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Unit information: Organisational Behaviour in 2021/22

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Unit name Organisational Behaviour
Unit code EFIMM0117
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Gouzoulis
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to explore how people behave in organisations, and how work is experienced by organisational members. Central to the unit is an understanding of organisations as contexts for social interaction and construction, with a particular emphasis on the study of people and how people respond to and resist management and control. Key issues such as power, motivation, culture, ethics, leadership, identity and emotion (among others) are explored, with a view to developing students’ critical awareness of the impact of management theory and practice on individuals and society. The unit adopts an ethos of criticality and encourages students to look beyond managerialist and functionalist perspectives to consider the moral dimensions of managing and organising.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and describe a range of issues related to organisational behaviour, the study and practice of management, and how organisations are experienced by their members.

2. Explain and discuss key theory and concepts related to organisational behaviour and demonstrate an awareness of multiple perspectives and critical debates within the field.

3. Apply organisational theory to real-life scenarios (e.g. in the form of academic case studies and contemporary organisations).

4. Analyse organisational practice using relevant theory.

5. Demonstrate an ability to develop critical and theoretically informed arguments regarding the ethics and appropriateness of management practice and of existing organisational behaviour theory.

6. Evaluate management and organisational theory and its impact on individuals and society.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Information

Summative assessment of 2500 word coursework assignment


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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