Understanding Organisational Behaviour


5 ETCS | 135 hours


Language of instruction



Matt Bromley

University of Derby

Ahmad Timsal

University of Derby

Cristian Burr Raty

Tampere University of Applied Sciences


Students allowed to take modules at home institution


Mode of teaching


30 – 60

Implementation time

17 April – 19 May 2023

weekly sessions 2 hours a week


Friday 10 AM – 12 AM (Zoom, Digicampus)

Final Exam: 26 May 2023

Course information and Implementation information


The individual behaviour, management processes and practices, and context of the organisation itself are all interrelated; each has some bearing on how the others operate. The module provides insight into the interrelationship between managerial practice and leadership, rules and regulations, resources, power dynamics, employee’s attitudes, personalities, behaviours, and attitudes. Students will learn about the aspects that can motivate employees, increase their performance, enhance organisational effectiveness, and help organisations establish a strong and trusting relationship within their workforce.

The module brings together theory and real-life case studies and practices, offering perspectives from different points of view and disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain and discuss key concepts pertinent to organisation behaviour.
  2. Apply relevant theories, frameworks, and concepts to explain processes and practices of the organisational behaviour.

    Planned learning activities and teaching methods 

    • The importance of organisational behaviour
    • Interpreting organisational behaviour
    • The role of HR
    • Personality
    • Type and Trait Theory
    • Nomothetic and Idiographic approaches
    • Engagement and motivation
    • Team and group behaviour
    • Organisational Trust

    Course material (including recommended or required reading)

    • Organizational Behavior – Buchanan, David
    • Management [and] Organisational Behaviour. Mullins
    • The Leadership Experience. Richard Daft
    Teaching methods

    All study materials, readings, guidance, and handbooks on this programme are available in an online format. The learning and teaching methods predominantly used are as follows: 

    • Self-paced, online study and research.
    • Discussion boards, enabling students to work on unit activities, to discuss a particular topic with fellow students and tutors, and to communicate with each other on aspects of the study materials and share experiences related to the module topic.
    • Live sessions delivered by a module tutor; delivered and recorded for each module.
    • Pre-recorded videos delivered by members of the academic team, available for you to watch at any time.
    • Industry specialists, Alumni and Professional body representatives provide insight into the sector trends via guest lectures and informing the assessment design.

    Each module will incorporate the core elements of relevant and structured content, a rich variety of activities, and timely and focussed feedback in order to help students to get the most out of their studies. 

    A common approach is for regular activities to be set based on the content of an online unit and then students are provided with the opportunity to work on those activities in online discussions with peers.  

    Assessment methods and criteria

    Division of contents

    Unit Distribution for Learning Outcomes

    1 Team Explain and discuss key concepts pertinent to organisation behaviour. 60 %

    Apply relevant theories, frameworks, and concepts to explain processes and practices of the organisational behaviour.


    40 %



    Collaborative activity – Weighting:  60%

    Assesses Learning Outcomes: 1

    This will be assessed via weekly contributions to a discussion activity

    Component 2:  COURSEWORK 2

    Individual Report

    Weighting:  40%

    An individual report which investigates organization behaviour within a case study


    Evaluation scale

    0 None Delivered
    1 Fail
    2 Satisfactory
    3 Good
    4 Excellent
    5 Outstanding

    Descriptive criteria will be supplied to students prior to due dates.

    International Connections

    The course is offered within the Erasmus funded VERSATILE project. The course is open to second, third- and fourth-year students at the participating universities.

    • Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
    • University of Derby (UK)
    • Rhine Waal University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
    • Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

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