Organisational Behaviour

Organisational Behaviour

Year: 2018-2019
Course code: MGT1022
Course credits: 10
Taught: Semester 1
Course co-ordinator: Dr Marjana Johnsson
Course lecturers: Dr Scott HurrellDr Marjana Johnsson and Muhammad Faisol Chowdhury
Entry requirements: See below for details. 
Excluded courses:  Students who have previously taken Business and Management 1A (MGT1001) and Business and Management 1B (MGT1002) are unable to take this course.
Available to visiting students: Yes
Contact for more information: Claire Cameron

Course 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.


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

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of organisational behaviour theory and research in studying organisations in contemporary society, drawing on research and knowledge from the social sciences
  • Identify how organisations and jobs may be structured and designed and assess the impact of these choices for individuals and organisations
  • Explain and analyse key concepts within organisational behaviour (such as motivation, organisational structure and job design) in depth, and their implications for individuals, organisations and society
  • Identify how groups and teams within organisations form, develop and interact
  • Identify issues and outcomes associated with power relations within organisations
  • Identify how factors and processes at the level of the individual (such as personality) influence individual and organisational outcomes; both alone and through interaction with wider organisational factors

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures: Monday and Thursday (4.00-5.00pm) (2 x 1hr lectures x 10 weeks)
Tutorials: 1 x 1hr tutorials x 5 weeks

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

Course texts

It is expected that students will have access to the following core text book for this course. Some material covered in this text book but not in the lectures will be included in the final degree exam, and so purchase is highly recommended: 

Bratton, J. (2016) Introduction to Work and Organizational Behaviour, Basingstoke:Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition. 

The text book also has a companion website with useful materials including revision/test questions (which will be very useful for the final degree examination). Textbooks have individual access codes for the website and you will need this to register.


An assignment of 1,000-1,250 words (50%)
A 1-hour degree exam (December) (50%)

Entry Requirements

Arts and Science students in years 2 or above who would like to take a business-related course may be interested in:

  • MGT1003 - Entrepreneurship 1A
  • MGT 1004 - Entrepreneurship 1B
  • ACCFIN1001 - Introduction to Business Reporting and Financial Accounting
  • ACCFIN1006 -  Introduction to Management Accounting and Control
  • ACCFIN1016 - Introduction to Finance, Investments and Institutions

Note that the courses above do not have Honours pathways and, as such, are not suitable for students in year 1.