MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (Distance Learning)

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Organisational Behaviour

Course unit fact file
Unit code MGDI70040
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Global Development Institute
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


1. What is Organizational Behaviour? Perception, attribution and stereotyping
2. Personality, culture and gender conceptual
3. Communication
4. Motivation
5. Leadership
6. Groups and teams
7. Metaphors and organisations as machines
8. Organizational Design


' to present models of Organizational Behaviour (OB) that can be applied to the participants' own workplace

- to explore the context in which OB was developed, and the usefulness of applying
OB theories to developing and transitional countries, and to the public sector

- to discuss the interests of different stakeholders in the workplace

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course unit participants should be able to:

- describe a wide range of approaches to organizational behaviour
- discuss critically the relevance of that literature to understanding behaviour in their own organizations and countries
- analyse issues of behaviour in organizations
- apply theory usefully to their own management practice

Teaching and learning methods

Distance Learning Mode including weekly online tutorials

Assessment methods

One 3,500 word essay (90%)

Tutorial participation (max 10%)

  • Student must engage with minimum of 4/8 tutorials, including at least 1 synchronous tutorial  (5%)
  • Student must engage with minimum of 6/8 tutorials, including at least 1 synchronous tutorial (10%)

Re-sit Assessment: One 3,500 word essay (100%)

Recommended reading

Course unit textbooks

Andrzej A. Hucznynski and David A. Buchanan (2007) Organizational Behaviour (sixth edition), Pearce Education Ltd.

Additional notes

MGDI Programmes on which course unit is offered:
MSc Human Resource Management and Development (via Distance Learning) and MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (via Distance Learning)

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