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HRMT11010 Organisational Behaviour
Organisational Behaviour
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General Information

Overview

Organisational behaviour is the study of human behaviour at work. The complexity of human behaviour means that this inter-disciplinary field of study draws upon the literature from psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science. In this unit you will examine theories and the research base from the social sciences that inform the way in which individual level factors (e.g. personality, attitudes, emotion and motivation), team level factors (e.g. leadership and group dynamics) and organisational factors (e.g. structure and culture) combine to explain behaviour. You will learn about the role of workplace behaviour and its critical role in organisational outcomes such as productivity, innovation and absenteeism.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2019

Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Staff and student feedback

Feedback

The Unit is well-structured.

Recommendation

The structure of the Unit will be retained.

Feedback from Staff and student feedback

Feedback

More information should be provided on the assessment.

Recommendation

Within reason, students will be provided with all relevant information regarding the assessment.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate a number of theories that explain human behaviour
  2. Critically appraise the inter-relationship between individual, team and organisational systems
  3. Apply the study of organisational behaviour to work practices and arrangements in organisations.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Organisational Behaviour 8th edn (2016)

Authors: Stephen Robbins, Timothy Judge, Bruce Millett, Maree Boyle
Pearson
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9781488609343
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

A value pack containing the paper text, MyManagement Lab and the eText is available from the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

However, if you prefer eBook only version, it is available from the publisher's website here: http://www.pearson.com.au/9781488609343 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Lee Di Milia Unit Coordinator
V.DiMilia@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

What is organisational behaviour?

Chapter

Chapter 1, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Every quiz is available from 9 am on the 11 March. The first quiz closes in Week 2.

Assessment 2 - You must choose an essay topic by 9 am on 1 April.

Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

Diversity in organisations.

Chapter

Chapter 2, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 1 closes 21 March at 4 pm.

Assessment 2 - You must choose an essay topic by 9 am on 1 April.

Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Mar 2019

Module/Topic

Attitudes and job satisfaction; Personality and values

Chapter

Chapters 3 & 4, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 2 closes 28 March at 4 pm.

Assessment 2 - You must choose an essay topic by 9 am on 1 April.

Week 4 Begin Date: 01 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Emotions and moods

Chapter

Chapter 5, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 3 closes 4 April at 4 pm.

Assessment 2 - You must choose an essay topic by 9 am on 1 April.

Week 5 Begin Date: 08 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Perception and individual decision making; Motivation

Chapter

Chapters 6 & 7, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 4 closes 11 April at 4 pm.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 15 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 22 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Foundations of group behaviour

Chapter

Chapter 8, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 5 closes 26 April at 4 pm.

Week 7 Begin Date: 29 Apr 2019

Module/Topic

Communication

Chapter

Chapter 10, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 6 closes 2 May at 4pm.

Assessment 2 - Topic 1 is due 2 May at 4 pm.

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 May 2019

Module/Topic

Leadership

Chapter

Chapter 11, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 7 closes 9 May at 4pm.

Assessment 2 - Topic  2 is due 9 May at 4 pm.

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 May 2019

Module/Topic

Power and politics

Chapter

Chapter 12, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 - Topic 3 is due 16 May at 4 pm.

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 May 2019

Module/Topic

Conflict and negotiation

Chapter

Chapter 13, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 - Topic 4 is due 23 May at 4 pm.

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 May 2019

Module/Topic

Foundations of organisational structure

Chapter

Chapter 14, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 03 Jun 2019

Module/Topic

Organisational culture

Chapter

Chapter 15, Robbins, Judge, Millett and Boyle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 10 Jun 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Jun 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 1

Task Description

This assessment comprises of seven (7) online quizzes. Only the best five (5) scores will be used to determine your overall result for Assessment 1.

Each quiz is based on a chapter from the textbook. The quizzes can be accessed from the “Assessment Block” or from the "Assessments" section (above weekly topics) in the unit Moodle site.

