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LUBS2895 Organisational Behaviour in Practice

10 creditsClass Size: 240

Module manager: Dennis Macdonald

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18


LUBS1850Organisational Behaviour

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS2150People in Organisations

Module replaces

LUBS2890 Organisation and the Human Resource

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Unfortunately, many companies do not fully understand the importance played by the human capital in organisational success (or otherwise). To some extent, this results from an overly narrow consideration of individually and organisationally relevant outcomes and in this module you will consider several important measure of effectiveness including a healthy, motivated and engaged workforce. You will also explore the challenges of enabling effectiveness in the context of global and environmental constraints, ethical concerns, and opportunities such as labour market conditions, technology and diversity, and individual factors such as intelligence, personality and values.


Building upon the first year module ‘Organisational Behaviour’ (OB), this module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to explore the challenges of people management. The module will consider practical issues and, via a critical consideration of different approaches presented in academic frameworks and research evidence, enable students to make judgments as to what advice should appropriately be provided to aid the contemporary manager.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and explain the meaning of individual, group, and organisational effectiveness
- Critically assess the ways in which ,and to what extent, knowledge of OB theory, models concepts, and research is able to contribute to the effective management of people in the workplace
- Evaluate the influence of key Human Resource practices on organisational effectiveness

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Apply skills of analysis and critical thinking and be able to provide relevant evidence and examples to support an argument
- Articulate their knowledge and understanding clearly in written form
- Plan and organise work within time constraints


Indicative content
The module syllabus covers three areas:
Considerations of effectiveness
- Beyond task performance what should we consider?
- A committed and engaged workforce
- A healthy workforce

The challenges of enabling effectiveness
- The changing nature of the employment relationship
- Global and environmental factors e.g. changing demographics and, labour market conditions
- Individual factors e.g. intelligence, personality and values

A critical review of HR practices and their relationship to effectiveness
- Recruitment and selection
- Training and development
- Performance management and reward
- Diversity management
- Work life balance

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

It is anticipated that students will spend their private study time in preparation for their lectures and seminars (16 x 2 hours = 32) and divide their remaining 53 hours on wider reading and research together with preparation for the exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have the opportunity to gain formative feedback through the following mechanisms:
- Interactive seminar activities
- Academic support hours as advertised in the module handbook/VLE
- Voluntarily writing one or two essays during the course of the module.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Resit will be 100% by exam.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/12/2017


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