Work and Organisation Systems

Unit code: BMO6506 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney


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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critique the fundamental concepts related to workplace and organisational systems such as leadership, management, personality, job-fit, motivation, classical decision making;
  2. Interrogate contemporary issues related to 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. Critically analyse and evaluate the contemporary work organisation using multiple perspectives and theories; and
  5. Exemplify knowledge, skills, and attitudes that contribute to effective workplace communication and behaviour in organisations.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 25%
Analysis of organisational behaviour case study (Individual)
Assessment type: Review
Grade: 35%
Group work: Team Leader Performance and Presentation (Individually-assessed)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Investigation of organisational systems (Group)

Required reading

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

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