Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Essex Business School
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
18 September 2023
Requisites for this module
MSC N1E212 Management (Social Economy),
MSC N20012 Management,
MSC N20024 Management,
MSC N200MO Management,
MSC N2E112 Management (International),
MSC N2E124 Management (International),
MSC N2E212 Management (Marketing),
MSC N2E224 Management (Marketing),
DIP C8N209 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
DIP C8N221 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N212 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N224 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N2MO Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MSC N21712 Organisational Change Management,
MSC N21724 Organisational Change Management,
MSC N5G3JS Digital Marketing and Analytics
This module is designed to encourage students to think and reflect upon the nature of managing people and organisations. In particular, it encourages students to consider the main topics of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management.
Throughout the sessions, the core issues affecting organisational behaviour and outcomes will be discussed and critically analysed. Therefore, it invites participants to consider the tensions emerging from competing views and perspectives. In so doing, the module challenges many of the taken-for-granted assumptions about people management, and provides tools to analyse organisations and to explore the realities of organisational life.
The aims of this module are:
- To provide in-depth understanding of key theories and principles associated with organisational behaviour and Human Resource Management.
- To show students how such concepts relate to the wider practice of people management and how they may have implications for various stakeholders.
By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Recognise and evaluate the factors that shape organisational behaviour and the management of human resources.
- Recognise and understand the motivations and priorities of different stakeholders.
- Critically evaluate the forces underlying expectations and behaviour at work.
- Reflect critically on HRM practices with regard to various contemporary contexts.
Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)
- Understanding how people respond to management practices.
- Being able to use abstract concepts to analyse professional situations.
- Applying HR insights to interpersonal interactions and organisational questions.
No additional information available.
This module will be delivered via:
- Ten weeks of 3 contact hours per week, structured as a three hour session with a variety of different elements.
Part of the session will be focused on introducing the core concepts and theories outlined in the syllabus. Moreover, you will be invited to contribute with your views and questions about each topic. Other elements of the session will be devoted to group discussion of pre-set work and require prior preparation of materials.
It is your responsibility to be prepared for each session as detailed in the module handbook and/or in the appropriate section of the Moodle page for this module. To do well, you should participate actively in the sessions, as well as read widely on organisational and people management issues.
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
|2,500 word assignment
|2,500 word assignment
Additional coursework information
The assessment for this module is 100% coursework. Two individual assignments of 2,500 words each (each worth 50% of the grade).
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Beatrice Piccoli, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Beatrice Piccoli & Dr Shoba Arun
Dr Ruth Reaney
University of Glasgow
Lecturer in HRM
Available via Moodle
Of 68 hours, 68 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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