Organisational Behaviour and Management

The details
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
28 April 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BBA N100 Business Administration,
BBA N103 Business Administration (Including Placement Year),
BBA N104 Business Administration (Including Foundation Year),
BBA N104CO Business Administration (Including Foundation Year),
BBA N110 Business Administration (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N832 Tourism Management,
BSC N833 Tourism Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N834 Tourism Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N835 Tourism Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N835CO Tourism Management (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module introduces fundamental concepts and ideas on the structure, operation and management of organisations, and interactions among people who work in them. It focuses on providing awareness of the organisational factors and management processes influencing the behaviour and performance of people at work.

As an area of academic study and practical application, organisational behaviour has a vital importance to those who aspire to manage and lead people in organisations. This module therefore addresses different perspectives on organisational processes and settings, explaining the nature of individual-based dimensions of organising and management, group development and teamwork, leadership, the management of change, organisational cultures, and organisational development interventions that impinge on organisational behaviour.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. To enable students to understand and explore key concepts about the management of people and organisations.
2. To develop an understanding of organisational practices and cultures being shaped by an increasingly complex and dynamic business environment.
3. To support an understanding of the experiences of work and employment and how they are rapidly changing as a result of a range of factors including the internationalisation of business, new requirements for collaboration, entrepreneurial activities and the changing demographic profiles and values of the workforce.
4. To develop an understanding of the factors shaped by the historical context and their implications for people-management practices and organisational processes and structures.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

1. Understand the key concepts and theories of organisational behaviour and management
2. Apply behavioural science to the understanding of the process of management and behaviour of people at work
3. Develop an integrated view linking organisational theory with practical
people management issues
4. Understand how the management of people and organisations are shaped by the business environment and implications for managerial action
5. Examine key factors shaping the experiences of work and organisational forms in the contemporary business environment
6. Develop key skills in written communication, use of IT, and improving own learning and performance

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The following learning and teaching methods will inform the pedagogic structure of the course: Lectures The lectures will be developed around the key concepts as mentioned in the indicative module content and will use a range of live examples and cases from business practice to demonstrate the application of theoretical concepts. The lectures will follow a weekly format of two hours per week for nine weeks in one term. Seminars Seminars in the form of class exercises will be built into the lectures to develop critical analytical and problem solving skills. Seminars will use a range of activities, such as discussion of case studies from the core text, topical business news items and will involve students working in pairs, or groups, or individually to discuss, reflect on problems and answer questions, present their ideas and thoughts to the class for discussion. Seminars will take place during class time.


  • Mullins, Laurie J.; Christy, Gill. (no date) Management and organisational behaviour.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Individual essay    100% 
Exam  1440 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Manuela Nocker, email:
Dr Manuela Nocker



External examiner

Dr Pantea Foroudi
Middlesex University London
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 16 (76.2%) hours available to students:
5 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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