GRA 2205 Organisational Behaviour

GRA 2205 Organisational Behaviour

Course code: 
GRA 2205
Department: 
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Credits: 
6
Course coordinator: 
Elizabeth Solberg
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc in Leadership and Organisational Psychology
Semester: 
2019 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

Organizational behaviour (OB) is a field of study focused on understanding, explaining, and improving how individuals and groups behave within an organizational context. It is a discipline that draws heavily from the behavioral science disciplines, notably psychology, social psychology, and sociology. Through the study of OB, we can better explain, predict, and influence individual and group behavior in organizations, and manage others – and ourselves – more effectively in these contexts.

This course is designed to give an overview of the most important topics and concepts within the field of OB. It provides a foundation for many of the specialization courses in the Leadership and Organizational Psychology programme.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe and critically assess important OB theories and research
  • Explain and anticipate individual and group behavior in organizational settings, and identify the implications of this behavior, using relevant OB theories and models
  • Understand and anticipate one’s own behavior in organizational settings, and identify the implications of this behavior, using relevant OB theories and models
Learning outcomes - Skills

Students completing the course should be able to:

  • Communicate and discuss main theories and research from the field in both academic and professional contexts
  • Apply knowledge gained in the course to analyze individual/group behavior in organizational settings as well as diagnose and address problems arising in this context
  • Monitor and mold their own behavior in work settings to become a more effective colleague, team member, or leader
General Competence

As a result of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of how and why different forms of behavior unfold in organizational settings
  • Critically evaluate and challenge processes/methods used in organizations to influence the behavior of individuals and groups, and contribute to improvement in this area
  • Develop a deeper awareness of one’s own organizational behavior and how it could affect others
Course content

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Work performance and organizational misbehavior
  • Perceptions and individual differences
  • Motivation and engagement
  • Learning and self-management
  • Workplace stressors, stress-related outcomes, and coping
  • Team formation and functioning
  • Decision making and conflict management
  • Leadership and influence processes
  • Organizational culture and climate
  • Organizational change and development
Teaching and learning activities

The course is structured as a combination of lectures, discussions, activities, and assignments. It requires preparation ahead of class (e.g., reading), active involvement during the semester (e.g., contributing to class discussions, participating in group activities), and work outside of class (e.g., working on hand-in assignments). Class attendance is not compulsory, but the learning and academic performance of students who do not attend class will be hindered by missing these interactive sessions. Is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

All parts of the assessment must be passed in order to get a grade in the course.

Qualifications

All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA22052
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
60No 48 Hour(s)Individual This 48-hour, take-home examination will require students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts, theories, and examples from the course through their response to a set of short-answer questions.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Multimedia production
Exam code:
GRA22053
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
40No 1 Semester(s)Group (2 - 5)In this assignment, students will work in groups to identify, analyze, and develop a plan for resolving a key OB problem that a self
-selected organization is facing. The assignment consists of a report and video "pitch" of the proposed solution.
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:60
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: 48 Hour(s)
Comment:This 48-hour, take-home examination will require students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts, theories, and examples from the course through their response to a set of short-answer questions.
Exam code: GRA22052
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Multimedia production
Weight:40
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-5)
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:In this assignment, students will work in groups to identify, analyze, and develop a plan for resolving a key OB problem that a self
-selected organization is facing. The assignment consists of a report and video "pitch" of the proposed solution.
Exam code: GRA22053
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
100