Work and Organisation Systems

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This unit of study examines the major organisational system issues that managers need to understand and respond to in the context of significant changes in the world. These issues are considered in terms of the interaction between people and the organisational context within which they work. The unit of study emphasizes two approaches. First, to gain knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and organisational systems/structures through applied learning opportunities and, in the process, learn how to be a more effective leader and manager. Fundamental concepts about organisations, individuals and groups in relation to leadership and management are themes included. Second, because reflective practice is at the heart of critical thinking, students will be asked to take a critical approach to their practice, and the context in which they work.

Unit details

  • Location:
    City Flinders, Off-shore, Other
  • Study level:
    Postgraduate
  • Credit points ?
    12
  • Unit code
    BMO6506

Prerequisites

Nil.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Explain fundamental terms related to workplace and organisational systems such as leadership, management, personality, job-fit, motivation, classical decision making
  • Apply your understanding of these terms in view of contemporary issues such as knowledge workers, diversity, globalisation and culture facing organisations and managers in the working environment;
  • Critically evaluate  the relationship between managerial strategies and effective organisational performance;
  • Develop reflective arguments that analyse and evaluate the work organisation using multiple perspectives and theories; and
  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge (organisational theory applied to social and personal context), skills (such as presentation, critical and conceptual skills), and attitudes (such as ethical behaviour, collaborative work and continuous learning) that contribute to effective workplace behaviour in organisations.

 

Assessment

Assessment typeDescriptionGrade
ProjectResearch Case Project30%
EssayCritical Thinking Essay20%
ExaminationFinal Examination50%

Required reading

A comprehensive list of readings will be provided at the commencement of the unit.

Organizational Behaviour, 14th edn,
Judge, T & Robbins, S 2010,
Pearson Publishing, Upper Saddle River, N.J.

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