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MGT1000 Organisational Behaviour

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Organisational Behaviour
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
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 students to work more effectively within an organisational context by exposing them to some foundation theory about the management of themselves and others within organisations.

Synopsis

This course has two major components. The first part is about management of the self through reflection. Specifically in the first part of the course students will learn about double loop learning and the importance of reflecting on one's assumptions as a manager. Students will be given an opportunity to set some personal learning goals and then monitor their progress on these across the semester as a form of double loop learning. The second part of the course is about students uncovering personally relevant learnings about their approach to the management of others in pursuit of organisational outcomes. In managing others as individual employees, students will be asked to consider how their approach as a manager to for example, decision making, may impact on individual employees' experience of job satisfaction. In managing staff as members of groups or teams, students will be asked to consider how their approach as a manager to for example, conflict, may impact the cohesiveness of the work groups they are leading. In managing employees at an organisational level students are asked to consider how for example, the culture of a work place may impact on the profitability and long term survival of the organisation. The final piece of assessment for the course will give students an opportunity to construct a statement of the personally relevant learnings they are taking from this course into their current or future management activities.

Objectives

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

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

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Single and Double Loop Reflection 40.00
2. What is your approach to being a manager? 5.00
3. What is your approach to managing organisation level factors? 5.00
4. What is your approach to managing individuals? 25.00
5. What is your approach to 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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&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 2019, Organisational behaviour, 9th 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 2019, What color is your parachute? 2020: a practical manual for job-hunters and career changers, Revised edn, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley.
Quinn, R, Bright, DS, Sturm, RE 2021, Becoming a master manager: a competing values approach, 7th 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 25 17 Mar 2021 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 28 Apr 2021 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 PART A 5 5 12 May 2021 (see note 3)
ASSIGNMENT 3 PART B 100 40 02 Jun 2021 (see note 4)

Notes
  1. ASSIGNMENT 1 - STUDY PLAN
  2. ASSIGNMENT 2 - SINGLE/DOUBLE LOOP REFLECTION ON STUDY PLAN PROGRESS
  3. ASSIGNMENT 3 - PART A (DRAFT VERSION OF ASSIGNMENT 3 SUBMITTED TO SMARTTHINKING)
  4. ASSIGNMENT 3 - PART B STATEMENT OF PRESONALLY RELEVANT LEARNINGS

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:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course.

  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.

Date printed 18 June 2021