Organisational behaviour is an interdisciplinary field drawing from numerous disciplines including psychology, sociology, economics, organisation theory, statistics, and several others. This unit of study will expose you to advanced behavioural science theories and applications in management including cognitive theory, psychodynamics and psychoanalysis. It is designed for those who have an interest in understanding, critiquing, and analysing behaviour in organisations. The primary aim of the unit is to improve your understanding of how people behave and interact within organisations.  Having a greater knowledge of employee behaviour will help you understand attitudes and behaviours of your co-workers, subordinates, supervisors, and clients.  Importantly, the unit will help you to better understand your own past and future behaviours as a member and manager (leader) within an organisation and those that's around you. The unit extends beyond the introductory organisational behaviour course by focusing on provocative and current topics including the changing nature of workforce, contracting, consulting, global workforce mobility and knowledge economy.

Unit details

Location:
Victoria University Online
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BMO7000

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate real-world, multi-faceted, complex behavioural problems in organisations, and propose creative solutions based on theoretical underpinnings. The theoretical knowledge is crucial as it will allow you to return to 'first principles' in order to solve the new problems that you will face, continually, as a manager;  
  2. Critically analyse and cross-examine the work and approaches of different schools of thought and theorists writing on organisational behaviour and interpret their relevance to wide ranging local and global organisational contexts;  
  3. Review current academic research that provides the basis of our knowledge for professional practice in understanding the behaviour of people, the role of culture, values and dispositions in affecting achievement of goals within diverse organisations;  
  4. Develop analytical skills through case study based methods of learning that will help you develop sufficient confidence and competence to be in a position to comprehend, appraise recommend and initiate improvements to organisational policies and practices regarding human behaviour in the work place, with ethical accountability and confidence; and  
  5. Advocate the concept of positive and constructive employee behaviour and attitudes, and how this in turn shapes performance and capacities required to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable world.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Individual Critique of the Literature (3500 words) 30%
Case Study Group evaluation of a real-time case study & Presentation (3000 words) 30%
Examination Final examination 40%

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