Each quiz comprises of 10 multiple choice questions (MCQs) to be completed in one sitting of 20 minutes.

Every quiz is available from 11 March at 9 am and will close on the date and time shown in the table below.

Once a quiz closes, it cannot be reopened for any reason. There are no alternatives or extensions for quizzes.


Quiz Content Quiz Closure
1 Chapter 1 21 March, 4 pm. AEST.
2 Chapter 2 28 March, 4 pm. AEST.
3 Chapter 3 4 April, 4 pm. AEST.
4 Chapter 4 11 April, 4 pm. AEST.
5 Chapter 5 26 April, 4 pm. AEST.
6 Chapter 6

2 May, 4 pm. AEST.

7 Chapter 7 9 May, 4 pm. AEST


Number of Quizzes

7


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

See details in the table above.


Return Date to Students

Score is shown when the test closes.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment has seven online quizzes but only the best five scores will contribute to your final result. The 'extra' quizzes are there in case you wish to increase your overall score, or because you missed a quiz.

Each quiz has 10 questions and each correct answer earns you one (1) point. At the end of the final quiz, your results will be scaled to a score out of 20.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Access and complete the quizzes through the Unit Moodle website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate a number of theories that explain human behaviour
  • Critically appraise the inter-relationship between individual, team and organisational systems
  • Apply the study of organisational behaviour to work practices and arrangements in organisations.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2

Task Description

Purpose

This written assessment is designed to assist students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts, theories, and models related to ‘Organisational Behaviour’.

It also provides an opportunity for students to enhance their research, analytical, critical thinking, and written communication skills.


Task Description

You are required to choose one essay topic from the four options and prepare an Academic Essay of 1500 words (+/- 10%). The choice can be found by clicking on the 'Assessment 2' link on the website or from the Assessment row in the weekly schedule.


In your essay, you should establish your key argument(s) and provide evidence from the academic literature and other appropriate sources to support your argument(s). This task requires you to read widely. The textbook is one source but in addition, you need to read other academic literature and peer-reviewed academic journal articles. The criteria for the essay can be found in the FAQ section on the unit website.

You have to refer to a minimum of five (5) peer-reviewed journal articles.


Essay Topic Chapter alignment Due date
1 3 2 May, 4 pm
2 5 9 May, 4 pm
3 8 16 May, 4 pm
4 11 23 May, 4 pm


Assessment Due Date

See details in the table above.


Return Date to Students

We will make every attempt to return on-time submitted assessments within two weeks of the submission date.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment 2 - Marking Criteria for Essay.

An essay is more than a 'descriptive' response to the question - a good essay argues a case, it demonstrates that you have critically thought about the question and recognises there are different views on the topic.

A good essay also considers the 'evidence' for the statements made by the journal authors. What do I mean by evidence - a useful first step is to question who provided the data, how the data was collected and how the data were analysed.

In answering the essay topic:

  • Use a minimum of five academic sources. These can be textbook and/or peer-reviewed articles (see FAQ section). Newspaper, magazine articles and general material from the web are not acceptable,
  • Try to paraphrase what you read and avoid lengthy quotes,
  • Reference your work using APA style.

Your essay will be assessed against the following criteria  (see also FAQ section for Assessment 2).

Content

  • Depth of knowledge and critical analysis (25%)
  • Awareness/application of relevant theory/models in response to the topic (25%)
  • Appropriateness of response (20%)
  • Relevant and accurate use of the literature (15%)

Presentation

  • Clear introduction, body and conclusion. Clarity of expression and Australian spelling (5%)
  • Correct APA style (5%)
  • 1500 words (plus/minus 10%) (5%)


The essay mark will be scaled back to 30%.

Note: Late penalties will be applied as per CQU Policy.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate a number of theories that explain human behaviour
  • Critically appraise the inter-relationship between individual, team and organisational systems
  • Apply the study of organisational behaviour to work practices and arrangements in organisations.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
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