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PDC5513 Organisation Dynamics @ 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
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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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 <>.


Organisations are complex and making them successful pose serious challenges to managers at all levels. This makes it very useful to develop a better understanding of some of the organisation dynamics that modern-day managers are faced with. In this course foundations are laid to develop an appreciation of the role played by dynamics related to things like organisational politics and power, organisational structures and cultures, as well as organisational change. The idea is to stimulate learning about how these dynamics can be leveraged to the best possible advantage of organisational performance and competitiveness.


In this course organisational dynamics are investigated within the broader context of a changing world, and a changing world of work and organisations. The nature of and challenges related to power and organisational politics are introduced. The nature and important role played by things like organisational structure, design and culture are also investigated. How to develop appropriate organisational culture that is conducive to 'high performance' is also explored. The challenges posed by change, and how to cope with, manage and champion change - are also covered.


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

  1. appraise the relationship between organisational structure and the internal and external environment of organisations
  2. analyse how organisational effectiveness is influenced by factors such as power, control, climate and culture
  3. analyse and assess issues related to processes of organisational change and apply relevant strategies for organisational development.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Power and politics in organisations 25.00
2. Organisational cultures and structures 50.00
3. Leading change in organisations 25.00

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

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
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  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
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  6. Examination information:
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  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
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