COMMGMT 7006 - People and Organisations (M)

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2019

This course explores behaviour in the workplace from an individual, group and organisational perspective. It seeks to develop an understanding of how individual attributes such as attitudes, personality, values and motivation, impact on employee performance. It also considers the role of groups and teams in supporting organisational outcomes, strategies for managing interpersonal and intergroup conflict, organisational communication and the importance of leadership in promoting positive employee behaviours. Topics examined from an organisational level perspective include culture, and stress management.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMMGMT 7006
    Course People and Organisations (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Trimester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Karen Grogan

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Location/s:     Class 1 - 6: Barr Smith South, 2051, Teaching Room
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Diagnose the causes and consequences of behavioural actions within organisations.
    2. Collaboratively and autonomously research, analyse and evaluate organisational business information from a wide variety of sources.
    3. Apply relevant contemporary theories, concepts and models in order to analyse organisational environments, cases and issues.
    4. Communicate their findings clearly and effectively using a variety of media.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 3, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3, 4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Wood, J., Zeffane, R., Fromholtz, M., Wiesner, R., Morrison, R., Factor, A., McKeown, T. (2019) Organisational Behaviour: Core concepts and applications, 5th Australasian Ed. John Wiley and Sons, Milton Qld.

    The text may be bought from the bookshop or online via the below link:

    Organisational Behaviour: Core Concepts and Applications, 5th Australasian Edition | Wiley Direct | Wiley Direct

    Recommended Resources
    The Communication Skills Guide and The University of Adelaide Writing Centre web page are helpful resources for your academic writing and observance of the protocols and conventions of the Harvard referencing style. You also have access to numerous resources in the library including scholarly journals and alternative contemporary OB texts, but there are many readings which are relevant to the course. You are encouraged to read widely and critically with a focus on recent work (less than 5 years old) in periodicals, refereed academic journals and books. Some  contemporary OB texts you may find useful include: 

    Kinicki, A., and Williams, B. 2012, Management – A Practical Introduction, McGraw Hill, Sydney

    McShane, S., Olekalns, M., Newman, A., Martin, A. 2018, Oraganisational Behavior: Emerging Knowledge. Global Insights. 6th Edition. McGraw Hill, Sydney

    Robbins, S.P., Judge, T.A., Millett, B., Boyle M., T., 2012, Organisational Behaviour, Pearson Education, Australia

    Recommended Readings

    Students are required to read beyond the core textbook to enhance their learning of organisational behaviour. Some specific tutorial preparation readings drawing from the core text, journal articles and various online materials will be recommended as the course progresses. In addition, lectures will include citations you might find relevant, interesting and useful for following up key issues and theories useful in preparing your written assignments.

    You are encouraged to become familiar with the on-line and electronic databases and other information sources available in the main library. Familiarity with these information sources is important for the effective searching of academic literature. Some relevant academic journals are listed on the following page however, please note, this list is by no means comprehensive and is offered as a launching point for additional readings.

    • Academy of Management Journal
    • Academy of Management Perspectives (formerly Academy of Management Review)
    • Administrative Science Quarterly
    • Human Relations
    • Journal of Applied Psychology
    • Journal of Organizational Behaviour
    • Journal of Management Inquiry
    • Organization Science
    • Organization Studies
    • Work, Employment and Society
    Online Learning

    MyUni will be used extensively in this course for announcements, resources, and assessment. Students should be actively checking the MyUni course webpage regularly for announcements, lecture slides, general course information, assessment details, tutorial preparation, additional readings and suggested links.

    Please ensure you have access before the start of semester. This is your responsibility.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Intensive 9am - 4pm 

    Class 1: Thursday February 7th, 2019

    Class 2: Thursday February 21st, 2019

    Class 3: Thursday March 7th, 2019

    Class 4: Thursday March 21st, 2019

    Class 5: Thursday April 4th, 2019

    Class 6: Thursday April 18th, 2019

    Two topics per class.

    Seminar/workshop format:

    Seminar sessions are designed to engage students in discussion and critical thinking about the course content as well as to provide enhanced exploration and reflection of the subject material. 

    It’s important in this course that you familiarise yourself with the text material before you come to class, so that you can participate meaningfully in class activities.

    Online discussions occur during the weeks where Classes 5 & 6 occur.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Class 1:  Seminar - 6 hours

    Class 2:  Pre-reading - 2 hours, Private Study - 2 hours & Seminar - 6 hours = 10 hours total

    Class 3: Pre-reading - 2 hours, Private Study - 2 hours & Seminar - 6 hours = 10 hours total

    Class 4: Pre-reading - 2 hours, Private Study - 2 hours & Seminar - 6 hours = 10 hours total

    Class 5: Pre-reading - 1 hour, Online - 1 hour, Private Study - 2 hours & Seminar - 6 hours = 10 hours total

    Class 6: Pre-reading - 1 hour, Online - 1 hour, Private Study - 2 hours & Seminar - 6 hours = 10 hours total

    Learning Activities Summary
    This course is taught on campus, using a flipped classroom technique

    Classes 1-4:

    Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials.

    Students are expected to fully participate in small group discussion based on a series of pre-published questions and other activities.  Students  should come fully prepared having read (at a minimum) the required text but preferrably having engaged with the additional readings as well.  Notes as evidence of having prepared appropriately need to be brought to class.

    Classes 5 & 6:

    The morning sessions are run as normal - lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials

    The afternoon sessions are dedicated to student presentations.  Therfore, class discussion of the scheduled topics will move to an online environment where students will engaged with prepared questions.

    Students  should enter into online discussion having fully prepared having read (at a minimum) the required text but preferrably having engaged with the additional readings as well.  All posts providing an answer to pre-posted questions should be referenced as evidence of having prepared appropriately.

    As a minimum contribution you are expected to raise at least one new idea/opinion/point in relation to the weekly question/s and respond to at least one comment by a fellow group member.  Answers to questions are expected to be substantive and scholarly of approximately 100-150 words.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The Small Group Discovery Experience in this course is based on small group discussion and in class activities. 

    These activities are developed by your lecturer but in the main part follow your text book chapters as outlined below:

    1 1)   What is organisational behaviour? 
    2)   Individual attributes & their effects on job performance
    Ch 1 & 2
    2 3)   Motivation and empowerment
    4)   Learning, reinforcement and self-management
    Ch 3 & 4
    3 5)   Groups and group dynamics
    6)   Teamwork and team building 
    Ch 6 & 7
    4 7)   Organisational culture
    8)   Power, politics and influence in organisatios
    Ch 9 & 10
    5 9)   Leadership
    10) Decision making
    Ch 11 & 12
    6 11) Communication, conflict and negotiation
    12) Organisational change and innovation
    Ch 13 & 14
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Responsibility    Weighting      Due Date Learning Outcomes
    Preparation and contribution to weekly seminar discussion and debate Individual 10% Weekly
    In-class quiz Individual 30% Class 2-6 inclusive
    Case Study Analysis Report (2,000 words) Individual 30% 11:55pm Mon Week 5
    Presentation Group 30% Class 5 or 6
    Total 100%

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    All assessment submissions are to be made through TURNITIN.

    Late assignments will be penalised in line with University policy.

    Resubmission is not available.

    Replacement/Additional Assessment may be granted in certain circumstances (e.g. medical, compassionate etc.).

    Any requests for extensions must be made in writing, to the lecturer stating reasons, before the due date.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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