ORBE07005 2013 Organisational Behaviour

General Details

Full Title
Organisational Behaviour
Transcript Title
Organisational Behaviour
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Subject Area
ORBE - Organisational Behaviour
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Eamonn Reddin
Programme Membership
SG_SQUAL_J07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Quality SG_EMANM_J07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Management

This subject aims to provide the students with an understanding of the basic principles underlying workplace behaviour and to increase their ability to analyse issues that concern individuals and groups in organisations.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Analyse the methodologies used in organisational behaviour research.


Analyse ways that various personality dimensions such as motivation and perception that are responsible for individual differences in the workplace.


Apply the principles of learning to various organisational activities.


Analyse the dynamics of groups and teams in the workplace.


Appraise different techniques for managing change in the workplace.


Discuss different ways in which conflict can be manifested and managed in organisations.


Assess the importance of organisational culture to organisational life.

Indicative Syllabus

1.         Introduction to Organisational Behaviour                                          

  • Define the concept of organisational behaviour   (1)
  • Describe the historical roots of the field of organisational behaviour (1)
  • Examine the multidisciplinary nature of the field (1)
  • Appraise the dominant methodologies in organisational behaviour (1)

2.         Personality                                                                                          

  • Differentiate between trait and cognitive approaches to personality (2)
  • Explain the main sources of personality difference (2)
  • Describe various personality dimensions that are responsible for individual differences in organisational behaviour (2)
  • Critically evaluate attempts to assess and measure personality (2)

3.         Motivation                                                                                 

  • Describe the key ideas and assumptions that inform content and process theories
  • of motivation (3)
  • Compare and contrast the content and process theories of motivation (3)
  • Examine the ways that motivation theories can be used to design work-based practices aimed at improving work performance (3)

4.         Learning                                                                                             

  • Differentiate between learning and training (4)
  • Compare and contrast the various theories of learning (4)
  • Describe various organisational activities that involve principles of learning (4)
  • Describe the learning organisation paradigm (4)


5.         Group Dynamics and Teamwork                                                      

  • Distinguish between various types of groups (6)
  • Examine the benefits of groups to individuals and organisations (6)
  • Analyse the different stages of group formation (6)
  • Describe the concept of groupthink (6)
  • Describe the main differences between groups and teams (6)
  • Examine the principles of developing effective teams (6)
  • Discuss the limitations of teams (6)
  • Examine various methods for developing effective teams  (6)

7.         Organisational Change and Development                                      

  • Describe what is meant by organisational change (7)
  • Analyse the forces responsible for organisational change (7)
  • Examine sources of individual and organizational resistance to change (7)
  • Evaluate methods of reducing resistance to change (7)
  • Examine Lewin's three-step change model (7)
  • Describe the major organizational development techniques in use in organisations (7)

8.         Organisational Culture                                                                      

  • Explain the concept of organisational culture (8)
  • Differentiate between the functional and dysfunctional effects of culture on
  • people and the organisation (8)
  • Explain the factors responsible for creating and maintaining culture (8)
  • Examine the mechanisms through which organisational culture is transmitted to employees (8)

9.         Organisational Conflict                                                                      

  • Differentiate between the key perspectives on organisational conflict (9)
  • Analyse the key sources of conflict in an organisation (9)
  • Assess the positive and negative effects of conflict (9)
  • Examine ways in which conflict can be managed in the workplace (9)


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Offsite Theory 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Offsite Theory 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Recommended Reading


Core Text






Organizational Behavior

Robbins, S

Prentice Hall




Supplementary Reading






Principles of Organisational Behaviour

Morley, M., Moore, S., Heraty, N., Linehan, M. & McCurtain, S.

Gill & MacMillan


Organizational Behavior: Emerging Realities in the Workplace


McShane, S., & Von Glinow, M.A.

McGraw Hill


Managing Behaviour in Organizations

Greenberg, J.

Prentice Hall


Organizational Behaviour

Buelens, M., Kinicki, A., & Kreitner, R.

McGraw Hill


Other Resources


Additional Information

Since this module is delivered online it is envisaged that assignments posted will be work related.