|Delivery length / details
|10 x 1 Hour Seminars
|10 x 2 Hour Lectures
|Assessment length / details
|2 Hours Unseen written examination
|2500 word assignment
|2 Hours Unseen written examination Repeat failed elements
|2500 word assignment Repeat failed elements
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.
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.
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 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.
|Application of Number
|Analysis of relevant quantitative research will be required to inform coursework.
|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.
|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.
|Students are encouraged to view OB from both a practical and theoretical way to develop creative and innovative problem solving abilities.
|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
|Students will be given the opportunity to participate in group presentations.
This module is at CQFW Level 6