CQUniversity Unit Profile
HRMT11010 Term 1 - 2021
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 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

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. Online Test
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 Unit evaluation.

Feedback

Students enjoyed the assessment structure.

Recommendation

Retain the current assessment structure.

Feedback from Unit evaluation.

Feedback

Teaching team offers timely help.

Recommendation

Strive to maintain our quick response to student enquiry.

Feedback from Unit evaluation.

Feedback

Learning resources were helpful.

Recommendation

Review the learning resources to ensure they are fun and meet learning outcomes.

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 - Online Test - 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 - Online Test - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Organisational Behaviour 9 (2019)

Authors: Robbins, SP., Judge, TA., Edwards, M., Sandiford, P., Fitzgerald, M., & Hunt, J.
Pearson
Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9781488620683
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

They may purchase second hand copies of the physical text, or an online version of the book.

You can purchase paper copies from the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au


IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • PC, Laptop, tablet or hand-held device with a camera and audio
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th 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: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

What is organisational behaviour?

Chapter

Chapter 1, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Every quiz is available from 9am AEST on the 8 March 2021.

Assessment 2 - You must choose one essay topic by 9am AEST on 29 March 2021.

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Diversity in organisations.

Chapter

Chapter 2, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 1 closes 19 March 2021 AEST at 10 pm.

Assessment 2 - You must choose one essay topic by 9am AEST on 29 March 2021.

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Attitudes and job satisfaction; Personality and values

Chapter

Chapters 3 & 4, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 2 closes 26 March 2021 at 10 pm AEST.

Assessment 2 - You must choose one essay topic by 9am AEST on 29 March 2021.

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Emotions and moods

Chapter

Chapter 5, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 3 closes 2 April 2021 at 10 pm AEST.

Assessment 2 - You must choose one essay topic by 9am AEST on 29 March 2021.

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Perception and individual decision making; Motivation

Chapter

Chapters 6 & 7, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 4 closes 9 April 2021 at 10 pm AEST.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review of material from previous weeks

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Foundations of group behaviour

Chapter

Chapter 8, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 5 closes 23 April 2021 at 10 pm AEST.

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Communication

Chapter

Chapter 10, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 6 closes 30 April 2021 at 10 pm AEST.

Assessment 2 - Topic 1 is due 30 April 2021 at 10 pm AEST.

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Leadership

Chapter

Chapter 11, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Quiz 7 closes 7 May 2021 at 10 pm AEST.

Assessment 2 - Topic 2 is due 7 May 2021 at 10 pm AEST.

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Power and politics

Chapter

Chapter 12, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 - Topic 3 is due 14 May 2021 at 10 pm AEST.

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Conflict and negotiation

Chapter

Chapter 13, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 - Topic 4 is due 21 May 2021 at 10 pm AEST.

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Foundations of organisational structure

Chapter

Chapter 14, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Organisational culture

Chapter

Chapter 15, Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Mitchell & Hunt

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

To be determined.

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz(zes)

Task Description

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

Each quiz is based on a chapter from the textbook. The quizzes can be accessed from the “Assessment" Tab at the top of the unit Moodle site. Each quiz comprises of 10 multiple choice questions (MCQs) to be completed in one sitting of 20 minutes.

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

Quiz Content Quiz Closure
1 Chapter 1 Friday 19 March, 2021; 10.00 p.m. AEST
2 Chapter 2 Friday 26 March, 2021; 10.00 p.m. AEST
3 Chapter 3 Friday 2 April, 2021; 10.00 p.m. AEST
4 Chapter 5 Friday 9 April, 2021; 10.00 p.m. AEST
5 Chapter 6 Friday 23 April, 2021; 10.00 p.m. AEST
6 Chapter 8 Friday 30 April, 2021; 10.00 p.m. AEST
7 Chapter 10   Friday 7 May, 2021; 10.00 p.m. AEST


Number of Quizzes

7


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

See details in the above table under task description for due dates and times.


Return Date to Students

Score is shown when the test closes.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Each quiz has 10 questions and each correct answer earns one (1) point. While this assessment has seven online quizzes, only the best five scores will contribute to your assessment. The 'extra' quizzes are there in case you did not do so well and wish to increase your overall score, or, because you missed some quizzes and want to catch up.

At the end of the final quiz, your results will be automatically scaled to a score out of 20.


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

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Academic Essay

Task Description

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.

You are required to choose one (1) of the four possible essay topics provided on the Unit Moodle site and write an Academic Essay of 1500 words (+/- 10%).

In your essay, you should establish your key argument(s) and provide evidence from academic literature and other appropriate sources to support your argument(s).

This task requires you to engage in extensive research within the academic literature, peer reviewed academic journal articles in particular.

You should refer to a minimum of six (6) scholarly references including the prescribed text book.

Note: Before commencing this task, please carefully read the "Assessment Task Description" and the "Marking Rubric" available in the Unit Moodle site.

Essay  Topic/ Chapter alignment   Due Date
1 2
   Friday 30 April, 2021 at 10.00 pm
2 5
   Friday 7 May, 2021 at 10.00 pm
3 11    Friday 14 May, 2021 at 10.00 pm
4 14      Friday 21 May, 2021 at 10.00 pm


Assessment Due Date

See details in the above table


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.


Analysis (25%): The essay demonstrates detailed understanding and critical analysis of the topic. It presents a clearly integrated and well‑developed argument throughout to address all parts of the assessment task.

Application of literature/theory (25%): The essay demonstrates application of the relevant concepts, frameworks, and theories in relation to the topic.

Research (20%): The essay demonstrates extensive research and understanding of the topic. The essay should have a minimum of six (6) scholarly references, which must include the prescribed textbook, plus five (5) relevant academic peer reviewed journals (to be eligible for a pass [10/20] on this criterion). The research is used in an integrated manner throughout the essay to support the argument.

Presentation (20%): The essay is appropriately structured with no headings, has relevant information order and flow, paragraphs are used effectively, and includes a well-formulated introduction and conclusion.

Referencing (5%): The references list and the in-text referencing complies with the exact detail of the CQU APA Referencing Guide. The references are appropriate and sufficient throughout the essay.

Communication (5%): The essay uses clear and concise communication, appropriate language, grammar, spelling (Australian English), and punctuation.

Late penalties will be applied as per CQU Policy at the rate of 1.5 marks per day (5%) deducted from your academic essay score for each day late.


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

3 Online Test

Assessment Title
Online Test

Task Description

The Online Test will be based on:

Part A: 40 Multiple Choice questions, and

Part B: Six (6) short answer questions (about 200 - 250) words and there is no need to use references.

This is a closed book test where students will be unable to use any physical or electronic resources to assist completion of the Online Test.

Full details of accessing the Online Test will be provided on moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Students must be available at this time and day to complete the online test


Return Date to Students

Final results will be available on certification of grades


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Part A of the Online Test is equal to 40 marks (one mark per correct answer).  Part B of the test is equal to 60 marks (a maximum of 10 marks per question).  The total marks for the online exam is 100 and is then halved to obtain a mark out of 50.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Closed Book exam. Students must be available at this time and day to complete the online test.

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
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

What can you do to act with integrity?

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.