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MGT1000 Organisational Behaviour

Semester 1, 2018 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Organisational Behaviour
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 080307 - Organisation Management
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Bernadette Lynch

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 http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

Students completing this course are pursuing a diverse range of careers including engineering, business, the arts and psychology to name but a few. Despite this apparent diversity all students share in common the probability that they will enact their careers within organisations. More simply stated, most paid work occurs within organisations. (This holds true as much for engineers as for performance artists). The discipline of OB (Organisational behaviour) assumes that people are the basic building blocks of any organisation. People are afforded this level of importance in organisations because it is assumed that organisations achieve their goals through the efforts of the people who constitute the organisation. Therefore being able to manage people is a fundamental skill required by all students completing this course, no matter what specific career individual students wish to undertake. This course will prepare you to work more effectively within an organisational context by exposing you to some foundation theory about the management of yourself and others within organisations.

Synopsis

This course has two major components. The first part is all about management of the self through reflection. The second part of the course is all about theory associated with the management of others. Specifically in the first part of the course students will be taught how to observe and record their thoughts, feelings and actions throughout a real life incident with a view to reflecting on them at a later date. Students will also be exposed to double loop learning as a form of reflection and will be given the opportunity to identify personal strengths (rather than weaknesses) in their reflections. Finally in the first part of the course students will be shown how to apply theory to an incident so that when students reflect they can draw on more than life experience to make sense of or judgements about their role in the incident. The second part of the course opens with some useful big picture theory about the nature of management within organisations and the nature of structure and culture as organisational systems. The course then addresses the issue of managing others as individuals by looking at the contribution of individual's attitudes, emotions and motivation to their work within organisations. The final section of the course focuses on the management of others as members of groups and teams and examines the impact of conflict, politics and power on group and team performance.

Objectives

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

  1. communicate self-observations, reflections and applications of theory to life incidents clearly and concisely
  2. apply organisational behaviour theory and reflective practice techniques to resolve workplace-related problems and or to garner insights about the self
  3. work autonomously on a bounded self-reflection task
  4. think critically about assumptions that drive management practice
  5. recall and apply foundation organisational behaviour theory related to the management of individuals and groups and teams.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Managing the self 50.00
2. The context of management 5.00
3. Managing individuals 20.00
4. Managing groups and teams. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/?year=2018&sem=01&subject1=MGT1000)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

  • Robbins, S, Judge, T, Millett, B & Boyle, M 2017, Organisational behaviour, 8th edn, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.

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.
  • Bolles, RN 2016, What color is your parachute? 2017: a practical manual for job-hunters and career changers, Revised edn, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley.
  • Quinn, R, Faerman, S, Thompson, M, McGrath, M & Bright, D 2015, Becoming a master manager: a competing values approach, 6th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 90.00
Independent Study 75.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 30 02 May 2018
ASSIGNMENT 2 30 10 23 May 2018
EXAMINATION 60 60 End S1 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. This is a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a restricted examination.

    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during the examination. Electronic devices and TEXT BOOKS are NOT permitted.

    However, candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course:
    1. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination)
    2. ANY hard-copy notes (there is NO LIMIT to the number of pages)
    3. copies of course materials such as selected readings, tutorial exercises, photo-copies of sections of the text book and PowerPoint slides associated with the course
    4. study notes and handwritten notes.


  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.