Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Tuesday 22 April 2025
Friday 27 June 2025
08 August 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N200JS Management

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

The module will be delivered via:

  • Block teaching over two weeks in the Summer term.
  • In-person lectures (10 hours per week).
  • Five 2-hour seminars over the 2 weeks.


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

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

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
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Essex Business School

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