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BUS 815 – Behaviour in Organisations

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Senia Kalfa
Contact via 9850 8458
E4A 412
Fridays 2-3
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
BUS651 or MKTG696
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit aims to significantly enhance student knowledge of the ways people behave in organisations and the skills required to effectively manage them. The body of knowledge is developed from the systematic study of individual, team and organisational characteristics for the purpose of helping organisations succeed. Topics addressed include individual differences, motivation, group dynamics, organisational politics, leadership, and organisational culture.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of classical and contemporary OB theory. Topics include: leadership, motivation, organisational culture, teamwork, ethics, power & politics and organisational change
  2. Evaluate organisational behaviour concepts through review of relevant scholarship
  3. Demonstrate commitment to achieving teamwork task
  4. Practise giving and receiving constructive and critical feedback

General Assessment Information

Task

Weight

Due Date

Linked Learning Outcomes

Linked Graduate Capabilities

Brief Description

Online quiz

20%

01/09/2017

1

1

Online quiz through iLearn

Comparative Review

20%

15/09/2017

2

1, 2

1,000 word (+-10%, excl references) comparing two academic, peer reviewed articles

Group project

60%

Weeks 11, 12 and 13

1, 3, 4

1, 2, 4

Part 1, collective deliverable – 30%: Group report (3,000 +-10%)

 

Part 2, individual deliverable - 30%: Feedback exercise

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Online quiz 20% 01/09/2017
Comparative review 20% 15/09/2017
Group assignment 60% Weeks 11, 12 and 13

Online quiz

Due: 01/09/2017
Weighting: 20%

An online quiz, which weighs 20%, will be held in week 5 of the semester . The quiz will have two sections: multiple choice questions on theory covered in the first 4 weeks of the semester and a short answer question asking you to respond to a fictional scenario.

Details are provided in the Assessment Guidelines Document available on iLearn and questions on this assessment will be answered in the first lecture.

NOTE ON EXTENSIONS: No extensions will be granted. Students who do not complete the online quiz will be awarded a mark of 0 for the assessment, except for cases in which an application for Disruption to Studies is made and approved


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of classical and contemporary OB theory. Topics include: leadership, motivation, organisational culture, teamwork, ethics, power & politics and organisational change

Comparative review

Due: 15/09/2017
Weighting: 20%

A comparative analysis asks you to compare and contrast two texts that discuss the same topic but have crucial differences or appear to have crucial differences yet turn out to have surprising commonalities. 

Two academic journal articles will be provided for BUS 815 students on iLearn. You will have to write a 1,000 word essay (+-10%, excl reference list) comparing these articles: their differences, their similarities, their strengths and weaknesses, the validity of their arguments.

Details and marking criteria are provided in the Assessment Guidelines Document available on iLearn and questions on this assessment will be answered in the first lecture.

NOTE ON EXTENSIONS: No extensions will be granted. Late tasks will be accepted up to 120 hours after the submission deadline. There will be a deduction of 10% from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission – 20% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for Disruption to Studies is made and approved.

SUBMISSION DETAILS: The essay is to be submitted through Turnitin on iLearn and in hard copy in class. Further details are provided in the Assessment Guidelines Document available on iLearn.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate organisational behaviour concepts through review of relevant scholarship

Group assignment

Due: Weeks 11, 12 and 13
Weighting: 60%

This assessment consists of two parts:

Part 1, Collective Deliverable - 30%: In groups of 4-5 (depending on cohort numbers) students will write a 3,000 report (+- 10%, excl title page, executive summary, table of contents and reference list) on an organisation of their choice, applying knowledge that they gained from BUS 815. The report is due on Friday 10th November (Friday of Week 13). Teammates will receive the same mark for this component of the assessment. The report is to be uploaded in the relevant Turnitin folder on iLearn. Details and assessment criteria are provided in the Assessment Guidelines Document available on iLearn and questions on this assessment will be answered in the first. 

NOTE ON EXTENSIONS: No extensions will be granted. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late, 20% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for disruption of studies is made and approved.

Part 2, Individual Deliverable - 30%: Giving constructive feedback is a critical element in being a successful leader; yet many of us struggle to deliver it and learn from it. In weeks 11 and 12, students will partake in a feedback exercise in class. This assignment will be marked individually and is to be submitted on the relevant folder on iLearn. Details and assessment criteria are provided in the Assessment Guidelines Document available on iLearn and questions on this assessment will be answered in the first workshop.

