Work and Organisation Systems

This unit 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 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.

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Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explain fundamental terms related to workplace and organisational systems such as leadership, management, personality, job-fit, motivation, classical decision making;  
  2. 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;  
  3. Critically evaluate the relationship between managerial strategies and effective organisational performance;  
  4. Develop reflective arguments that analyse and evaluate the work organisation using multiple perspectives and theories; and  
  5. 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 type Description Grade
Essay Critical Thinking Essay 15%
Test Mid term test 15%
Presentation Present a Case Study 20%
Examination Final Examination 50%
To be eligible to pass the Unit, students must score a minimum of 40 percent (20 marks) in this final assessment.

Required reading 

Essentials of Organizational Behaviour, 14th edn,
Judge, T & Robbins, S 2014,
Pearson Publishing, Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

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