COMMGMT 7006OL - People and Organisations (M)
Online - Trimester 3 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code COMMGMT 7006OL Course People and Organisations (M) Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School Term Trimester 3 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 3 Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Dr Peter SandifordCourse Coordinator: Peter Sandiford
Lecturer/Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Sandiford
Location: Room 10.28, 10 Pulteney Street
Phone: +61 8 8313 2017
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Diagnose the causes and consequences of behavioural actions within organisations.
- Collaboratively and autonomously research, analyse and evaluate organisational business information from a wide variety of sources.
- Apply relevant contemporary theories, concepts and models in order to analyse organisational environments, cases and issues.
- 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1, 3, 4
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesThe core text is:
Robbins, S.P., Judge, T.A., Edwards, M., Sandiford, P., Fitzgerald, M., & Hunt, J. (2019) Organisational Behaviour, 9th Edition, Melbourne: Pearson
This text provides the basic framework for the lecture program and is required reading to prepare for the weekly topics. Please note that the weekly schedule specifies one or more chapters to serve as an introduction to the weekly topic. However, as is the case with many textbooks, there is no perfect fit with our schedule.
An electronic version of this text is available at a substantial discount from the printed version.
Each week additional readings and other sources, such as case analyses or videos, will be specified on myuni to enable candidates to explore each topic more fully. It is essential that all readings and preparation exercises are completed each week. These readings and associated activities are an essential part of the learning experience.
If you have any uncertainty or questions about anything you have read please raise these on the myuni forum; if you find anything unclear it is likely that other coursemates will do too, so please do not be afraid to ask questions.
Recommended ResourcesStudents are encouraged to read beyond the textbook to enhance the learning experience. Journal articles can be accessed using the online databases.
Two useful databases are:
Business Source Complete
The following list provides useful academic journals for further research.
Academy of Management Executive
Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management Perspectives
(formerly Academy of Management Review)
Administrative Science Quarterly
Asia-Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Harvard Business Review
Journal of Applied Psychology
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Online LearningCourse taught entirely online.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe on line class consists of readings, discussions, essays and case studies
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Candidates at the University of Adelaide are expected to commit approximately 12 hours for a three-unit course of private study (in face to face courses this normally includes regular classes). This time commitment includes the guided reading, online activities, private study and assessment tasks.
Learning Activities SummaryA weekly reading and activity list will be included in myuni. A summary indicative schedule is provided below:
Week One: Introduction to Organisations: Key Course Themes and Concepts
Week Two: Individual Differences (1): What makes us individuals? Personality, attitudes, values etc
Week Three: Individual Differences (2): How do we understand behaviour and individuality? Perception and Attribution
Week Four: Learning in Organisations
Week Five: Groups and Teams in Organisations
Week Six: Communication in Organisations
Week Seven: Power, Politics, Conflict and Negotiation in Organisations
Week Eight: Emotion and Stress in Organisations
Week Nine: Organisational Structure and Culture
Week Ten: Leadership
Week Eleven: Organisational Change
Week Twelve: Motivation: a key silo spanning concept
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryThere are three main tasks:
1. Contributing to weekly discussions of topics by reviewing appropriate literature and answering set questions.
2. Submission of one essay
3. Submission of two case studies
Assessment DetailEach type of assessment contributes 25% to the total grade ie discussions 25%, essay 25%, case studies
No information currently available.
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
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