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Module Title
Work and Organisational Behaviour

Organisational Behaviour, Work Psychology, Individual Differences, Groups and Teams, Organisational Factors.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2003
ApprovedJune 2013
AmendedSeptember 2013
Version No.8

This Version is No Longer Current
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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF Level 8 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

The aim of this module is to provide a foundation in Organisational Behaviour to improve students' understanding and management of people at work.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Recognise and discuss the different perspectives on work organisations and culture.
2. Interpret key concepts and theories with regard to individual differences and apply these appropriately to specific situations.
3. Interpret the key concepts and theories with regard to group behaviour and apply these appropriately to specific situations.
4. Explain how organisational performance can be improved through the effective management of human resources.

Indicative Module Content

Study of individual differences covering such topics as the nature of perception; interpersonal communication; and work motivation. The nature of groups covering topics such as formal and informal groups; group decision making; cohesiveness; group norms; group roles; and group development. How managers can make the best use of human resources in organisations focusing on topics such as the structure of organisations; the nature of leadership; power in organisations; and the management of conflict.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Learner centred activities
Learner-centred directed reading

Private Study

Coursework Preparation
Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This module is delivered in a lecture based mode supported by tutorials, directed self-study and private study.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2
Component 2 1,2,3,4

Component 2 is a closed book examination.

Component 1 comprises a practical/skills assessment.

Indicative Bibliography

1.* BRATTON, J., 2010. Work and organisation behaviour. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan.
2.MULLINS, L.J., 2010. Management and organisational behaviour. 9th ed. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
3.NELSON, D.L. and QUICK, C., 2012. Organisational behaviour: science, the real world and you. 8th ed. London: Cengage Learning.
4.ROLLINSON, D., 2008. Organsiational behaviour and analysis: an integrated approach.4th ed. Essex: Prentice Hall
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