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Semester 1

Organisational Behaviour 2 (BUST08028)


Business Studies





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Visiting students must have completed at least 1 introductory level Business Studies course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

Organisational Behaviour (OB) focuses on the behaviour of individuals, groups and organisations and on the factors that determine the performance and effectiveness of teams and organisations. In our professional lives, most of us get things done by working with others. Hence a good understanding of organisational behaviour is useful to anyone working in any organisation, and particularly for those in managerial or leadership roles. The overall aim of the course is to develop in students an understanding of the complex issues involved in the spheres of work, employment and the management of people in an organisational setting.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to understand organisations and the factors that make them work effectively. The course covers a wide range of topics to help you understand the principles and processes that underpin effective organisation. In this course we aim to show how organisational behaviour concepts, theories and techniques can be applied in work and management settings. The lectures emphasise the importance of adopting a critical and analytical stance in understanding and interpreting how people behave in organisations, and the most appropriate means of managing or regulating that behaviour. SYLLABUS The environment, Personality, Communication, Perception, Motivation, Groups and teams, Leadership, Power and politics, Conflict, Organisational culture, Organisational structures, Managing change STUDENT LEARNING EXPERIENCE: High standards of lecture delivery are supported by incorporating, where appropriate, alternative teaching delivery methods such as case studies. In addition, case study teaching (mainly in tutorials) is employed as a means of emphasising the interconnected nature of managerial processes and of drawing on actual organisational experience. The compulsory weekly tutorials comprise a mixture of practical exercises, case study tasks and analysis of journal articles, and are used to provide opportunities to test and evaluate theories and techniques learned in lectures. In addition, active participation in tutorials will lead to the development of analytical skills (through problem identification, data handling and critical thinking),decision making skills (generating alternative explanations, selecting decision criteria, evaluating alternatives, hypothesising on issues of implementation and consequences), and communication skills (listening to colleagues, constructing arguments, thinking on feet and convincing others).

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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