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Module Title LM Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Management
Module Code 07 28972
Module Lead Peter Foss and Dr Dan Wintersberger
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-8 hours
Tutorial-2 hours
Guided independent study-70 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description The OB & HRM module has two components: the first, and shorter component will explore the way that people behave and interact in organisations. This section of the module aims to critically develop student knowledge in the fundamental theoretical and practical issues to do with the management of organisations. The student will understand how organisations are structured, how they function and how people behave in organisations. This introductory material will provide the behavioural aspects underpinning HRM, which constitutes the second and larger section of the module. The aim of the HRM component is to provide an introduction to the main HR functions and to place them in the context of important new HR developments - academic and professional - that have occurred in the last decade. The coverage is mainly concerned with large national and multinational firms and will include the analysis of both the strategic and operational problems of delivering successful HRM policies in an International context.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Identify the key questions which those responsible for designing organisation structures need to answer, and explain how these questions are addressed by the various “schools of thought”: the classical school, bureaucracy, scientific management, the human relations school and so on.
  • Compare and contrast alternative approaches to and theories of leadership.
  • Explain how organisational culture, power and politics impact on the behaviour of people in organisations.
  • Explain the relationship between the overall strategy of the organisation and the basic approaches to HR strategy.
  • Critically appraise the range of selection techniques for differing groups of employees and different occupations.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of appraisal processes and critique the ways in which various types of Reward Systems can influence levels of employee motivation and engagement.
Assessment 28972-03 : Group Work : Coursework (25%)
28972-05 : 2,500 word Individual Assignment : Coursework (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
Individual Assignment (75%) Word Count: 2000;
Group work - presentation and 100 word report (25%).

Assignment (100%) Word Count: 2500 Words
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