Business & Management MA(SocSci)/BSc/LLB/MA

Organisational Behaviour MGT1022

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

MGT1022, Organisational Behaviour, is one of four 10-credit courses which comprise level 1 study in Business and Management. Students will complete all four courses (40 credits in total) and achieve a minimum of grade D3 in each in order to progress to Level 2 study in Business and Management.


This course aims to provide an introduction to the study of Organisational Behaviour for students with little or no previous social science knowledge. Organisational Behaviour is about people and how they behave in organisations. Given the demanding nature of organising and managing people, Organisational Behaviour is considered as the foundation of management studies.


Lectures: Friday (15.00-17.00pm) (1 x 2hr lectures x 10 weeks)
Tutorials: 1 x 1hr tutorials x 5 weeks

Tutorials are held at various times and can be selected on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by:

50% in-course assignment of 1,000 -1,250 words.

50% by a one-hour degree exam.


Intended Learning Outcomes



Word Length/ Duration




1,000 - 1,250 words


Multiple Choice Exam


1 Hour


ILO5 Is assessed by attendance in tutorials. Absence of more than one session from tutorials with no acceptable excuse will result in reduction of 1 grade per absence as long as it does not result in a fail grade.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course explains why it is important to study the behaviour of people in organisations in contemporary society. In doing so the course:

1. Provides students with a thorough multi-disciplinary grounding in both normative and critical approaches to studying people in organisations.

2. Draws on multiple levels of analysis to explain how organisational, group and individual factors create outcomes within organisations.

3. Analyses how the above factors and outcomes can impact upon organisations, people within organisations and wider society.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Recognise the importance of organisational behaviour theory and research in studying organisations in contemporary society.

2. Explain and analyse key concepts within organisational behaviour, and their implications for individuals, teams, organisations and society.

3. Identify how organisations and jobs may be structured and designed and assess the impact of these choices.

4. Identify how individual action is situated in organisational structures and power relations.

5. Demonstrate engagement in learning and work-based activities.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.