MAN-20055 - Organisational Behaviour
Coordinator: Deborah J Kerfoot Room: DW1.13 Tel: +44 1782 7 33429
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733094

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module introduces the fundamental concepts, theories and approaches to the study of human behaviour in organizations. The course analyses classical theory including the Taylorist and Human Relations approaches to Organisational Behaviour, and then describes more recent trends such as labour process and post structuralist analysis. Key topics such as motivation, politics, leadership and gender and organisations are addressed. As a theory driven course organisational behaviour also considers how the relationship between the organization and its environment affects organizational culture and its members. Throughout the emphasis is firmly upon the human dimension of the organization and the organizing process, drawing on a wide range of social science research.

Analytic in nature and content, the aim of the course is to introduce and develop key concepts and theories relevant to the study of organisational behaviour. We draw on a wide range of theories and writings: student are required to read widely from a range of academic social science sources and are encouraged to draw on their own experience or organisational life, as employees or as students for example. By the end of the course, students should:
- have understanding of the relevant issues;
- be able to give critical assessment of them;
- have developed the ability to critically analyse the various perspectives on organisational behaviour; and
- be equipped with key skills in verbal and written communication, including presentaional skills, and in teamworking

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe and critically analyse the relevant issues in organisational behaviour will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
explain the management practices associated with Taylorism and Human Relations and analyse their relevance to work organisation will be achieved by assessments: 1
explain the foundations of labour process theory and compare these to Taylorism and Human Relations will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
evaluate cultural and post-structural perspectives on traditional theories of organsiational behaviour will be achieved by assessments: 2
relate the contribution of feminist perspectives to theoretical developments in organsiational behaviour will be achieved by assessments: 2

Study hours

Lectures: 12 hours
Tutorials: 12 hours
Preparation for tutorials: 18 hours
Assignment preparation and writing: 60 hours
Other private study: 48 hours
Total: 150 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Exam weighted 50%
2 hour unseen examination
An exam covering the main topics taught in weeks 7-12 of the module

2: Assignment weighted 50%
2000 word essay assignment
An essay covering the main topics taught in weeks 1-6 of the module