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Organisational Theory and Behaviour (BUS223)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 4
Description This unit provides a basic understanding of individual and group behaviour in organisations, as well as exploring some organisational theories and management processes. Topics include: individual dimensions of behaviour -- personality, perception and learning, communication and motivation; groups and interpersonal influence -- structure, values, interaction and leadership; and organisational issues such as structure, processes, design, decision making; organisational change and development. Globalisation and sustainability are embedded into this unit as recurring themes.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:

1. Explain how working effectively with people in an organisation can affect both its commercial viability and its sustainability
2. Locate and strategically analyse information that will enable informed decisions, grounded in research, in relation to dealing with people in sustainable organisations.
3. Demonstrate understanding of workplace interactions relating your understandings to concepts and theories.of organisational behaviour.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of people and their roles within organisations, how this affects management and leadership and apply this to a range of problems.
5. Discuss how globalisation affects people and decisions within many organisations.
6. Use professional, interpersonal and communication skills.
7. Demonstrate effective cooperation and collaboration with peers.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered using blended learning design features with core unit materials provided in a digital format followed up by small class knowledge application and skills development. This is enhanced by self-directed learning to further develop skills and application of knowledge to practical and current issues.
Assessment Assessment will consist of;
Individual quiz
Group report
Group presentation
2 hour final exam.
These assessments allow for the students to receive feedback from their tutors against their individual and group assessments in relation to the learning outcomes. The workshop interactive discussions will also enable them to gauge their level of understanding in comparison to others.
Prerequisites BUS145 Principles of Management or BUS176 Foundations of Management and Governance or PSY217 Psychology: Work and Organisations.
Exclusions Students who have completed BUS293 Organisational Theory and Behaviour may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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