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MN10001: People and organisations 1

[Page last updated: 23 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
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 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: After taking this module you must take MN10005 . This unit is only available to students on the BSc (hons) Business Administration.
Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate a good understanding of the major theoretical constructs, models and debates that inform the study of organisational behaviour.
* Evaluate alternative classical and contemporary social science theories/models used in practice.
* Begin to critically analyse key organisational behaviour concepts and issues at an individual, group and organisational level.

Aims: 1. The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to the study of micro- and macro-level organisational behaviour through classical and contemporary social science perspectives.
2. The unit highlights behaviours, relations, processes and structures that are a part of organisational life, and integrates an understanding of societal influences on organisational behaviour at a number of levels.
3. Drawing on social science literature the unit aims to develop the students' awareness and understanding of the major theoretical models that are used to analyse organisations, groups and individuals.
4. The unit aims to introduce students to critical debates that inform the study of organisations and organisational behaviour.

Skills: At the end of this unit, students should gain the following skills:
A. Knowledge and Understanding
* Students will be able to understand a variety of theories and insights into organisational issues and collective behaviours.
* Students will be able to explain and apply their knowledge and understanding of key organisational behaviour issues by reflecting on everyday life examples from their own experience.
B. Cognitive Skills
* The application of imagination, inventiveness and critical thinking.
* Begin to develop critical reflexivity towards the unit content and examples of practice.
C. Transferable Skills
* Written and verbal communication skills.
* Analytical skills
* Research skills
* Team working skills.

Content: Introduction to key concepts and issues in the study of organisational behaviour. Themes should include, among others, the key schools of thought in micro-organisational and macro-organisational theory, differences in the behaviours, relations, structures and processes within and by organisations, the management of organisational behaviour and of organisations, as well as issues of leadership, power, culture, and conflict in and around organisations.

Programme availability:

MN10001 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-ANB07 : BSc(Hons) Business with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 1)


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