The aims of this unit of study are: to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of organisational behaviour and management theory; to evaluate the underlying values of these theories; to assess the utility and application of the management practices informed by these theories in the Australian context; and to analyse the values of Australian managers concerning behaviour in organisations and to evaluate the effectiveness of these assumptions. This unit of study includes the following topics: Theories of Management, Management Functions and International Business, Business and Organisational Structures; Goals, Plans and Strategies; Leadership and Motivation; Problem Solving and Decision Making; Ethics and Social Responsibility; Innovation and Change. Overview of the development of organisation/management theory; analysis of scientific management and 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. The learning and teaching in the unit and prepares students for further study and the workplace by supporting them to develop research, essay and report writing skills as well as the ability to work as part of a self-managing team.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse common management practices in the Australasian context;  
  2. Explain organisation behaviour and management theory and discuss the fundamental beliefs of these theories;  
  3. Evaluate the role and impact of management theories on practical management decision making in the Australasian context;  
  4. Develop skills and knowledge about individual and group behaviour and how these apply in the context of organisations and their environment;  
  5. Examine ethical issues in contemporary business and explain how they relate to the individual in a work and societal context; and  
  6. Demonstrate a developing knowledge and understanding of management and organisation behaviour theory and practice in written and oral form in line with the key fundamental academic and professional skills required for further study and the workforce.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Review Online Review Questions (200 - 500 words) 15%
Essay Research Essay (500 - 1000 words) 25%
Assignment Group Assignment (800 - 1000 words) 30%
Test In Class supervised Test (2 hours) 30%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Review Online Review Questions (200 - 500 words) 10%
Essay Research Essay (500 - 1000 words) 20%
Assignment Group Assignment (800 - 1000 words) 20%
Examination Final Examination (2 hours, 1500 - 2000 words) 50%

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