BMGT4009D Leadership & Organisational Behaviour

Academic Year 2021/2022

This course focuses on the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations. It reflects on the complexity of contemporary organisations and the challenges and opportunities that exist within organisational life. It is a multidisciplinary subject drawing from the fields of psychology, sociology,engineering, political science, anthropology, management and organisation theory. OB is concerned with the behaviour of individuals and groups within organisations and the interaction with their external environment. It borrows heavily from the area of behavioural sciences offering methods and models that assist us in gaining insight and understanding. We will address selected issues of particular concern to today's business organisations. These issues may include, among others, new forms of work arrangements, the impact of personality in delivering performance and peoplemanagement in new organisational forms, or other topics that you have particular interest in. We will investigate these selected issues with a view towards individual and organisational dynamics on different levels of analysis. Throughout the course we will adopt, discuss and critique differentperspectives to fully explore their potential contributions. To fully understand why people think and behave as they do in organisational settings we must learn about them as individuals, as groups participants and as players within the broader landscape of organisational settings and the interplay between all these factors. This course offers the opportunity to develop skills in and knowledge about management and organisational behaviour, and to gain insights into selected areas of concern to business organisations and their participants. After completing this course, participants should have further developed their understanding and acquired the tools, necessary to analyse and assess the managerial and organisational implications of such issues at the individual, group and organisational levels of analysis.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able; 1. Demonstrate a clear knowledge and understanding of human behaviour in organisations and of the complexity of organisations themselves. 2. Challenge, question, debate and seek multi-causality and to critically evaluate both theory and practice from a variety of perspectives thereby developing critical thinking capability. 3. Critique theory and be able to interpret its practical application value to contemporary organisations. 4. . To improve the behavioural side of your management abilities, in particular your analytical and diagnostic skills of behavioural issues 5. To provide you with an opportunity to confront unacknowledged assumptions and to reflect on your own work expectations, stimulating thoughts as to how you will contribute and be influenced by work organisations.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will attend classes for this module and have the opportunity to engage in active learning during these sessions. There will be in-class discussion and group work to analyse module concepts. Where appropriate, the module will incorporate case based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Mangt & Organisational Behav (BMGT4001D)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Case Analysis Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Examination: Terminal Exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

General feedback is provided to students on all their submitted assessment components.

Name Role
Dr Orna O'Brien Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Gerard Dooley Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4 Fri 14:00 - 17:15
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - -2, 0, 8 Sat 13:15 - 16:30