COMMGMT 7006OL - People and Organisations (M)

Online - Trimester 3 - 2022

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 7006OL
    Course People and Organisations (M)
    Coordinating Unit Management
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Sandiford

    Course Coordinator: Peter Sandiford

    Lecturer/Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Sandiford
    Location: Room 10.28, 10 Pulteney Street
    Phone: +61 8 8313 2017
    Course Timetable

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

  • 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)

    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.

    3, 4

    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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The 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 Resources
    Students 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
    Human Relations
    Journal of Applied Psychology
    Journal of Organizational Behavior
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
    Organization Science
    Organization Dynamics
    Personnel Psychology
    Online Learning
    Course taught entirely online.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The 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 Summary
    A 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

  • 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
    There 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 Detail
    Each type of assessment contributes 25% to the total grade ie discussions 25%, essay 25%, case studies
    25% each

    No information currently available.

    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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