MM254-Organisational Behaviour

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Chris Woodrow

Email: c.woodrow@henley.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This course is intended to be both practically relevant and intellectually stimulating. Whatever path students chose after university, they are highly likely to perform most of their activities in organizational settings such as firms, universities, hospitals, clubs, etc. The module will explore three distinct bodies of knowledge: firstly, the informal and tacit knowledge of organizations built up in everyday life; secondly, contributions from mainstream approaches to organizational behaviour (OB) and management studies; and finally, alternative, critical approaches drawn from OB and the wider social science disciplines.


Aims:
The aim of the module is to provide an advanced understanding of organisational analysis and behaviour through reliance on the tacit knowledge of students and on social and human sciences such as management, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Through lectures, reading, essay writing and discussion, students will:



1. Acquire concepts and frameworks that are used to analyse organisations.



2. Understand and solve some of the problems/crises that tend to arise in organisational contexts.



3. Develop independent research and writing skills associated with producing longer assessed essays.



4. Develop teamwork, problem-solving and presentation skills in tutorials.


Additional outcomes:

Students will also:

1. Learn to make their way in new or more complex organisational settings. 

2. Become more sensitive to the political aspects of organisations.

3. Acquire (critical) reflexivity concerning managerial discourse.


Outline content:

The module is comprised of 10 weekly two-hour lectures and 5 fortnightly one-hour tutorials on themes introduced in the module textbook. The material reflects two broad areas of scholarship: research on individual motivation and behaviour in employment contexts and research on the nature of business and bureaucratic organisations and the social relations that underpin and sustain them. Lectures typically cover the following themes:



Week 1 Introduction to OB



Week 2 Essay writing skills



Week 3 Motivation and work



Week 4 Management and leadership



Week 5 Weber on authority



Week 6 What is power?



Week 7 Is bureaucracy rational?



Week 8 Post-bureaucracy



Week 9 Technology and organisation



Week 10 Group essay feedback 



Tutorials cover the themes and case studies listed below, with the first and last tutorials given over to developing presentation and essay writing skills.



Week 1 Tutorial guide



Week 2 Tutorial guide



Week 3 Motivation



Week 4 Motivation



Week 5 Bureaucracy



Week 6 Bureaucracy



Week 7 Technology



Week 8 Technology



Week 9 Individual essay feedback



Week 10 Individual essay feedback


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures are designed to provide (especially theoretical) grounding for students to be able to prepare their coursework. Lectures are led by the module convenor, using power point and blackboard as appropriate. Students are encouraged to participate in discussion during the lecture and time is reserved for discussion towards the middle and end of each session. In addition, lectures are usually punctuated by interludes in which students are asked to form small groups and answer specific questions on the topic of the lecture. 





Tutorials are compulsory and develop selected themes from the lectures by focussing on specific case studies that form the basis of student presentations. Students are divided into small working groups that have to make three ten-minute (usually power point-based) presentations to the tutorial group. After each presentation, 10 minutes are reserved for questions and class discussion moderated by the convenor. Students are encouraged to work collectively over a two-week period in preparing their presentations and frequently seek guidance on how to manage group work and ensure good coordination. The first tutorial session is a seminar that aims to coach students on how best approach group work over the course of the term. The last tutorial session is given over to individualised feedback.





Teaching and marking is carried out by the module convenor with the support of Teaching Assistants.



 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 5
Work-based learning 0
Guided independent study 175
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:
N/A

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Group presentations: Three ten-minute presentations across the term 

Essay 1: 1500 words, due Spring term week 5 

Essay 2: 2500 words, due Summer term week 1 



 


Formative assessment methods:

Extensive feedback and feed forward is used during the teaching term so that, by the time students come to write their essay they will have received group feedback to indicate where their work lies in the class distribution and individual feedback and feed forward on how to improve their essays specifically. Tutorial feedback is given immediately after presentations, so that students have an indication of their performance in the module from the 3rd week of term onwards. This also allows students to get specific advice on how to improve their presentations through the course of the term. 



 


Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy. 



·  where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;



·  where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.


Assessment requirements for a pass:
40%

Reassessment arrangements:

Submission of essay


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Knights and Willmott, 2012, Introducing Organizational Behaviour & Management, 2nd edition, Andover: Cengage Learning.



ISBN-13: 9781408064276 / ISBN-10: 1408064278



RRP: 54.99



http://edu.cengage.co.uk/catalogue/product.aspx?isbn=1408064278


Last updated: 25 October 2018

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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