Examines the characteristics and complexities of modern work-based organisations and the tensions, conflicts and contradictions that are embedded in them. Considers organisational processes and work arrangements, with special emphasis on the concept of power and its application within organisations to resolve the challenges that are endemic to working in organisations. Students are introduced to recent theory-building with regard to organisations as complex adaptive systems that are inherently dynamic and not susceptible to top-down control.
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Discuss the different kinds of work organisations that exist, and explain the design principles on which they are based.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Identify the ways in which the structures, processes and activities of organisations reflect the nature and distribution of power within them.||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||Critically analyse the concept of organisational culture and its implications for organisational performance and management of change.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|4||Critically analyse the psychological, social and cultural foundations of individual behaviour at work, and of how the resultant interests of individuals need to be accommodated within organisational settings.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||Critically analyse the types of problems that can arise in regard to the performance of work within organisations, and the range of responses available to organisational members to solve those problems.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|6||Demonstrate an understanding of the conception of an organisation as a complex adaptive system by explaining how it differs from the hierarchical model of organisation.||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
Teaching and assessment
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