Unit description

This unit aims to develop an understanding about the concepts and theories of organisational behaviour at the individual, group and organisational level. Providing insight into the relationship between organisational behaviour and organisational outcomes, as well as the role of HR in supporting positive outcomes.

Unit content

Topic 1: What is organisational behaviour and how does it affect organisations, management, employees and HRM.
Topic 2: Organisational level factor: Power and influence: the impact of management decision-making (politics) and the role of HR.
Topic 3: Organisational level factor: Examining the role of leadership in effective organisational decision-making.
Topic 4: Organisational level factor: Examining conflict and negotiation in organisations and the role of HR.
Topic 5: Organisational level factor: Implementing organisational change and innovation and the role of HR (a synthesis of change management strategies).
Topic 6: Individual level factor: Understanding the impact of individual attributes (including emotional intelligence) and the impact on job performance.
Topic 7: Individual level factor: Understanding the impact of social learning, reinforcement and self-management on outcomes.
Topic 8: Individual level factor: Understanding the impact of goal setting and flexible work arrangements on outcomes.
Topic 9: Group level factor: Understanding the impact of group dynamics on outcomes.
Topic 10: Implications for HR practice synthesis of AOM editorials about the lack of evidenced based HR.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Wood, J, Zeffane, R, Fromholtz, M, Wiesner, R, ... Hunt., J & Osborn, R. , 2012, Organisational Behaviour: Core Concepts and Applications, 3rd edn, John Wiley. ISBN: 9781118389478.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%

Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Exam: closed book50%

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