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Module Title LI Organisational Behaviour
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Management
Module Code 07 34381
Module Lead Holly Birkett
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-33 hours
Seminar-8 hours
Guided independent study-159 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module provides students with an understanding of how organisations of all kinds operate and how different stakeholder groups interact with organisations and each other. More specifically, the module introduces key organisational concepts and theories, which can be used to help us understand how organisations operate and how people operate within them. Topics covered throughout the module include culture, power, ethics, management style and organisational space. We also explore how these concepts and ideas influence management practice.
The module takes a critical approach to organisational behaviour. We begin by discussing traditional managerialist approaches but also discuss critiques of many of these approaches as well as organisational theories that do not encourage a managerialist approach.
Throughout, the module encourages students to recognise the approaches and concepts covered in the managerial practices they are surrounded by or witness on a day to day basis. In addition, each week of the module takes popular texts from cinema, television or fiction to explore the ideas presented.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how the approaches and concepts studied underpins management practice;
  • critically appraise the practical applications that these concepts and theories are put to;
  • analyse management practice and popular representations of organisation using relevant approaches and theories from the module.
Assessment 34381-01 : Class Test : Class Test (30%)
34381-02 : Essay : Coursework (50%)
34381-03 : Group Presentation : Coursework (20%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
Class test (30%) 1 hour
One 1500 2000 word essay (50%)
Group presentation (20%)

One 3000 word essay (100%)
Reading List