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The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of organisational behaviour and management theory; to assess critically the underlying values of these theories; to assess critically the utility and application of the management practices informed by these theories in the Australian context; and to analyse critically the values of Australian managers concerning behaviour in organisations and to evaluate the effectiveness of these assumptions. This unit includes the following topics: overview of the development of organisation/management theory; analysis of scientific management, human relations theory; individual behaviour/perception, personality, learning, motivation; group behaviour: group dynamics, conflict resolution, leadership, concentrating on Australian case studies and incorporating a consideration of issues of gender, ethnicity and age; applications of management/organisation theory in Australia; communication processes, and quality of working life.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BMO1102

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse management practices in the Australasian context;  
  2. Understand organisation behaviour and management theory and critically analyse the underlying values of these theories;  
  3. Evaluate the impact of management theories on practical management decision making in the Australasian context;  
  4. Develop skills and knowledge with regard to individual and group behaviour in the context of organisations and their environment and applying these to achieve organisational goals;  
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues in contemporary business and how they relate to the individual in a work and societal context; and  
  6. Communicate a knowledge and understanding of management and organisation behaviour theory and practice in written and oral form.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online tests (12 multiple-choice tests on VU Collaborate) 30%
Journal Written reflection 20%
Report Formal business report 50%

Required reading

MGMT 3rd Asia Pacific Edition
Williams, C, McWilliams, A & Lawrence, R, 2014,
Cengage Learning, Melbourne.

N.B. Students will be strongly advised to buy the eBook version of the textbook.

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