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PDC5511 People @ Work

Full Year, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 0.33
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing

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Pre-requisite: For FBSC Group Students Only

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at <//>.


In most situations people do not work completely on their own. It is rather much more common for people to work in the context of other people. This makes it very useful to develop a better understanding of the ‘people and work’ nexus. In this course foundations are laid to develop a better understanding of some of the dynamics and challenges involved when people are at work. It will become clear that rather than thinking about ‘people problems’ – performance and competitiveness can indeed be enhanced and quality of work-life can be improved, if we can develop a better understanding of people.


In this course the changing world of work is explored within the broader context of change in society. This leads to an examination of essential behavioural differences and dynamics in respect of people in relation to the organisations where they work. The challenges related to enhancing work performance and improving quality of work life are also investigated, and so too in particular the role that work organisation or design can play in this regard.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. analyse and debate connections between people and a changing world of work
  2. explain and analyse essential aspects of individual behaviour and how these interplay with work, performance and the organisations where people work
  3. critically analyse aspects of employee motivation and the implications for how we organise the work of people.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Work, people and performance 25.00
2. Understanding people: some essentials 25.00
3. Employee motivation and empowerment 30.00
4. Designing work 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Wood, J, Zeffane, R, Fromholtz, M, Wiesner, R & Creed, A 2010, Organisational behaviour: core concepts and applications, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 20.00
Private Study 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Not applicable.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Not applicable.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Not applicable.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Not applicable.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Not applicable.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at