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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5749M People and Behaviour in Organizations

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr. Militza Callinan

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Module replaces

LUBS 5750M

This module is not approved as an Elective


The module aims to provide an introduction and perspective on established concepts, theory and evidence relating to individual, team and collective behaviour in organizations - how work is done and relationships conducted. This will include understandings about the causes of behaviour – how ‘the people make the place’ - and consequential behavioural outcomes such as work performance, motivation and engagement. This knowledge will facilitate deeper understandings about how organizations and created and sustained The focus of discussion will be on the core practical consequences for productively managing and leading team and organizational processes and outcomes.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to critically evaluate:
- the central theories, concepts and evidence relating to organizational behaviour
- the connections (and disconnects) between research-based organizational behaviour knowledge and existing management and organizational practices

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Communicate about conceptual issues, applying critical-thinking, acquired knowledge, self-awareness and reflection
- Engage in structured self-reflection about their own characteristics, goals, behaviour and impact on others

Subject specific
- Conduct a critical, evidence-based analysis of an organizational behaviour problem or issues in a specific work organisation to identify new or revised approaches and priorities for change
- Apply understanding of research-practice connections to diagnose, explain and generate productive responses to behavioural problems and challenges in specific organizations


Indicative content
- The basic significance of behaviour in organizational life
- Individuals; defining characteristics, predictable outcomes and person-job fit
- Motivation and satisfaction; from individual to organizational impact
- Understanding oneself to work effectively with others
- Diversity; the meaning and consequences of difference
- Team work; design, dynamics and decision-making
- Organizing work; designing jobs and organization structures
- Organization culture; defining, understanding and shaping collective behaviour
- Leadership; roles, goals and effectiveness

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours110.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent online learning:
Online lectures – 10 x 1 hr

Private study:
Lecture-related reading – 10 x 4 hrs
Tutorial preparation – 10 x 2 hrs
Assessment preparation – 50 hrs

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress on the module will be monitored primarily by participation in tutorials. The use of online lectures will also make it possible for the tutor to track student’s engagement with the web-based lecture materials via the VLE. As viewing the lectures ahead of the tutorials will be essential, this facility will be made fully transparent to students and if required, the information will be actively used to remind students to view lectures.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 words90.00
Tutorial PerformanceStructured inputs10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/05/2017


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