Overview

This unit is designed to prepare students for the modern era in organisations by discussing the latest core theories, concepts and practices in the study of Organisational Behaviour (OB), such as self-concept, social networking, developing a global mindset and the need for creativity in organisations. These and other OB topics are explored in the context of several business-wide issues, such as sustainability and customer service. Dismissing the traditional model that OB is for managers alone, this unit instigates the more realistic view that OB is for everyone who works in and around organisations.

Requisites

Prerequisites
MGT10009 Contemporary Management Principles

Rule

85 credit points

AND 

MME30001 Engineering Management 1
OR
MGT10009 Contemporary Management Principles
OR
ENG10001 Humanitarian Engineering Design Project
AND
COS10025 Technology in an Indigenous Context Project
OR
MME30002 Engineering Management Project

Teaching periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
31-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024
Teaching Period 2
Location
Online
Start and end dates
08-July-2024
06-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
21-July-2024
Census date
02-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
23-August-2024
Results released date
29-October-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
29-July-2024
27-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
11-August-2024
Census date
31-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
13-September-2024
Results released date
03-December-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Identify the basic determinants of individual behaviour, group dynamics and organisational processes, and explain how they impact on organisational performance
  • Identify, describe and evaluate managerial approaches and organisational behaviour theories and concepts
  • Explore different disciplinary approaches to organisational behaviour and understand how each approach explains individual and group behaviour in the workplace
  • Effectively engage with a range of audiences within workplaces, industry and cultural contexts
  • Develop group work and reflective learning skills that apply to collaborative work contexts

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
On-campus
Class
2.00 12 weeks 24
Online
Lecture
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114
TOTAL150

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Online
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150
TOTAL150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
Major AssignmentIndividual 35 - 55% 1,2,3,5 
Online QuizzesIndividual 20 - 30% 1,2,3 
ReportGroup 25 - 35% 1,2,3,4 

Content

  • Organisational behaviour and organisational theory
  • Individuals in organisations (perception, attitudes and personality)
  • Motivation and empowerment
  • Groups and group dynamics
  • Conflict and negotiation
  • Organisational design
  • Organisational culture and leadership

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.