NOTE ON EXTENSIONS: No extensions will be granted. Students who do not participate in the feedback exercise will be awarded a mark of 0 for the task, except for in cases in which an application for disruption of studies is made and approved.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of classical and contemporary OB theory. Topics include: leadership, motivation, organisational culture, teamwork, ethics, power & politics and organisational change
  • Demonstrate commitment to achieving teamwork task
  • Practise giving and receiving constructive and critical feedback

Delivery and Resources

  1. Classes are held each week of the semester on Fridays 3-6pm at C5A 226. Each class is 3 hours long, including lecture and seminar activities.
  2. To pass this course, students need to achieve an overall grade of 50%
  3. Students must attend 80% of all 3 hour seminars to complete this unit, i.e. miss no more than 2 seminars including medical absences. A log will be taken to record attendance.
  4. Students are expected to read prescribed text chapters before seminars, join in discussions and complete all assessments. Reflection is crucial to integrating unit material. Therefore active participation in discussions and exercises is of utmost importance not only to the participating student but to the whole class.
  5. Staff will respond to student emails within 48 hours. Staff will not respond to emails during weekends or public holidays.
  6. Students are expected to arrive on time and not leave until class ends.
  7. Mobile phones are to be set on silent during class. Texting or other mobile phone activity during class is distracting to the student concerned, the lecturer and other students and is strictly forbidden. Students violating this requirement will be asked to leave the class.
  8. Students checking their social media accounts during class time will be asked to leave the class.
  9. Photography as well as audio and video recording by students is not permitted.

TIMETABLE: The timetable for this unit can be accessed from: http://timetables.mq.edu.au 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Champoux JE (2016) Organizational Behavior. New York & Abingdon: Taylor & Francis Ltd. 

Additional readings will be made available via the Library Multisearch engine. The required readings for the essay will be made available through e-Reserve and/or iLearn. A list of additional suggested readings will be made available on iLearn for students who wish to stretch themselves.

TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED: Students are required to have access to a personal computer and familiarise themselves with iLearn (https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/). iLearn will be used to post lecture slides, assessment details, student grades and as a means of communication between staff members and students. If you have difficulties logging on to iLearn, please contact the university's technical support staff. Do not contact the lecturer as she is not be able to help you with technical queries.

Students are expected to check their university email account and contact the teaching staff through it. Gmail, hotmail and other personal email accounts are often blocked through the university's spam filter; communicating through those risks that your query will not be answered.

COURSE MATERIAL

  1. You are expected to save and/or print copies of the lecture slides and bring them along to the lectures. No printouts will be given by the lecturer.
  2. You are expected to save and/or print the worksheets and other material necessary for each seminar. No printouts will be given by the lecturer.
  3. All important announcements will be made on iLearn and you are expected to view the announcements page of the course website at least once per week.

TEACHING STRATEGY:  This unit is designed to be interactive. As such, the topics are best explored through active participation and experiential learning. As such, the workshops will involve presentations by the lecturer covering key theoretical concepts, practical activities, exercises,  group consultations with the lecturer and observation exercises. 

Unit Schedule

A detailed unit schedule will be provided on iLearn. Topics covered include leadership, motivation, organisational culture, teamwork, ethics, power and politics and organisational change. 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of classical and contemporary OB theory. Topics include: leadership, motivation, organisational culture, teamwork, ethics, power & politics and organisational change
  • Evaluate organisational behaviour concepts through review of relevant scholarship

Assessment tasks

  • Online quiz
  • Comparative review
  • Group assignment

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Evaluate organisational behaviour concepts through review of relevant scholarship
  • Demonstrate commitment to achieving teamwork task
  • Practise giving and receiving constructive and critical feedback

Assessment tasks

  • Comparative review
  • Group assignment

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate commitment to achieving teamwork task
  • Practise giving and receiving constructive and critical feedback

Assessment task

  • Group assignment

Changes from Previous Offering

  1. The textbook has been changed
  2. The essay has been changed to a comparative review of 2 peer-reviewed articles
  3. A group assessment has been re-introduced

Research & Practice, Global contexts & Sustainability

  1. This unit draws on extensive research from sources outside the textbook. Students will be provided with additional mandatory research articles for every week that will allow them to considerably expand their knowledge of OB. In addition, a list of suggested articles will be posted on iLearn for students who wish to stretch themselves. 
  2. Conducting research independently is strongly encouraged for this unit and is rewarded
  3. Cultural differences in work practices between countries will be extensively discussed and students will be asked to elaborate on work practices in their respective countries. OB theories from non-Western perspectives will be integrated in the lectures, where available.
  4. Issues of sustainability and ethics will be discussed in week 2 and elsewhere throughout the semester as they relate to other OB topics.