Module Code: H6ORB
Long Title Organisational Behaviour - Theory and Practice
Title Organisational Behaviour - Theory and Practice
Module Level: LEVEL 6
EQF Level: 5
EHEA Level: Short Cycle
Credits: 5
Module Coordinator: BRONWYN MCFARLANE
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Examine individual behaviour in terms of perception and attitudes and propose measures for reducing perceptual errors,improving job satisfaction and individual performance.
LO2 Identify personality characteristics and assess the impact of personality on individuals behavior in the organization.
LO3 Examine different motivational theories, consider the merits of their work place application and demonstrate an appreciation of the relative strengths and weaknesses of theory.
LO4 Describe the characteristics of effective group / team work and identify the actions that should be taken to encourage positive team performance.
LO5 Propose solutions to overcoming work based conflicts and show that they are familiar with the causes and developments of conflict.
LO6 Identify causes of workplace stress, its impact and put forward actions that can be taken in managing work place stress.
LO7 Define culture, describe cultural characteristics and evaluate the relevance of culture to an organisational environment.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Entry requirements  

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Social Perception
*The perceptual process *Factors influencing perception * Perceptual organisation *Person perception: errors and remedies
Work-Related Attitudes
*Nature of attitudes *Attitude change *Job satisfaction *Organisational commitment
Personality (* Blended)
*The definition problem *Theoretical approaches to personality *Assessing personality *Workplace applications
Motivation in Organisations
*The meaning of motivation *Approaches to motivation at work *Theories of motivation - Process & Content theories - early and contemporary theories
Group Dynamics and Teamwork (* Blended)
*Nature and importance of groups *Types of groups *Stages of group development *Group performance factors *Benefits and cost of teams in organisations *Types of teams * Implementation of teams in organisations - creating effective teams
Conflict in Organisations
Defining conflict * Sources of conflict *Functional and dysfunctional conflict *Frames of reference on conflict * Managing conflict types
Work Stress
Stress defined * Individual differences and stress *Common causes of stress *Consequences of stress *Stress management - organisational and individual
Organisation Culture
*Nature of organisation culture * How organisation culture is created * Perspectives on culture & theoretical frameworks *Managing Organisational culture
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Assessment100.00%


Full Time

No Coursework
End of Module Assessment
Assessment Type: Terminal Exam % of total: 100
Assessment Date: End-of-Semester Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
End-of-Semester Final Examination covering all learning outcomes. May be a mixture of multiple choice/ short questions and essay style questions.
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer Supervised Learning 30 hours lecture contact and 6 hours blended/ online 36 Per 15 week block 2.40
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.40

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Robbins, S.P. & Judge, T.. (2013), Organizational Behaviour (Global Edition), 15th. Pearson Education, Harlow.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Kehoe, M.. (2013), Make That Grade: Organisational Behaviour, 2nd edition. Gill and Macmillan, Dublin..
  • Huczynski, A. and Buchanan, D.. (2013), Organizational Behaviour, Eight edition. Pearson, Harlow.
  • Mullins, L.J. with Christy, G.. (2013), Management and Organizational Behaviour, 10th edition. FT Prentice Hall,, Harlow..
  • Robbins, S. , Judge, T. and Campbell, T.. (2010), Organiztional Behaviour, 1st. Pearson, Harlow.
  • Martin, J and Fellenz, M. (2010), Organizational Behaviour & Management, 4th edition. Cengage South Western, UK.
  • Arnold, J and Randall, R.. (2010), Work Psychology - Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace, Fifth Edition. FT Prentice Hall, Harlow, UK.
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Journal of Organizational Behaviour.
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.
  • Journal of Psychology.
  • CIPD. People Management.
  • Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Human Resource Management Review.
This module does not have any other resources
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