MQM1ORB-Organisational Behaviour

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2022/3

Module Convenor: Mrs Andrea Tresidder

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is an introduction to Organisational Behaviour in the contemporary workplace. It explores the challenges, tensions and issues involved in the relationship between individuals, groups and organisations to better understand behaviour at work and managerial processes.   

A wide range of topics relevant to effective organisations are covered, including:?Team and group working, organisational culture, motivation and engagement, team work and organisational effectiveness and performance. This module also explores what equality, diversity and inclusion are, why they are important and why organisations should commit to making them happen.  


The module aims to develop the students’ understanding of the concepts and principles from organisational behaviour (OB) to develop knowledge, insights and skills relevant to the management of people in organisations. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that programme members may be able to demonstrate their ability in the following areas: 


To know and understand: 

  • Understand types of organisational culture and how these are created.  

  • Explain the benefits and challenges of teamworking including cross functional working 

  • Understand the value of diversity and inclusion in organisational performance 

Additional outcomes:

To know and understand: 

  • Main theories of Organisational Behaviour and how they can be used to understand organisational issues 

  • Explain the theories and mechanisms for creating employee motivation and engagement whilst recognising individual and cultural differences.  


  • Support the creation of an inclusive, high performance work culture at work 

  • Build teams, empower and motivate others to improve performance or achieve outcomes  

  • Build rapport and trust, develop networks and maintain relationships with people from a range of cultures, backgrounds and levels  


  • Seeks the views of others and values diversity internally and externally  

Outline content:

The module covers the following topics: 

  • Organisational Culture 

  • Organisational Structure 

  • Motivation, Engagement and Commitment 

  • Working in Teams and Groups including Cross functional working 

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion  

Global context:

Global environment, case studies and examples drawn from around the world. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching and learning takes place through a blended learning approach. The teaching and learning methods comprise a combination of self-study via a range of online materials on the Canvas learning platform, weekly one-hour virtual seminars with a Learning Coach, and face-to-face workshops with Faculty. 

Materials on Canvas include content on-screen, videos, PowerPoint presentations, journal articles, book chapters, practical activities and reflection points. &nbs p;

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 6
Supervised time in studio/workshop 7
Work-based learning 64
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 14
    Wider reading (directed) 42
    Preparation for presentations 20
    Preparation for seminars 9
    Essay preparation 30
    Reflection 8
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

No examination 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One individual presentation, to be submitted as per the submission schedule for the cohort (30% of overall mark) 

One 1,500 word individual assignment, to be submitted as per the submission schedule for the cohort (70% of overall mark).  

Formative assessment methods:

Facilitated learning activities are undertaken during the seminars and workshops, including formative feedback on these activities.  

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: 

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment by 100% assignment, capped at 40%. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Required textbooks - cost tbc

Last updated: 22 September 2022


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