Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
08 August 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

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

Module description

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.

Module aims

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.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Recognise and evaluate the factors that shape organisational behaviour and the management of human resources.

  2. Recognise and understand the motivations and priorities of different stakeholders.

  3. Critically evaluate the forces underlying expectations and behaviour at work.

  4. Reflect critically on HRM practices with regard to various contemporary contexts.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

  1. Understanding how people respond to management practices.

  2. Being able to use abstract concepts to analyse professional situations.

  3. Applying HR insights to interpersonal interactions and organisational questions.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

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.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   2,500 word assignment     50% 
Coursework   2,500 word assignment     50% 

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.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Casper Hoedemaekers, email:
Dr Casper Hoedemaekers & Dr Beatrice Piccoli



External examiner

Dr Ruth Reaney
University of Glasgow
Lecturer in HRM
Available via Moodle
Of 30 hours, 30 (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.


Further information
Essex Business School

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