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MN10545: Organisational behaviour

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 40%, EX 60%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 40% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
  • Examination (EX 60% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: 1. The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to the study of organisations by using a micro perspective.
2. The goal is to indicate students the different ways we can look at an organisation from an individual perspective and how related concepts and outcomes matter for the organisational life. The unit aims to develop a capacity for the critical analysis of organisational behaviour (individual and group levels).

Learning Outcomes: 1. After taking this unit, students will have a better understanding of what organisational behaviour mean and how the main theories of organisational behaviour can be applied to the individuals in organisations.
2. The students will also be able to differentiate between the levels in an organisation (i.e. organizational, group and individual), while the focus will be more on individual and group levels in this unit. Students will be able to differentiate how group and individual processes shape both individual and organisational outcomes when the organizations are viewed from a micro perspective.

Skills: 1. This unit primarily teaches students how to apply the theories of organisational behaviour to individual members of organisations. (T)
2. The students will be required also read short examples (1-2 pages) and come to class ready before each class so that they can understand and follow the theories and concepts covered better during each session. These assigned readings and examples will be used and expanded during the class discussion so that they can also see the application of these theories and concepts in more detail. (F)
3. The students will also reflect their understanding and application of the theories and concepts they learn in this unit during the written evaluations in form of in-class test and final exam. In-class test aims to evaluate how much the students are able to understand the concepts and theories covered. Final exam aims to evaluate the understanding of students as well as how much they apply the concepts to various cases. (A)

Content: The nature of foundational topics in Organisational Behaviour; The impact of related elements such as organisational design and culture on Organisational Behaviour; The processes of leading and motivating; The underlying influence of constructs such as personality and perception; The use of theory and practice when working with conflict and negotiation; The examination of Organisational Behaviour issues through individual and organisational perspectives; The evaluation of classic Organizational Behaviour approaches based on current situations and readings.

Programme availability:

MN10545 is a Generally Available Unit which is available to all students of the University (subject to the usual constraints) to take either as a Director of Studies approved option within their programme of study or as an 'extra' unit which does not count towards a final award.

MN10545 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 2)
  • USCH-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • USCH-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 2)
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 2)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 2)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)
Department of Psychology Department of Social & Policy Sciences


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