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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 13/07/2021 13:33:33

Title of Module: Organisational Behaviour

Code: HURM08001 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Catherine  Clark

Summary of Module

This module introduces students to organisational factors that influence the behaviour of people in the workplace. The lecture programme reviews contemporary perspectives of organisational theory (OT) and organisational behaviour (OB) as they contribute the pursuit of organisational strategy and goals. The lecture programme further addresses the implications of organisational design and activities for managing human behaviour and contributing to organisational effectiveness. 

The tutorial programme offers opportunities for students to apply these theoretical underpinnings in practical contexts Targeted learning activities and formative tasks support completion of the module assessments. Students are provided with space to apply theories, models and concepts of OT and OB e.g. leadership, group/team dynamics, individual differences, to contemporary management contexts through an action learning and autonomous engaged learning environment. Students work in project teams throughout the term using timetabled hours.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Discuss theories, concepts and models relevant to human behaviour in organisations;

L2. Assess the management of people in an organisational context;

L3. Analyse group/team processes in an organisational context;

L4. Evaluate individual behaviour in groups, teams and organisations;

L5. Develop a practice of self-reflection by assessing personal characteristics, abilities and growth.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

A broad knowledge of the scope, defining features, and main areas of organisation theory and organizational behaviour. Detailed knowledge in some areas of organisational behaviour. Understanding of a limited range of core theories, principles and concepts in organisation theory and organizational behaviour. Limited knowledge and understanding of some major current issues and specialisms in organization theory and organizational behaviour. An outline knowledge and understanding of research and equivalent scholarly/academic processes in organization theory and organizational behaviour.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Use a range of routine skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with organization theory and organizational behaviour, a few of which are advanced or complex. Carry out routine lines of enquiry, development or investigation into problems and issues of managing people in organisations. Adapt routine practices within accepted standards.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues that are within the common understandings of organization theory and organizational behaviour. Use a range of approaches to formulate evidence-based solutions/responses to defined and/or routine problems/issues of managing people in organisations. Critically evaluate evidence-based solutions/responses to defined and/or routine problems/issues of managing people in organisations.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Use a range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills associated with organization theory and organizational behaviour, for example: Convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes. Use a range of standard applications to process and obtain data. Use and evaluate numerical and graphical data to measure progress and achieve goals/targets.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level. Take continuing account of own and others’ roles, responsibilities and contributions in carrying out and evaluating tasks. Work in support of current professional practice, under guidance. Deal with ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices, under guidance.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The delivery of this module encompasses 36 hours of timetabled contact time with a lecturer/tutor over a period of 12 weeks. Lectures last two hours and blended learning and face to face tutorials last for one hour on a weekly basis. The tutorials are designed to build on the lecture programme and support preparation of the summative assessments through formative activities and feedback/forward.
Students are required to prepare material and individual input for tutorials in independent study outside of timetabled class times amounting to 164 hours.
The module offers the opportunity for students to work autonomously in a collaborative environment and to critically reflect on their own learning and development through the group experience.
The autonomous engaged action learning environment and the module activities and assessments are designed for the development of teamworking skills e.g. strategy, project management, time management, leadership, performance management, interpersonal and group communication and conflict management skills, as well as reflective practice.
The L&T programme provides access to information and resources to support students in building knowledge and opportunities to facilitate understanding of organisational behaviour theories, models, and concepts and to encourage critical thinking.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Buchanan D. and Huczynski A., (2017), “Organisational Behaviour”, 9th Edition, Pearson Education Ltd, Harlow

*Details of further resources, including textbooks, journals and online resources will be identified at the beginning of each delivery and made available in the VLE

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Attendance Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure

For the purposes of this module, academic engagement equates to the following:
Due to the nature of the group assessment attendance during autonomous engaged learning tutorial sessions is of particular importance to successfully complete the group assessment and for accountability to the individual project group.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorAndrew Burnett
External ExaminerM Metawie
Accreditation DetailsChartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
60% of the overall marks will be accounted for by a group report.
Students who fail to pass this group assessment will be required to complete an individual written assessment of 2500 words.
40% of the overall marks will be accounted for by an individual written CPD assessment.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Case studycheck markcheck markcheck mark  600

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical work   check markcheck mark400
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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