BMGT44810 Leadership and Organisational Behaviour

Academic Year 2023/2024

Leadership & Organisation behaviour (L&OB) is concerned with trying to understand the complexity of contemporary organisations and organisational life and of the role and influence of leadership in this context. It is a multidisciplinary subject drawing heavily from psychology, sociology, anthropology, engineering, political science, management and organisation theory. As a field of study, OB borrows the principles of scientific rigour and models from the behavioural sciences and emphasises their applications within organisations. The purpose of OB as a field of study is to organise and communicate the most valid and applicable knowledge from these disciplines in a systematic fashion and to emphasise the importance of this understanding in the pursuit of individual and collective goals.

To fully understand why people think and act as they do in organisational settings we must know something about them as individuals, something about the groups and teams to which they belong, something about the organisation arrangements and processes they are exposed to and about the interaction of all these factors. In this regard, participants are encouraged to explore the interconnected nature of the various topics to be covered and to develop a holistic and critical understanding of the subject. Participants are encouraged to examine the academic themes through the lens of their own organisational experience.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. To develop your knowledge in the areas of leadership and behaviour in organisations. At the end of the module you should have a greater understanding of the theories and concepts used to explain how and why individuals and groups act the way they do in organisations.

2. To develop your analytical/diagnostic skills that enable you to use this knowledge to improve your leadership abilities. Specifically, these skills include:
• Critique organisational concepts and theories.
• Integrate the diverse concepts and theories.
• Translate these concepts and theories into management practices.
• Analyse a “real life” management situation and make sense of what is operating and why.
• Offer sound recommendations for improving leadership practices.

3. To develop your ability to actually practice management, e.g., leadership, collaborative teamwork, communicating, decision-making, etc. Applying the learning to one’s own life as an organisational member and leader.

Indicative Module Content:

The detailed specific content for this module will be made available via the Module Outline document in advance of commencement.

Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




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
Group Project: Group presentations and report ( through semester) Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: Trios Project ( some pairs) Applying L & OB concepts to address a relevant theme in a real organisation. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Short individual reflective learning paper. This assignment encourages each student to reflect on topics, themes and 'a-ha moments' that impacted them most over the course of the module. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group Presentations and reports: written feedback will be provided to the presenting group within two weeks after submission of the final report. If practical, an element of peer review may also apply. During the semester feedback will be provided on presentations however grades will not be released. Trios/Pairs project: students may submit a brief proposal of the proposed project and receive feedback on the potential of their project and advice. Additionally, students may engage the lecturer in a face to face discussion regarding their project concept. After the final grades are confirmed students may request feedback on their specific submission.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 8 Thurs 14:00 - 15:50

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