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|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
- 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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Lectures||24||Lectures to introduce theories, and (in last session) consolidate knowledge. 12x 2hour hours lectures over term|
|Seminars||5||Five x 1 hour seminars to work on the application of the theories in their groups; support for the integrative case study and formative feedback|
|Online support||5 per student following each seminar||Supporting materials on ELE, including forum discussions and online tutorials.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Drafts of group project||Various throughout term, indicative lengths 500-1000 words||1-6||Verbal and written|
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|
|Individually written paper||100||Individually written paper||1-5||Written comments; verbal feedback if required|
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|
|Individually written paper||Individually written paper||1-5||Referred/deferred period|
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
King, D. and Lawley, S. (2016) Organizational Behaviour, 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Buchanan, D. A. and Huczynski, A. A. (2017) Organizational Behaviour, 9th edn. Harlow: Pearson
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
A range of academic journals cover relevant topics, including:
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Other recommended reading
Management practitioner journals are useful for understanding OB in action, for example:
CIPD’s People Management: https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/
HR magazine: https://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/
ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages
Web based and electronic resources:
Module has an active ELE page?
Last revision date