PSYCHOL 7333 - Organisational Behaviour & Management

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the factors that impact upon the behaviour of the individual in the workplace and how these factors can be used to structure a work environment and work experience that enhances both organisational and individual outcomes. It includes a consideration of values and attitudes, perception, motivation, and personality. It also analyses interpersonal influences that impact upon group behaviour in work settings. Topics covered in the course include communication and managing conflict, stress, individuals in groups and teamwork, decision-making, leadership, and issues in power and politics. In addition, it examines the influence of broader, organisation wide factors on behaviour in the workplace, with a specific focus on "person-organisation fit". Topics covered in this section include organisational structure and work design and organisational culture.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 7333
    Course Organisational Behaviour & Management
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to M Psych (O&HF) and PhD/MPsych(O&HF) students only or by the permission of the Head of School
    Course Description This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the factors that impact upon the behaviour of the individual in the workplace and how these factors can be used to structure a work environment and work experience that enhances both organisational and individual outcomes. It includes a consideration of values and attitudes, perception, motivation, and personality. It also analyses interpersonal influences that impact upon group behaviour in work settings. Topics covered in the course include communication and managing conflict, stress, individuals in groups and teamwork, decision-making, leadership, and issues in power and politics. In addition, it examines the influence of broader, organisation wide factors on behaviour in the workplace, with a specific focus on "person-organisation fit". Topics covered in this section include organisational structure and work design and organisational culture.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Neil Kirby

    Ph - 313 5739
    Location: Room 708, Level 7, Hughes building
    Email: neil.kirby@adelaide.edu.au


    Other staff:
    Dr Aspa Sarris
    Ph - 8313 6144
    Location: Room 718a, Level 7, Hughes Building
    Email: aspa.sarris@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The following learning outcomes are consistent with the APS College Course Approval guidelines for Postgraduate Specialist Courses in Organisational Psychology. 
    http://www.psychology.org.au/academic/course-approval/

    At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1.    Demonstrate competency in the identification and application of scientific solutions to solve human problems at work.
    2.    Demonstrate knowledge relevant to organisational behaviour theories and models. 
    3.    Demonstrate knowledge of the factors that can impact upon the behaviour of the individuals in the workplace and how these can be used to structure a work environment that enhances both organisational and individual outcomes.
    4.    Demonstrate competence in analysing the organisational behaviour problems of case study organisations and presenting strategies for improving individual and organisational performance.
    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)
    1,2,3,4
    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
    1,2,3,4
    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
    1,2,3,4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4
    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
    1,2,3,4
    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, diffuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,2,3,4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecturers will provide reading material that will be made available in class and on MyUni at the following link:
    https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/

    For additional information regarding required resources  please refer to the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) program handbook at the following link:
    http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
    Recommended Resources
    The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.

    For additional information relating to recommended resources please refer to the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) program handbook at the following link:
    http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
    Online Learning
    This course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
    - Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
    - Submission of assessment
    - Access to resources such as additional readings
    - Self-directed learning activities    

    Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Learning & Teaching Activities

    Lecturers will support group discussion related to the
    lecture content. This will include organisational case scenarios examples to guide the
    development of knowledge and critical thinking on issues in organisational behaviour and management.



    Workload

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



    Seminars: 3 hrs each week for 12 weeks = 36 hours
    Independent reading: 2 hours per week
    Assignment 1: 25 hours
    Assignment 2: 25 hours

    Learning Activities Summary
    Week                   Lecture content

    Week 1               Introduction to Organisational Behaviour and Management - concepts, definitions and historical background
    Week 2               Individual differences - including abilities, personality, attitudes
    Week 3               Motivation - concepts, theories, evidence
    Week 4               Stress - concepts, personal and environmental
    Week 5               Groups and teams - concepts, theories, evidence
    Week 6               Leadership - concepts, theories, evidence
    Week 7               Communication - concepts, theories, evidence
    Week 8               Power and politics - concepts, theories, evidence
    Week 9               Decision making - concepts, theories, evidence
    Week 10             Organisational structure - concepts, theories, evidence
    Week 11             Organisational culture - concepts, theories, evidence
    Week 12             Organisational change - concepts, theories, evidence
    Specific Course Requirements


    On enrolment all students MUST apply for and obtain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.  All
    students are required to provide a copy of their registration details to the Program Administrator on their first day in the Program: this will be required for the Summer School courses Professional Practice and Evidence-Based Practice.The application form and details of fees payable are available from the PBA website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Forms.aspx.


    Candidates are required to consent to a police check as part of their application to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration, a requirement of enrolment in the program. A satisfactory current police check is mandatory.

  • 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 Tasks                                                       Assessment Type                 Weighting              Learning outcomes addressed

    Assignment 1 - Case study on a course topic with      Summative                            50%                      1-4
    questions to be answered in a written report

    Assignment 2 - Case study on a course topic with      Summative                            50%                      1-4
    questions to be anwered in a written report


    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance is required for 80% of classes, with attendance lists maintained. Failure to meet this attendance requirement (i.e., absence from three or more classes in the course) may lead to exclusion from the course.

    Assessment Detail


    Assignment 1: This assignment involves a case study based on a topic in the course with questions to be answered in a written report

    Assignment 2: This assignment involves a case study based on a topic in the course with questions to be answered in a written report

    Further details of both assignments will be provided in class.

    Submission


    Assignments are to be submitted electronically to the Course Coordinator, along with a signed cover sheet (available on MyUni).

    The School of Psychology undertakes to adhere to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 6a, which requires that assessments are returned within 4 weeks of the deadlines for submission.

    Extension of time for an assignment may be granted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator, to whom students should apply in writing (or email) before the due date and time. No requests for extensions will be considered if made after the due date and time. For further information re the Assessment Policy in the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) Program Handbook
    at the following link: http://health.adelaide.edu.au./psychology/students/resouce/handboodsforms.html

    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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