management
- Academy of Management Journal
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
- Students will have access to an ELE page which will provide extensive material to support the lecture programme including lecture notes, and short explanatory videos.
Last revision date