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MGMT8015 – Behaviour in Organisations

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Suzanne Fawcus
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
BUS651 or MGMT6051 or MKTG696 or MKTG6096
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In an increasingly globalised and competitive business environment, an organisation’s people can be a valuable source of sustained competitive advantage. However, this is largely determined by the manner in which people are managed and led. This unit aims to enhance student knowledge of the ways people behave in organisations and the skills required to effectively manage them. Organisations constantly face issues involving motivation, performance, and teamwork making leadership and organisational behaviour skills important for managers and non-managers alike.

This unit is about people in organisations, focusing on how management and leadership practices affect the attitudes, motivation, behaviour, and performance of employees and teams. Unit content is derived mostly from contemporary theory, research, and practice in the organisational behaviour and management disciplines. Students will be encouraged to use unit material to be self-aware and mindful about how they lead and interact with others, and to adopt an ethic of continuous self-improvement in their leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Analyse workplace issues and behaviours using classical and contemporary OB theory.
  • ULO2: Prescribe appropriate solutions to issues related to managing people in organisations.
  • ULO3: Synthesise information from appropriate sources to explain OB related issues and justify arguments.
  • ULO4: Deliver effective and constructive feedback to peers.

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Policy:

Late assessment submissions must be submitted through the appropriate submission link in iLearn. No extensions will be granted unless an application for Special Consideration is made and approved. 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. Late submissions will not be accepted after solutions have been discussed and/or made available.

Note: applications for Special Consideration Policy must be made within 5 (five) business days of the due date and time.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Case Study Analysis 20% No Week 6
Online Exam 20% No Week 7
Group Project (Group Report and Individual feedback and reflection exercise). 60% No Weeks 10, 11 and 13

Case Study Analysis

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 20%

 

This assessment is worth 20% in total. It is a 1,000 word individual case study analysis.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse workplace issues and behaviours using classical and contemporary OB theory.

Online Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 20%

 

This assessment is worth 20% in total. It is a 50 question individual quiz.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse workplace issues and behaviours using classical and contemporary OB theory.

Group Project (Group Report and Individual feedback and reflection exercise).

Assessment Type 1: Project
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Weeks 10, 11 and 13
Weighting: 60%

 

This assessment has three components worth 60% in total. The first component is a 3,000 word group report worth 30%. The second is an individual peer evaluation of 200-300 words per group member worth 20%. The final component is a 500 word individual reflective journal worth 10%.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse workplace issues and behaviours using classical and contemporary OB theory.
  • Prescribe appropriate solutions to issues related to managing people in organisations.
  • Synthesise information from appropriate sources to explain OB related issues and justify arguments.
  • Deliver effective and constructive feedback to peers.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Required text

Organisational behavior: Improving performance and commitment in the workplace. 7th ed. By Jason Colquitt, Jeffrey LePine, and Michael Wesson (ISBN: 9781260092301). 

Students have the option of purchasing a hard copy or e-copy of the text. 

Unit web page

The web page for this unit can be found at: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/

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/).

iLearn will be used to post lecture slides, assessment details, student grades and as a means of communication between staff members and students.

Delivery Format and Other Details

  • Number and length of classes: Each class is 3 hours long, including lecture and seminar activities. Classes may vary due to public holiday(s).
  • The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/

Recommended readings

Recommended readings are provided via the links on the iLearn Unit page

Inherent Requirements

None

Unit Schedule

Please see iLearn

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au) and use the search tool.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) 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 or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@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 help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

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

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@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.