Management and Organisation Behaviour

Unit code: BMO1102 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
City Campus
City Flinders
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
VU Sydney


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.

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.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

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

Other locations

For students studying at VU Sydney, Central University of Finance and Economics, Henan University, Liaoning University, National School of Business Management, Colombo, Sunway College Johor Bahru
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Weekly Online Tests (12 multiple-choice tests on VU Collaborate)
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 20%
a) Essay Plan and Journal Article Summaries b) Final Essay
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Essay and Journal Article Summaries
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 50%
Final Examination (3 hour)

Required reading

Williams, C., McWilliams, A ., Lawrence, R. & Waheduzzaman, W., 2020,| Cengage Learning, Melbourne.

As part of a course

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