BMGT44260 Behaviour, leadership & Change

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module 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. This module will address a range of themes including individual behaviour, motivation, group dynamics, leadership, culture and change. Which the teaching is based on sound research, this is very much an an applied discipline offering insights that can add value to a person's everyday working life.

There is also a strong emphasis on building self-awareness among participants with a view to enhancing individual leadership capability.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Having completed this module and its assessments you should be able to:-
• Demonstrate a clear knowledge and understanding of human behaviour in organisations and of the complexity of organisations themselves.
• Critique theory and be able to interpret its practical application value to contemporary organisations.
• Demonstrate an understanding of effective leadership practice.
• Analyse group behaviour and the factors affecting their performance in organisations.
• Appreciate the complexity of personal and organisational change.
.Engage in reflective practice with the goal of raising self-awareness

Indicative Module Content:

The module explores how people function in organisations as three levels of analysis; Individual, Groups and Organisations.

Themes explored include:

Motivation & Performance
Group Dynamics
Leadership theory and practice
Models of Change Management
Communication of Change
Power and Influence and dealing with resistance to change
Organisational Culture

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture Inputs
Self-awareness inventories
In-class group discussions
Short in-class exercises
Videos - Ted Talks - You Tube
Reflective practice
Applied practice - research a real world scenario.
Change Management simulation

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Individual Paper based on the Myers Briggs Type Inventory Week 4 n/a Graded No


Project: Research project to apply the change management models to a real organisation. Individual assignment Week 12 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: A Harvard simulation on Power and Influence during a Change Management Process will be used. Students will be required to navigate a practical diagnostic and apply action planning skills. Week 9 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual Essay - feedback to each person Research Project - students may submit a proposal of their project and receive my comments/advice on suitability. This is optional for students. Additionally, once final grades are published students may request feedback on their projects. Simulation scores will be linked to a grading rubric.

Name Role
Dr Vincent Hargaden Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
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) - 1, 4, 8, 12 Fri 10:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 Fri 14:00 - 15:40