2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
OENG5204M People and Organisational Performance in Engineering
15 creditsClass Size: 150
Module manager: Dr Miljan Mikic
Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Oct, 1 Sep to 31 Oct (adv yr) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsStudents will have met the entry criteria for the Online MSc in Engineering Management
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module is designed to help students develop a critical understanding of the factors that influence human behaviour and performance in various organisational settings. It is also intended to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and skills that will enable students to manage effectively people in engineering organisations.
ObjectivesThe objectives of this module are:
- To provide an introduction and perspective on established concepts, theory and evidence relating to individual, team and collective behaviour in organisations as well as operational and strategic Human Resources Management (HRM).
- Through the understanding of how organisations are structured and controlled and how work is carried out, to facilitate the development of skills that help students with engineering background to improve organisations’ relationships and performance, within an ethical perspective;
- To foster the development of a critical perspective on key OB/OD/HRM topics, and an overall awareness of the complexity of managerial and organisational problems in context.
- To promote the development of managerial skills and practices within organisations. At the same time, this module will encourage students to embrace the ambiguity and complexity inherent in the subject area, and to develop a reflective and critical approach to the module core topics, recognizing that there are no readily-defined answers to managing people and behaviour within often specific context of engineering organisations.
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Develop and apply key organisation behaviour management concepts, analytical tools and theories;
2. Critically evaluate theories and evidence relating to strategic and operational HRM;
3. Appraise the connections (and disconnects) between research-based organisational behaviour and HRM knowledge and existing organisational practices in an Engineering context;
4. Develop and refine their own approach to the management of people in Engineering organisations, ensuring that their skills and practices are ethical and sustainable.
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of leading theories, concepts and models related to the analysis of human behaviour in Engineering organisations;
2. Demonstrate a well-developed understanding of strategic and operational HRM process and how it relates to organisational performance;
3. Apply conceptual knowledge and understanding of groups structure and dynamics to organisational and inter-organisational contexts;
4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the functioning of organisations, focusing on structure and design, power, norms and values;
5. Appraise the complexity involved in managing and leading organisational change and evolution.
1. The significance of behaviour in organisational life. Established and contrasted approaches to organisational behaviour and management;
2. Strategic and operational HRM. Impacts of HRM on organisational performance.
3. Individual personality and characteristics. Perception and communication;
4. Recruitment, employment law and industrial relations.
5. Recognition and reward, learning and development;
6. Teamwork, group dynamics, stakeholders and leadership in Engineering organisations;
7. Ethical approaches to managing and leading people in organisations;
8. Work design, organisational structures and changing organisational forms in a range of Engineering sectors;
9. Organisational norms and values. Culture and change management;
10. Power and control. Equality and diversity.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||28.00|
|Private study hours||109.00|
|Total Contact hours||13.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyIndependent online learning refers to non-facilitated directed learning. Students will work through bespoke interactive learning resources and reflective activities in the VLE.
Private study refers to directed reading and self-directed research in support of learning activities and discussions, as well as in preparation for assessments.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackOnline learning materials will provide regular opportunity for students to check their understanding (for example through formative MCQs with automated feedback). Regular group activity embedded into learning will allow self and peer assessment providing opportunities for formative feedback from peers and tutors.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||2,500 word end of module assignment||70.00|
|Group Project||1,000 word group project||20.00|
|Reflective log||500 word summary of weekly reflective logs||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Format of resit: 100% Assignment
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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