Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Organisational Behaviour
Academic Year
Semester 2
Also available in
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination  60%
Semester Assessment 2500 word assignment  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination  Repeat failed elements  60%
Supplementary Assessment 2500 word assignment  Repeat failed elements  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Demonstrate awareness of the key elements of organisation theory and evidence the practical application of this within organisations.

* Analyse individual level influence on organisational behaviour.

* Investigate the importance of group dynamics for teamwork, leadership and commitment to organisations.

* Evaluate the importance of motivation in empowering and engaging a workforce.

* Understand the difference between leadership and management and the process of managing change as well as conflict in the workplace.

* Critically discuss the re-emergence and centrality of organisational structure in relation to strategy issues.

* Identify and assess the organisational effects of new technology and other external environmental factors.

* Demonstrate awareness of the future direction of organisational behaviour research and the impact this has / may have on contemporary organisations.


This module introduces students to the key elements of organisation theory, its role within the contemporary organisation and its relevance for both workplace and workforce. Students are encouraged to develop a theoretical understanding of organisational behaviour within a practical context by using company case study examples.

The main aim of this module is to introduce students to the systematic study of individual and corporate behaviour, and to the attitudes and actions which contribute to group dynamics within organisational structures. The behaviour of an organisation is considered within a theoretic framework starting from a historical perspective through to recent research and contemporary practice. Case study examples will be analysed to equip students with the skills necessary to utilise organisational theory within a practical context.

Brief description

Why do people behave the way they do? What causes different people to react differently to the same situation? Why are some organisations more successful than others if from the outset they appear to be managed in a similar manner? This module presents an introduction to organisational behaviour to demonstrate how effective management requires an understanding of the culture of an organisation, created by the people working within that organisation and their relationship to the workplace environment.


Lecture 1 Introduction to Organisational Behaviour: Environment, technology and culture.
Lecture 2 People in Organisations: Who am I? Learning styles, personality types and traits.
Lecture 3 Language in organisations: Communication and Perception (how much do we assume, what do we know)?
Lecture 4 Motivation in Organisations: Empower, engage and enrich.
Lecture 5 Performance in Organisations: I, Us and We - the role of individuals, groups and teams.
Lecture 6 Structure in Organisations (1): Scientific, classical and the contingency approach.
Lecture 7 Structure in Organisations (2): Too much or too little? From the self-contained to the boundaryless design.
Lecture 8 Organisational Change: Why change when you can innovate?
Lecture 9 Leadership in Organisations: Management versus leadership: who needs leaders?
Lecture 10 Past, Present & Future: Course review & discussion about recent research in organisational behaviour.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Analysis of relevant quantitative research will be required to inform coursework.
Communication Oral ability will be enhanced through group presentations (this will not be assessed), online communication skills will be enhanced through participation in online course discussions (this will not be assessed). Students written ability will be enhanced and assessed through coursework.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be given the opportunity to complete self-assessment questionnaires and other interactive learning tools to critically assess their own strengths and weaknesses.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to use online resources for referencing and to explore new technologies as a way of gathering and assimilating information.
Personal Development and Career planning Students are encouraged to identify their own personality traits, team roles, learning styles and motivation to inform future career decisions.
Problem solving Students are encouraged to view OB from both a practical and theoretical way to develop creative and innovative problem solving abilities.
Research skills Students are required to identify, collate and process information from current and previous research and identify some elements that are used in current company practice.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Students will be given the opportunity to participate in group presentations.


This module is at CQFW Level 6